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Living A Creative Life

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

Are you living your creative life?

Or, did you leave it behind when ‘life‘ got in the way.

I hear that quite often. “Oh I used to create jewelry when I was a teenager.” With this remark the person insinuates that creating is something for youth and not those with busy lives, families to care for, careers to focus on. My question is always “How much time do you spend in front of the television, on the computer, FaceBook, playing video games, or complaining about your situation?

What are we teaching our children? That life as an adult is stressful. That we leave behind our creativity as we get older. Creativity helps us maintain an open mind, to look at the world with creative eyes, to step out of our comfort zone. Don’t we want to raise children who are able to think for themselves, to think out of the box, to live a purposeful, interesting life.

 

Before I went to the bead store and picked up some beads and accessories I had no idea how to make a necklace, bracelet or wind chime. I took a class and watched a video then pulled out my items and started to create. The same with photography. I pulled out the camera and started enjoying taking photos of dew on leaves, then I was hooked.

 

Are you living a creative journey or just getting by thinking one day you will pursue your creative desires? I hear people say, “When I retire I’m going to get back into photography – paint – dance – learn how to play an instrument.” Why wait until retirement?

What if you decide that you will carve out an hour a week, or better yet, an hour a day of creativity time.

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” ~ Ken Robinson ~

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Over the last couple of years I have focused on adding more creativity into my life. Whether creating jewelry, experimenting with wire wrapping, creating wind chimes, drawing, using essential oils to create roller balls, using items found in nature with beads, creating book markers, hair clips, photography and writing. Did everything I made get shared with others? No.

The best thing was shifting from not knowing how, enjoying the learning experience and reaching out to learn. One step at a time, one day at a time, taking classes, watching YouTube videos and experimenting. The process was fun. We can’t expect to create a perfect product immediately. With time and practice we develop a new skill.

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Last year I started attending craft fairs to share my creativity – photos in frames, diffuser bracelets, necklaces, essential oils roller balls and other fun items. Just setting up the tables for the craft fair is a wonderful creative experience. Meeting new creative people is always fun and sharing ideas makes the event fun. If you had told me several years ago I would be sharing my craft at the fair I would not have believed you. What can you begin to create today?

Once you start the process it carries on to other areas of your life. For example, as a teenager and young Mom I created birthday cakes for nieces, nephews and my own children. Now that I focus on creativity, I am trying my hand at birthday cakes once again. Below is one that I made for my grandson last year – Monster trucks – his favorite.

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

If you are interested in exploring your creative side and would like some guidance please leave a message below or send an email to spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Returning to our creative self allows us to live on purpose and remember what brings happiness, joy, and excitement into our lives. We become the guide and shine our light for others. I look forward to hearing from you.

Love and Light!

 


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I’d rather be . . . – WPC

Although I am quite content to be doing exactly what I am doing in the moment, whether that be washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow . . . Each daily task brings a sense of being in the moment, enjoying life. This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing, which is a bit hard when I sit here doing exactly what pleases me, so I will think about a nice sunny day and what I would rather do given the choice on such a day.

I’d rather be . . . sitting on my front porch with a glass of iced mint tea reading a book or, if the grandchildren were here, playing with the toys on the other end of the porch. There is nothing better than sun, sheer curtains dancing in the breeze on a nice warm, sunny day.

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If I were not home, I’d rather be . . .

Exploring woods and nature with my children and grandchildren . . . Hugging trees . . . meditating at the ocean, lake or stream while listening to the water . . . walking barefoot . . . Earthing . . . anything outside in nature . . .

I’d rather be . . . creating – taking photos, making jewelry, preparing blends of essential oil roller bottles, facilitating Vision Board classes . . .

I’d rather be . . . Sledding with my family at the golf course . . .

I’d rather be . . . Always with camera, book, and notebook maybe enjoying a latte and treat . . .

I’d rather be . . . Anywhere on the water enjoying my kayak, nature, birds singing, quiet of the evening . . .

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Enjoying simple pleasures – feeling very blessed. LIFE IS GOOD!

Now, it’s your turn. What would you rather be doing? If you’ve got more than one hobby, don’t be shy — you’re welcome to share the myriad ways in which you’d prefer to be spending time.

If you would like to view other photos submitted for this week’s photo challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rather/

Love and Light!


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WPC – ‘Creative’ State of Mind

 

“Mindful and creative, a child who has neither past,                                                                                          nor examples to follow, nor value judgments,                                                                                                     simply lives, speaks and plays in freedom.”                                                                                                      ~ Arnaud Desjardins ~

Adults would benefit from remembering how to play like a child – releasing constant thoughts of what needs to be done – bills to be paid, aches and pains, offending comments someone made, what to make for dinner, dishes in the sink or whatever other thoughts might be taking up space in your mind. If it isn’t something that can be taken care of in this minute, why bother to worry about it. When the time comes to focus on that you will but no need to dwell on it all the time.

On February 14th I shared a blog about creating jewelry as I transitioned into a creative state of mind. My main focus for that necklace was a feather and wing, from there I chose which beads to pull together for the necklace. This necklace is called Angel Feathers.

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This week I have been suffering from a cold and sleeping quite a bit after work. Saturday I slept until noon and lounged around with the windows open to allow some fresh air to clean out the germs. It was a beautiful day and around 5 pm I finally decided to get out for a walk and change of scenery. When I put my hand in the pocket of my coat I discovered the moon charm the owner of the bead shop had gifted me. During my walk thoughts of the charm made me think of creating another necklace. The beads and charms had been waiting in the creativity tray on the living room. Left purposefully where I would see them daily to allow time for my mind to open to new ideas.

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Tonight I fell right into the creative state of mind, removing beads from their strings, sorting them into small piles. Then without thought I picked up the wire and started stringing beads – the moon directing my creative flow. During the sorting I noticed two little turtles and Turtle Moon was created.

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The best part of being in a creative state of mind is you lose sense of time, space reality. I love that I can make something one day, unstring and redo the next. While creating the Angel Feathers necklace the beads slid off a few times which ended up being a blessing because as they slid off I adjusted beads and was very happy with the results. If they hadn’t slid off it would have been a completely different necklace. Tonight no redos. Just lost myself in a creative state of mind. Another benefit of creating your own jewelry is you can wear it for a while, take it apart, mix and match with other pieces to create a completely new design.

Being in that state of creative mindfulness brings you to a place of peace allowing you to become one with the creative process. It is a place I love to visit whether in creating or during meditation. Both bring me to the same place in my mind and connect me to the creativity that is within, opening up a world of peace, calm, and enjoyment.

Do you find yourself getting lost in the creative process? Does the environment around you disappear? Does time stop? That is called mindfulness – you are lost in a creative place within your mind. This is a place we should learn how to experience at least weekly however daily would allow for optimum benefits to your health, emotions, and spirit.

Have you created anything this weekend? If so, please share a photo.

If you are interested in seeing other entries for this week’s challenge or would like to enter your own click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/state-of-mind/”>State of Mind

Light and Love!