When you have an urge to do something, how often do you follow it?
An urge, defined as “a strong desire or impulse”, can be used fleetingly (I had the urge to be outside today) or it can be more intense. I’m talking about the intense version – that strong feeling inside of your stomach that says I MUST do [this], I NEED to do [this]. More than a short-term craving, more than a desire, it is your body/mind/soul demanding action.
Do you ever have this feeling?
I did for so long. Years!
I have always had the urge to create with paint, paper, mosaic, wood, the computer- anything. I would go to craft fairs and get so inspired by the beautiful work and the artists who dedicate so much time to doing what they love. Tons of ideas fill my head and inspiration folder. I’d dream, plan, and believe ‘one day I’ll do it’. The problem with dreaming, planning, and believing is that I didn’t include doing, and inaction is a scary thing.
Inaction can lead you down a path of confusion and feeling lost so quickly. At dusk, deep in a forest you’ve lost the path and everywhere you turn looks exactly the same- how do you get out? No sounds, no sun, no obvious help, no clue. That is where not acting on my urge to create led me. It was depressing.
But it didn’t last forever.
It took years of depression to spur the soul searching necessary to begin finding the hint of a path again. There are many reasons why I didn’t create often but they are ultimately excuses and rationalizations. Not following this path blocked an energy inside of me- one that I allowed to fester instead of flourish and one that made my mind wither.
Not putting importance on creating led me to unhappiness and depression. I know this for sure because when I finally started creating daily my mood improved so quickly, drastically, and consistently. It was such an amazing shift that I know I was meant to create, even if it is just for myself.
Pursuing creativity and allowing myself to create daily improved my life so much that I want to help others get through a creative block and make creating a priority, even if you only have 30 minutes.
How will you use your creativity?
Creativity comes through many forms. Art is usually what people think of when ‘creativity’ is mentioned, but it is just one way to express yourself. There are so many ways to be creative, such as in the kitchen, how you run your household, starting a business, decorating your home, writing, planning events, and so much more. You just have to give yourself the time to find and work on your craft.
Using your creativity is so important! It can be a way to express and work through emotions, to record and explore our world, and it can be a way to have fun and release stress. Try to make it a goal to encourage it everyday.
As a health coach and artist I believe in the healing power of expressing ourselves creatively. Expressing emotions and thoughts is equally important to eating whole, unprocessed foods.
One goal of Inspired + Healthy is to explore the fun and healing aspects that creating can offer. I’ll show you the actions I take to make creativity a priority for my family as well as for myself. I hope to create an inspiring place for you to visit full of ideas, encouragement, tips and projects.
Let’s TAKE ACTION on our need to create. The world could always use more flourishing creative souls!
How can you grow your creative side? Find an activity to use your creativity in a new way.
-Make a list of 10 things you really like to do or want to learn. (These are things just for you.)
-Which ones can you start today and which need some investment, such as buying supplies or taking a class?
-Prioritize the list of interests that do not need any investment. Which is most appealing? Which one do you want to spend the most time on?
-Make it a goal to focus on this activity for 30 days, at least. Choose some prompts to get a practice started. Have fun with it!