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Todays blog post pretty some s up everything in my life, especially recently. That is, Living a creative lifestyle.
Creativity, in my life, is something that I have been so passionate about from pretty much all of my life. In fact I had been planning to write this blog post for a little while now.
When you hear the word creative, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Having had a few conversations about being creative with a variety of friends. I got some very different answers.
Although there’s no actual right or wrong answer when it comes to someone being creative, there does seem to be a small misconception from a few that to be creative you must be into ‘arts and crafts’. This is not true.
To be honest, you do not need to be a pro with a paintbrush, or a a dab hand with the knitting needles, to have a creative mind. However of course in some cases this will help you a bit! (no matter what your media is).
Creativity can be as big or small as you like. It could be taking the time to grab your favourite colouring pencils, and colour
What is it to lead a creative lifestyle?
Living a creative lifestyle is the way of living a life to the full. Seeking new opportunities and possibilities. Using your time to explore, experiment, discover and be able to express yourself in a multitude of different ways.
It is being able to embrace things as they are, and use your mind and imagination to see what you could create out of those things.
Some people are already living a creative lifestyle without even knowing it, because they believe that being creative is just a small part of life, when really it is everything.
Being creative allows you to speak within media, to show your passions, and emotions, without even saying a word.
Using inspiration to then be developed into something amazing,The creative process is what we do to create beautiful work, and a beautiful life.
Creativity is known for being a valuable workplace skill. Being creative is useful for being able to create new ideas, as well as being able to find solutions to complex issues. So next time you are in an interview or having to dust off your CV consider including your creative skills as a way to impress your possible future employee!
Ways you can start living a creative lifestyle…
Surround yourself with Creatives.
There are so many people in this world that thrive from the ability to be creative, and express themselves in a creative nature. surround yourself with the people that value creativity the most. So many people are already living a creative lifestyle and these people thrive on inspiring you as well as themselves.
There is a multitude of creative spaces where you can connect with people that have similar interests as yours. Places such as Facebook groups, specialised apps, Instagram feeds and hashtags, online forums, Pinterest, Skillshare, and online teaching communities.
I would recommend taking the time to join these groups and check in with them. Making friends with other creatives is also so good for your mental health.
Think outside of the box.
one of my favourite things about leading a creative lifestyle is being able to think about things in a different way! like the ability to find an unexpected solution to an issue in a completely unique and imaginative way.
another thing I love about thinking outside of the box is being able to look at things differently.
Taking something blank and picturing and creating something amazing out of it.
Make time to actually be creative.
when it comes to being creative, and leading a creative lifestyle one thing that you need the most. Time.
think about it. Allowing yourself the actual time to follow your creative inspiration allows you the ability to create the life you want to live and express yourself in so many different ways.
Stop setting limitations.
One of the biggest blocks when it comes to creative mindset is setting yourself limitations! especially the ones that you don’t need to have. Limitations such as not knowing how to achieve something. However that does not need to be an obstacle of stopping you. In some aspects you can take the time to research and learn. Whilst, in other aspects, going back to thinking outside of the box, look for more unique ways of being able to achieve.
There are some limitations that we face that are not being caused by our mental state. Obviously, we all have limitations in life, things that get in our way, obstacles such as money. Money is a major limitation when it comes to being able to afford being able to achieve goals that you are setting yourself, which is something that I struggle with alot, as I have some exciting plans that I have had to break into very small milestones to be able to reach where I want to be.
Don’t pressure yourself.
Especially when it comes to a creative block, the last thing that you want to do is pressure yourself. Learn when it is necessary to take a break. stop pressuring yourself into productivity. By pressuring yourself to achieve you are causing yourself more harm. The feeling of, ‘I haven’t created in a while’ should not exist. the best creations and creative flow comes from a relaxed heart, and the ability to take your time. A rushed piece of work will not be your next masterpiece!
As I very well know, it is so easy at times to beat yourself up when your in an lack of inspirational state. However, just because your not feeling creative and productive 24/7 doesn’t mean you should put yourself down over it! it is ok to take a break and recharge, when you need too.
Ways to show your creative spirit.
- Paper craft.
- Knitting or crochet.
This is just a very small list out of the thousands of options there is to express your creative spirit. If I wrote a full list of each specific thing, we would be here for hours.
What ever your media is, each and everyone of us has the ability to be creative in some kind of aspect. It doesn’t have to be a physically created product however, it could be the way you have done something, by using a creative process.
For example, the way you organise, the way you display something, or even The way you use an object for a different purpose then would normally be expected.
What does creativity mean to you?
I would love to hear from you guys your interpretation of what it means to be creative and lead a creative lifestyle?
Is there something you do that is different to others, I love to hear new ideas that involve the aspect of being creative.