Creativity is defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” -Pablo Picasso
If you are the typical adult you are running all day long. Running to get the kids, running to school, running to work, running to the store, or stuck in stress inducing traffic. It just doesn’t seem to end.
Ask yourself are you happy? Are you using your imagination every day? Are you able to cultivate original ideas?
Do you sometimes wish that you could just rewind time and go back to the 4 year old you? There was nap time…(oh how I wish there was still nap time), and snacks, and cartoons, and fun art projects.
Hours of glueing, and painting, and creating. No pressure, no rules, no one was going to tell you what you made was wrong. Whatever you scribbled or painted on a piece of paper was a masterpiece. Oh the simple life.
What happened in between childhood bliss and adulthood? Why, as we grow older, do we seem to think this artistic outlet does not fit into our adult world? Why is this one of the things we don’t make room for in our lives.
The benefits of creativity are endless. More self esteem, more quiet time, less stress, more satisfaction and self expression. Setting out to create something and seeing it come to life is amazing. The sense of accomplishment is unmatched.
Creativity allows us to express who we are, what we like, how we are feeling. There are no rules to being creative. There is no judgement.
Stifling your creativity is like cutting off your oxygen supply. When you are not allowed to think freely and creatively is when I have dissatisfaction at home, at work, and in life in general.
“To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong” -Roy Bennett
There are so many things you can do to tap into your inner artist. If you set aside some time and make creativity a priority, I promise you you will be infinitely more happy.
Don’t think you are the creative type? Don’t know where to begin once you enter the craft store? Take a class and meet other creative people or buy a kit to do at home.
I was blessed with an infinitely creative mother who was always teaching us new things like organic gardening, quilting, and ceramics, stained glass or calligraphy. My grandmother knitted every pair of mittens I ever owned and took up water color painting in her 70’s.
My 17 year old daughter is an amazing makeup artist, writer, and singer. My 15 year old son is in Metal Fabrication at his Vocational Technical High School. If he told me more than “nothing” when I ask him what he did all day, I could tell you all about it!
Try some of these and let your imagination run free…
6. Candy Making
9. Water Color Painting
11. Acrylic Painting
12. Glass Blowing
13. Make-up Artistry
16. Metal Fabrication
18. Making Paper Flowers
19. Stained Glass
20. Jewelry Making
21. Resin Painting
25. Sign Painting
27. Flower Arranging
I beg you to find a creative outlet. Enjoy the process as well as the results. Whether it is calligraphy, macrame, knitting, or making bracelets. You will be happy for giving yourself a little “me time”.