“I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” I feel like I hear this a lot.
But it’s so NOT true. I think everyone is born with a bit of creativity in them- you just have to find what you’re interested in. You have to find something that brings you joy, peace & helps as a form of stress release. You will not find what that “thing” is until you try. Try something new until you find a creative hobby or skill that you’re good at. You have to think outside the box.
And let go of some fear & just dive in.
Creativity is all about letting go of perfection & just do something that makes you happy. There is no right or wrong way to be creative. There is no road map or instructions on how to get your creative juices flowing. It’s simply a process of trial & error and seeing what sparks your interest.
For me, that’s painting. I’m in NO WAY shape or form a good artist. I just enjoy painting as a way to turn my mind off & just have fun with it. I always love a fun DIY project, but sometimes it’s nice to just let your mind wander & see what happens on the canvas.
A lot of what I paint, I give away to family who is interested (my parents & sister have a few pieces hanging in their homes) or every once in a while I get asked to paint something specific (thank you Aunt Cathy for my first commissioned piece of art!).
Either way, I make it fun by blasting music and turning off my racing thoughts. Sometimes I get a few winners, other times it looks like a 5 year old grabbed my paintbrush from me. But the point is, it’s a relaxation tool. Something with no rules, no time limit.
To kick start your creative juices, read the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It encourages you to let go of your fears or whatever is holding back and gives you the tools to find your creative spirit. She’s the author of Eat Pray Love so you know it’s a good read!
Here are a few activities to get creative:
- Candle Making
- Adult Coloring Books- it’s a thing & it’s fun
- Floral Arrangement
- Home DIY projects (I’m currently refinishing a vanity)