When was the last time you did something creative just for the sake of doing it?
Creating something that isn't for your store, book, career, but just because doing it might make you happy?
I'm going to bet it's been awhile.
We all need to fill that creative well. It doesn't matter if you don't create for a living, it matters that you enjoy creating.
I recently changed my website, wanting brighter and happier colors. I like it, but it's not quite right. I know what I want, but I haven't the skills to make it happen, so I'm challenging myself to learn a new skill so I can be more creative. Do I have to do this, no. I want to do this. For me.
A blog personality I follow is starting to learn how to create videos. It's a challenge for her, but she loves it. Yes, it may eventually play into her business, but she's doing it because she wants to, not because helping her business may be the outcome.
She's having fun.
Wow, what a concept.
Okay, I hear you all now. "I don't have the time, or the energy to learn something new, or distract me from my career."
My point is that a new creative challenge or simply doodling on paper allows a person to expand their potential. Why? Because it changes our perspective. Often the way a vacation does that for us.
So try something creative and let us all know what you're doing.
I'm learning a new creative skill that yes, may eventually translate into a new website graphic...but it may not. Regardless, I'm excited to learn and be creative with it. Will it change my life? I'm pretty sure in some way it will.
The journey is in the creating...you never know where it will lead.
~ L.A. Sartor