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Eve Rodsky

Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World

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    Unicorn Space as Self-Expression

    Overwhelmed and overworked individuals often have the bad habit of denying themselves the time to pursue a creative form of self-expression. Not getting to spend an afternoon baking, writing, gardening, singing, knitting … too often seems like the least of your problems.

    You’ve got work, family, kids, pets, social obligations, housecleaning, cooking, laundry – and by the end of the day, you don’t have the time or energy to be creative.

    But actually, we all should. And that’s where unicorn space comes in. It's the dedicated time and space you give yourself to do what you love.

    Unicorn space isn’t the same as self-care. It isn’t the same as work even if you love your work. It isn’t coming up with creative tasks for your kids to do. It’s about finding an activity you’re so excited and in love with that you can’t wait to get back to it.

    At its heart, unicorn space is about taking a little bit of time to be you. Just you. Authentically you. It’s about finding a creative pursuit that comes purely from your own curiosity and passion and then sharing the results of that pursuit with the world.

    But is this really a priority? Aren’t hobbies and vanity projects for when you have spare time?

    First of all, terms like “hobbies” and “vanity projects” are reductive and can lead you to sideline your creative pursuits.

    That’s why the term unicorn space was created. This is more than a hobby, it’s an opportunity to further develop the you that existed long before work and kids and laundry.

    Studies are very clear that people who take the time to prioritize their creative expression feel better, act better, and live better.

    So if you’re worried that taking some time to do what you want to do might be selfish, take comfort in the fact that your family is much happier when you’re happier.

    It’s time to stop thinking of unicorn space as an option and start thinking of it as a necessity.

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    What is Find Your Unicorn Space about?

    Find Your Unicorn Space (2021) opens the door to an important conversation about what makes us unique as individuals and offers a guide to discovering, claiming, and growing your creative interests.

    Who should read Find Your Unicorn Space?

    • Women who give too much
    • Creatives who don’t have time to create
    • Recovering workaholics, martyrs, people pleasers, and moms

    About the Author

    Eve Rodsky is the New York Times best-selling author of Fair Play about the equitable distribution of unpaid work between men and women. On a foundation of research, she offers sustainable solutions to the problem of self-neglect primarily among women. 

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