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:: Being creative ::

This is how I experience creativity. You can't catch it. You can't just will it to come. It's a process, one that is different for everybody. It can be slow sometimes, and though it can't be forced, it can be cultivated and allowed. It often happens when I’m doing something else, or, knee deep in it at work. But, sometimes it happens as I am relaxing or walking and my mind is receptive and quiet. It brings me happiness, I do know that. And, I hope it can do the same for you... if you let it.

Some thoughts to help you on your creative journey:

  • Let yourself be a beginner. You can't be perfect from the beginning.
  • Always carry a camera {even your phone will do} to capture things.
  • Start from where you are. Remember, there are no rules.
  • Be willing to explore and experiment. How else can you learn?
  • When you get frustrated, step away from what you are creating for a few minutes. 
  • If you let go of your expectation of how it should be, you create room for what could be. 
  • Look at things from all angles. Not just the obvious.
  • Don’t let time be your reason not to engage in your creative practice. 
  • Be willing to make mistakes. You will learn from them.
  • Embrace your imagination. That's what it's for.
  • Play and pretend.
  • Stop watching television and partaking in other mindless things.
  • Walk at least 30 minutes a day. Preferably in nature.
  • Keep a journal. When an idea pops up. Write it down.
  • Make a list of things you love. 
  • Listen to music that you've never heard before. Lots of it.
  • Meditate
  • Visit an art Gallery, or, any museum

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
—Vincent Van Gogh

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