The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity. Our intention is to talk to one hundred Black women, from all walks of life, to share their advice on creativity by answering the two simple questions.
Our third interview is with Temara Moore, founder of Cloud 9 Bookkeeping and Tax, LLC and my bestie! In addition to helping small businesses get their accounting together, she makes jewelry, does genealogy research, and writes books. Learn more about her company at https://www.cloud9bookkeepingtax.com/
What does it mean to be creative?
Temara: To be creative is to ignore the voice in your subconscious that creates excuses. When you ignore it, there’s nothing telling you that your ideas are silly or impossible. As an accountant, my creativity comes into play when I see clients clinging to processes that are inefficient and outdated. I create new systems for their own unique situation. When you deal in numbers, it’s easy to get stuck in old school ruts. Math is centuries old and it’s one of the few things that will never change. However, we can change the way that math works for us.
What one piece of advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you give to Black women about navigating their own creative process?
Temara: We should trust our guts. For me, second thoughts are usually just variations of my first and more authentic thought. The first thought is shot down and revised by my subconscious. If you have a brilliant idea or a deep longing to pursue something, you’ll notice that idea or longing never goes away until it’s fulfilled. Act on those first thoughts because in my experience, the second and third revisions of my true desires never measure up to the original.