Showing posts with label Creativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creativity. Show all posts

29 June 2017

Creativity in Us


What first comes to mind when someone says they are "creative?"


Do you think of an artist with a paintbrush? An author writing a book? Do you think of a jewelry maker or a make-up artist? A graphic or video game designer? Perhaps a lifestyle blogger?

I'll be honest, I've caught myself defining someone "creative" as anyone who has an aesthetic Instagram feed. But when you really think about it, there's so much more to it than that.

Creativity comes in many different styles.


For instance, in my father, creativity is in what he does around the house. How he presents gifts to my mother, buys special treats for us kids and always hugs us before he leaves.

In my mother, it's her baked goods and secret outings that almost always seem to involve food. It's the way she goes the extra mile to make sure each one of her children is prepared for the world.

And it's not limited to just that. Creativity is in everything everyone does. (That statement makes me feel as though I've discovered a profound universal truth.)

Creativity doesn't define us. We define creativity.


I don't think creativity is bound to a certain liberal arts school or a career solely dedicated to crafting with pottery. Creativity is a factor that lives within us all -- and it breathes to its own, personalized rhythm.

What do you believe about creativity? 

08 June 2017

Ode to It


A fear that haunts me: I am letting my glory days pass me by as moments straddled between Netflix and self-doubt. It seems I so often lack the courage to gather my tools and build something out of myself. I am unhappy, but content.

To live among the shadows hurts, but this initial pain makes it worth avoiding the sting of the light.

Something I've come to believe is the fact that some people are born with It. The It - charisma, talent, humor, attraction - whatever the positive quality, it combines with one part charm and another part luck.

And a star is born.

But this notion is tragic. And, admittedly, quite sad. Especially on the days when I count myself outside the circle of those who possess It. The truth of the matter is not that a handful have It, but that It is contained within 100% of all living, breathing cases.

To varied, unlocked degrees.

Sometime after my muse passes and the words empty themselves out, I will long for It. Emotional beings such as myself seem to long so often, and this only proves to be a negative notion when that's as far as it goes.

I insist that we each have lightness underfoot. Said another way: Yearning for more can only take you so far. It is the steps you take to making your fantasies a reality that truly matter.

My daydreams include harboring best friends and moments of spontanaity. Let's take a drive without a destination in mind. Baked cookies and crowns made of wild flowers. Pinkie promises and old books that smell like lavender or sea spray.

I see not through eyes that hold the traditional vision, but instead, I see something uniquely my own. Thanks to my It.

It, oh It. Where art thou, my It? You are the passion and the energy. The things I do without another thought. What I invest countless hours in because I love doing it that much. You are my childhood of dance classes and American Girl dolls.

You are experimental.

You are messy.

You are the laughter evoked by simple gestures.

And you live within me.

Vow to me, dear It, that you will never leave me entirely. You may vacation. You may melt away. You may turn invisible. But don't abandon me altogether, lest my fears are meant to become true the day you do.

Whether the day comes or does not, I promise to embrace you fervently. To seek you out with courage and go beyond what is my cozy Comfort Zone.

A courageous thought: My glory days are the days I make the most out of - whether great adventures take place, or not.

25 May 2017

Mustard Yellow Aesthetic






Simple yet lovely.

What's your favorite aesthetic?

01 June 2016

Things That Are Okay (The Permission Slip)

  1. Dream.
  2. Wish.
  3. Be.
  4. Do.
  5. Experience.
  6. Make art.
  7. Change your blog design every two weeks.
  8. Dance with your hair in your eyes.
  9. Pretend you can rap.
  10. Stay inside all summer.
  11. Find what works best for you.
  12. Say "no".
  13. Not know the right answer.
  14. Learn from your mistakes.
  15. Sing at the top of your lungs.
  16. Drive without a destination.
  17. Miss your turn.
  18. Smile at strangers.
  19. Know everyone's name.
  20. Say "hi".
  21. Have your own aesthetic.
  22. Make something for yourself.
  23. Keep everything private.
  24. Dye your hair.
  25. Hoarding downloads.
  26. Cry.
  27. Stomp around.
  28. Respect yourself.
  29. Support.
  30. Scream.
  31. Make money.
  32. Spend money.
  33. Exercise.
  34. Treat everyone nicely.
  35. Think about the past.
  36. Daydream about the future.
  37. Live in the moment.
  38. Whip your hair.
  39. Laugh too hard.
  40. Take goofy photos.
  41. Disagree.
  42. Have a different point of view.
  43. Change your perspective.
  44. Wear make-up.
  45. Embrace laziness.
  46. Watch 18 episodes in one day.
  47. Stay positive.
  48. Do things differently.
  49. Get your own results.
  50. Pursue your interests.
  51. Swing for hours.
  52. Sleep in.
  53. Appreicate the big.
  54. Notice the small.
  55. Do what you do without needing the world to know.
  56. Make a difference.



