Thursday, 3 August 2017

Let Your Creativity Bloom

The timing is right, the planets have aligned and my love of creativity is ready to be explored, enjoyed and drum roll…shared. So here I am. Hello and welcome! If you’re a creative person too or if you want to become more creative, then I invite you to join me on this journey.

I’ve always loved to sing and make things. Yet interspersed with the great times I’ve had some hefty obstacles come up when it comes to rolling with it, a couple that completely derailed the caboose for a while there (more about that later).  Yet the hurdles, in addition to many other weird and wonderful experiences, taught me so much about the benefits of creativity to the point where I now see it as nothing less than soul food. So I’ve entered the blogosphere thinking that maybe, just maybe, these insights could be of some benefit to others.

The first thing I’ll say is that I’ve learned that creativity is essential for our health and wellbeing, personally and collectively. It is also wonderful to see an ever growing body of research supporting what we know to be true in our guts.

It gets better.

The creative pursuits we engage in don’t need to be elaborate, complicated, showy or fancy. They may eventually become that way for some, but this is by no means a requirement. Goodies will be gained from something as humble as baking a pie, handwriting a letter to someone special, or getting out the pencils for some colouring in.

It gets even better. Wait for it…

You don’t even need to be good at it in order to benefit! Yep, you read correctly. Let me write it again because this point is really juicy. You don’t need to be good in order to benefit. And with that point perfectionism has just been thrown out like the rubbish on bin night!

There is one condition though. Sorry, we don’t get off that easily. We do need to click on an imaginary ‘I agree to these terms and conditions’ box when signing up for this ride. But hang in there because these terms are awesome. Actually it’s term, singular not plural.

Here goes…

The only condition that I have uncovered in order to gain positive benefits from creativity is that you need to let yourself enjoy whatever it is you’re doing. That’s all. Do it for the joy it brings and it will feed you; body, mind and spirit. Do it for the joy it brings and it’ll be one of the best things in the world for you. Tick that box in your head and heart and you’re on your way to enhancing your life. My motto is one step at a time with ease and enthusiasm.

What creative activities do you enjoy?


31 comments:

  1. I love to knit, crochet, cook, bake, and write. I agree, creativity is essential to happiness. I also love dancing and singing. I can't imagine life without these creative outlets.

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    1. What a wonderful mix of creative pursuits! I agree, life would definitely be lacking without them. What kind of singing styles do you enjoy?

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  2. I was so happy when I read you don't need to be good at it. Really as long as you enjoy you then you will reap the benefits. I think we all need to that every now and then. Well, I certainly do. Thankyou.
    I love to cross stitch and colour in. My daughter and I have an A3 colouring book we use together. We colour one page at a time and find it so relaxing and calming. Cooking is another big favourite of mine.
    Well done in your first post and I look forward to others.
    Kylie

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    1. You're most welcome, yay! I find the simple things good to hear again because we humans love making things complicated. Needlework rocks! I'd love to see some of your creations. And a joint colouring book is such an awesome idea! What a great way to relax and spend time together.

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  3. What a wonderful subject to explore and share with the blogging world. I express my creativity in a wide range of everyday activities like baking, gardening, sewing and knitting but also as an author and blogger.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! What a stimulating mix of creative pursuits. Our everyday activities sure generate wonderfully positive ripple effects!

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  4. I LOVE to bake, I'm a novice at knitting but I enjoy it (so I guess that counts!). I also love calligraphy but haven't done it for a long time. Love your first post and the blog looks great. Looking forward to reading some more.

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    1. Cheers! Knitting totally counts. It will be great to see what you're making. And how great is baking. Calligraphy is so beautiful too. However as a left hander I end up smudging everything I write! Haha.

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  5. Hi, found my way here from Rhonda's blog. Looks like a great start for you. I love to garden, read knit, sew and create a zillion other things, as the mood strikes me! looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Hi Janice, that's a lovely combination of interests there. It sounds like you're open to going where the vibe takes you. That flexibility is so fulfilling. You'll never run out of things to explore that way.

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  6. Wow, what a pretty blog, Annemarie. I am sure it is going to be very popular.

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  7. I too found my way here via Rhonda's blog, and I like what I see!

