Creative Woman Spotlight: Brianna Marie
What are some of your favorite ways to be creative?
My favorite way to be creative is definitely through writing. From the type of pen I’m going to use to which emotion I’m going to play to, I love the entire process. I think getting out of your comfort zone can aid in finding new paths of creativity. I was at Target one day and randomly decided to pick up some paint. I should preface this by saying I’m a terrible painter. But I enjoyed it so much; it was almost therapeutic. And I think that’s what creativity is about—trying. New avenues, new paths. Learning about yourself and your abilities.
How did you get started with poetry?
I’ve been writing since I was in middle school. I remember submitting a piece for a book that published kids from several schools. When I was selected and published, my grandma bought a box full of copies. I felt celebrated, supported, and encouraged to continue writing. My teenage years are when I found a true appreciation for words, their power, and their ability to heal.
How did your creative journey intersect with your healing journey?
Like everyone else, I’ve been through some things. I’ve experienced trauma and, from a young age, internalized a lot of what I was truly feeling. My journal was my safe space. It was a place where I could talk openly about my feelings and no one could judge or dismiss them. I often say that words saved me; that words continue to save me. Writing has been instrumental to my healing process. I write when I’m happy, when I’m sad. I write about all my life experiences. It has been my way of sorting through my mess and finding light. And I think, a lot of times, that’s what art is: a reflection of who we are and what we’re going through. For me, lack of creative expression is a suppression of self. And I think we should all be a little bit louder about how we feel and who we are.
What's your favorite form of self-care?
I have so many! The most important, probably, is taking time each week to check in on myself. To make sure that I’m not running from anything, especially myself. I love being around my friends and family, but one of my favorite forms of self care is just taking a day to completely to myself. Sometimes, self care is getting my nails done or going on a hike. Other times, it’s making the therapy appointment.
What advice would you give other creative souls for their journeys?
It’s cliche and we hear it often, but don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. Your journey is exactly that: yours. A lot of times, I think, it can be discouraging when other people don’t see your vision or back your project, but nobody has to believe in you more than you. As long as your heart is in it and you’re proud of it, whatever “it” is, you’ve already accomplished something. Don’t be afraid to take a break or cut yourself some slack. It’s okay to take time for yourself. In fact, please remember to always be gentle with yourself. Never dim your light or let anybody convince you that your ideas are too farfetched. If anything, let that be a reminder to dream bigger. Always be authentically and beautifully you. And never, ever, stop creating.
Promote your latest project!
My first book of poetry and prose was published September 2018. Gardens of Love has a diary-like feel and explores the whole spectrum of emotions. It touches on depression, heartbreak, and loneliness. But it also offers hope, love, and healing. It’s raw and honest—it’s me in a little black book.
More About Brianna
Brianna Marie is a writer based in Los Angeles. She writes to heal herself; she shares her poetry to connect with others. Whether it is about newfound love or battles with mental health, she believes if we're all transparent, we can use our life experiences to teach and aid each other.
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