Whether you are twiddling the Saturday away wanting to ‘try something new.’
Or you are sitting at your office desk, staring at a new assignment wondering where to look for inspiration for the work ahead..
We all have times in our life when we need our creativity needs a boost.
Here are 6 ideas to creating a creative breakthrough you can use today.
1. Look Behind You
History can be a great teacher. What’s something creative you used to do, but you haven’t done in years. Maybe it’s time to shake the dust off. I recently resumed paining. I haven’t painted with oils since the mid 80’s! YES, that’s back in the dinosaur days! I’m taking classes on Skillshare on painting with acrylics. I LOVE all the classes available here! If you’ve never tried them, I have a two months of FREE PREMIUM classes I can share with you. Click this link: http://skl.sh/2biwwbW Premium classes are worth it and I love how most of the classes can be completed in 1 hour!
2. Lose The Routine
Get out of your rut! For so long, I felt like the only thing I could do creatively was research for others. Yes, research IS a creative task. Especially when you go into all the nooks and crannies of the internet world. Then, one day, I decided to take a class on doodling cute little people. Oh MY! It opened up a whole world of doodle creations for me! Make time to read, find new friends and find new places to learn new creative ideas.
3. Use The Brains Around You
Talk about your creativity with others. You may be surprised to find there’s someone near you that shares the same creative pleasures..you just haven’t talked about it!
4. Get Cozy With Other Creatives
Surround yourself with other creatives. In this world of social media, it’s easy to find folks you share your creative passions. Whether it be on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. The heart of understanding, growing and loving your creativity is being with others who understand your creative spirit! YES, we creatives DO tend to think more with our right brain. =)
5. Share The Creations
Share your craft with others. I firmly believe God gives us our creativity and creative spirit and he means for us to share it with others. You may think your craft isn’t worthy to give to someone else. I tell you, you are wrong! I’ve received some very thoughtful and kind creative gifts in the past. My heart was touched when I received them, and I hold them near and dear to me. From a child’s sloppily painted napkin holder, to a hand lettered book-marker, to a nicely written article that contained the exact words I needed to read, to 3D art piece hanging in our hallway made from recycled cell-hones. Share, pressed down, shaken together..and it will come back to you.
6. Try To Fail Quickly
I don’t want to say your creativity will always be a failure. But, I do want to say if you’ve ‘thought about doing _____” then by all means DO IT. Don’t sit around for months pondering and thinking about it. If you did that, you would be like ME. There are things I’ve missed out on because I ‘thought about it” for months, and then the class was over not to be given again, or the opportunity was gone. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You have a pile of jewelry making beads you don’t want and you have to find a friend who has started the craft so you give them to her. <Need any beads?>
I hope these little ideas inspire you to creative breakthroughs!
Do you doubt your creativity? I have a fun little test for you called:
The Creativity Test. You should take it!
Kim Steadman is a wife, mother and proud Meme. She retired from corporate life to bring her heart, mind, body and soul home and to start her creative writing journey. Her writing works include “The Creative Prayer Journal” and “The Diary of a Recycled Dog.” She loves to help other creatives nurture the connection between their faith & creativity.