Take Time for Creativity

Creativity CactusFor the last few years, I make it a point to read self-improvement books over breakfast. Many of them tout the benefits of making time for creativity. The Artist Way {Affiliate link} encourages a weekly ‘Artist Date’ to prime the pump for creative juices. The Creativity Cure {Affiliate link} prescribes 20 minutes a day of using your hands to keep sharp. During her Happiness Project {Affiliate link}, Gretchen Rubin discovered getting off the path is beneficial. Through my own research, I’ve learned that two keys to my sanity are daily writing and creativity. I’ve done well in adding writing time into my daily schedule. But I’m still streaky about setting time aside to be creative.

The Value of Creativity

Creativity flowersInitially I struggled to wrap my head around the concept of an ‘Artist Date’, thinking it only counted if I was actively creating art. I had slipped into a funk that I couldn’t write my way out of. One day on the spur of the moment, I stopped at Hobby Lobby. As I walked the aisles, I saw amazing pieces that sparked all the remarkable things I could create! When I left the store, I was transformed. I felt alive again. I remembered I am unique, creative and valuable, that I can do things no one else can. My unique way of looking at the world is something to treasure.

Should Versus Want

Knowing that I should go take pictures to improve my photography skills wasn’t enough to motivate me. Knowing the boost I’d get once I was outside snapping away wasn’t even enough to make me want to go. My brain wanted to get out and take some pictures, but not enough to make it happen. I watched a photography You Tube video instead and decided to stay at home and practice depth of field skills. Somehow I broke through and Creativity Waterfallwent to the park to practice depth of field.

It felt good to be outside and walking around the lake, with frequent stops to take pictures. The fresh air and sunshine were invigorating. I learned more about using my camera’s settings, now I have more control and efficiency. But most of all I felt the creativity flow. I gave myself a needed recharge and came home with a clearer focus on my photography, some personal issues, and a big project I’m working on.

I knew getting out taking pictures would be good for me, but I still struggled to get over that hump to actually do it. Coming home, overheated and all, I am in a better place. I’m repeatedly impressed with how much I need creative flow. Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles to listen to my own advise.

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