Reflecting on my Creative Identity this month caused me to feel truly grateful for the inspiring online spaces of fellow bloggers and makers. This week, I will be sharing ideas, thoughts and insights from some of these wonderful people across Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest (@aplayfulday) and of course, here on my creative home.
Today, I would like you to meet Sarah- Louise of Lapinblu.
"I read a quote from Eric Jerome Dickey the other day which said,
"It's impossible to explain creativity. It's like asking a bird, 'How do you fly?' You just do."
And, that's how I feel. I'm not really sure how to explain or define my creative identity - it just is. It's a deep rooted part of who I am and have always been. It's a need that must be fulfilled.
What I can say is that how I fulfil that need varies from day to day depending on my mood or where I am. It may be in my home - changing up a shelf display, some DIY, cooking, re-organising, or shifting an entire room around. It may be through work - styling, shooting & writing for my blog or planning projects. It may be in how I try to approach my everyday - my routines and habits. It may be through making, crafting, tending my plants, or just taking a little moment to faff - to make something pretty, to play, or to notice little details around me, and to document that.
I think it's such a shame that people feel put off in their school days & live with a belief that they aren't capable of creativity. I don't believe that at all. I believe all of us have it inside us. It just has to be tapped in to, by finding the thing that makes your heart sing.
In fact, by it's very definition, creativity is really about process. No-one can tell you how to BE creative. You just have to want to try - you'll find your own path & what it means to you personally. But I can tell you that it takes time & action; a willingness to keep going and to express yourself; a wholehearted approach and a bit of attitude...
If you want to do something, do it. if you want to try something, try it. And don't be disheartened if it doesn't go quite as you expected the first time - there is no right or wrong. Keep doing it. Keep trying it. Learn from it, grow from it, and seek ways to get better. Even if you don't find immediate fulfilment, it may well lead you on to something that will. (I don't claim that to be fact, merely personal experience).
And I don't believe creativity is just found in art & craft - you could try learning an instrument to play or write your own songs; growing something to create a cutting garden or indoor jungle; baking or cooking from scratch, creating your own recipes as you go; learning to use a camera or your phone to document your everyday or perhaps try creating video stories; maybe try writing daily - poems, thoughts, essays - see what comes out; or simply start with a practical skill that would be useful to you right now - you may just find you want to do more."
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