Often I look at the people around me and try to see their creative soul. Sounds pretty odd but it’s true. Like my co worker likes to sketch, a friend of mine is such an artistic cook/chef and my sister has a hidden talent of being able to put paint brush to canvas.
Creativity does not only need to be an artistic talent but it can be the fuel for learning something new, building on your problem solving skills and thinking outside the box.
Part of the reason I have Thru Les Yeux, my camera and my Etsy shop is because I found my creative soul and realized she needed to be released. Here are my tips on how to pursue your creative talent:
- Listen to what your creative soul is telling you. It’s probably a voice you’ve heard all your life but were too lazy, afraid, embarrassed to listen. I know since I’ve started “listening” my mind is filled with all sorts of creative ideas and thoughts.
- Make time for your creativity. This is definitely a tricky one. In our busy society, who has time to sit down and do something creative when lunches need to be made, phone calls need to be returned, kids need to be reared etc. I know I would rather just sit and decompress in front of the TV after 8 hours working for someone else. But, if your really love exploring your creative side, you’ll want to fit it in whenever you can (might even loose sleep because of it!)
- Start at the beginning. I think when you want to be creative, you have to start somewhere and it’s okay to start from the beginning. Ask questions, practice your new skills, research and carry a notebook (like your a student) :)
- Exercise and get some fresh air. Getting your heart rate up and breathing clean air (aka change of scenery) can give you the boost you need to either keep going or get you out of a rut/block.