Did you do something creative today?
Chances are you did, even if you’re one of those people who claims you “aren’t a creative person”. While it might seem frivolous to some I cannot stress the importance of creativity in your daily life.
Creativity makes us human, it makes our lives more fulfilling, it allows us to give and share with others and it can help with everyday life problems.
Everyone is creative.
Even my dad who is always saying to me, “you and your mom are the creative ones”. When in reality he was creative enough to build a business, creative enough to get his three daughters interested in playing basketball and creative enough to become a hobby rabbit breeder.
Creativity isn’t just painting, drawing, or coming up with something tangible. Creativity is figuring your way around a road block. It’s being innovative. Hell, it’s even stealing someone else’s idea, flipping it and reversing it into something new.
The Importance of Creativity
As a kid I didn’t really understand the importance of creativity. I took creativity for granted. It was there everyday in my life. I was one of those kids who asked to go to Michael’s instead of going to the toy store. I loved walking down the aisles looking at all the potential craft projects I could make.
My friend Neesha and I spent many weekends “doing stamps”. Together we created an endless supply of custom cards, bookmarks, stationary and anything else we could stamp. The two of us also went through a concho necklace period which oddly enough are now kind of in fashion. Did you click on the concho necklace link back there? Because if you didn’t I’ll give you a chance to do that now…it’s displayed on a paper towel and looks exactly like one I made back in the 90’s.
I’m not telling you stories of my childhood to brag or anything, although I’m sure you are dying for a concho necklace of your very own. I’m telling you about these little projects to illustrate the importance of creativity in your daily life. The time I spent making cards, necklaces, painted boxes and embroidering helped to shape who I am today.
Each of those projects allowed me to step away from life requirements. Cleaning, cooking, going to school, going to work, family commitments, you name it. It was time I got to play, be silly, imagine new things and re-imagine old things.
The good news is even if you haven’t spent your life up to this point doing creative work there’s still plenty of time. Whether you’re a life long creative or a person who struggles to even fold a piece of paper in three there’s room for you to add creativity to your life.
How to Add Creativity to your Daily Life
- Find a doable project. While I always encourage people to reach far, this first project should be more simple and achievable. Maybe you start a class through Skillshare or find a short creativity challenge. Maybe there’s a recipe you want to cook, a knitting pattern you’ve always wanted to try or a problem you’ve been wanting to solve. Creativity doesn’t always mean making something physical. Solving a problem creatively is a great way to start. The most important thing is to make it doable for you.
- Be kind to yourself. Doing something new isn’t always easy. Odds are you’ll need to do some practicing. Your first project might be a hot mess, but at least you started. Elizabeth Gray didn’t just start lettering and become an Instagram gem, she had to practice A LOT to get where she is today. So be kind to yourself and make sure you build in time to practice.
- Take your time. As you start this creative project make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to work through the process. It’s not a race. And if you decide you aren’t feeling it cut yourself some slack. Either give yourself a break and return to the project when you’re in a better place or let it go and move forward. Creative work is supposed to spark joy (as Marie Kondo would say), if it doesn’t don’t keep that project around.
Still not convinced of the importance of creativity in your daily life?
Here’s a few simple ways you can add it in to get you started.
- Take one picture a day with your phone.
- Start a one sentence a day journal (it could even be a note in your phone).
- Pick out a new recipe to try one day of the week.
- Go to a coffee shop with just a notebook and a pen…see what happens.
- Write a letter to a friend.
- Make a little video and post it to social media.
No matter what you decide to do to increase your creativity, remember to make it doable, be kind to yourself and be patient. Creativity should bring you balance, get you excited or bring you calm, not make you stressed out. If you’re feeling stressed maybe you need a different project. Don’t be afraid to set down a project and return to it when you’re ready.
If you decide to start a project let me know. Leave a comment or tag me in an Instagram post.
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