9 Blissful Ways To Jumpstart Your Creativity - By Life x Ari
This post is especially for my creatives! I’m talking musicians, artists, writers, designers, goldfish trainers, marketing specialists, etc. I know that I have had times that seem to be too frequent, when I’m not feeling the inspiration. I’m not feeling the creative-ness oozing from my pores. (Grotesque visual..sorry.) So, for your enjoyment and education, I have compiled a wondrous list (I LOVE lists!! They bring me such order and calm) for you to consider when the creativity seems to escape you.
1) Get Out of the House! (Apartment, Office, Or Building-In-Which-You-Are-Dwelling)
Everyone knows what cabin fever feels like. It’s claustrophobic, irritating, and draining. For most, and I am apart of this majority, being cooped up inside doesn’t do much for inspiration or great big epiphanies. I struggled with this especially in the first year of Ava’s life. Obviously babies demand ALL of your attention, but I didn’t think I’d feel a lack of creativity.One important thing to keep in mind is that getting out is about you. This means no errands, no work, no phone calls. Just you, your mind, and the outside. (Yes outside! Inside the coffee shop doesn’t count!) So whether you take a walk on you lunch break or sit on a bench in the park. Get outside!
2) Reflect on the Big Picture (My favorite on this list!)
Now, this could mean different things for different people. Personally, I reflect and pray. My faith is a big part of my life, so whenever I need clarity or guidance I send one (or twelve) up to the Big Man Upstairs. Regardless of whether you journal, meditate, pray, talk to yourself (Which is perfectly fine and normal, I do it often. Haha) try to see the whole picture. Try to focus your mind on the big picture.
Ari? What picture? Well, your goals. Who are you? What do you do? What’s your purpose? Whatever your craft is, there has to be a goal (*crosses fingers* hopefully there is a goal) that you’ve set. If one doesn’t exist, this would be the time to do some goal-searching. Apart of setting goals is knowing your purpose. Purpose is an essential part of a person’s “Why?”So you have to do a little bit of soul-searching AND goal-searching. (Good right? I know. ;) ) For me, stepping back to pray and ask God about the big picture helps me to focus. It helps me to remember, “refresh”, and realign(I have afreebie here that helps you refocus your mind and bring clarity to your goalsand purpose!)
3) Try Something New (My second favorite!)
Growing up, I was a very quiet introverted girl. I didn’t like to try new things, I stuck to things I thought were in my safe zone and avoided anything that put me in a vulnerable position. Adulthood (and motherhood) has changed that. Our lives fall into routine so quickly it’s hard to notice that we're stuck in a routine!
Go for something that you’ve never done. Something that puts you outside your comfort zone! Activities like horseback riding, yoga, getting a massage, going to a sewing class, or trying out a Zumba class. Picking something outside out of your box ensures that you won’t know what to expect, making it an organic experience. It could even be an activity that helps you conquer a fear.
The last new-out-of-my-box thing I tried was Go-Kart racing! Believe it or not, I’ve never been. I was pretty nervous at first. (For what reason no one will ever know -_-.) But, I had a blast! I was living in the moment, enjoying the laughter and the trash talk. I was surprisingly relaxed and peaceful.
4) Do Something Nice For Someone Else
An act of kindness is a one of the surest ways to put you in good spirits. (And not to mention a smile on someone else's face!) Let the spontaneity and kindness propel you. Go with your gut! Need some ideas? I got your back.Surprise a close friend with a lunch date.Help the lady pushing her cart to the Cart Return in the parking lot.Write a Thank You note to someone. (A PAPER thank you note! I’m talking mail, stamps, the whole nine! Tell how much you appreciate him/her)
Be Patient. (My favorite thing to do is to let people into my lane when I’m sitting in the ridiculous afternoon traffic. I figure it doesn’t hurt because I’m not going anywhere faster than the person next to me. At the same time working on my patience!)
5) Mood Board (I actually like to call it an Reminder Board—but that’s not catchy -_-)
Now, Pinterest is my everything board. (This is the brilliance of that platform!) I’ve actually never made a physical mood board, but this is something that we can all do together if you’re into it! I think it’s important to put motivating quotes and words on a mood board. Oh, and visuals! Images that remind you of the goals you’ve set and the purpose that you have. If you have no idea where to start, Pinterest is a great place to seek inspiration. (I’ll post my mood/reminder board on Instagram when I get mine done up!)
6) Read a Great Book
Allowing yourself to step into a great story can get your creative juices flowing. I know I’ve gotten great ideas while having my nose in a book. Sometimes I like to read my favorite books again hoping I’ll muster up something new. Currently, I have worked myself through some really great reads in the last year! (Read the Princess Bride! I’m telling you. It’s as humorous as the movie. If you haven’t heard of the Princess Bride, I’m going to take a moment of silence just for you *pauses*)
Sitting down and reading a book in the midst of a craze-filled day isn’t something that can happen. So, I just work my way through a book with every opportune moment that pops up. Segway to my point: READ! Pick one book, and just start. Despite your “busy-ness”, once you’re invested in the storyline/subject you’ll keep going back.
7) Ask a Friend What’s Inspiring About You
Criticism isn’t always welcome especially when it’s about you. Asking what is best about you isn’t any easier but definitely more on the uplifting side. So, find someone whose opinion holds weight with you, and ask, “What do you find inspiring about me?”
Don’t be offended if there’s a pause. (Even if it’s a long pause) This is a question that requires vulnerability. You might be surprised at all the things about you that move them.
8) Listen to New Music
I couldn’t let this list come to life without music! Each of you reading this remembers what it was like to hear a song you adore for the first time. Remember the feeling of being swept away in the sounds? For me, that feeling alone drives me to create.
Need an idea? Well, on your favorite streaming site (I’m assuming you like the rest of the world, streams music. It’s a way of life these days.) Search for similar artists to those you love. Or, pick a random playlist that’s been curated for a specific reason. i.e. Driving, Chilling, Cooking, etc. (There's a playlist for everything!) Go searching for something new, different, and outside your box. You’ll be building an arsenal to draw from. And who knows, you might be surprised at the different types of music you’ll come to appreciate!
9) Create a Space That Inspires You
With a 1 year old and an average-sized apartment, I don’t have much room to myself. (Believe it or not, toddlers have a lot of stuffs. Yes, stuffs. I’m talking kitchen, bathroom, entertainment, clothing, shoes…just stuffs! It’s a little ridiculous. Haha) What I’ve done is found a coffee house near the city that I absolutely love. It’s a cute place and a hidden treasure if you ask me! None of my friends or family knows where it is. I have it all to myself. I get to sit at my own table, spread out all my “equipment”and work. It’s a beautiful thing!So, don’t be hesitant! If you're feeling a lack of creativity try one of these suggestion! If you have any tips for stimulating creativity, comment and let me know!-Ari <3