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Take a minute to reflect on the creative practices that make up your own unique creativity. Learn how to use that information to challenge your creativity even more!

Your Unique Creativity

Take a minute to reflect on the creative practices that make up your own unique creativity. Learn how to use that information to challenge your creativity even more!

Take a minute to reflect on the creative practices that make up your own unique creativity. Learn how to use that information to challenge your creativity even more!

Here’s the story.

Too often we hear the word creativity and immediately equate it to art. Art is creative. But, not all creativity is necessarily art. This is good because we also often assume that one needs to be an artist to be creative. Nope, not even close to being the case.

As I have said many a time, creativity is turning ideas into reality. With that in mind, I started reflecting on my creativity. I was thinking through all the different aspects of my creativity and how they each have a different role and serve a different purpose that is unique to me and my creativity. For example, sewing. I rarely sew just because I feel like it or to learn a new skill. Instead, I usually have a specific project I want to make. I pull out my sewing machine, I sew it. It’s always more complicated than I think it will be. I get an immense feeling of satisfaction from finishing the project. Then, I think of 30 new projects I’m going to sew. I put my sewing machine away and don’t take it out for a few months again. This works for me for sewing but wouldn’t necessarily work me if it was writing. Writing plays a different role in my creativity.

This is an interesting one because when I was younger I always thought I would write books (novels), mainly because I loved reading so much that I thought it would be the coolest thing ever to create those stories myself. However, I can’t remember ever writing fiction on my own, for fun, past second grade. It’s hard to be good at something if you don’t ever do it (duh). However I was always a good student and a good academic writer – I know/knew how to write a paper to get an A on it. But, this also made me realize that I was a boring writer. So when I launched greens + blues co. a few years ago, at first I struggled to come up with content and worried that I was boring everyone. While I don’t claim to be an amazing storyteller now, I do know that I’m better than I was before. Why? Because I write every single day. Sometimes it’s crap, but sometimes it’s not. And even if it is crap, it’s at least a starting point – it can only get better from there. Now, because of my daily writing habit, I do know that I will write a book sometime in my life (I’m just about done with a first draft). Even if no one else ever reads it – it’s still a success to me.

One more example of my creativity before we get to yours.

Drawing and I have a complicated relationship. I have always wanted to be good at drawing, but have never really been willing to put in the work/practice to improve. I’m not really setting myself up for success there. I realized part of the problem was that my goal was always “to get better at drawing.” The problem with that (for me) is that it isn’t concrete enough. I like tangible goals. So my new goal. Draw well enough that I can include some basic illustrations in the book I’m writing. Based on that, I’ve come up with a more concrete action plan, part of which is to establish a daily drawing habit. So here I go!

Enough about me, it’s your turn. Start by making a three column chart like the one below. In the first column, brainstorm all the different aspects of your creativity or creative practices. In the second column you will reflect on how often you actually practice each one. In the third column write the purpose of you practicing that particular creative activity. Take a few minutes and fill out your chart now.

* For my example I just used three examples of how I practice my creativity. You may have more, you may have less.

Take a minute to reflect on the creative practices that make up your own unique creativity. Learn how to use that information to challenge your creativity even more!

So what’s the point? This is a great reflection activity, but what purpose does it serve beyond that?

Number 1

Your creativity is unique to you. It doesn’t look like anyone else’s but yours – nor should it! No matter how many people complete this exercise, no one’s table is going to be exactly the same. Embrace that uniqueness in your creativity.

Number 2

Now that you know how you practice your creativity and why you practice it in that way – what do you do with that information? Focus on an aspect of it that you enjoy but have been letting slide. Where could you take it next? How can you challenge yourself? For example, knitting. I thoroughly enjoy knitting. Even more, I love completing an awesome new hat or scarf for myself or someone I love. But, I’ve been content to stick to the same basic knitting skills for some time. So this is an area where I can challenge myself to learn just one new technique to push myself outside of scarves and hats.

