Here’s Lesson One in a free series designed to shake off the slump and kindly lead you down the path to nicer times!
Don’t belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.
Perhaps you are a bit fortunate like me and you KNOW how important it is to do creative things? Go you!
Or perhaps you’ve been told that creativity is really just wasteful faffing about? Dang. That’s no fun. Nu-uh.
Perhaps you’ve come to creativity after doing something you felt wasn’t creative? And aren’t sure where it fits in, but know it’s something you want to bring into your life more and more? I like your instincts.
Or maybe you aren’t sure if you have a creative bone in your body and you are hiding up the back of this class hoping people won’t notice you?! Come sit by me.
All those places are a good spot to start from, truth be told. We’re going to do some fun stuff together. Yep.
So, here’s the thing. Are you ready? OF COURSE, everyone is creative.
I know you may have heard this before and perhaps dismissed it as a lame platitude? A false affirmation? Just a crock of sh*t?! Well… Shoosh!
I am an expert on this stuff and I know it’s true.
Everyone is creative… because we all have BRAINS! Granted, some of us use our brains in different ways to others, but we all have a firm foundation for fun fulfilling times, if we focus on the good stuff and give ourselves permission. Yep.
We could not survive in our day-to-day life without creativity.
Granted, you may not be weaving baskets, knitting socks or painting portraits like a boss (or maybe you are!) But you are making clever decisions and problem-solving and carving a path in your own unique way every single day (even when it feels like you are getting nowhere!)
The way you make your tea, get dressed, sign your name, cobble together a playlist, wrap a gift, speak to your peers, choose your groceries, write a letter, negotiate a compromise are just a few times your creative nouse comes out to play.
These daily personal decisions, solutions and choices are the foundations of creativity.
They are your one foot in front of the other micro-creativity moves. These are the little sparks, the glimpses, the hints that show us we are capable of more. That we are capable of a lot. That if we just trust ourselves and do small things every day to improve our lives and foster creativity, we will not only survive, we will thrive. Yay for thriving!
A creative approach to daily life—a creative practice—reduces stress, gives us opportunities to express ourselves and teaches us things we need to know. Not only does it help with decision-making, prioritising and self-esteem, it enriches our work life in other ways because we sidestep the usual solutions and push ourselves to be a real ‘breath of fresh air’.
We step out of our usual groove and tend to be more mindful and intentional. (More on mindfulness later on in another class!) And by its very definition, a creative approach is hands-on, offering a practical let’s-do-it-now path to improvement or growth or change.
There’s a wider benefit to this creative life. Lots of other people notice it and want to be part of it too.
Creativity is catching.
It’s a powerful, personal asset; super valuable and useful, yet mercurial and hard to measure. We all have our own ideas of what it looks like. We’ve seen ‘creative people’ and admired them. Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives is all about what creativity FEELS like. It’s about finding daily ways to remember, nurture, awaken, refresh and celebrate the creative bits of you!
Let’s catch ourselves being creative every day. See you back here very soon for Lesson Two!
Make a list of creative decisions you made today – big or small.
OR make a list of ace things you noticed in your travels.
OR read up on Sister Corita Kent.