Creativity is my life.
It’s about more than just a tool to discover good ideas and bring them to life. It’s a way of thinking, a constant flow; it’s inherent in how I decorate my house, cook food and plant vegetables. It’s the backbone of my parenting, the life of dinner parties and the soul of my social media.
But creativity doesn’t ever just happen for me, even though it’s a way of life. There’s always careful thought, planning and drive required for putting it all together. And chocolate.
Once it’s come together, I’ll feel aligned. I’ll feel that my Soul is leading the way and all other distractions are put aside.
The most important part of a creative session is the intention I take into it. The deeper the intention, the clearer my vision, the easier it will be for creativity to flow through me.
The right environment is key for me, which is why earlier this year I moved my desk from the front of the house to the back where I look out over nature in all its loveliness. But if your desk/table/creative nook faces a wall, make it a pretty wall with a poster that makes you smile. Same same. Add flowers, quotes on pretty sticky paper and a pile of brownies and that’s where the magic happens.
A warm brain usually helps, too. I crank it up with morning exercise and a break for reading whenever I need it. Books make me a happier, cleverer, saner person. They get my creative juices flowing and inspired to roll.
I keep a notebook handy. Real handy. I used to keep lots of them all over the house, but that wasn’t helping. Nor was the notebook app on my phone. I need pen and paper please, and one big, scribbly notebook. I’m constantly writing down little ideas, adding to these notes, ignoring them for a while, going back and fleshing out the good ones. Creativity doesn’t always come when you want it to, sometimes it trickles in. That’s where a notebook is handy.
Don’t underestimate the power of a nature walk, meditation, sleep-in or shower. They put the brakes on over-thinking and bring out the best of your brainy bits. I can honestly say I’ve had some pretty big AHA! moments in the shower. According to an interesting article by Leo at Buffer a shower provides not only a sweet hit of dopamine but also enough distraction and relaxation to get the juicy ideas happening.
And music, sweet music. There’s something about loud spiritual chanting (and incense) music that rips through my writer’s block every time.