I have had many people ask me this question: “Where do you find your creativity?” For me it is an easy answer: everywhere!
First, I think I was born a creative gal. By the time I was 8 years old, I had taught myself how to play the keyboard, crochet, a bit of drawing and tried every type of craft that my mom would allow. In Girl Scouts and Vacation Bible School, craft time was my favorite. During school, from kindergarten through college, art and home economics (not even sure if they teach that anymore) were my favorite classes. So creating and making things has always been a part of my life.
Nowadays, I find inspiration for creativity everywhere. It could be a song I listen to that inspires a passage in one of my novels. A picture I capture on my camera might become a painting in my studio. Seeing vivid colors on a building mural might look fabulous in a crocheted scarf. I always make sure to keep a notebook, pen/pencil plus my iPad with me to capture these ideas so hopefully I can bring them to fruition.
There was a time in my life where I had lost my creativity or should I say it went dormant. I had lost the desire to make things because I let “life” get in the way. Things became quite stressful. I figured I didn’t have time to be creative, so I just went through the motions. But when life throws your some major curve balls, you start thinking about what you are doing each day: living or existing. So I decided to embrace life and for me that meant being creative had to become a part of my life again.
I picked up my paintbrushes, got out my crochet hooks, dusted off the sewing machine and made sure I had extra batteries for the camera. That was about 17 years ago and bringing creativity back into my daily routine was like a breath of fresh air. The added bonus was that it helped with the stress so it’s been with me ever since.
Now I have added writing to my creative pursuits – something I never imagined but dearly love. I’ve had many people tell me they aren’t creative and I always tell them that’s not true. Maybe they aren’t writing a book, painting or crocheting but creativity is found in so many forms – from cooking a gourmet meal, an eloquent speech, watching someone light up as they learn something new and so much more. I truly believe that everyone is born with some creativity. They just have to be willing to find it and try, not letting others’ opinions get in the way.
So find your creativity, whatever that means to you. I bet you might say: “Why haven’t I done this before!”