Number 3

Or, you can focus on an aspect that surprises you. When I look at my creativity, I’m very surprised that I practice my creativity most often by writing. That was definitely not the case three years ago. So how did I make that change? By implementing a daily writing habit. So thinking about that, is there any other aspect of my creativity that could benefit from a daily habit? Now, realistically, I can’t practice all aspects of my creativity every single day (or every weekday which is what I actually do for writing). But I can for some. Writing is easy to make a daily habit of because it doesn’t take a long time and you don’t need many tools. Drawing is an area that I really want to be better at – so I decided I will also implement a daily habit for drawing. It doesn’t take much time – I will draw ten things or for ten minutes whichever I reach first. Simple enough. Take what you have learned about your creativity (whether it is positive or negative) and use that knowledge to improve another aspect of your creativity.

Number 4

As you look through your creative practices, is there anything you don’t want to do anymore? Remember, no one is making you. So stop forcing yourself to do something that you no longer enjoy. For me, this is scrapbooking. Now, I haven’t scrapbooked in almost two years, I have moved on from it. So in addition to stopping, I also gave away any extra scrapbooking materials I had so that I didn’t have that clutter or didn’t feel like I should continue it at some point.

I would love to hear back from you after completing this exercise. What did you learn about your creativity? What surprised you? Any realizations that you came to as a result of completing this exercise?

Take a minute to reflect on the creative practices that make up your own unique creativity. Learn how to use that information to challenge your creativity even more!

Knowing Which Ideas to Pursue - Having lots of ideas is a great problem to have, but how can you differentiate between the good ones and the bad ones so not to waste your time and money?

Knowing Which Ideas to Pursue

Having lots of ideas is a great problem to have, but how can you differentiate between the good ones and the bad ones so not to waste your time and money?

Knowing Which Ideas to Pursue - Having lots of ideas is a great problem to have, but how can you differentiate between the good ones and the bad ones so not to waste your time and money?

Once you start practicing your creativity on a regular basis, you may find that you have a new problem. Instead of struggling to come up with new ideas, you have ALL OF THE IDEAS. This is an amazing problem to have, but it can still be a problem nonetheless.

Sidenote – when I use the word “ideas” in this post it really just applies to anything you think of that you want to do. So it could mean you had the idea that you want to start weaving. Or you came up with the idea that you want to build a table. Or you had an idea for how to solve the problem that’s been on your mind. Or you came up with an idea for a business venture. They are all ideas.

Okay, back to it then. Why can having so many ideas be a problem? It sounds crazy.

Because even if you are overflowing with ideas, not all of them are going to be good ones. Not all of them are worth pursuing. I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but it’s true. Not every idea you have is going to be a great one. Sorry! But seriously, even if your “ideas” are more like:

  • I want to knit a scarf
  • I want to make a quilt
  • I want to hand-lettering
  • I want to learn to use power tools so I can make cool shit
  • I want to paint

That’s all awesome, but if you try to juggle all of those new ideas/practices at once, it might backfire. Likely you will be overwhelmed and end up doing nothing instead of making some cool.

So how do you do it? How do you figure out what ideas to pursue without wasting your time, without having a bunch of half-completed projects around your house, or way too many tools and materials that you will never use again? How can you differentiate between the good ideas and the bad ideas before diving straight into the deep end?

Number 1 – Don’t immediately start in on the idea the second you have it, especially if you are already in the middle of something else. Sleep on the idea. Write it down. If you keep coming back around to the same idea, it’s probably worth pursuing. If in two days you have already had a newer, better, more awesome idea, it’s probably not worth your time.

Number 2 – Write your ideas down. Not just on a random piece of paper, but have a specific place where you keep track of your ideas – it could be a Google Doc you name “Ideas” or a notebook you label “Ideas Journal.” It doesn’t matter where you keep track of your ideas, just that you do.  I keep a Google Doc for my ideas. There have been times that I go to record an idea and realize that I have already had this idea. That in it of itself tells you something: I have had this idea twice, so maybe it’s worth pursuing.

For more thoughts on what to do with your ideas, check out this post – it’s one of my favorites.

Knowing Which Ideas to Pursue - Having lots of ideas is a great problem to have, but how can you differentiate between the good ones and the bad ones so not to waste your time and money?

Creativity: What I wish I had known when I was just getting starting learning about my brand of creativity. Don't waste your time by making the same mistakes as me.

Creativity: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Getting Started

Creativity: What I wish I had known when I was just getting starting learning about my brand of creativity. Don't waste your time by making the same mistakes as me. I first began to acknowledge my creativity about 8 years ago when I first read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. I wrote more about it here, but at first the book left me feeling a little empty because I realized I had missed out.

