Do you consider yourself a creative person? Do you think creativity only relates to having grand artistic abilities that are used in imaginative and innovative ways? Creativity has such a deeper meaning to me, maybe it’s because of what it does for me. Creativity, to me, is the ability to use your originality in an interesting and positive way. I believe that everyone has a creative side because EVERYONE has been given special talents and gifts that are unique to them; everyone has the ability to create inside of them. In this post, I’d like to help you find and expand your creative side so you can start generating ideas for your Creative Escapes!
Why Strive for a Creative Mindset?
Before we get into finding your creative side, I wanted to share what creativity can do for you and why I feel like it would be helpful if it was a part of your life in a significant way. We all crave to have healthy outlets that are calming, empowering, motivating, fulfilling, and exciting! Honestly, we need to have these feelings to ensure a quality life. I’d like to touch on how creativity can help in a big way.
Creativity can help you express your emotions in a healthy way.
Personally, the past five months, I’ve NEEDED to be creative! During this time, all 4 of my creative outlets were fully utilized. They are photography, singing, writing, and creating activities and adventures for my kids. By using my creativity, it gave my brain a chance to breathe when it was full of worry and my world was being challenged. Whatever creative outlet I chose to do, I felt like my activity helped my angst feelings…sometimes a lot and other times a small amount. Regardless, I welcomed whatever feelings the creative outlet helped me express.
Releasing negative emotions frees up room for more joyful feelings!
Creativity used for others is a rewarding cycle.
When lonely and sad feelings creep in, a creative kind gesture to someone else warms your soul. I have definitely sent other people thoughtful and creative pick-me-ups when I’ve, actually, needed one myself. In turn, I felt positive energy flowing and it helped turn my day around.
Creativity can help accentuate your positive personality traits.
I believe that when our positive personality traits are used in a creative way, we can be inspirational to the people around us. For example, let’s say you are good at listening to others. What if you contacted a friend to go with you to a nursing home to listen to a resident’s stories? Can you imagine how much this would make their day? Can you imagine how you would feel doing this heartwarming act of kindness?
Creating something can make you feel proud.
It feels good to see a project come to fruition.
Creativity can make you feel bonded to someone else.
There is something magical that happens when you put something creative between two people.
Below you will see the different photos I used to create this week's Creative Escape Card! This photo took many months to finish because I had to wait for a rainbow. All of these photos were taken off of my deck and then combined into one photo.
How can you find your creative side?
Do you struggle with knowing what your gifts and talents are?
I’d like to try to give you some suggestions on how you can figure them out! Before you dive into a reflective time, please know there are many things that make you special, wanted, and needed. After all, there is only one you and you can do amazing things!
From this list you can start generating a new list of your gifts and talents.
This is how you can start exploring your creative side. Once your lists are in place, start thinking about ways you can use your gifts/talents creatively. The best thing about going on Creative Escapes, you don’t have to come up with creative things on your own. Your friend will be contributing to your outing!
I know it is really easy to get busy with your daily life and push your gifts and talents away, but you deserve to be able to use what you have been given and thought about in a positive way.
One day your creative universe will be glowing with joy.
Future Blog Post:
My next blog post will be sharing my first Creative Escape! It took guts to execute, but I’m so happy Jenni and I made the effort and choice to just go for it!
Embrace your gifts and talents and do something creative with them!
* If you want to learn more about the Creative Escape Card Campaign, please refer to the 7/14/2019 blog post.
Here's this week's Creative Escape Card! Have fun sharing! Remember to save this card to your camera roll or computer so you have it when you need it!
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