Living a Creative Life, Simply

 

Living a Creative Life

Everyone is a creative being. Living a creative life simply means expressing yourself by doing things that you love to do. You do not have to be an artist or a writer to live a creative life. Creativity can be expressed in many forms. Finding ways to be creative every day can lead to a more fun, colorful and enriched life. You will notice that people are drawn to you for more than just your intelligence or your sense of humor. Being creative in your life makes the world more beautiful and interesting for everyone around you.

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Benefits of Creativity

  • Improves health
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Stimulates the brain
  • Makes life more enjoyable

 

Creative Confidence

Being a perfectionist when it comes to your creativity can be stifling. Being afraid or unwilling to create because you are worrying about what someone will think or you just don’t think you are good enough can stunt creative growth. Even though you are not a natural at the creative endeavor that interests you does not mean that you cannot enjoy the activity. Finding ways to be creative in your everyday life can also help build creative confidence. Allowing yourself to try new things, even though you are not the best, gives you the opportunity to do more in your life. Just sticking with what you excel at limits your creative possibilities. Going out of the box with your creativity, without the expectation that you will be good, can be fun if taken with a sense of humor. When you remove the expectations you may even surprise yourself at how good you are at those things.

 

All the Things

I’ve always been a “Jack of all Trades” type of person trying a little of this and a little of that. I have never had any problems with being interested in things. To me, there is so much to learn and do that I want to do all the things! The problem with doing all the things is you need all the things. Creative supplies take up a lot of space in my home. I have had many whims and each time a whole slew of supplies to go along with them. During my downsizing journey I had a lot of trouble letting go of anything that I considered a hobby. Eventually I decided to start choosing what my favorite hobbies were. I let go of the supplies that I had never used and the ones I decided that it was time to move on from. There were a few crafts that did not serve my purposes (like candy making) so I got rid of that stuff to make room for my beauty product making supplies. I also chose two new creative endeavors to try in 2016. By streamlining my creative activities I was able to make space in my home and in my life to focus on the things that I really love. By no means am I going to be any less creative. I am just going to focus more on the things I love most and make space for those things. The best part about this is that I can always change my mind. Creativity is supposed to be fun! I now feel less bogged down by all the stuff, less guilty for housing it all and not using it and less responsibility for having to do projects or crafts.

 

Squeeze It In

It is a constant struggle for me to become un-busy. That is a subject for another post because being too busy for creativity can really zap the zest out of life. For those of us who have not been able to wash the busy out of our lives just yet, there are still ways to squeeze in a creative life. You just have to be creative about it!

 

Creative Ways to be Creative

  • Cooking
  • Dressing with flair
  • Bling your things
  • Singing while you drive
  • Doodle while you are on hold on the phone
  • Taking pictures
  • Giftwrap
  • Nail art
  • Cut flowers for your home
  • Adult coloring books
  • Journaling

 

Go For It

No one can do it exactly like you. No one has the same perspective as you. No one has your voice or creates exactly the way you do. We are all unique, creative creatures and the world deserves to see what we’ve got! We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to creativity. Getting to know your creative self is key in getting the most enjoyment out of your creative life. It has taken me a long while to be ok with my strengths and weaknesses and not let my weaknesses stand in the way of things that I love to do. I have always loved to draw and make signs, but never felt confident that they were good enough. Instead of not doing it I decided to enroll in a 40-day online doodle school. I am doing this for me and I am really enjoying my little improvements. I am even using my own doodles for my blog now. IMG_1242

 

Taking Creativity to a New Level

Being able to do your passion for work is the dream of many people. Some people make a living with their passions. Some people are passionate about what they do for a living. The key is keeping the fun and spark alive in the creative things you do so that it does not become mundane. I’ve always loved being an entertainer. I followed my heart to Hollywood only to find out that I was much happier playing drums and percussion instruments than being an actor. You never know where your passions will take you. The important thing to remember is that your creative life is there for you to enjoy. If you do not enjoy it then it’s probably time to find another way to express yourself. Currently, playing music and writing are my favorite ways to express myself. If I end up making a living from these things and still love doing them – I will take that as a bonus! I know I am going to enjoy doing whatever it is that makes me feel fulfilled creatively because being creative is simply what I love to do.

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Thanks for reading “Living a Creative Life, Simply” here first on Live Big and Small. As always I welcome your comments and encourage you to contact me with your questions or ideas. Love ~ Pippy

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