Don’t believe in the lie that you’re not creative. We’re ALL creative, in wildly different ways, and just because you too failed miserably at the wilted still-life art assignments in primary school doesn’t mean that you’re not creative.
That said, while we all have oceans of creativity within us, creativity is also a skill – it needs to be exercised and fostered and fed and worked. Want to be more creative right now? Do these three things 🙂
1. What floats your boat or tickles your fancy?
We’re all creative in different ways – some of us love arranging flowers from the garden, others doodle clothing designs while on the phone, and still others delight in veering off the recipe and pairing unusual flavors to great effect.
Think about what makes YOU come alive (when a whole afternoon disappears as you become absorbed in your craft), turn off the tech, and do more of that. The good news is, once you exercise your creativity in one area, your heightened creativity will flow throughout your life, and you’ll suddenly find that you’re more creative in the way you tell your children stories, put outfits together, write a love letter, or decide on a win-win solution with your husband.
2. Take it lying down
Turn off the tech. Lie down on your bed or on the couch. Close your eyes. Away from a screen and my distractions, whenever I do this during the day I start thinking more creatively about my business (which is a pain if you’re trying to sleep, but great for ideas). Keep a post-it next to you, so that you can scribble down the inspiration and ideas that come to you. If you fall asleep – don’t fight it – it means you needed it, and that your creativity will be heightened when you wake up refreshed.
3. Overfloweth your cup
For your creativity to be realised, you need to feed it. Gardening your jam? Read a new gardening blog or magazine. Love fashion? Pick up a glossy and page through. Don’t stick to the types of artistic expression you’re currently working on, but be swayed by whatever tickles your fancy. Life’s too short just to look at spreadsheets – read a beautifully-written piece of literature, eat something special (slowly, and really taste it), spend time outside.
Feeling more creative already? Tell me, what creative pursuits do you (or have you once) enjoyed?