When I wake up in the morning – I stare at the bits of light streaming through our mostly-closed blinds. I see creativity. When I settle in for the evenings, I peak out and see the moon winking down on all the city. I see creativity. When I stare into the blue eyes of both my babies and see the wonder and excitement about everything that life will hold. I see creativity. When I scroll through bloglovin and see the many faces and pictures of blog posts that I read – of people I know and don’t know. I see creativity.
I would say the first passion in creativity that I had was music. Piano playing and voice. I wanted to be Barbara Mandrell – and thank goodness I’m not. I did sing on the stage at the Strawberry Festival – but that was a lifetime ago.
The next was photography. I took pictures of everywhere and everything and everyone in high school. That’s why I was class historian and presented a scrapbook of our class to the school upon our graduation ceremony.
The next was cooking. I seriously had cooked and grocery shopped as long as I could remember, but not until college did I love doing it for other people.
I didn’t come to love writing until seminary. In high school I was definitely NOT encouraged in my writing ability – and therefore never though I could write. And even now, sometimes discouragement sets in, sometimes I remember that I helped create a curriculum and wrote for it the first year – and I remember that we all have a writing style.
Here are the ways I engage in creativity today:
Photography: here is a goal (thinking through my place in life) – I want to continue to take photos and learn and save and do shoots – for the end goal of not only capturing moments and people – but starting a small business when the boys start school. I don’t have the time to do a small business now, but I can learn all I can for the next 3 years.
Snail Mail: lettering, art, and notecard making is an outlet of creativity. I love it. And it brightens mailboxes on other street corners.
Cooking: I still love to cook, plate, and photograph food. It is something I have to do, but MOST days it is also something I like to do. I love introducing my men to new foods. I love making yumminess for other families as a blessing.
Writing: I still do write. Maybe I don’t get paid – but I write devotionally. I would like to get better at food writing. I think all of writing is gift and practice. My brother is a great writer. I know many other great writers – and they all have a style that is all their own. Embrace it!
How do you engage in creativity – no matter the life you lead or the time restraints you have?