What did I miss out on?

Opportunity after opportunity to find my personal brand of creativity and practice it. There were so MANY opportunities,  yet I never took advantage of them. Total bummer. But, I realized that the book had given me one more opportunity and it was completely up to me to decide whether or not to take it.

What opportunity did the book provide me with?

Knowledge. I was now completely aware of the fact that I was creative. In the past, I would have seen an opportunity for a drawing class or photography course and thought “Not for me. That’s for someone who is creatively gifted.” But, now, I had the knowledge. I was aware. If I didn’t take this opportunity it would be 100% my decision – the responsibility was completely on my shoulders.

What I learned about myself from the book:

  • I liked the idea of being creative.
  • I wanted to be creative.
  • I wished I had taken advantage of opportunities to foster my creativity while in school.

While the book changed everything for me, it was a slow process and I wish I would have come to some realizations more quickly. You are all at many different stops on your own individual creative journeys, but the following can be helpful to everyone:

Creativity: What I wish I had known when I was just getting starting learning about my brand of creativity. Don't waste your time by making the same mistakes as me.

CREATIVITY: WHAT I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN WHEN I STARTED.

  1. Creativity is for everyone. Creativity is not exclusive to professional artists and the like. Everyone is creative. No longer can a lack of creativity be your excuse to not do what is going to make you happy. You just have to decide that you are creative and start to practice!
  2. Creativity is a skill that must be practiced. You would never assume that you could pick up a musical instrument and automatically be the best or start playing a new sport today and tomorrow be the team’s MVP, so why then do so many people assume that they should automatically be good at being creative? Expect that you are going to fail at first – you will be bad. Creativity is a skill that must be practiced. The more you practice it, the better you will be at it. But, you can’t get there without putting in the time.
  3. Everyone blames someone for their lack of creativity when truly they are the only ones to blame. – If you are reading this, I am going to assume you are an adult. Therefore you and only you are responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what happened in your creative past – that was the past. This is now. What do you want? What role do you want creativity to play in your life?

So how does this help you?

If you are just getting started on your creative path, your best bet is to make a plan. This doesn’t need to be anything official, but sit down and take a few minutes to think through the following:

  1. Where are you currently at with your creativity? Be specific.
  2. Where do you want to get with your creativity?
  3. How can you get there? Make a plan.

p.s. If you need help thinking through those questions, I have something that will help you do just that – coming soon!

5 Core Beliefs about Creativity - 1. Everyone is Creative. Click to read the rest.

Join the TEAM?

I’m taking a break from the Live a Creative Life Series this week to share some info on Greens & Blues Co. Over the course of the past few months, I have been dreaming up a redesign – both for my website + for what I want Greens & Blues Co. to be. This past week, I finally finished my website redesign. I felt like it was time to update for a couple of reasons:

  1. It’s fun to do. I designed my website over a year ago and now that my design tastes have changed slightly, I want my website to represent me.
  2. Greens & Blues Co. is ever-evolving. The current vision that I have for Greens & Blues Co. is also slightly different than when I first started it and since my website is the first thing that people see of Greens & Blues Co., I wanted it to accurately represent my new vision.
  3. When I first started Greens & Blues Co., it was very important for me to just start even though I knew it wasn’t going to be perfect. If I waited for every single detail to be perfect – I still wouldn’t have started. And really today, the same is true. Even though I redesigned my website, there are still plenty of things that aren’t quite perfect. But, they are good enough for now.

So beyond the look, the design, of Greens & Blues Co., what has changed?

Number One

I am done with theoretical posts. Yes, it is important to understand that creativity is important and all that jazz, but that doesn’t really do anything for you. Starting today, I am only going to share content that is actionable and that you can put to use immediately. If you visit my START HERE page, you can read my beliefs on creativity and the importance of it, but that is the only place you will find it the future. 

5 Core Beliefs about Creativity - 1. Everyone is Creative. Click to read the rest.

Number Two

I’m changing the name of my weekly newsletter from CHEERS to TEAM.

Anyone who has ever been part of a team, sports or otherwise, can tell you that the best part about being on a team is, of course, your teammates. There is nothing like having teammates to drive you and make you better. The same notion can be applied to a group of people practicing their creativity.

