What I’ve Learned About Myself as a Creative …

I honestly do not know one creative person who isn’t doing multiple things or aspiring to do yet another. This is the true path to being a creative individual. Our minds never stop, even when we’re sleeping (or trying to fall asleep). For me, it all started when I was a young girl … I was always doodling, colouring and interested in any DIY project I could get my hands on. That lead to art school for me. Yet during my many years of schooling, I was always told by my teachers, mentors and others around me that I needed to buckle down, focus and “find my artistic style”. What did that mean I thought? I have to find one artistic style to bundle up my entire being. I did not like this.

I struggled with this for many years trying to “find my style”. Moving from one art style to the next and trying every possible medium out there. Then one day it came to me … Being a creative individual shouldn’t just stop at one medium, one “type” of project or one DIY project. To me, being a creative individual meant that I should be able to dive in to whatever artist ways tickled my fancy at that time and just work to perfect the inspiration I was working on at THAT MOMENT then see where that took me next.

Creativity allows us to stretch our minds, do new and exciting things, and engage ourselves in a way ...
that takes us one step closer to reaching our full potential.

During all those years of creative style struggle, I learned that I was better at some creative outlets than others and that’s what brought me to becoming a graphic and web designer. I worked for years to perfect my skills in this niche and never stopped to wonder if another career choice would have been better suited for my lifestyle. I know, in my gut that being a designer was the path I was supposed to be on. So, every single day, I keep creating and never stop learning as technology grows as quickly as we age.

As a creative individual I find I have a great deal of energy, both mental and physical. I can spend hours working on a single project, whether it be designing, painting or DIYing, that holds my attention at a very deep level while remaining enthusiastic. No, I’m not hyperactive but yes, maybe a bit OCD, LoL! During my downtime, my mind still races. I am always quietly thinking and reflecting on the things I just created and other things that hold my creative interest. I’m always hunting down that next BIG IDEA. So, I guess you can call it what it is … I am a realistic daydreamer!

I like to daydream and imagine all the possibilities and wonders of the world around me. I tend to immerse myself in imagination and fantasy, yet due to my design background, remain grounded in that which is real. And that’s how I found my style! And those around me tend to agree. I tend to be BOLD or ITALIC but never regular (haha, bit of graphic design humor).

As most artists who don’t have a design background tend to be less organized and create art while flying by the seat of their pants I am quite different. I plan every stage, colour, angle all the way until I can envision the end before I’ve even begun my art project. When it comes to the artist inside me, I like to joke that I’m an organized creative. My graphic and web design brain somehow meet in the middle with my artist brain and create a magical combination of the two. And vice-versa when it comes to my design projects. I cannot seem to separate the two but to me, that’s what make my creative abilities so special. I’ve learned to merge what I have knowledge on from both angles and create master pieces in both areas of my creative lifestyle.

Some people see things as they are and say “why” while I dream of things that never were and say, “why not!

I hope you enjoy this short little story about what I’ve learned about myself as a creative individual and how I managed to beat past that struggle to not let one art form bound and limit me to who I am and who I want to continue to be as am artist. It’s okay to love to do more than one thing/style and be proud of all the craziness that comes with the passion. I feel that is what sets one apart from the rest of the world and makes each and every one of us in the world of creativity original. And with that being said, I will leave you with this short quote to ponder upon …

If you walk in the footprints of others, you won’t make any of your own.


Now tell us … What’s your creative story?

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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