How to tap into your creativity, even when you don’t think it exists.

So many wonderful things swirl through my brain when I hear the word creativity. It conjures up memories of my childhood, people that I love dearly, and even something as simple as looking at the world in a different way.

As children, our worlds are full of creativity.

We create stories.

We create worlds.

We create messy masterpieces.

As adults, we often turn off that part of ourselves, thinking that it’s a waste of time. Or, conversely, we’ve been told by other adults in our lives that it’s not worth pursuing; that we aren’t good enough and that it won’t be a way to make a living.

It’s no wonder we feel stifled, disconnected, and out of balance.

We all have a need to create.

We all have a need (albeit buried sometimes) to tap into our creative brain and to make a lasting mark somewhere.

So how do you get back to that place of creativity, particularly when it’s been laying dormant for so long?

  1. Check in with your definition of creativity. A lot of people think that in order to be creative, that one needs to be artistic. The reality is, being creative is about putting your own mark on the world. How you do that is up to you!
  2. Look at the world around you. Nature is an infinite source of inspiration. As are the people around you. All it takes is a little awareness, and you can tap into a goldmine of creativity.
  3. Play! Play! Play! When you take an attitude of play and experimentation, it’s much easier to take chances. When we are afraid of making mistakes, we inadvertently shut off our creative brain.
  4. Find inspiration. Whether it’s a blog, a book, a photograph, a rock, or a friend. Inspiration is everywhere. And the more you connect with it, the more you can tap into your own.
  5. Practice makes perfect. The more you practice looking at the world with a different lens, the more you can do it. Take the time each day — even if it’s just five minutes — to do something different. Try a new recipe, work in your garden, play with your makeup. And then do it again, and again, and again.

And there you have it folks, 5 things you can do right now to begin cultivating your creativity and owning the fact that you are a creative person.

 

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." William Plomer

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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