Thinking about living a creative life can seem to be so out of reach and sometimes so undo-able, especially when you think how do I bring creativity into “my” daily life – when you think it’s for other people, you know the creatives out there.
I want you to know that even when you think that you are not creative that you are. You are born with creativity within you. You have that spark to create it’s included into your DNA, it’s for you to explore and bring forth into your own life.
You probably think how do I do that?
Here are a few ideas you can do to incorporate being creative into your daily life. It’s not about the bell’s and whistles it’s about doing or making something every day that speaks to your soul.
- Follow your passion. You are creative beings with a need to express yourself. This does not mean that you have to quit your day job to focus entirely on that one painting you have to do regardless of all else. It’s breaking your passion into bite sizes and do as much as you can every day – even that one great painting. Think about this even an hour spent on your passion every day makes you a happier person. If you need to paint, paint – you love it, it’s your passion so do it. Let that inner critic go, give her the day off, send her on holiday and enjoy your creative moments.
- Write it down. Write down any ideas you have, start a creative journal. Don’t sensor yourself. By writing down all these ideas you are practising your creativeness. More often than not through all these nuggets of wisdom you write down you could find one idea that speaks to your soul. Think about this you would never get to know that one idea if you didn’t write down the other hundred or so other ideas. By writing down all these ideas you release all you know onto paper and get to come back later to pick on some others you had. If you didn’t write them down, you would have had no archives to delve into.
- Daydream. In my school rapports I had this one comment that I’m a little daydreamer. To tell the truth I never stopped. I make time to daydream for no other purpose than to let my mind wander off and think about nothing specific. By wandering off your mind looks at things differently. This has helped me put things into perspective and even get solutions to problems.
- Being alone. With the busyness of business it’s seldom that you can sit down and be alone with yourself. You have social media the inter connectedness of family friends always surrounding you. Being alone with yourself can be a special moment where you can simply sit with yourself, get to know yourself a bit better, calm yourself down from one hectic life, where you can reflect on all your actions and listen to your inner voice speaking to yourself. It’s good to reflect on where you are, to have a chat with yourself to know if you are on the right path, do you think you have to make any adjustments.
- Express yourself. I want you to think about how you express yourself. Life is not always an instagram moment filled with perfection that can be disguised with different filters. Life is life and bad things happen to good people. When you are in that moment of not being all together happy it’s OK to take a picture of the dark side of the moon today. Every cloud has a silver lining and tomorrow might be the moment where you see the most amazing sunrise of your entire life and that’s the day all the good things happen. If you need to express yourself creatively through these moments of not feeling all together there, take that photograph, paint that picture, it’s part of life’s lessons. When you reflect back you might see that silver lining and know that this was the day that change happened.
- Venture forth. When you start looking and observing what is around you new ideas and projects emerge that you can’t wait to develop. By observing what’s around you, you develop your senses and by developing your senses you make way to look at the world differently.
- Possibility. The world is filled with possibilities. Look at life with a creative eye. Look at what the world can offer you. Make space for something new. Notice the little signs of beauty, love and compassion the world has to offer. Think of all the possibilities life can bring.
- Self Care. It is so important to look after yourself you will have more energy to do the things you want. When you start looking after yourself everything else falls into place. You have more energy to go for your walks, your creative endeavours, it moves you forward from the talking to the doing.
- Take a lunch break. Break up your day. When you only see four walls every day, it’s going to get to you sometime down the line. It’s not good for your stress levels or your health. You don’t have to do the same thing every day, if you want to go for a bike ride today and a walk tomorrow – do so. The point is that you need your break, you need to take care of yourself. When you get back to your desk you will feel so more refreshed, think about this – do you really, truly need to be at your desk during lunch time.
- Play. Enjoy yourself, find what you love. A quick hint, us grown-ups have playdates and we do the Wonderland thing where we have so much fun. We buy all these tokens and for an hour or two go bonkers from driving the most insane cars to bikes to having shoot-ups between friends. At the end of the evening we end off with milk shakes and waffles. The question that can be asked who said you can’t have fun. Arrange a play date with friends and you will see how amazing it is.
These are a few ideas of being creative and bringing that spark of creativeness into your life.
Take care Debbera xoxo