I met Dacia through my writing experience Web Words & Wanderlust, where she was looking for renewed inspiration now that she was in a fixed location. (Funny how travel inspires us so easy, but once we’re back home… not so much!)
Dacia really walked the Web Words & Wanderlust talk, by showing up to our live call from a coffee shop. I loved her instantly, as I’m all about creating ‘in the moment’. She’s also hilarious.
1. What does self-expression mean to you and why is it important?
Self-expression means connection. Humans are by nature social creatures, and yet we so often find ways to disconnect ourselves from each other and the world around us. We stare at technology rather than looking at the beauty of nature. We distance ourselves from those who love us, especially when we need their support the most. We start to think that we’re all alone and no one can understand our pain or struggles, so we hide it away, suffering in silence and loneliness.
To counteract our voluntary self-exile, we need to embrace our self-expression more. The only way to reconnect is to share your story and realize that there are others who have similar tales of strife and survival. And of joy and happiness as well. We are innate storytellers and when we bottle up our stories we do a disservice to ourselves and those who need to hear our stories.
2. When do you feel most expressive?
When I’m experiencing a new environment, culture and just plain old people watching.
There are two parts to this. First comes the initial observation and conversation period. This is data gathering in a sense, much like an anthropologist studies their target group. I ask questions of the locals or try to quietly decipher the meanings behind the interactions I see.
After that, I integrate the new knowledge into my understanding and previous experiences. Then I can express what I saw with how I interpret it and come up with something new. I also feel expressive in nature as I watch the plants and animals around me go about their days. Watching the miracle of life in the natural world has brought some of the most inspired writing.
3. How do you nurture your creativity?
I read. A lot! I read authors that I love for their spirituality and self-development – like Paulo Coelho and Brené Brown. And I read authors that I love for their humour and satire, like David Sedaris and Christopher Moore. I also read Nora Roberts for fun and that spark of romance that she does so well.
But I don’t just keep my nose in a book aaaall the time (just mostly). I love to have conversations with friends and strangers about any and everything (unless you’re talking to me about the latest Kardashian scandal, then I’m out.)
Also, I watch a bunch of sci-fi and fantasy films and shows. To me, the world of the future and fantasy enable us to shine our brightest. Yes, there are dark parts to humanity, but in the truly exceptional stories, good always triumphs and humanity unites to save each other. That really gets me thinking outside of my puny worries and stresses.
4. What one piece of advice would you give someone who is stuck with their writing?
Walk away. It sounds counterintuitive, but really when you’re trying and trying to get the creative juices flowing and there’s nothing coming it’s probably because you’re trying too hard. Like with any puzzle or problem, you get a lot more inspiration by walking away from it for a while than you do staring it down until it unlocks its secrets for you. I guarantee you’ll always lose this staring contest. Unless you’re a cat, then you’re solid. This can be literally walking away (going to nature is always starts those creative juices flowing again) or it can be a metaphorical walking away in that you shift your attention to something else. Preferably do another creative activity like drawing, music or dancing.
5. If you could try a new form of creative expression, what would you do?
I would love to learn to paint. Lately I’ve been getting more intrigued with watercolour. My mom used to oil paint and though that would be amazing to do, it’s a little more involved than simple water colors. For one, I don’t need to worry terribly much about getting watercolours over my clothes or furniture. However, it’s hard to get the images as I envision them with watercolour. So I should maybe start with basic drawing skills first and then progress to painting, but where’s the fun in not fully diving in head first?
6. Where can we see what you create?
More About Dacia
Dacia is a superstar at real communication, empathy and being true to self. She works with women who like their life but feel there’s still something missing or out of alignment. Through integrating her lifetime experience with Tarot and her unique holistic/pagan spirituality, she helps them tap in to the missing puzzle piece through introspection, honest listening and mindfulness work around the cycle of life, so they can start to live authentically in all aspects of their life. She’s created a Daily Empowerment Ritual so you can become fully activated and start each day of well. Click to grab your free copy here!