Completely focusing on my education and career drained me of my creativity. As a result, I was left with a void in my life. Five or so years ago, I made the decision to increase balance by doing all of the things that provided me with a creative outlet. Because I am a super helpful, I thought I’d share my list with you.
#1 Everyone won’t understand but that’s none of your business. In the words of Sheree aka She by Sheree: “Who gone check me boo?”
#2 Surround yourself with other creatives. Check your local newspaper, social media… Hell, try Craiglist (although you may get murdered). Hang where they are, join their group and become an active member. Praise report: If I had not been reading about an entrepreneurship organization, I wouldn’t have become a participant then organizer. I would’ve never been motivated by other innovative entrepreneurs, never would have found out about Startup Weekend and never would’ve won first place!
#3 If you have more than one creative outlet, embrace them all. Shouldn’t you love your children equally? I love blogging but still like art and still want to try photography and am interested in how I can bring innovation and technology to my fields of policy and urban planning.
#4 If for some reason you can’t locate your local creatives, subscribe to blogs, magazines, newsletters, etc. If it’s free or if I can afford to maintain it, I subscribe. Everyday, I read something to improve my skills (usually in the morning, before I get out of bed).
#5 Last but not least, carry a notebook with you. I have a bit of a stationary addiction so I buy notebooks all of the time but it’s good to have one handy, because ideas usually come to me when I’m unable to act on them.
So, it’s important to understand that you can’t do all of these over night. I don’t expect you to be as awesome as me. But set a goal to do at least one per month. Now go out into the world, be creative! Throw glitter in someone’s eye or something!
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