Carline Gumbs is a personal development facilitator, life skills coach, accessory artist and cool idea generator. See more of Carline here: http://www.facebook.com/tiziktizik
Wildly Creative: When did you start nurturing your creative life and why?
Carline: I started nurturing my creative life from a young age (as far back as I can remember) by drawing, coloring, painting, taking things apart to put them together in a new way, being crafty. I did this partly because I think the gift is passed down in the genes-my mother is very creative; my dad is the math/science/fact guy but I didn’t get those genes from him, unfortunately. My mother did a lot when we were younger to encourage and nurture that in me (and my sister).
Wildly Creative: How do you define living a creative life? How important is that for you?
Carline: Living a creative life is liberating for me, not just in terms of expression but in terms of breaking all boundaries, categories, limitations. You are beyond definition, words, colour, shape. It is boundless and infinite. For me, it is also takes me to a spiritual space because I believe that when you create, what you create Is and there should be no judgment in that – It simply is the beautiful or not-so-beautiful thing that It Is (acceptance) and if you are not pleased with what you have done, you always have the idea to create a closer, better Idea or let it go (forgiveness).
Carline: Sometimes, often at the worst possible time, you will experience a wall (not unlike the Great Wall of China), a block (in your mind), or a barrier (in your heart), that will frustrate you to no end. Sometimes even the most patience, surrender or acceptance can’t begin to help you break through it. Sometimes you just have to keep creating, even if you are not happy with what you have created because whatever you have created will serve a purpose for some occasion, some time or some person. Wish I not only knew this earlier but that I remember it when it is most important.
Wildly Creative: Creatives are usually the ones breaking the rules and little bits of misfits. How are you making sure to hold true to breaking the rules?
Carline: What rules?…. To consider breaking the rules, you have to acknowledge that there are even rules in the first place. So don’t.
Wildly Creative: Your favorite muse or inspiration is…
Carline: At this point in time, Nature and Sacred Geometry.