Creative by Nature

Everyone has creativity within them, sometimes it's just harder to find.

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I deeply believe we all have a creativity within us in our nature, but it can be expressed in so many different forms-which is part of the beauty of creativity! In my life, I love to be creative in how I style my plants and decorate my home. As a speech-language pathologist who works with kids, I also find myself needing to be creative in my work . When I cook, sometimes I use extra dishware just because the presentation is "cuter." My husband could care less about food presentation, but he is incredibly creative in bringing people together (via games or conversation) and creating a sense of community between strangers. I love that creativity is expressed in a multitude of forms, but sometimes it makes you wonder what is creativity? Here are some quotes from artists that I admire, who shared their definitions of creativity in this video .

I've always looked at creativity as How can I create something that's new? [...]How do I say things in a way which you haven't heard?"-Jackie Hill Perry, spoken word artist

I like to see it as making the most out of the resources you have. - Sho Baraka, musician

There's an outflow, an offering, a giving of some sort. -Esteban Shedd, musician

If you are saying to yourself, "Maybe other people are creative but I really am not" I want to take a moment to challenge you (in a gentle way ^.^). Have you solved a problem in your family or in a friendship or at work? Have you cooked a meal with some sad leftovers or all that was left in your pantry? Have you ever thought about how you could make someone feel better in a moment of sadness or stress? Have you thought about how you could make the world a better place (even in the smallest way)? Are you thinking right now? Did I just trick you into being creative about thinking about creativity? I hope so. I know not everyone will think of creativity this way, and that's okay. To each their own, and I respect that. 

One more thing I want to say about creativity, maybe you haven't had the opportunity to be creative recently. Maybe your whole life your parents just wanted you to do what you were told and get a job that paid well. There are so many ways that creativity is stifled…stunted…but never completely destroyed. I believe that creativity can be cultivated and it is a worthwhile venture. Here are some questions I have asked myself that have helped me work through what it means to be creative.

What am I passionate about?

What is my purpose and how can I be creative and achieving that purpose?

What are the fears/anxieties that creep into my mind the moment I think about doing something new or being creative?

What do I want to create? A culture? A product? A work of art? A story? A meal? A game?

Who am I creating for?

Hopefully some of these helped you think through creativity in your life. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you can send me a message on my contact page. 

With Love and Imagination,
Amy