For anyone who has been following my blog, you know that I’m a firm believer in that everyone is a creative spirit. It is human nature to want to create. Humans have been painting, sculpting, carving, writing and so much more for thousands of years. That same urge to make is alive in each of us.
What we forget is that creativity doesn’t have one face. It has thousands, possibly millions.
Because the creative spirit is as unique and diverse as the human race.
You don’t need to paint, sculpt, carve or write to be a creative. It is totally possible to find creative outlets and numerous other ways! Maybe you’re someone who finds creative solutions; you’re a creative thinker, and a problem solver. The definition of create is to bring something into existence. That “something” doesn’t have to be a thing it can be an idea, a voice or a movement.
My creative outlet has always been the written word or art, but that doesn’t mean it has been limited to those two fields. I’m also a creative parent, who looks for solutions to our unique family situation. I think of myself as a creative yogi, someone who uses movement to create inspiration in myself. My creativity expands into many outlets, and each helps to motivate and move my spirit.
So how can you unlocked and move your own creative spirit?
I’ve put together my top four favorite ways to spark creativity!
Turn off the Television
Yes. It is that simple! I know I enjoy a good Netflix binge as much as the next person, but sometimes you need to let yourself be bored. Those are the times when our creative mind starts to really turn its gears! Boredom is actually quite good for you, check out these articles on it (there’s actually lots of articles on it!):
Try Something New
This is another simple one! Trying new activities is a great and straightforward way to begin to awaken your creative. This is how I learned to both knit and crochet, because one day I said, why not?! Have you always wanted to learn to play guitar? Maybe try a different type of food? Go for it. New activities and experiences force you to grow, which is a whole other benefit to this! You can check out this article about trying new things!
Always Keep Learning
This may sound familiar to try new things, but for this I’m being a bit more specific. More than trying new things, you should try new ideas. I’m a TedTalk fanatic. As well as a huge subscriber to podcasts (This American Life, you’re my everything ❤️) and I’m always on the look out for book recommendations. Creativity is at it’s best when you’re outside your bubble, but sometimes we can’t break our routines to go try something new. That is why you can always be learning! Listen in the car, read on your lunch break, find the time to expand your brain’s horizons. Here are links to my favorite podcasts:
- This American Life (SERIOUSLY MY WORLD)
- RadioLab (also very important to me)
- Truth + Dare (is this for women, sorry guys)
- Deep Dive with Dana Falsetti (my girl crush)
Play with Color
This, to be honest, could be a personal preference but I believe everyone needs to play with color! Paint, use crayons, or pencils, it doesn’t matter. There is something moving and even instinctual, to create with color. I think this is one of the reasons adult coloring books took off and why I love seeing people use them. I love the connection between what you see (the color) and what happens between your brain and your hand to create with that color. So this week, I created four coloring sheets from my own art! I hope you’ll use them and share your creations with me online.
There are many other ways to help inspire creativity, but I hope you’ll use these four of mine and let me know what you think! It means so much to me to see others believe in themselves and pursue creativity. At the core of everything I do, is a firm belief that the creative world is accessible to all. So dive in! Connect with me (links below) and let’s ignite that spirit together.