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05 May 2016

Maryland + Announcments


























We saw men dressed as women, an abundance of vibrantly dyed hair, and fog covered highway.

All in all I'd say it was a wonderful time.

Announcement One

I took a blogging break, but now I'm considering getting back into the swing of things. Not full time, but... enough to express myself. Thank you for those of you who wandered around through these random posts, trying to figure out what was going on.

Announcement Two

Mackenzie and I are going to be opening something epic up soon. Stay tuned for it. ;) (That link dink is a sneak peek into what's happening!)

What have you been up to lately?

19 March 2016

How to Keep Your Favorites From "Getting Old"

I am a creature of habit.

Every Saturday I read over notes from a book I read so that I keep the ideas fresh in my mind. I obsessively listen to the same songs. I talk to the same people. I love the same snacks, cherish the same clothes, even repurchase the same concealer.

But the newness tends to wear away. The shininess dulls. The love for the item or action fades out.

Today I'm going to discuss how you and I can deal with - and maybe even delay - this "getting used to" feeling.




Note: These "favorites" can be anything from notes, a fandom to an actual human. Please be aware that each situation is different and not all of these tips can apply to everything - though I tried my best to encompass as much as I could.

Ask questions

When in doubt, question everything. But don't just ask questions - seek answers! Be a curious philosopher! Go on a hunt. Dig deep within yourself. Bring new views to life. Ask yourself Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Make notes, change your perspective and get yourself thinking.

Best for, but not limited to: Written materials such as notes, important things you want to remember, visualizations, cherished memories and so forth.


Reapply - or nah

You know what happens when you have to replace that 2 week old band-aid that's on your finger (or worse, your knee)? You have to rip it off and apply a fresh one.

The same can be done for most anything in life.

If there's an aspect that's slipped away, try to reiterate it back into your life. You have memories of the good ol' days, when the dress still fit or your friendship was still cozy. Change it up by applying it differently - just as an experiment - and see what happens.

Don't let the ideas that are worn - but still beautiful and supportive - slip away.

Best for, but not limited to: Band-aids, friendships, ideas, concepts, memories, substances, etc.


Develop practice problems

If you need to remember something or think of it in a fresh new way, try to develop problems that use, help wrap your brain around or develop that idea. Do something that will engage your brain. Be positive and try to think of the best, the worst and the in between.

Best for, but not limited to: Math, reading materials, things you want to remember and a change in perspective.


Lastly, chew on this...

If I could take a guess at the percentage amount our brains put glamours over the stuff we see, I'd say 89%. That means that, in my own opinion, I believe we see things as better, worse, impressive, lovely, etc. etc., even when they may not actually be the best things for us.

Why?

Due to our feelings.

This is a touchy subject, but I believe it to be true. Some of us (not all of us) tend to judge and evaluate based on our feelings. And if we feel unworthy, low, grumpy or even just plain mad, there's a chance we may let those emotions cloud over our judgement - and cause us to think negative things about something we wouldn't have otherwise.

The next time you feel like you're getting "used" to something, step back and make an emotional evaluation. Separate your self-worth from what you're studying, and don't let the struggle get the most of you.

Did I miss something? Comment down below with your own suggestions!

And consider this: What are you getting used to? And how are you going to change that?

27 December 2015

Give me 4 weeks and I'll improve your creativity

Give me 4 weeks and I'll improve your creativity | Self Known | Calling all creatives, doers, and game changers - this is THE resource for you. Give me less than a month of your time and I'll improve your creativity - for free. Click through to learn more.

Another year is coming to a close and you still haven't completed half your goals.


You didn't finish writing your book.

You didn't get published in a magazine or have your art displayed in a huge gallery.

You didn't travel to Colorado, make money from your blog or start a profitable Etsy shop.

All you wanted to do was create, invent, inspire. You wanted to express, push past your creative blocks and finally finish that darn project (or least one of your darn projects).

You wanted to grow.


My dear reader, the day has finally come to for your to step up to the plate. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is this:

Give me 4 weeks and I'll improve your creativity.


That's four emails over the course of four weeks, jam packed with lots of inspiring advice and helpful, actionable tips.


What do you have to do? Easy: Sign up to receive my FREE newsletter.


You finally have the chance to make something change - now take this leap of faith and do it! How is signing up for an informative newsletter run by a creative like you going to hurt you?


Well...


ADVANTAGES

- You improve your creative life in four weeks (or less).
- You improve your self-love, productivity and time-management too.
- You get great advice for free.
- You get warm fuzzy feelings every time you see an email from me.
- You earn a life long friend.


DISADVANTAGES

- You waste ten minutes of your weekend reading some newsletter that just wasn't for you.


See? Not that bad, eh?

And the best part? If you like the first four weeks, you can continue to receive the newsletter for the rest of the year! (And YES, it will still be free!) Gosh, it could get much better than that, could it?

(Besides the fact that you get access to my free resource library that includes printables, workbooks and sooo much more.)
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