It’s International Creativity Month!
Tap into the height of your creativity and recognize the miracles surrounding you every day…little seeds planted now will sprout into fragrant, colorful flowers or nourishing fruits and vegetables. Even if gardening isn’t your thing, nature is a source of constant creativity!
What do you do to tap into your creativity?
- pick up a needle and thread/yarn
- bake bread
- make a collage
- write in your journal
- 15-minutes all to yourself to watch the clouds drift by
- soak in a hot tub (any chance I get I’m going to encourage you to nurture yourself body and soul in a tub of bubbles)
- sip a cup of tea in the sunshine
- a walk on the beach getting sand between your toes (probably not an option in January)
- go to bed at 9 p.m. with a new book
- eat popcorn and watch your favorite old flick…in a theatre or on your couch
- spend time with your loved ones
- visit a museum or art exhibit
- get lost in a new venture
- plan a vacation or a mini-retreat
- sleep in on Saturday
- light a candle against the dark
- play an instrument
- sing a song
- get messy with paints
- sit in front of a crackling fire
- make s’mores around a campfire
- dream out loud
How do you express your creativity?
Here’s an idea to encourage writing without actually doing any writing…Intrigued? Sometimes you have to keep your hands busy so that your head will stop spinning those “what if” scenarios and your heart can catch up with what you are really feeling. You know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you just need to have a task to do that involves a practical result, a dash of intuition and generous dose of creativity. In other words…here’s a perfect mixture of play with purpose when want a little down time (you can do this in a half hour to an hour) without guilt or drama.
I’m sharing this in honor of National Craft Month. Its a simple and useful craft – collage a cover on a small journal. No special equipment or tools necessary. You have everything you need without fussing with exotic supplies or detailed instructions:
- start with a notebook (any size will do…you probably have one hiding in your desk drawer)
- collect bits of interesting paper (junk mail, magazines, gift wrap, copy a favorite picture – add a bit of whimsy with a rubber stamp if you have some hanging around your desk drawer)
- tear pictures from the magazines, line up the gift wrap in a design, use the junk mail to create a short poem or slogan
- arrange the bits of paper to be pleasing to your eye
- attach the paper to the notebook cover with a glue stick and your creation is complete
- Bonus: Combine the embellished journal in a pretty gift pouch along with a small pen and you have a thoughtful token ready for any number of occasions.
Photo credit: MEKnippel (yes, that is one of my hand-embellished journals)
I’m suggesting a totally different kind of list. A bucket list usually refers to something you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket.”
My idea is that you create a list of all the things you can do right now to show how much “I love me.” Cut them into individual pieces of paper and put them in a container you can seal such as a glass jar, or decorative tin.
Choose an item from your list on a regular basis (once a week? every other day? daily?) to nurture you. Include simple indulgences such as a new nail polish color for your do-it-yourself manicures, or a new scent for your bubble bath. Include special treats that may take a little planning…a trip to a museum for a special exhibit or a attending a theatre matinee. Include a trip to the beach, a massage, some new reading material, searching for intriguing hobby ingredients. Indulge in a trip to a large department store make-up counter and get a make-over without spending a dime. Get out your magazines and glue sticks to make a collage. Write in your journal. Sit under a shade tree and read Jane Austen, or your favorite author. Play dress-up in your favorite store…or in your own closet.
It doesn’t matter if there are ten things on the list or 200. Just start one! Then make adding to your “I love me” suggestion list an on-going activity.
Hop over to my Facebook page and share what’s on your list.
photo credit: Dreamstime.com