December is a month where most of us are thinking about gifting as the holidays are fast approaching. All the colourful shops with twinkly lights are ever so welcoming to inspire us in every way possible for that perfect gift. We all walk in looking for just that – inspiration and hoping to see that product, creation, smell, sound or feeling which represents us and which we think will make the perfect present to our family and friends.

I couldn’t help but think that we sometimes look further than we should and by doing that we end up spending a lot more precious time and effort than if we had first looked to what is closer to our hearts – who are we and what makes us authentic. So what does it mean to be authentic? It means to be truthful to your talents and not to be afraid to develop their potential.

“There is never going to be a better you than yourself” – Warren Buffett

To develop your authentic and creative potential takes time and many small steps. You know you are going in the right direction if you are enjoying what you are doing and you want to spend more time doing it. Many people are shy to even try because in their own eyes they are amateur or somehow not worthy of trying to be creative. As if creativity is saved for the ‘Chosen ones’, well guess what? You are the one who chooses to indulge and develop your creative talents and ideas or not. Yes, that’s right, it’s up to you. It’s not up to your family, your day job or what your friends will say. These can only be excuses for you not giving yourself the gift of time to explore your creative self.

My message here is that if you could have one Christmas wish and one of many New Year’s resolutions, what would it be? Would you by any chance decide to start making those baby steps of discovering unknown territories for yourself like indulging your talents with some time? Or would you still be the one saying I loved theatre or painting or geography or food as child, but don’t have time for it now and excuse yourself?

As a mum I draw so much inspiration from our boy he is a constant reminder of how we once were, we believed we can be anyone and do everything. Well why not? What happened that we became so doubtful of ourselves and our talents? Why did we stop playing and having fun and most importantly why do we think its too late to start again?

Never stop dreaming the way you did when you were young and never stop trying new and exciting things. Experiencing new things, we learn more about ourselves and what we are really capable of achieving. We all have it and it’s called – Creativity. Wishing you a dreamy Christmas and New Year!