Making room for a more creative life - Page 2
This year, I'm being more pedantic about my expectations for each day. Not only does this help me manage the fact that I’m not superhuman after all but, it helps me to schedule in down time, self-care time and time to be creative just for me (not for my clients).
3. Look for it in unexpected places
Creativity can be expressed through all manner of ways, beyond what’s traditionally thought of as art: elaborating on a recipe, or abandoning one altogether, in favour of concocting your own dish; redecorating your home by combining the textures, colours and shapes you love in unexpected ways; lining up unusual actiivities for a special day out.
Rather than aim to finish an oil painting in a weekend, if I’m realistic about my schedule and energy levels, I know that I can get similar creative satisfaction from spending a few hours cooking an exotic dish. Only got a few minutes? Wear an expressive outfit and be the art!
4. Passively absorb it
Get out there and see an exhibition, watch a performance, enjoy an exquisite meal, walk around an unfamiliar neighbourhood or, people-watch in an artsy part of town. Get the rush without doing any of the work. Treat yourself to a weekly artist's date.
4. Celebrate it
As much as I enjoy the process of making, I cannot deny that there is a real satisfaction to holding and beholding a finished piece. Celebrate your achievement. Share it. Reward yourself. Pave the way for more.
How do you add creativity to your days?