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Ooooh! I love this so much Jess. I think that you enjoyed constructing a piece from slabs of clay?? I would LOVE to have a go at a potters wheel!! Brilliant points all so well written. I’ve been just letting my why percolate .. I feel like I have the inklings of it… like the tingling of my fingers and on the tip of my tongue, but it’s elusive and enticing and I’m not sure quite of its substance… can’t wait to read your next article 💛

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Thank you so, so much, Emily!! And yep, you're exactly right - I was right in my element trying to collage all the little pieces of clay together, and a total disaster at the potters wheel, haha!

I love hearing about your relationship to your "why." It's quite potetic and lovely - makes me think of something flitting around like a little fairy you can't quite catch and get a good long look at! I hope my next post will help in some way. 😊

In the meantime, I'm curious if there's any particular element of your "why" you feel like you can't quite pin down? (Although that might be a tough question!)

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My two favorite points that you made: first, it helps with decision fatigue. I couldn't agree more. Having a very clear purpose in mind helps so much with that. Also, I love that you point out that our why is subject to change. I've noticed that so much in my 9-5 and in my creative work. :) Being open to that change is so important.

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Thank you so much for the thoughtful note! The decision fatigue is SO real, I love being able to check in with myself and ask, "okay, is this a good fit for me right now?"

I'm curious about how you find things evolving with the 9-5 and your other projects - do you have one "why" that drives both sides, or different ones taking you along totally separate paths?

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Jess, this is such a big question. And a good question. I'm an English teacher and instructional coach for new teachers (day job) and I have quite recently been exploring my creativity on Substack, which I enjoy very much. (I also share quite casually on Instagram.) I think a unifying "why" is that I truly find fulfillment in both helping and connecting with others. I could say so much more about what makes them different, but I think this simple essence of the two are the same.

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Haha I know - I love the big questions! 🙃 But wow what a lovely and concise way to bring everything together. I'm excited to hear that your creativity is bubbling over here on Substack - I've been feeling like it's one of the best places online right now to share and connect and create all at once

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I 100% agree! I love it here.

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May 14Liked by Jess Barker

I like how you distinguised between creativity involving assembly versus out of thin air. I would think that is a useful distinction for a creative person.

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Thank you! They're very different processes even though you might not know it from the end results. For me, the "assembly" process makes me feel right at home creatively while the "thin air" process throws me off!

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