9 Ways to Live Creatively
Creativity - according to Webster's it means having the ability or power to create; characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative. Ok that sounds great, wouldn't we all like to be more creative every day? Sometimes the hardest part to trying something new is the first step. Here are nine inspired steps to help you start living a creative way of life:
- Be willing to try something new.
When was the last time you stepped out of your everyday routine and did
something totally different? Taking a dance class, going to a concert to
experience something different than what you normally listen to on the
radio, or even picking up a pencil and sketching the trees in your own
backyard is creative action. Creative thinking and creative action start
with a new decision about how you're going to spend your time.
- Create something with your own hands on a regular basis.
There are plenty of opportunities to express your creative side. Even
mundane tasks like setting the table allow you to try something new. For
example, instead of buying new napkin holders, my daughter and I made our
own out of some extra wire and brightly colored beads. They turned out
awesome. We were both so proud of them and they are treasured pieces we
will use for years.
- Express yourself through visual, performing arts, or creative writing,
music, or dance.
You can turn off the television and do some creative journaling every
evening instead of tuning in and shutting down. Create a play with the
kids. Try lip synching to a new video on television. Take turns creating a
different ending to a familiar fairy tale. Use your imagination.
- Make creativity a habit.
If you already dabble in creativity, make it a habit by scheduling time on
your calendar for it. You're more likely to live creatively if you
actively write down your intentions. You don't even have to sign up for a
formal class. Try it for 30 minutes every week and increase the time spent
on these activities from there.
- Display something in your home and office that you made yourself.
Your surroundings reflect your ideas. What better way to inspire more
creativity, charm, and character than to include objects that you have
made? Hand-made objects give you more to talk about, more vivid memories,
and provide richer experiences overall than buying something similar. Over
time it is also a visual reminder of how far you've come since your first
- Visit creative spaces
Museums, art shows, gallery exhibits, theatre, performances these places
remind us of our own innate creative abilities. Plus they're fun to visit.
- Take time to find new inspiration
Inspiration can be found in a variety of different places. Ask people you've known for years what creative stuff they do - you may be pleasantly
surprised. Research within your own family. I bet you'll find someone in
your family that is artistic and can be a source of inspiration for you.
- Ask Questions
Stay involved with other creative people. Inspire others with questions
about their progress in their own endeavors. Something they say to you
could provide you with an idea that moves you in a new direction.
- Provide a creative outlet for someone that is new to the idea of living creatively Just when you've figured out some new ways to live creatively, share your knowledge. Give the information away to someone who is totally new to the ideas. They will undoubtedly have a twist on your information that allows you to learn something new and keep growing.
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