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I want to be creative SO badly. I wish I had a natural talent for something. What I wouldn’t give to be good at painting, or drawing. I would love to write fiction or children’s books. Even doing something like repurposing old furniture. Sometimes I feel creatively stuck. Just because I’m not naturally good at something I automatically feel like I’ve already failed at it. I don’t always give myself the push I need to keep going and try.
Does this found familiar? If so, then I want you to start a challenge with me. It’s a new year, so it’s time to find a new creative path. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t had the courage to do? Or maybe there is something that you have tried but were pretty terrible at the first time so you pushed it aside and went on to the next thing. Or, maybe you haven’t discovered what it is you love to do yet. It’s now time to pick up your bootstraps….and just do it!
I’ve come up with 4 of the best tips to help you find your creative path. Each tip is designed to help you get the extra push you need to try something new when you don’t know where to start.
Tip #1: Creativity can be hard…don’t be afraid to ask for help
Creativity comes so naturally to some people. For me, I feel like I’m a creative person, but when it actually comes time to applying this self-designated creativity, it just doesn’t happen. When I actually sit down and decide to be creative, my brain freezes. I’m fearful that my brain is getting lazy. In today’s day and age, things are so easily accessible that I feel it actually feeding into my laziness. It’s as though people don’t have to think as hard as they used to. But if you think about it, it’s actually the opposite. Since there is SO much out there at our fingertips, it may be harder to stand out. With that being said, there is an upside to this.
I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to be creative you have to stay creative. In order to stay creative, you have to utilize resources that will harness the creativity in you and keep your ‘creative muscle’ active. I have read countless books and blogs on creative writing and they all say the same thing. You have to write every day. Even if you don’t have anything to write, even if you are literally writing ‘I don’t know what to write’ at least you are still exercising your creative muscle and doing it. The same goes for other creative outlets, not just writing. If you paint, then paint every day. If you draw, draw every day. If you sing, sing every day.
There are a lot of really helpful websites, videos, and books that can help you stay creative, exercise your creative muscle, and be productive. Here are a few resources that have helped me:
Tip #2: Expand you horizons…try something new!
Sometimes I need to think outside the box to get my creative juices flowing. Usually, I take a leap and try something new. It is important for me to go a little outside of my comfort zone to have new experiences to explore. For example, I was feeling creatively stuck recently and decided to try cross-stitch. Now I absolutely love it! I never would have imagined that this was something I would love to do. For me, it is relaxing and something I can do which calms me down to recharge my mental batteries. Who knows…this could be my thing! I was lucky and found something I loved doing creatively, but this wasn’t my first rodeo. I tried acrylic painting, writing a fictional book, knitting, crafting….but with each of those creative things that I tried I would hit a roadblock and give up. That’s how I realized that these weren’t for me. Then with doing cross-stitch, when I hit that roadblock, I wanted to push through it. I enjoyed this activity so much that I was willing to go through a little bit of frustration in order to carry on and complete this task.
I also experienced this while beginning this very blog you’re reading now. I decided to take a course to learn how to start a blog. Everything was going great and then I hit a roadblock. My initial reaction was to run away FAST and quit, but I realized that I enjoyed doing this so much that I needed to push through and I did. Sometimes you need that self-realization that you enjoy something new so much that you are willing to push through the hard parts, break that habit of quitting, and get to the other side.
Tip #3: Get inspiration from others!
Inspiration isn’t always self-produced. Occasionally you need to look around you, and to other people and places for ideas. Reading books written by people who are successful in what you want to do (or in what they do), who can give you
Or, you might just need to take a walk, visit a museum, or even browse the internet for some inspiration. It’s ok to get ideas from other people, creative or not. Remember the cross-stitch I was talking about before? I didn’t even think about trying it until I received a blog post from the amazing blogger/author Jenny Lawson about how she does cross-stitch to calm down her anxiety. The patterns she did were so edgy and different that it inspired me to try it and as a result, I found something I love doing. Sometimes it takes someone else trying something to inspire you to do it too, and that’s ok.
Step 4: Get educated!
It’s important to get some information about what you want to do or try before you start. Jumping right into something you know nothing about before finding out key information could end badly. About a year ago I decided that I wanted to try acrylic painting. In my mind, all I had to do was get the materials and I would watch one YouTube video on ‘acrylic painting for beginners’ and I’d be an instant success. I went out and bought a pricey acrylic painting starter kit from the craft store. I set myself up, found the perfect instructional video on YouTube and tried painting. I quickly came to the realization that I was far from talented and actually didn’t enjoy it at all. I had spent money on materials I used once. It’s ok that acrylic painting wasn’t something I wanted to pursue in the end, but if I did a little more research, and maybe gone to a class first, or spoken to someone who does acrylic painting, I might have saved myself some money.
Yes, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and just try something you have your heart set on without doing extensive research on it, but from my past experience, and if you are notorious for trying something and giving up quickly (like
There isn’t a formula for being creative; everyone has their own method to what makes them happy creatively. However, there are some of us that need that little push, and a little help to get there. The 4 tips in this post are things that I have personally done that have helped me find my way creatively, and I hope they help you too!
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