Cultivating a Creative Outlet

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There’s something about summer. Time slows, people have more space in their day to fit in the things they enjoy doing. Like going to the beach or having a family BBQ. That’s what makes this season perfect for exploring and cultivating a creative outlet.

It might be time for you to pick up that paintbrush, throw some clay, or do whatever your hands are longing to do to creatively express themselves.

Do you have no idea what your creative outlet is? Take the time to experiment with as many different ones as you can. (There’s a helpful list of ideas below to get you started!)

That’s what my own creative journey looked like - and it wasn’t until I’d gone through pretty much every creative outlet you can think of that I discovered mine had been there all along, hiding in plain sight.

How I discovered my creative outlet

I’ve been obsessed with style for as long as I can remember. I still intensely long for a pair of sneakers I wore as kid. Besides their vibrant red and blue, almost Wonder Woman-esque color  (which I can never forget), those shoes represent the earliest part of my childhood - the friendships while growing up in New York, escaping to the country and climbing trees.

I remember living in London at six years old, walking confidently out of my front door wearing my mom’s long gray wool skirt, her black high heels, a blue silk shirt, pearls and an Ascot hat - and strutting around the block all by myself. Style has been in my blood for as long as I can remember, but for so long I denied it and refused to see it as a worthy creative endeavor.

Believing it was superficial and shallow, I threw myself into every other creative activity you can think of - painting, photography, sculpting, jewelry making, you name it. And yet, when I was at home all I'd do is try on clothes and host dress-up parties for one.

And it wasn’t until a client, who probably doesn’t even realize how significant that moment was for me, showed me my gift from her perspective and gave me the permission to create beauty as I saw it with clothing and personal style.

This isn’t to say that I don’t still enjoy other creative outlets because I do. I’ve just seen the power in recognizing my true creative calling. And you can too.

A recipe for discovering your own creative outlet

Your creative outlet is either already a major part of your life (whether you recognize it or not), or you’re about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys.

Use these questions to help you uncover your creative outlet:

  1. When you were a kid, what did you enjoy doing the most?

  2. When you’re alone, what do you like to do?

  3. Can you remember any moments where you got completely lost in what you were doing?

  4. If you could get paid to be creative, what would you do?

  5. Have you had any “I want to try that” thoughts?

Through these questions, some seeds should have been planted that point you in the right direction of your creative outlet.

Give yourself the freedom and permission to pursue it by scheduling regular time to practice and educate yourself in it.

If you’re still without any ideas, make a list (or see the list below for a reference) of any and all creative activities that come to mind. Choose 5-7 and then commit to trying one a week for the rest of the summer.

Here’s a list of 25 creative activities to get your creative juices flowing:

  1. Writing

  2. Crafting

  3. Scrapbooking

  4. Photography

  5. Gardening

  6. Sewing

  7. Sculpting

  8. Painting

  9. Drawing

  10. Jewelry-making

  11. Woodwork

  12. Knitting/Crocheting

  13. Creative Writing

  14. Mosaics

  15. Quilting

  16. Cooking

  17. Printmaking

  18. Macrame

  19. Dancing

  20. Filmmaking

  21. Digital design

  22. Music and Singing

  23. Weaving

  24. Interior design

  25. Styling

So let me know in the comments, how do you plan on making time for your creative outlet?

 

Lots of love,

Carrie