Living a creative life can be different for everyone however we can encourage each other, push each other to go further, to work harder than we would on our own, to try something new, to practice, to do our best – all just by working together. Collaboration can help us take our skills in a particular creative venture to the next level, or to get over ourselves and try something new. Teammates, or just people to collaborate with, challenge us to continually improve our craft.

Although a major component of Greens & Blues Co. is collaboration, I’m not necessarily thinking about two people getting together to work on a creative project.  Instead, it can be a group of people are working towards a common goal – to individually practice their creativity. Each of us that is a part of the TEAM can have a different way of making creativity a part of our daily lives, but at the same time we can encourage each other, push each other, make each other better.

Number Three

Going along with my thoughts from above on collaboration in #2 and the idea of only actionable content going forward from #1, I started a Facebook group called CREATIVITY + COLLABORATION. Thinking/Believing that it is great to collaborate and share our creativity with others is one thing, but I wanted to provide you with a place to accomplish that. Click here to learn more and join now!

Join CREATIVITY + COLLABORATION, a Facebook group that will provide you with inspiration and motivation to practice your creativity.

Think about it – what teams have you been on in the past? Throughout our lives (especially post college), we all join a variety of different teams – dodgeball, volleyball, fantasy football, basketball, etc. Now how about a creativity team? We don’t have to get uniforms…unless you want to puffy paint them yourself of course.  

We join teams for a variety of reasons, including:

Social – to meet people. Joining a league or a team is an easy way to meet people with similar interests as you.

Entertainment – to have fun because we enjoy what we are doing. Whether you are playing flag football team or knitting your cat another scarf, you would only do it and be a part of it if you enjoyed it. Why waste time doing things that aren’t fun or do not bring you joy?

Growth – to potentially get better at whatever it is you are doing. The only way to get better is to put in the time and practice. There are no short-cuts.

Competition – it’s not a dirty word. TEAM Greens & Blues Co. isn’t the type of team where everyone gets a participant trophy, it’s more like the competitive travel team. This doesn’t mean we are going to figure out who is the best at being creative, rather everyone on the team has to be willing to show up, do the work, and get better. No sitting on the sidelines picking grass, you need to be on the field, trying something new, putting yourself out there and very likely failing at times. Competition can be used in a healthy way to push ourselves out of our comfort zones to try something new. Or to take our skills to the next level, or even just to practice more/harder.


The biggest change to Greens & Blues Co. is that I want you to fully understand how I am here to help you.

Greens & Blues Co. You are creative. I'm here to help you find your creativity + practice it. Click to sign up for a course or find other actionable content to help you start practicing your creativity today.

 

I completely believe this to be true. You are creative. I have no doubt of that. I will provide you with inspiration, motivation, and resources to find your creativity and I will push you to continually practice it.  Practice is the key. You can figure out what makes you happy but until you take action and practice nothing changes.

Can I Force My Kids to be Creative?

Can I Force My Kids to Be Creative? Probably not, but click to read about fostering their creativity.

My kiddos are still little, 3 and 1, however like most parents my husband and I have had many discussions about what is important to us when raising our kids. There are the values we want instilled in them from a young age: being kind, considerate, truthful, etc. There are the activities we want to expose them to: sports, music, friendships. There are the habits that we have tried to establish early on: saying please and thank you, praying before we eat dinner, playing outside more than watching tv, reading to our kids (I am counting down the days until it is appropriate for me to start reading Harry Potter to them). Recently, I realized that one idea that my husband and I have never really discussed is fostering their creativity.

Now even though we have not discussed it, doesn’t mean we don’t already incorporate activities to foster their creativity: from the obvious crafting activities where my son creates gloriously hideous works of “art” to the not so obvious in that through free play their imaginations run wild, and all of the activities in between.

I know I can’t force my kids to like sports or be good at an instrument or want to be in musical theater, however I think I might be able to force them to be creative. Read that again, I can force them to be creative – not artistic (they may end up being artistic as well, but it’s not the same thing).

So how do I go about forcing them to be creative? Well, truthfully it is not forcing them so much as it is providing many opportunities for them to be creative. So how will I do it?

