Today I wanted to explore the idea of being creative a little bit further and help those of you who don’t feel like you can be/are creative to see if you can find some for yourself. I was watching a documentary called Life at 9 last week and it just happened to focus on creativity in children and how it seems that we are losing it younger and younger as standardised testing becomes more and more important in schools. Some scientists have dubbed it the “fourth grade slump”. As someone who didn’t realise they were particularly creative until my mid 20s, it’s something I’m passionate about helping people rediscover it for themselves (no matter their age).
The thing I’ve found with creativity is that you have to find what it is that you actually like creating. It’s easy to not feel creative when you’re pushed to do something that you either don’t enjoy or just don’t feel confident at. It can be difficult to allow yourself the time to create and to get it wrong. Our lives are so busy that I think we get into the trap of thinking that things have to be perfect the first time, every time, or we can’t justify doing them.
Discovering your creativity and the creative activity that lights you up is something that you need to both learn and practice. Very few people ever sat at a piano and played a piece perfectly the first time they sat down. It doesn’t have to come naturally to you for you to become good at it and love it. Everyone is creative in some way, it might just be buried under some layers of what you ‘should be’ doing that have built up over the years.
Creativity doesn’t have to mean arts and crafts, but it can. If you feel like you’d like to be more crafty, but the whole thing overwhelms you (which is totally ok! It used to overwhelm me too), you could start with a simple two-five step project. Begin with something that might be aimed at kids, but that gives you the proper instructions to succeed. It can feel really silly to do things that look basic, but I believe that getting the basics down and then moving up really helps your chances at success. You don’t have to be brilliant first time. It could even be something that you have a laugh with. A no pressure environment is key.
If your creativity doesn’t lie in getting your hands covered in glue or paint, it might be found doing something else. Creativity is about how we think about doing things as well as the way we actually do them. Problem solving is a form of creativity. Maybe you’re really good at thinking up ways to make things easier or better or often have out-of-the-box ways to solve a problem that comes your way. That is being creative.
You could even find it in the way you travel. Whether you are the kind that likes to research until you know where you want to go, or you like to discover as you go, you are using your creativity and it’s a strength. If you’re still feeling like you’re unsure how your creativity might shine, here are some creative pursuits off the top of my head:
Creative things you might enjoy:
- Paper Craft
- Graphic Design
- 3D models
- Problem solving
- Creating your own Recipes
- Knitting or Crochet
- Designing and Building things
- Web Design
- Interior Decorating (even if it’s just your own home)
Not one creative thing will play to everyone’s strengths, the trick is to find the one that you enjoy doing and practice it. The more you take the time to do the creative thing that you love, the more confident you will feel doing them. You could even take a class if you wanted to learn from an expert or just start with some youtube clips or a book from the library and take the time to learn.
Creativity can give you that chance to just have some fun without worrying about the result. It doesn’t have to be how you make you living and is often even more fun when there’s no pressure on it. Finding my creativity again changed pretty much everything for me. It helped me to build my businesses and change the way I think and feel about the world. It doesn’t have to be that major for you though, it could just be 40 minutes on a Saturday afternoon that makes you smile.
Do you feel creative? What’s one creative thing you’d love to learn to do?
P.S. In exciting news, I will be attending Alt Summit again next January, in Salt Lake City, UT. I attended in 2013 and it was with the information that I learnt there that this blog was born. I’m thrilled that I will be able to learn even more about blogging and how to make this an awesome space on the internet for those who want to bring more happiness back into their homes and lives. It was one of the few big goals I had on my list for this year, and I’m so excited that I’ll be attending again! Hooray! Thanks to all of you who have supported me so far. I love that you’re sharing the ride with me. xx