I remember those times when I’ve been engrossed in a creative project. The memories of those moments are easy to recall because, though the payoff was great, there just haven’t been a whole boatload of creative pursuits in my life. The first time I made my daughter a nightgown (really just a long A-line t-shirt, but in my excited mind’s eye, it was layered with satin and ruffles and fit for a princess!), it took me six hours. I was so proud, and my grandmother laughed because it took me so long. 🙂 But every time that little toddler wore that gown (and she wore till the seams were stretched!), it made me happy. Then there was the very first time I built my own picture frame: I came home absolutely euphoric because I had created something with my own hands! You know, I honestly did not even believe I could do that.
What I remember most about these and the other opportunities when I allowed myself to be creative was the “bubbliness” I brought back to my family each time. I was truly delighted and energized by these enterprising bouts! Can you relate? Unfortunately, at some point in time, I’ve allowed myself to believe these enjoyments are a luxury rather than a vital part of reaching the various potential that God created in me. Can you relate to that, too?
That is part of why I started this blog: as a way to not only document my own journey, but to challenge you to journey with me. Creative talent is not something I’ve ever considered one of my gifts, but I’m learning that there is way more to “creativity” than drawing or painting (oh, thank goodness for that!). Just this week I found out about a free creativity mini-course** that is helping me to think through that very concept — “4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creative Genius.” I have completed the first lesson, and was actually rather surprised by what I learned about myself and the qualities I admire in my friends who are definitely the “creative types.” (A few of you, if you could read the worksheet I just completed, might be surprised to discover the reasons you made the list of creative people I admire!)
Do you allow yourself a creative outlet, or do you feel a little (or a lot!) guilty when you “take that time for yourself”? “Why Not?” take this free, easy mini-course with me and discover what creativity means to you, and how it can enhance, not detract from, your daily life. This four-part course comes with supporting worksheets and has been created by the Ultimate Bundles team (I’ll tell you more about them soon!). It’s delivered entirely over email and only takes a week. The course will help you figure out what you enjoy creating, how to find the time to do it, how to not feel guilty about indulging in your creative pursuits, and how to distance yourself from that dreaded ruiner of fun: perfection.
So what’s your excuse? Creativity in its many forms is a gift. Still, I often just feel downright guilty pursuing it, and I know you may relate to that. “Why Not?” get your free mini-course today (it’s only available until March 27th), and let’s lose this guilt together!
If you could find time to pursue any creative path, what would it be? Cooking, writing, teaching, hiking, drawing…the list is as unique as you are! Please tell me in the comments how you love to recharge (or perhaps, how you plan to start recharging!).
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