Growing up in my family, sports and school were stressed above all else (other than faith). As long as I was achieving to the best of my ability in school and putting forth my best effort on whatever team I happened to be on at the time, my parents were happy. I wouldn’t change any of it. I had a very happy childhood and was afforded many opportunities, but sometimes I do wonder what would be different if I had been forced into more creative activities.

In school – grade school, high school, and college I made no effort to do anything outside of academics and athletics. The one exception being a sewing class I took in high school (which was probably my favorite class ever). I never took any other classes that were even remotely creative. The reason? Because it never occurred to me!  It was not on my radar – it was not something I ever imagined for myself. I don’t often wish I could change many things about my past, but think of all the amazing classes I could have taken in college if I just would have thought of myself as a creative being at that time. Wasted opportunities!

So for my kids, I won’t force one of them to take a photography class if he or she does not want to (probably not anyway), but I want them to know it is an option and to consciously make the choice not to take it rather than just never even considering it.

Why is it important to me that my kids practice their creativity? Since I have hit my 30’s, I have noticed more people that seem unhappy with something in their lives. Of course, we aren’t all going to be happy all of the time, but it certainly seems like we should be happy most of the time…right? Anyway, I can’t help feeling like a lot of this unhappiness comes back to not being in touch with your creativity. Whether it is not knowing what you like to do in your free time that will leave you happy and fulfilled, or feeling stuck in a job that sucks the life out of you. Or something else. Whatever it is, I believe the earlier you can be aware of your options + the more you know yourself, the better. Creativity helps us do just that.

So how can I get my kids to practice their creativity? Sorry, no tips or tricks here. I’m the first to admit that I have no idea what I am doing. However, I think my husband and I need to be cognizant of the types of activities we sign them up for and realize that providing my kids with opportunities to foster their creativity doesn’t just mean signing them up for an art class.

It’s exploration.

It’s getting outside.

It’s activities that do not have one specific set of rules.

It’s using their imaginations.

It’s not sitting in front of the tv or iPad all day.

It’s free play.

It’s being silly.

It’s taking a look at kids’ busy schedules and making sure there is time for them to do what they want. For incorporating free time.

It’s reading to them and then have them reading on their own.

Once again, my kids are 3 and 1, so I have no clue how this all turns out, but I’m going to try my best.

I’d love to hear from you – How do you foster creativity in your kids? If you don’t have kids, how are you fostering creativity in your own life?

When You Are Ashamed of Your Creativity

When You are Ashamed of Your Creativity: How to Overcome Your Shame + Start Expressing Your Creativity Today!

First, don’t be ashamed of your creativity. Got it? Good. Done and done.

Oh, it’s not that easy?

If your creativity is best expressed in a format that is not traditionally considered art, that it completely fine. As long as it makes you happy and fulfilled – that is all that matters. It does not matter if your creativity shines brightest when you glue popsicle sticks together and mod podge pictures of your cat on it – if it makes you happy and fulfilled, then once again, that is all that matters.

However, as much as I preach creativity for all, I will admit that very often I still feel like a fake when I compare myself to someone who is an amazing designer or artist. I look at their work and I feel like an imposter when I call myself a creative person.

Something I remind myself over and over again is:

Your creativity does not have to look like anybody else’s, it has to look like you. Some people wear their creativity on the outside whereas someone would really have to get to know me to see and understand my creativity. And that’s okay. It doesn’t make me any less creative. Truly, the only person who has a problem with it is myself.

Beyond just getting over the hump and embracing my creativity and acknowledging that I am creative, it is important to get past feelings of creative shame because you don’t want to let those feelings prevent you from starting a new creative venture.

So what do you do if you are ashamed of your creativity?

  1. Acknowledge and admit that you are creative. Check out this post for more details on how we are all creative.
  2. Don’t try to be anyone else’s type of creative. Just be your own. When I look at someone else’s creative work and am feeling a little envious, I need to stop and remind myself that this person has been practicing his or her craft daily or almost daily for years and years. I can’t my compare where I am at when I start to where someone is months or even years down the road. If I did that, I would never try something new. Don’t let comparison and the negatives feelings that result from that prevent you from starting something new or putting yourself out there.

What is one thing you can do to express your creativity today?


Interested in a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer?  Check next week’s post for details on BYOC – Bring Your Own Creativity. I hope you’ll join us!

Join us for an easy, fun challenge this summer. BYOC - Bring Your Own Creativity.