    Life is interesting, isn't it - we continue to learn through the experience, good and bad.

    Creativity is essential for my mental health, but I like variety, so I knit, crochet, cross stitch, bake, garden, sew...do you get the picture? It all depends on how I feel as to what I do.

    I did try blogging for a while, but found the constant nag in my head to write another post meant it became a chore rather than a pleasure. I still write posts for the craft collective I'm a member of, so that satisfies that creative need.

    Anyway, enough about me - this should be about you! Well done, and I look forward to reading more here.

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    1. I am just a novice blogger but find it good to read your comments too. Great to see you doing so much!

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    2. Thank you for your positive feedback. You've hit the nail on the head with the word 'variety' there. I think that is definitely one of the ways to keep the joy flowing. It's so good to mix it up. That way things don't go stale and the good vibes keep rolling. You're going with what feels good and that means you're activating your self awareness and intuition. You can't go wrong with that winning combination!

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  8. I love your thoughts on creativity. I hope to enjoy your creative ideas and gain some inspiration from them.

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    1. So happy to hear that, thank you. We can inspire each other!

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  9. What a lovely, refreshing way of looking at things. I agree wholeheartedly. I have to tell you too that I am the least creative person in the world but I wanted to decorate a hat. I just thought it was impossible but I had one of my friends say "there is a way around everything". For some reason it stuck. I ruminated on it and voila! I created a hat that I just love looking at!!!First it proves to me it can be done and secondly it brings a smile to my face as I think "Hey, I did that!!!". I think that is where the positive impact comes from!!!!

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    1. Aww thank you. Sounds like you're VERY creative to me! Maybe all it needed was a little encouragement to release the handbreak and away you went! Go wear that hat with pride.

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    2. Oh, and that smile sounds lovely too so be sure to wear it with the your hat. I bet they match perfectly!

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  10. What a great first post! I love the look of your blog, it's very pretty and fresh. I find that, for me, there are times when I will get busy being creative and other times when that motivation leaves me. I love to write and to garden. I love all the colours and forms in my garden. I have been learning to sew over the past two years and I like to knit simple things too. There can be a lot of creativity in those everyday things. Meg:)

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    1. Cheers, Meg! I hear you. The creative juices definitely ebb and flow don't they. Spending time in a garden is so good for you. Do you combine your two loves, weather permitting? i.e. do you write or knit in your garden? I'm feeling relaxed just thinking about how nice that sounds!

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  11. Hi, I have just come over from Rhonda's blog. So what creative activities do I enjoy? Well I was enjoying the scarf pattern I have been knitting until this afternoon when I think I have just made a big mistake. But I am too much of a novice to work out how to fix it. I will go ahead fearlessly and keep working on the project anyway - it is the only way I will learn. I also enjoy gardening and baking, and housekeeping which for me is a very creative activity.

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    1. Hi Sherri, thanks for visiting. Ahh good ol' mistakes. Gotta love em. They can be super annoying but like you said, they are actually our greatest teachers. It's so good to hear that you've kept going. Embrace it! It'll give your scarf character. Just call it a one of a kind, exclusive creation! And I totally agree regarding housekeeping. Making a house a home is definitely an art form.

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  13. I'm a quilter, soap maker, crochet and knit and love to cook from scratch. I came from Rhonda's blog. Elaine

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  14. Hi Elaine, thanks for visiting. Your creative pursuits sound delightful! It must be really satisfying to make so many things from scratch.

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  15. My passion is sock knitting, knitting in general and crochet.

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    1. Fantastic! I'm just beginning to crochet. I bet your feet will be toasty warm on the cold winter nights we're having at the moment.

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  16. Hello Michelle Annemarie. I have arrived via Rhonda and I just love your blog design. The colors and flowers are so appealing. I can't wait to follow you and congratulations on taking that first step and starting a blog of your own. I wish I was brave enough as I love writing. Perhaps one day. Best of luck x

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging feedback Marilyn, I really appreciate it! I am really looking forward to hearing more about your creative ideas and interests. I've actually got a post that relates to creativity and bravery coming next! I would be great to hear your thoughts on the topic if you read it.

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