HOW I’M EXPANDING MY CREATIVITY

 

I spoke about creativity before in My Journey with Creativity post, but for this one I’m going to focus on how I’m expanding it. Of course it comes in waves and flows, but there are certain practices that I’m putting into place to really get the most of out of it.

 

TRYING SOMETHING NEW (OR GOING BACK TO OLD THINGS THAT WORKED)

Over time our schedules change, but I’m now in a place in my life that I want to put myself out there a bit more, so that means going back to my regular yoga class (aswell as working on my own practice) and taking up old hobbies that I loved, and making the effort to include more people into my life.

In terms of trying new things, I’m varying the podcasts I usually listen to for a bit of new inspiration.

LOSE YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Expectations are pointless and don’t feed us in anyway. The same goes for comparison and judgement.

Use that blog post you loved reading as inspiration to create your own, and push yourself out of your usual comfort zone by writing about something you love that you haven’t posted before.

By going into any project or new activity with no expectations about being the ‘best’ or the ‘worst’ one in the group, you’ll have so much more fun. Which leads me onto my next point…

BE MORE CHILD-LIKE

Don’t take anything too seriously, and remember that you always have a choice. If you don’t want to join a new club that doesn’t seem your bag, you don’t have to.

It’s totally okay to stop doing things that don’t feed your creativity anymore. Just make sure you get back up and try again at something different.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Does this make me feel happy?
  • Who am I doing this for, really? If I had a free day spare, would I still do this activity?
  • What’s something I’ve always wanted to do?
  • What did I want to be when I was younger?
  • What are my goals for the future?
  • Is there a more effective way I could do this?

 

 

How will you expand your creativity?

 

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  • Amy Eade

    I constantly set my expectations too high with my creativity – something I definitely need to stop doing! I think being more child like is definitely helpful – children are the most creative out of all of us really!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • They really are. I always under-appreciate how things such as painting and writing which I loved as a child can still bring me joy as a (semi) adult xx

  • When I help run theatre workshops, I always encourage people to be more childlike! x

    • Ah that’s so cool! I was the worst at drama at school but I can imagine it being amazing once you get over what people might think!

  • I started drawing again after years of not picking up a pencil. It’s definitely helped with creativity and I ended up rebranding my blog after feeling inspired!

    Jaynie Shannon | Beauty, Lifestyle & Parenting xx

    xx

  • can’t draw to save my life, but I can write!

  • I loved this post! Being creative is one of my favourite things and it always gets me so down when I hit a block with it. These are some lovely ideas though that are so helpful in lighting that spark back up x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks for reading lovely, I always appreciate your support SO much! xx

  • Losing the expectations is definitely something I need to work on – I constantly set mine too high, then get frustrated quickly and easily when the output isn’t what I feel it should be, which ruins things that should be experimental and enjoyable. Being more childlike is such a good one too xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  • Shannon

    Loved this post! I recently took a meander through a crafts store and picked up a couple things to try out. I used to be very into art in school, but haven’t prioritized it of late. I was never really good, but had so much fun with it which is the most important part! Great post.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • That’s exactly the point isn’t it! I’m not the best at art either but I’m really enjoying it at the minute too 🙂

  • This was lovely and inspiring to read. You always come up with great blog ideas and I always find your blogs calming to read! I’ve been loving podcasts lately too. Can you recommend any good ones? xx

    • Thanks so much soph, your comments always make my day! I’m loving what she said and I’ve just downloaded some of the Oprah soul conversations too 🙂

      • Aww glad my comments make your day! Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

  • yesyesyes to being more childlike. It’s less about discovering who we are and more about remembering who we were.