What To Do When You Reach Your Goal

What To Do When You Reach Your Goal - 3 exercises to practice your creativity and prepare yourself for your next great idea.

In case you missed it, I launched my first course, Design Your Creative Path last week! (Click here to check it out.)

This was an idea rolling around in my head for a long time, and most of the work I have been doing with Greens & Blues Co. has been focused on that course. So what do you do after you have completed a big project – something you have been working on for a long time?

First and most important, congratulate yourself! Pat yourself on the back. Pour yourself a drink and relax. When you are done appreciating that you actually reached your goal, you are ready to answer the question:

What’s Next?

You might start to have feelings creep in of that was my best creative idea, I can’t top that or what to do I next. It’s okay not to have an answer immediately because something will eventually show itself. In the meantime, you need to continue to practice your creativity.

For example I created the course Design Your Creative Path – this was a course idea I have had for 8 months. I have worked on it here and there, changed as it goes. I have been working on lots of stuff but it has always been what I am working towards. But, I do have that feeling of what’s next.  Currently I do not know. Normally I would be worried, but I am not because I am setting myself up to have another idea.

What am I doing daily to set myself up for my next (great) creative idea?

First, I practice my creativity daily. I do something that I consider creative in some way that I really enjoy: working on my daughter’s baby book, a knitting project, planning or making something for our new house, etc. I do not spend hours and hours on these activities, sometimes I only spend five minutes. But regardless, I am putting myself in a creative mindset each and every day.

Second, (I stole this idea from Jason Zook on the Invisible Office Hours podcast) I write at least 250 words each day. When I heard this idea, I figured it couldn’t hurt so I decided to try it. It has been awesome – I highly recommend it. I keep one Google Doc and each day I add to it. It’s as simple as that.

I start typing and whatever comes out of my brain ends up in the document. Sometimes it is good and makes sense, other days it is total crap. But, when I am working on something and get stuck, I just start at the document and read through it until I come across something that I wrote that helps me in the moment. Since I started doing this activity, I really don’t feel like I have been in a place where I felt stuck for more than just a few minutes at a time.

Third, when I have an idea, I record myself talking through it. I open Voice Memos on my phone, hit record and start talking. It helps me quickly realize whether an idea has potential or perhaps makes absolutely no sense. In addition, I tend to come up with ideas while driving, so this also let’s me safely record them. Later, I will listen to the Voice Memo and type up what I said and see if any of it is usable.

***Shout-out to my husband, Doug for this idea. Truthfully, I used to make fun of him quite a bit for doing this, but now I have to admit that I do it several times a week.

As I got closer to launching Design Your Creative Path, I started to get a little nervous because that course is basically what I launched Greens & Blues Co. around. So once I launched it, what else is there left to do? Turns out a lot.

By practicing my creativity on a daily basis, writing each and everyday, and recording my ideas when I have them I have been able to come up with a number of possibilities for the future. I have plans to launch something every couple of months for the next year. Most of them are still in the beginning ideas phase, but by returning to them daily or even every few days, I spark more and more ideas.

What are you working on next? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!

What Does Creativity Even Mean?

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Each week I write about some different aspect of creativity or creative living. This week I want to take a step and just think about that word “creativity”.

Creativity has a lot of different definitions, but the one that I like best sums it up by stating that creativity is simply turning ideas into reality. I love this because it is so open ended, it can apply to just about anything and everyone. Creativity isn’t just for artists and musicians; you can use your creativity to turn your ideas into reality.

What makes you creative?

We are all creative. Even if you believe that creativity does not play a role in your life. You are wrong. Sorry, but it’s true.

Creativity looks different in all of us. It is individual to us, our personalities, and our passions. In addition, your creativity may emerge in many different forms. Just because you are creative in one way, doesn’t mean there can’t be other ways your are creative as well

YOUR CREATIVITY IS NOT LIMITED!

Your creativity may show itself in a craft, like knitting or sewing, in one of the fine arts, such as or painting or sculpting, or it can be completely different. You may use creativity to solve problems at even the most mundane of jobs. Maybe your creativity peeks through in your ability find the time to make dinner despite taking care of your kids all day.

REMEMBER – THERE IS NO ONE SPECIFIC WAY TO BE CREATIVE!

