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When Creativity Calls, Just Create

Jun 18, 2021

Do you ever feel the need to just create? Sometimes I get that itch. I just need to use my hands to make something.

I believe we are all creative. Every one of us. If you’re human, you’re creative.

The ugly truth is that the world steers us away from creativity. Or it lies to us telling us that only certain things are creative. It’s not true. Creativity actually comes in many different forms. We just have to find the one that’s right for us.

What I Create

My creative interests are vast, maybe too vast. I have so many interests, so many things I want to learn, and not enough time. My interests include:

  1. Yoga

  2. Writing: Books, stories, blogs, etc.

  3. Web design

  4. Photography

  5. Baking

  6. Furniture refinishing

Things I want to get into:

  1. Home decor

  2. Drawing

  3. Painting

  4. Gardening

So many interests.

When the Creative Itch Comes

Do you drop everything and just create?

I do, sometimes. And, I guess, sometimes I don’t.

But here’s what I have noticed when I give into that creative itch:

Creativity Frees My Mind–It helps me relax and clear my mind of all the stresses. Example, Scott and I have been going through some stresses since we closed KreatNou a few months ago. We’ve had a lot of decisions to make and some anxiety about finances and such. The last few days I wanted to make a cake roll, actually experiment with a cake roll: White cake with a cream cheese/whipped topping and raspberry jam filling. 😋 I made a plan to do it yesterday, but the day got away from me. At 7 p.m. I questioned, should I or shouldn’t I. Finally, I thought, why not? I finished the experiment at almost 10 p.m. and had a late-night snack. But the act of creating that masterpiece allowed me to take my mind off of the stress and focus on something I could control. It felt good to create.

Creativity Allows Us to Give Into Our True Selves–That’s the beauty of creativity, it comes form you. And when you allow yourself to really create, do that thing you love, you allow yourself to embrace who you are and your interests.

Creativity Heals–I say this from personal experience. After all the anxiety and stress I felt after quitting my corporate job a few years ago, I threw myself into the creative things I’ve always wanted to do but felt I couldn’t or didn’t have time for. I devoted more time to writing, and I embraced my interest in yoga. I believe those two things had a great impact on my healing process.

Creativity Allows You to Step Away and Come Back with New Ideas–I’ve seen this with my writing. Even though writing is itself a creative process, at times I need to take a break and focus on something else creative. When I do, like working on refinishing this bike I did before Scott came home from the Middle-East, I’m able to go back to my writing with new ideas and renewed energy.

Creativity Allows You to Express Yourself–Even if you don’t share your creativity with the world (it could be something as personal as journalling), when you allow yourself to create, you allow yourself to find expression. Through your art (singing, dancing, gardening, writing, working out, home decorating, whatever), you open your heart and express your love for movement, color, life. And that is so beautiful!

When Creativity Calls, Just Create

If I had one simple message for this post, it is this: Just create. Do it. Do anything. If you’re not sure what you’re interested in, try something. See if it fits. If it doesn’t, try something else. Keep trying until you find that thing. that you love.

And if you don’t think you have the time, you do. I promise. Turn off that Netflix show or put the kids to bed early. Create. Even for just ten minutes.

Find the time.

Just create.

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