“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
One thing I’ve learned about myself is I need to be constantly creating something. For me creativity is an important part of self-care if I’m not doing anything creative then I do not feel like myself. If I’m not creating anything for a long period of time it tends to mean I’m not in a good place mentally. There are lots of things I do to be creative: journaling, scrapbooking, writing, taking pictures, and of course, blogging. Journaling is a major stress relief for me I love documenting my life through journals and scrapbooks. Blogging is sometimes stressful, but it’s also a way for me to challenge myself. When it comes to blogging I’m always trying to push myself to be more creative, and come up with ideas that I haven’t seen done before. That is much easier said than done.
I definitely don’t think I’m the best at coming up with original content, then again originality is tricky. Pretty much every idea you come up with has been done before, you have to find a way to add your own spin to it. That is something I’m constantly trying to reiterate to myself. When I first started blogging it was hard to feel confident in the content I was creating, there were a lot of days filled with doubt, now I feel a lot more certain about what I’m doing. After you do something for a while it gets easier, but there are still days when it feels like no idea I have is any good. There will always be days when I’m just not in the mood to blog on those days there will be other creative outlets to keep me sane. If you make blogging a habit it’s a lot easier, but I am not a good example, I do not prioritize blogging like I should. I’m trying to have a designated day a week to blog; however, things just don’t always work out the way you want them to.
Occasionally creating anything is a struggle and I’m not sure I believe in absolutes, but generally, the quote I put at the top is true. The more time I spend creating the more inspiration and motivation I have. To summarize, I make time for creativity because the things I love doing are creative pursuits, and most importantly it’s how I stay grounded.
Why do you blog? And what other creative outlets do you have? Do you make creativity a part of your everyday routine?