Being creative can be hard, especially if you don't have a single creative bone in your body. So what do you do? Are you destined to live a dull, non-creative life? Heck no! I've put together 5 simple ways to live a creative life that ANYONE can do!
What's so great about living a creative life?
Well, to start, lots of stuff! There are so many benefits to living a creative life and the most important one is that living a creative life leads to living a happy life.
I love being creative. I love the way my creativity allows me to see the world with an open mind. I love the feeling of making something new and different from practically nothing. I love the happiness and appreciation for the universe being creative gives me.
I was fortunate and had a very creative upbringing. The benefits of having an art teacher for a mom were that there was always some kind of art project going on so creativity is in my blood.
So how can you live a creative life without actually being creative? Check out these 5 simple ways to live a creative life!
These five simple tips are easy, and mostly cost-free ways to start being creative, build creative habits, and make creative connections to help you live that creative life you’ve always dreamed of.
1. Change Your Routine
It’s often so easy to fall into a never-ending routine where you’re constantly doing the same things over and over again, and going to the same place over and over again.
Change it up! Break the cycle! Pick a day you would normally spend at home, and go to the park, go to a nearby museum, or go to that coffee shop you’ve driven by a thousand times yet have never set foot in.
Changing your routine and changing your scenery allows you to see things you’ve never seen before. You’ll broaden your horizons and open your mind.
2. Surround Yourself with Creative People
If you don’t consider yourself a creative person than surrounding yourself with creative people is a great way to cheat the system. It allows you to hear from people from all walks of life and hear varying perspectives. Who know, maybe some of their creativity might rub off on you.
Not sure how to find those creative people? Sign up for an art class, join a book club, volunteer at your local performing arts center, or reach out on social media. A quick google search of “art + your city” should bring up a whole list of different options you can go to find creativity.
3. Turn off Your Electronics
Disconnecting from the digital world can be tough especially with the amount of apps, information, social media, and everything else that is available at our fingertips. You’d be surprised how refreshing it is to completely unplug and go old school when it comes to passing the time.
Turning off your electronics forces you to be creative in finding other ways to keep busy. You could read a book, paint a picture, or practice a musical instrument instead of refreshing your news feed one more time.
4. Pick an Art Form and Practice Everyday
But you said I didn’t have to have a creative bone in my body to live a creative life! And that’s true! No one became a master at their art form without practice. Except for maybe a couple people but they’re the exception. Not the rule.
Pick something you’ve always wanted to do, (painting, drawing, writing, etc.) and do a little bit every day. You don’t have to be good. You’re doing it for you so no one else even has to see it.
Wake up a little bit early and practice for 20 minutes before work. Instead of Netflix binging all night, Netflix binge for half the night and use the other half to practice your chosen art form.
Doing something creative, even for a short time every day, even if you’re terrible at it, can help you unwind, release stress, and process through your emotions.
5. Be OK with Being Alone
People either love being alone or hate being alone. Personally, I love it. It's so freeing to be able to do what I want when I want. And I realize that might seem selfish and I also understand that is not possible for everyone but even if you can muster up 20 minutes a day of alone time, it's totally worth it.
I am my most creative and most productive when I am alone. There's no one to distract me and I can focus on my task at hand. Being alone is the best time to get your creative juices flowing and practice your chosen art form.
What do you think? Are you ready to use these 5 simple ways to live a creative life?
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