You have a decent life.

You have a roof over your head, you have some nice stuff, and you can pay your bills. On paper, you’re doing okay.

So why do you feel like there’s something missing?

Your life is on AUTO-PILOT and, if you had to choose a color to describe it, you’d pick GREY.

You want to add COLOR to your world, but you’re not sure how. So, you did what we all do when we’re lost. You turned to the Internet for answers.

You’ve found a lot of interesting advice ranging from “quit your job” to “follow your passion” to “for only $$$$ you can attend our retreat where all your answers will be revealed!”, but none were the solution you’re looking for.

Why?

Because the truth cannot be found elsewhere. The TRUTH has been inside you the whole time.

In fact, it’s been calling to you for as long as you can remember, but you’ve ignored it, pushed it aside, or denied it’s voice.

It’s that thing that you used to love doing or always wanted to do, but gave up on for a myriad of reasons…

I’m too old

It’s too late

I’m not good enough

Others will judge me

I’m not worthy

It’s silly

It’s irresponsible

It’s childish

I’ll be laughed at

No one will understand

I’m too busy

I’m afraid

Does this sound familiar? It did to me, too.

 

Hi, my name is Dave and I’m a recovering Creative.

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For most of my life, I have been a Creative. I’ve been an illustrator, graphic designer, comic book artist, sculptor, filmmaker, animator, writer, and puppeteer (to name just a few!).

In my late twenties, I put down my pencil and walked away from all creative expression. I ended up listening to all the naysayers in my life, including that horrible voice inside my head, and just quit. I walked away from the one thing that had always given me joy.

I believed all the lies mentioned above and rationalized leaving it behind as the right thing to do.

I denied my creativity, my joy, for almost 20 years.

I told myself it was for the best, yet I kept hearing it call to me every day. I pushed it aside, like packing up your old toys and shoving them deep into a dusty attic recess.

My life was good, but never great. I was living, but never fully alive. I was incomplete. I am a Creative at heart and to live a life without creative expression was like caging a bird and forbidding it to fly.

I kept lying to myself by saying that I’d get back to creativity “someday.” Eventually, “someday” became “no day.” Ideas for books and screenplays stacked up in filing cabinets in my mind, never to see the light of day. Countless stories, images, and projects discarded like they were shameful to own.

Does this sound familiar?

My desire for creativity never waned over the years. In fact, the voice grew louder and more desperate, but I still denied it. Only now it wasn’t with clever rationalizations – it was fear.

I hadn’t done anything creative for so long, how could I start now? Surely, my skills had deteriorated beyond repair and anything I tried to do would be awful. Just the thought of that was more than I could bear, so I continued to deny who I was.

It wasn’t until after I went through a divorce that I realized just how GREY my life had become.

There’s a poignant line from the Gospel of Thomas and, while I do not subscribe to any particular faith, its cautionary message hit home:

“If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

I was denying who I was for nearly two decades and it was surely destroying me as any disease might.

That’s when I chose to face my fears and give myself permission to be unapologetically ME. 

I allowed myself to just play and have fun with my own creativity. I had forgotten how sweet it tasted and just how much I missed it. My life is now filled with with more joy and purpose. I still have the same job, home, and bills to pay, only now my life is no longer GREY and I couldn’t be happier!

That’s when I realized that there must be others out there that were like me. Others still struggling with their inner Creative and afraid to set it free.

Thus, Reinventure was born.

My mission…my passion…is to help you and others like us reclaim their creativity and, in doing so, infuse more joy, purpose, and COLOR into what would otherwise be a GREY life. I’ve been through the briar patch of self-doubt and self-denial.

paint splashI will help you get through it, too!

What creative endeavor have you been denying? Is there a story that’s been whispering to be written? A song waiting to be sung? A canvas thirsty for your brush? A stage empty without your presence?

If your life is GREY, then let’s start adding a little COLOR!

I will help you face your fears and reawaken your creative self. You will explore your own creativity by giving yourself permission to be the Creative you were born to be. All while having fun doing it!

Because that’s what it’s all about, right?

Are you ready to become a Creative Warrior?

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