Jodi Geddes and Kate Pollard are the women behind Circle In – a community committed to providing advice, tips, resources and real stories for workings mums. The juggle is real and they recently met with Jamila, Clare and Zoe at the ‘Tea with Jam and Clare’ event series in Melbourne. They chatted about courage, creativity and why we should all look at juice differently.
It was an evening of honest conversation on courage and creativity and they left us feeling just that little bit taller and little more confident than when we walked in.
It was a reminder of the simple things that as women, we need to focus on and ask ourselves. Are we being courageous enough? Are we allowing ourselves to feel bored? Are we focusing on the right things? What’s stopping us and what are we truly scared of?
In today’s world, we allow no space in our lives for creativity. We were asked a simple question: How often do you feel bored? OK, so let’s face it, being bored is something we are not very good at and we don’t do often enough.
“I am never bored anymore. I am too busy to be bored. I genuinely cannot remember the last time I felt bored. I am busy looking after my kid, I am busy cooking dinner, I am busy getting to that meeting on time, I am busy seeing friends, I am busy paying bills, I am busy organising pick up and drop off,” Jamila said.
“All those in between moments of quiet that could have provided space for reflection and that elusive opportunity for that aha moment, I fill them. I fill them listening to podcasts, checking my Instagram or scrolling through my Facebook feed.
“The mind must be allowed to be idle in order to consider things in a new way. Moments of quiet, lack of stimulation and the absence of distraction are essential for our creativity. It is why our best ideas come when we are in the shower.”
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The biggest problem we have with our creativity is our need to be entertained, excited and connected every single second of the day. When was the last time you sat for a few minutes and allowed yourself to be bored? When did you last turn off your phone? Or turn off your WIFI?