The holidays seem to unleash creative powers in most of us – trying new recipes, getting crafty, and decorating our homes. I have even been known to pull out my old sewing machine and sew our children all matching pajamas.
For others, the thought of all that creating is simply overwhelming! And that’s ok! The holidays can be stressful and this year that stress is amplified with the pandemic affecting us all.
However, don’t give up on being creative. Simply put – creativity means that you are creating. This is not just about being crafty and decorating your home – it is about changing the way you think and act. It is about developing new ideas and coming up with new solutions to problems. It’s about looking at old ways and adding a new twist to update it or make it better.
We are facing many new obstacles in life right now and being creative allows us to overcome those obstacles and be resilient. Creativity helps us navigate life – a life that keeps throwing us curve balls.
Everyone has the ability to be creative – including you! Once you learn how to unleash your inner creativity, you’ll be able to tap into it, no matter what else is going on in your life. You might even be amazed at what you’re really capable of!
Discovering your inner creativity begins with looking inside yourself. The idea of “looking within” might seem foreign or even silly, but it’s really not as crazy as it sounds! There are many successful people who understand the benefit of turning inward for inspiration, happiness, and decision-making.
You may not always profit from your creativity. In fact, more often than not, your ingenuity will only benefit you and your family, and that’s okay! Your creativity can still bring you great joy and happiness!
Getting yourself into a creative mindset allows you to broaden your thinking, increase your problem-solving skills, and expand your ability to think outside the box. This year’s Thanksgiving was different than other years. We enjoyed our children’s’ company via Zoom. They all live away and with travel so limited – Zoom was our option. My husband and I still made a Thanksgiving dinner , but we definitely switched it up a bit. I tried out a new recipe – mushroom, leek, and onion bread pudding – it was delicious. I set the table with our best dinner ware and even put on my pearls. It was a night to be thankful – even though it was just the two of us.
Being creative and coming up with new solutions and new ways to view what is going on in our lives will allow us to be happy and healthy.
Some people write, journal, draw, compose music, build sculptures, or paint. There are plenty of creative pursuits for you to explore and enjoy. Even redecorating your house, revitalizing your wardrobe, or experimenting in the kitchen can be a creative outlet for you.
After all, someone has to try new things, or the world would never change. So let that person be you! It’s time to tap into your in creativity!
Tips to Focus on Your Inner Creativity
If you haven’t given much thought to your inner creativity, getting started can be the hardest part.
Here are some things to think about:
- What do you do for a living?
- What are your hobbies?
- What would you do if you could do anything?
- Who would you be if you weren’t worried about the judgment of others?
Ask yourself these questions – especially the last two – openly and honestly, and discover your answers. You just might be astonished about what you find out about yourself. Perhaps it’s time to take that hobby and turn it into a living. Maybe it’s time to shake off the idea of living for others and begin to live for yourself.
Today is a new day to be creative, and a new day to touch the hearts and minds of others with what you have to offer the world. Are you worthy or capable? Of course you are! Let your inner creativity come pouring out.
Once you’ve started to discover your creativity, practice and experiment with it:
- Make it a point to be creative every day.
- Try new ways to do things, even routine chores.
- Seek creative solutions to your challenges at work and home.
- Any time you do something differently or see something from a new perspective, you’re flexing your creativity.
Continue your exploration by branching out into entirely new hobbies and activities that help you in your pursuit of original creativity. Try expressing yourself in music, dance, writing, painting, or even crafts or woodworking.
There are people who simply don’t like change. You might even know some of them. As your inner creativity comes out, these people may not support you. That’s okay, because it’s not their life to live. It’s not their race to run. Focus on what you feel in your heart and surround yourself with those who do support you.
Getting support from others can make a huge difference, but either way, you must be your own #1 fan! The best support comes from within, not from what others think is right or wrong for your life.
Thinking outside the box led me to painting our front door purple. Something many of my friends do not understand.
Using your creativity will inspire you to do even more with your life. You can’t possibly imagine where your creativity can take you if you just let it out and enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be perfect – and you don’t have to be perfect – to bring great joy to yourself and to the world around you. So today, try to tap into your inner creativity.