One way that my creativity often takes shape is in the form of various crafts or DIY projects around the house. Even if I think of them and my husband executes them, that is still my creativity at work (at least partially).

2 Minute Challenge Time – make a list of 3 ways you are creative in your every day life. These do not have to be massive projects or undertakings, rather 3 things you do daily that are made better by your creative thinking.

A final thought on creativity.  I believe it goes hand in hand with adventure. Not necessarily risking your life type of adventures, but the idea that you can try something new; put yourself out there. Maybe take a chance on something when you might fail. Not all risk-taking has to be dangerous, but trying something new can still be a little scary.

Thinking of creativity in terms of an adventure led me to create the FIND YOUR CREATIVE SPARK ADVENTURE 5 Day Free Email Series. Over the course of the next five days you will receive an email each day providing you with step-by-step guidance on how to find your creative spark. Sign up here or click the graphic below to join in on the Adventure!

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Creativity Check-in

Make Time For Your Favorite Creative Activities.

Every so often you need to have a check in place to see if you are creatively satisfied. For example, I am working hard on Greens & Blues Co., preparing to launch my first paid course in May, and while it is creative work and I am thoroughly enjoying it, it is very different from other creative acts that I take a lot of pleasure in.

After putting in many hours creating my Design Your Creative Path course, I was feeling a little creatively depleted. I needed something to fill me back up.

So, I set aside some time to make my kids Easter bags. It was a simple craft, but it gave me an excuse to go to JoAnn Fabrics, which just walking into that store always gets my creative juices flowing.

I got so much satisfaction from taking the hour it took me to make the bags and just sit and make something (plus they turned out super cute if I do say so myself). I need to have a reminder or some kind of check in place to remind myself to take time for creative activities that are just for me.

Anyway, my point is, make sure you are taking time for exercising your creativity in ways you love. What have you actually done lately? Go out and do something today. Make Something. Create something. Go for a walk. Exercise. Today, do something that leaves you creatively satisfied.

I have one favor. Can you take two minutes or less and complete this quiz? You’ll be my best friend forever. Thanks!

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Stop Everything & Embrace the Fear

Drop Everything and Embrace the Fear: Do Something That Makes You Uncomfortable. Click to read why challenging to yourself to overcome your fear is a good thing!

Lately, I have seen a lot of articles written on facing your fears. I have found many of them to be extremely helpful and on track (I may not have launched Greens & Blues Co. if I had not read some of them), however, today I am going to take a slightly different viewpoint on it. Beyond just facing your fears by putting yourself out there and going for it; I challenge you to make yourself uncomfortable. Like, really really uncomfortable. Like when you are stuck between two people having the most awkward conversation ever and you have no way out – that kind of uncomfortable.

Why make yourself uncomfortable? You will face a fear. You will force yourself to try something you had previously told yourself you could not or would not do. You most likely will learn something new about yourself, whether it is the fact that you can face your fear and still survive, or even just a new skill that you learn.

One of the best ways to get out of a rut is to try something new. By trying something new, you usually have to make yourself uncomfortable. It’s not fun to suck at something. Especially as an adult. We are used to being good at whatever it is that we do regularly, so it is definitely out of our comfort zone.

What makes you uncomfortable? This is different for everyone:

  • Picking up the phone and calling someone.
  • Signing up for a class so you can learn something new.
  • Trying to make a new friend.
  • Sharing your work with others

I have always been the worst at drawing. I probably draw at the ability level of a 2nd grader. But, this is not surprising, because that is most likely when I stopped practicing drawing. However, I have always had an interest in drawing, sketching, hand-lettering, etc. But, I am not good at any of them, and until recently had really not done anything about it.

Recently I started to learn and practice sketchnoting (a more visual way of taking notes that is a hybrid of writing, sketching, hand-lettering, etc. You can learn more about it here.), which admittedly, is not actually drawing, but close enough that it still makes me start to sweat when I even think about sharing it with anyone. I’m still a beginner and definitely not good at it, but here is my sketchnote from a section of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert on how ideas work (on a sidenote, it’s an awesome book and you should definitely read it).

Stop Everything and Embrace the Fear: My sketchnotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

Make yourself uncomfortable today. Try something new, do something you have putting off, or even learn something new. Go embrace the uncomfortable!