When we think of creativity we often think of art and painting or beautiful crafts.
And if we’re not very good at any of those things we make statements like “I’m not creative”.
Except we’re ALL creative in our own way.
I used to say “I’m not creative” regularly because I’m rubbish at art; and drawing; and painting; and knowing what colours to paint my house.
This all shifted when I decided to explore where my own creativity lies and I oticed I was very creative in:
- Looking at problems and coming up with innovative solutions to solve them.
- Creating wonderful experiences for people to enjoy
- Thinking of little things that make people feel special
- Managing money
- Baking cakes which taste great but might not look amazing
- And lots more
And guess what?
When I started to appreciate my own unique creativity I suddenly noticed I was becoming more creative in the areas that I believed i was rubbish at – my cakes started to look good aswell as taste good.
I decorated an annexe to let on Airbnb and it looks beautiful.
I create all the graphics for my posts.
Brene Brown has a chapter on culitvating creativity in her book The Gifts of Imperfection (which I highly recommend).
1. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it is expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.
2. The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of creativity.
3. If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing – it doesn’t matter. as long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.
So how are you creative? What are the areas you excel at? Where will you focus your creativity in 2020?