Have you fed your creative side yet this week?
I know it is difficult to fit in the stuff that you want for yourself when kids, home, spouse, and jobs are pulling at you from all directions. Of course it is important for so many of us to give our best to our children. And how about the person we pledged to spend the rest of our life with? They deserve our best as well – our support, our love, and time spent in conversation and connection. But what happens when the well runs dry and you start to feel resentful and frustrated? It’s no secret that we have to take good care of ourselves in order to do our best with our loved ones.
So how do you keep your heart and spirit fed? Creativity is the key!
Everyone has something they like to do in order to feed their creative side. Now some of you might be thinking: “I’m not creative at all!” But I know you are. Why? Because every human being is creative. It just all looks different on each person. So maybe you are an amazing seamstress, or painter. Perhaps you can craft some fabulous pottery. Now try a different route. You are an avid food critic and you can discuss spices better than anyone I’ve ever met. It could be that you are extraordinarily well read and you can sink into a piece of literature to the point that you are actually part of the story.
No matter what your creative bent is, don’t forget that it exists and it helps define who you are as a whole person. So now the only trick is how to engage it! Here are a few steps to get you there.
1. Pick a pursuit.
You may have only one thing that you consider creative but you might have several such hobbies. The important thing is to decide what you want to do and choose a project within that target. It might mean picking a sewing project like whipping up a flouncy skirt, or you might be desperate to try a photo shoot during twilight. Just decide something that will get your creative juices flowing!
2. Make a strategy.
In order to engage in the activity of your choice you need a few things. You need time in your schedule, a place to practice, and perhaps some supplies. If you are aiming for more yoga time, make sure you have your mat handy and schedule some time in your basement or at a studio. If mystery novels are your thing you will want to have the latest or best book from the store or library and someone to play with the kiddos while you escape for a while. Just make it a priority – like an important doctor’s appointment. Set the schedule and keep it!
3. Savor the experience.
Now that you are finally there – live it up! Don’t spend the whole time worrying about how the children are managing without you, or how you didn’t get the laundry done or the kitchen cleaned up. Really dig deep and enjoy this time – you deserve it!
4. Remind yourself of how it feels and plan for more!
Yay for you! You engaged your creative self and it felt great! Or perhaps it wasn’t quite as great as you had hoped. So now you know what to tweak to make it great and you can’t wait to try again. Just don’t get swept away by one success. Immediately plan for the next time so you don’t forget and become run down again. This should be a life long process for everyone!
I struggle with this issue frequently but I think I am getting better at it and my goal is to encourage other women to grow in this area of their lives as well. What do you think? Do you make your creative self a priority? What are your passions? I would love to know!
Keep on growing yourselves, Friends! Love to you all!
Peace and health,