The #InstajoyProject Day 3
Hello again everyone - we're almost half way! Here's another video for today: I'm talking about developing a creative practice.
Making creating a habit - developing a creative practice
Earlier this month I wrote an article for the Huffington Post called 'Maximise Your 2015 Achievements and Staying Calm Through the Festive Season by Getting Creative.' (You can read it if you like by clicking on through).
One of the main points I made in the article was that creativity replenishes what life depletes. As women, we often intellectually understand the importance of self-care... but in the busy-ness of life, find it hard to consistently put into practice.
I've noticed that many of you in the group do work that helps and serves others. When our mission is to serve, it makes our own self care even more important. Add the festive season to the mix, and every minute of self-care we can give ourselves will pay double dividends!
To be a truly effective part of our lives, and to develop our creativity as one of our super-powers, creativity is best included as a regular practice. Here are my top tips for making creativity a habit that will last. Some you'll recognise because I've mentioned them already!
- Commit - simply decide you're going to make creativity a priority. At the end of the day, it is that simple
- Schedule your time
- Aim for (and recognise) small amounts of progress - one forward step every day, no matter how small. Even if some days that means all you managed was to buy some new art supplies, or five minutes of creativity. It all counts, and small snippets add up. Our lives are made of those small moments!
- Actively seek inspiration. Whether that's online, in person, from books, Pinterest or Instagram, seek and find inspiration to help motivate you
- Actively seek learning: keep growing as a creator. There are always new things to learn
- Get support from others. A creative posse in real life is wonderful, if you can find the right people with compatible schedules that allow you meet! If you can't find them in person, look for like-minded souls online, or consider a creative coach (like me!) to support you in developing your creativity
- Have a project or something you're working towards. e.g. a Photography 365 project, or putting some work forward for an exhibition.
- Write down your creative commitment to yourself
So there we have it! Think today about how you can make creativity a habit in your life. I liken my creative practice to a spiritual practice: it is critical in maintaining my wellbeing. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments here, or in our Facebook group.
Create well everyone, see you tomorrow! xo