Behind the scenes

About the 3 rules of creativity and daily creative responsibilities

It’s important to go small steps, this is the first rule of creativity, I get it, but what if you have too many steps to go again and again? Because the second rule of creativity is to repeat and repeat and repeat. Practise makes perfect.

Obviously I learned this in Dance Schools, but not only there. It’s inherent in all creative processes: writing, singing, playing an instrument, drawing, acting – everywhere!

The latest addition to my creative daily routine is writing poems. That could only take 5 minutes, but where do I find 5 minutes for a poem, if I can’t find 7 minutes for morning yoga?

Other creative tasks include morning pages, writing blog posts, playing guitar, researching for my book, vlogs and now poems! (Which should eventually translate into songwriting some day.)

I WANT to do all of this on a daily basis, but on 10 out of 10 days I fail. I can do some of these things on a good day, on a bad day I do morning pages and that’s it. I haven’t ever caught up on all in one day.

Pushing myself makes me feel stressed and stress is the enemy of creative flow.

This is the third rule of creativity: Be relaxed and the muses will find you!

Behind the scenes

Artistic Break aka. Working on other Projects

It has been quiet on this blog and I would like to tell you Why.

I made a brainstorming about my brand Leila Yuliyah. I had been thinking about changing my focus and wanted to start posting different content. Reflecting my brand or persona has however given me another idea: I don’t want Leila Yuliyah to become one of the many persons on the internet that give advice.

Mainly because Leila Yuliyah is an artist and not a teacher.

I want to leave it this way! I want to use this account to experiment, to rehearse and to perform. As a dancer, as a model or maybe in the future as a musician. But I don’t want to give advice about creativity, at least not from her point of view.

I am however working on a new project that will include advice on creativity and many other topics. But it will be in German. I am working heavily on it and have prepared most of the material already. If you are interested in it, drop me a line and I will make sure that you won’t miss the launch.

But I am also working on my bellydance blog Y2B. It is in German, too. At the moment I prepare the bellydance video advent calendar. On 24 days in December I will post bellydance videos. I have been doing this in the past years and it was always great fun. This time I try to engage the bellydance community by including a mini interview from the dancers. I have not come as far as I would have like to come but I think I will manage it until the end of this month.

After that I will launch the new project.

Artist Date

Week 2 – The Artist Date Challenge

Last week I created a bucket list, this week I will visit a graveyard.

Why should I visit a graveyard?

A graveyard is a great place to calm down and reflect about life and death. Some gravestones are great pieces of art. Life is short and a walk on the graveyard might remind you what really matters.

How do I participate?

Share your favorite gravestone, your reflections, your favorite graveyard or whatever you can think of related to a graveyard in this round of the artist date challenge.

Maybe you already have an idea what should be written on your gravestone? Or you just want to share some quotes about death and life with us.

Please use the hashtag #artistdatechallenge and tag me in your post to participate / link to this blogpost.

Looking forward to your posts!

Artist Date, Bucket List

My Autumn Bucket List 2021 #artistdatechallenge

  • Onion Tart with Federweisser 
  • Celebrate my Birthday
  • Walk in the forest and collect mushrooms
  • Lampion parade
  • Fresh Apple Pie with Cream
  • Buy Rubber Boots
  • Jump in puddles
  • Walk in dizzy rain
  • Collect colorful leaves and chest nuts
  • Buy a rain jacket
  • Cook stewed pears
  • Write letters by hand
  • Try Hot Apple Cider
  • Sit at a bonfire
  • Watch the stars
  • Pork knuckle with coleslaw
  • Listen to audio books