What brings you joy? Fulfillment? A sense of well being? A feeling of satisfaction?
For me – it is the simple act of creating.
Creativity comes from deep within ourselves and has roots in our dreams, desires, the way we see ourselves in the world, our connection to others.
Do you write? Or quilt? Or paint? Or make music? Do you love to plant a garden? Or arrange flowers? Or decorate your favorite room?
All of these things are creative pursuits. They feed our souls. Bring us happiness. Make our worlds more beautiful.
Today, I committed to a year of creativity. I bought a sturdy book from the art store, some colorful pens, and a glue stick and started a creative journal. A place to jot down ideas, ruminate about color and design, and capture my creative thoughts. I started with a collage – photos and words ripped from magazines, randomly pulling out images that I liked or were inspired by…and then seeing what they told me about color and shape, mood and design sense.
I learned I love the warm colors – the reds and oranges and bold colors that are vibrant.
I learned that whimsy and courage and positivity draw me in.
I found I liked curves and flower shapes, that modern retro delighted me.
How about you? Do you understand your creative roots?
I found inspiration for my journal in a book I recently purchased: Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland. There are wonderful quilt projects in this book, but what I love the most about it, are the creative exercise towards self-expression. I’ll be talking more about this book in 2014, you can be sure! Until then – I hope you find time today to do something creative, to feed your soul, to bring more beauty into the world.