Define Your Creativity

By Kate Maria Pennell

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”—Albert Einstein

How would you define creativity?

Some may answer, “The ability to do something artistic like paint or make something.”

The Oxford Dictionary states it as: The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.

This is my definition: “Creativity is the ability to see the invisible; to lean into the adjacent possible, to see through the veil, and bring forth what is perceived into the physical realm, through creation.”

Our superpower is perceiving the invisible and then creating it.

We see through challenges and problems to solutions. We hear words or chords whispering to us. We watch plays on the stages of our minds. We capture light with a brush. We hold precious moments with the click of our cameras. We plant green legacies and serve culinary experiences.

Then we do it all again.

Take a moment to read this list slowly and to think about what creativity means to you.

Which words resonate with you?

Which words are you uncomfortable with?

Which draw you to them?

What would you add?

Understanding our creativity helps us to welcome this vital force into our lives. It helps us to more deeply connect with who we are and how we express it. The words that make us uncomfortable can be helpful indicators as to where we may need to do some inner work.

“To be an artist is to recognize the particular. To appreciate the peculiar. To allow a sense of play in your relationship to accepted standards. To ask the question ‘Why?’”—Julia Cameron, writer, speaker and author of The Artist’s Way

Kate Pennell, English and slightly geekish, is a coach and dream catalyst who lives in Spain with three kids, various furry creatures and a patient husband. She loves nature, creativity and seeing people discover what truly makes them come alive. Kate provides the people she works with permission to launch and helps them begin to fly as they were made to. She teaches, encourages and connects with fellow travelers across our global village. Find out more at

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