'I CAN'T DRAW!' ... nonsense.

The moment I lost my creativity...and how I found it again - meet Michelle

Michelle joins the team having just returned to London from traveling South East Asia. She adores dogs, food, dancing, exploring new places and soy chai lattes. She loves meeting new faces so come and say hi! She'll be co-hosting future Doodleledo events in London starting from March 2015. We're super excited to have her on the team!

Michelle Potia

Michelle on her journey with doodling again:

When I was 16 I had an interesting conversation with my ex-art teacher, Ms Willis.

It went something along the lines of this: "Thank god you didn't opt Art as a GCSE subject Michelle! LOL" OK I knew it was a joke and I laughed but she was right. When all the other kids had completed their project I'd still be figuring out which way was up or down! I'm the sort of person who likes the safety of certainty in maths whereby you follow a framework of rules and you're either correct or you are not. 

Like every other kid I'd doodle and draw pictures in class, mostly because I got bored and I'd get told off for it so I stopped but it's only recently, over a decade later I've realised what a shame that was. 

The problem with conventional schooling is that it can snuff out all traces of creativity if it doesn't conform with their ideals of 'Art'. We must remember that children are not born with the fear of being wrong, this is something that's indoctrinated into our minds and sadly if you're afraid of being wrong, then arguably you are frightened of being different, and of being creative.

Creativity is like a muscle and the more you exercise it the stronger and more flexible it becomes. I became a finance professional due to my affinity for structure and numbers but it's easy to forget how important it is to have an active imagination in and outside of the office. After all, how boring would life be if absolutely nobody was dared to be different and everything was all the same?!

I recently took 6 months out of my career to have a break, take the opportunity to learn and explore the world (thoroughly recommend this to absolutely everyone, by the way, it was the best thing I've ever done) but before I left I got to learn more about Natalia and her businesses in particular Doodleledo; whether art is your thing or not, everyone doodled when they were younger. Unlike maths, there's no right or wrong, Ms Willis isn't going to be there to judge me, its fun and I get to meet other like-minded people and snack. 

Nobody tells you when you go traveling there is often a lot of waiting around for transport. Inspired by idea of Doodleledo I found myself using this time to draw and create visual storyboards of the places I'd seen and things I'd done. It relaxed me and filled in the gaps of my stories that photos couldn't and I've kept all of these as personal mementoes of all the amazing places I've seen and as a reminder to myself to keep learning and keep the joy in doodling.

My advice to anyone who thinks they can't draw is to just try, don't overthink it and do it. Draw for fun, draw instead of making lists, draw to make mind maps or create storyboards. You'd be surprised how it can help you interpret and understand information especially if you're a visual thinker like me.

Don't know where to start? Come along to Doodleledo, if that won't get you addicted I don't know what will. See you in March at #DoodleledoLondon! more info soon.

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