Rediscovering My Creativity: From Corporate Job to Inspired Chef and Artist




The Office Job and Creative Block

Have you ever felt stuck in a creative rut, unsure of how to reignite that spark you once had? I know exactly how that feels.

I've been a creative person all my life, but a stint working as a data analyst left me in a massive creative block. Surprisingly, it was my newfound hobby of cooking that brought me back to my artistic roots. I want to share my story of rediscovering creativity through an unexpected path, and hopefully inspire anyone else facing a similar challenge.

From a young age, I've always been drawn to creative pursuits. I tried it all, whether it was drawing, painting, knitting, sewing, or sculpting. My childhood was filled with colorful projects and imaginative endeavors. I vividly remember the joy of creating something from nothing, letting my imagination run wild.

After getting my BA degree in Film Production, I found myself deviating towards analytical jobs that fit well my soft skills and brought me a sense of fulfillment. At that time, I was sure I would build my career in data. While the work was intellectually stimulating, after some time I began to starve creatively. The repetitive nature of the job, even though it brought stability, led to a growing sense of frustration. I felt like a part of me was slowly fading away, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't seem to overcome the creative block that had taken hold.

During this period, I started experimenting with cooking as a way to unwind after a stale day in the office. I've always been interested in cooking, but never had a desire to 'level up' my cooking skills. What began as a casual interest soon turned into a passionate hobby. I found joy in trying new recipes, building a weekly menu for me and my partner, experimenting with flavors, and trying new ingredients. It became an exciting activity I looked forward to every day, something that kept me going through my increasingly boring work routine. I found a great sense of satisfaction in taking the time to place the dish and dress it with some fresh herbs or a homemade sauce.

As I delved deeper into cooking, I began to notice a shift in my mental well-being. The skills and techniques I developed in the kitchen started to influence my desire to create art. I realized that both cooking and art required a similar mindset: attention to detail, experimentation, and a willingness to embrace mistakes.

You might be wondering how this led back to my artistic career. One of the biggest lessons I learned from this experience is my personal inclination toward creative disciplines. By reconnecting with my inner child and finding joy in new activities that allow me to express myself, I finally accepted my true calling. From there, I stopped fighting my need to make art and started to dive into the digital illustration world on a professional level.

If you're struggling with a creative block, here are a few tips that might help:

  • Try a New Hobby: Instead of forcing yourself to create art, step outside your comfort zone and explore new activities. You never know what might spark your creativity.

  • Embrace Imperfection: Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them. Creativity thrives in an environment where perfection isn't the goal.

  • Reconnect with Your Inner Child: Reflect on the activities that brought you joy as a child and see if you can incorporate them into your life now.

  • Take Breaks: Sometimes, stepping away from your primary creative pursuit can give you the mental space you need to come back refreshed.

  • Seek Inspiration Everywhere: Look for inspiration in unexpected places – a walk in nature, a new recipe, or a conversation with a friend.

Overcoming Creative Block Through Diverse Hobbies

Rediscovering my creativity through cooking was a transformative experience. It taught me that sometimes, the way back to our artistic selves involves exploring new avenues and finding joy in unexpected places.

If you're feeling stuck, I encourage you to try something new and see where it leads you. And if you'd like more updates on my creative journey and tips for fellow artists, subscribe to my newsletter!

a plate with a plate of food and a laptop
a plate with a plate of food and a laptop
a kitchen counter top with a bowl of vegetables
a kitchen counter top with a bowl of vegetables