I’ve been bitten by the creativity bug today, and all I can do is drool over others’ creative work and plan my own. It’s like a sickness that takes over my mind and body and makes me completely incapable of doing anything else. So I made a deal with myself: if I blogged about it, I could then let go of my other “to do” list and indulge in creative messiness.
I have been participating in a super fun year-long creative book making/art journaling class called The Journey Within with Kiala Givehand. This class has already elevated my creativity, and now I have several handmade journals and some wonderful new techniques and art journal pages. I come home last night from my intuitive painting session with Chris Zydel (so my creative juices were already flowing!!) and Kiala had posted in our group that one of the teachers in The Journey Within, Hanna Andersson (ihanna), is hosting a handmade postcard swap over on her blog. Now I am feeling obsessed with making (and receiving) handmade postcards!! And I’d better get on it, it’s all happening in the next two weeks!
Within minutes of this new obsession, I checked in on Facebook quickly and saw a notification from my friend Alexandra who has participated in a card swap (playing card size) and has received 52 (!!!) gorgeous handmade cards from people all over the world. Alexandra and I share a love for all things cards, especially tarot and oracle cards and so she tagged me and sent me the information to join in for the next Inspirational and International Card Deck Swap hosted by Jessica Brogan. This one I have a little more time to dream about, the last swap recently closed and the next one will hopefully be this summer. That didn’t stop me from going down the rabbit hole of watching video tutorials and drooling over the beautiful creations.
I am currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic, and in it she talks about creative inspiration as if it is an entity unto itself. When it comes to you, it won’t stay around unless you give it attention. Well, two calls to participate in making handmade cards to swap with others – within minutes of each other to me sounds like creative inspiration paying me a visit. Instead of trying to squash this bug, I’m paying attention.
I used to fight against the creativity bug, try and stop those creative juices flowing through my veins because my to-do list was too long (or because I’m “not really creative”). I honestly thought that creativity for pure pleasure was kind of wasting time – I didn’t realize that following the bursts of creative inspiration would actually give me more energy for everything in my life. That playing around and getting messy would nurture my inner little girl, opening me up to more creative thinking in my business and my relationships. Delving into my own creativity makes me happy, and when I am happy everything else seems to go more smoothly and I get more productive in other areas of my life.
I recently found a stash of old stamps that my grandparents (who lived in England) saved for me when I was a kid. These 1970’s European stamps would be great on handmade postcards, don’t you think? I’m gonna indulge my creativity today and see where it leads me. Creativity bugs are welcome in my house.
What do you do when the creativity bug bites you? I would love to hear about your creative endeavors! Leave a comment!
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