May 8, 2012

How To Find the Creative You

5 Ways to Embrace Your Creative Side

Just Try It!
You don't know what you'll enjoy unless you try it. Take a drawing class or go to a local make-your-own pottery shop and see what strikes your fancy. And don't be intimidated, most people that take classes feel just like you!

Don't Say Negative Things about Your Creative Self
If you constantly say, "I can't do that! I'm a terrible cook!"  you won't be able to do it. 
Give yourself the same support and encouragement you would give to a child. 

Don't Expect Perfection
There are some creative things I am good at and some things that I'm still working on (like sewing). Don't expect the first blanket you ever knit to look professional. Throw yourself into whatever it is you love and look at your mistakes as part of the personality of your work. 

Don't Let Artsy People Intimidate You
People who embrace their creativity often do so from the inside out which means that typically speaking, people who involve themselves in creative endeavors "look the part." Don't allow yourself to feel excluded because you may not express yourself in that way.

Be Honest with Yourself
Don't keep knitting if you hate it or don't needlepoint yourself into a corner. Perhaps a writing class is your thing? Or maybe that cooking class around the corner might be something you'd enjoy? The bottom line is that if you don't really enjoy it (and you've definitely given it a shot) move right along. There is something fun for everyone out there!

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Unknown said...

I love this post, Caroline! Especially the "Be honest with yourself" one.

Caroline said...

Thanks, Jenny! I often have to have "craft interventions" with myself when something just isn't working. One day I plan on posting about all my craft-fails! :))

Susan Anderson said...

This is great advice, Caroline. I liked the reminder not to be intimidated by other artists. There's room for everyone in art!


Caroline said...

That was my point, exactly, Sue! :)

Melanie said...

Great post, Caroline! The speaking negative of your creative self part will work for me in other areas too. If I keep talking about how much time I don't have, I'm going to keep wasting the time I do have! :) xo

karen said...

This was just what I needed to read! Lately I've been trying to find some sort of project that would be creative. Still haven't quite figured it out but I'm working on it!