After the fun festivities and gatherings in December, January can often look boring and grey in comparison. Not so. January is ….CREATIVITY MONTH. This is a great reason to carry on celebrating.
Being creative can take many forms and I love how you can feel fulfilled when you uncap a pen, bring out the paint, tap away on the keyboard or simply head out to take some photos. Even rustling up batches of some homemade cooking or baking can encourage the creative juices to flow. I even have a friend whose doodles during meetings are things of creative genius.
Creativity is magical. I love how taking a moment to imagine something can take you to new ideas and directions. As I was typing this, the radio was on. I sat through Pop Master in the morning and then came by my favourite feature, on the Jeremy Vine Show: What Makes Us Human. This time it was Brian Eno who talked about imagination and creation. Have a listen.
Many people tell me that they are not creative. I beg to differ. Everyone has creativity bubbling away inside of them; the form of expressing it just varies. I love to express my creativity through voicing, writing and even social media. I carve time and space for creativity so that I can come up with something personally and professionally satisfying.
This quote from Leo Burnett sums up that magical secret ingredient to creativity:
Being creative through curiosity brings us back to being a child. Remember those days when you had no concept of time as you played and played, making up stories, giving them life through the magic of your imagination? That joyous state should be celebrated.
But just how to unleash your creativity? Some of my favourite creative outlets include: bringing characters to life, dancing, taking photos, hiking and storytelling. The list is endless and I keep adding to it every month. What brings out the creativity in you? What do you enjoy as a creative outlet?
To tap into your creative side, take a moment and reflect what “being creative” means to you? Is it writing, painting, planning or something else? Even organising your books into colour-coordinating sections is being creative. Make the time to be creative and when you get the urge, use that energy to concentrate on your creative project. It will be rewarding.
Make January a creative month and celebrate what your imagination and curiosity brings to you.