Expand Your Creative Self-Expression

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Here are 3 tips to help you increase your creative self-expression which can lead to greater health, happiness and success…

1) Book “creativity dates”

Book time in your schedule for creative pursuits (this might be a few minutes each day to write in your journal, to play with paints, write a poem, build something, make a new recipe, draw a picture, make a collage, send a love note, etc.). When things are in our schedules and given time, they are made a priority and given value. Creativity is valuable and deserves to be “scheduled” – this helps you take the time for creative self-expression in the midst of it all.

2) Remember your passions

we all have different interests, passions, and desires. Ask yourself: what do I love to do? What lights you up? What do you want to do but often don’t take the time to do? Sometimes we resist what we love the most afraid of where it might lead us. Desire fuels our creativity. Our muse wants to be met with our attention and presence. Pay attention to what you are drawn to. If you see a watercolour painting course or a writing workshop advertised and think “I would love to do that” – sign up! That is your intuitive wise self, guiding you to the pathway of deeper self-expression.

3) Be curious

Being more creative is not about having all the answers or knowing exactly what wants to emerge or be expressed before you even start. Creativity needs a little room for mystery. Ask yourself: how else might I do this? What are different ways to be creative? How can ordinary moments become extraordinary with some creative flair? How can that chapter you are working on be brought to life? What outfit could you wear to really represent who you are today? Everything we do communicates something about our creative choices, our self-expression. How do you want to show up in the world today? Curiousity opens us to the sweet spot of true creativity. We don’t have to know where we are going, or what will be created, we have to show up, be curious and allow what wants to emerge out into the open, onto the page, or canvas, or out into your life.

For example, I thought I wanted to write a book on writing for wellness (which I do but it is coming later!). After sitting with this idea for a bit, turning over chapter titles and so forth, it turns out that what I want more is to write for my own wellness and growth! So I am diving head first into writing my adoption memoir. We have to allow ourselves to be surprised, to get out of our own way and let creativity take us where she wants us to go.

Creativity and self-expression are gifts you give yourself and others (if you choose!). Creativity nourishes our soul, helps us feel vibrant and alive, supports us to being more present to beauty and possibilities. Your creativity matters. We are all creative. Living is a creative act!

How do you take care of your creative health? Some people feel creativity is self-indulgent. As Twyla Tharp, author of the Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life says, “So? How often to you indulge yourself? Why shouldn’t you? You won’t be of much value to others if you don’t learn to value yourself and your efforts.”

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