At some point, we all go through storms in search of a rainbow and we all deal with worrisome and stressful things. I have an idea that can help with life challenges, encourages us to exercise our creative minds, and gives us a way to comfortably ask friends to be there for us when we need them.
For the longest time, I have been trying to figure out a way to tell people that creativity has power and when it is used it has great benefits. I want people to feel comfortable asking for help when things get rough and to use creativity to strengthen coping skills. I want us to become connected again, not just through social media, but face-to-face. When you are physically with another person that cares about you, there is automatic support. There is someone else to talk to instead of just being stuck in your own head.
I often feel uncomfortable asking friends to get together because everyone is incredibly busy. I don’t want to interfere with anyone’s free/family time. I also feel strange asking friends to talk or letting them know I could really use some of their time when life events are upsetting. I want something that will make me more comfortable reaching out to others when needed.
My way of coping is shifting my mind into my creative world. It has been very helpful for me! When I’m needing to do my creative outlets during distressing times, other things just have to wait…like picking up the toys on the floor, or doing the dishes right after a meal, or picking up the random piece of clothing my kids took off. After I’ve spent some time being creative, it feels really good to get things tidied up again! This break makes me a better person/mom/me.
There Must Be a Way:
I have wanted something to help me take action in asking a friend if I could share some of their time. I’ve also wanted to find a way to help others form a creative mindset.
A couple months ago, I thought of a method!
The Creative Escape Card Campaign:
I’m starting the Creative Escape Card Campaign. The cards are resources that can be shared with friends when life gets overwhelming, when you need a friend to talk to, or when you want to do something for fun. Whatever the reason, the cards are here for you! These cards allow us a way to contact friends comfortably. Every Creative Escape Card is made with one of my personal photos that I’ve taken and will be shared on my blog. I hope you enjoy them!
How to use the Creative Escape Cards:
Anytime you want to try something new or life’s challenges make it hard to take a deep breath, save a Creative Escape Card to your cellphone to text or email friends. Feel free to print out a card to hand deliver! Your message can say something like this, “Hi friend, I could totally use a Creative Escape. What are you doing in the next few weeks? Let’s come up with something creative to do.” There are some friends that just don’t have the time at that moment, but if you send a card to multiple people, your chances of finding someone to get together with goes up! You may find your friend needed this Creative Escape just as much as you did. The cards will be on the bottom of each blog post. Your Creative Escapes can be very simple, like taking photos of flowers with your cellphones, or finding a unique place to go for a walk with a friend, or they can be more complex. The beauty of doing something creative with someone else, instead of just going out for coffee to talk, means you can talk some, but you can also have a break from what is troubling you.
Disclaimer: The Creative Escape Cards are like over-the-counter medications. If the cards don’t help enough, please go see a mental health professional just like you would go see your doctor if Tylenol or Ibuprofen didn’t help enough. Everyone goes through tough times and it’s okay to ask for help!
I hope the Creative Escape Card Campaign will help energize us, bond us, and increase happy endorphins. I’m hoping these cards might give someone the courage to ask for help, without it feeling too personal. I want the Creative Escapes to be outings people look forward to with hope. My goal is for this blog to be a supportive environment that can inspire, heal, and show love!
Future Blog Posts:
I will be sharing my Creative Escapes to hopefully inspire you to come up with your own ideas. I will also be sharing what creativity can do for you, so everyone can see how powerful of a tool it really is. I would love to hear from you! After you’ve shared a Creative Escape Card with a friend and you’ve gone on your adventure, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me all about your Creative Escape. Make sure to take pictures to share! I may feature you in a blog post! Let’s help each other out with creative ideas! Each post will add a new Creative Escape Card to share, so make sure to check back often!
I truly feel that creativity needs every life experience and every life experience needs creativity!
Can you think of friends you would like to share a Creative Escape Card with? You have my permission to save and share this card! Go ahead now and let your creative journey begin!
Stewart Gibbs Photography video (YouTube) on soap bubble photography was my inspiration.