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Create Every Day: Making Creativity a Priority

My love for art and creativity started a long time ago. When I was in school, I chose art over any other elective and it was consistently my best subject. It was a talent that I was frequently recognized for and I loved that it set me apart. I even went on to choose a career path that allowed me to continue being creative: Interior Design. At one point in my life, my sketchbook was practically attached to my hand.

Of course, as life happens and I got busy I found less and less time to create. I missed the freedom to open up a blank page and draw whatever it is I wanted. No floor plans or whatever project I had to work on in University or for a client project. Trust me, sketching floor plans can get a bit dull after so long. I love making insert designs for EO Edits, which is what I fill my days with now, but even they can be tedious. Don't get me wrong, I recognize that my business allows me to be artistic every single day and I love that it's incredibly creative, but sometimes you just want to sit with a pen in your hand and see where it takes you.

You may have seen that I challenged myself to create something everyday for the month of April as part of The Commitment Series. And I have to admit, this is probably the most excited I've been for a commitment. I missed the days when art was a part of my every day so here's a few things I learned so far on how to make creativity a priority again.

MAKE IT EASY TO CREATE

I found myself gravitating towards the planner community because I could see how it allowed you to be creative and inject a bit of art into my daily life. Whether you decorate your pages or love adding new dashboards with every season, there's ample room to be creative and make it your own. My planner quickly became a place I could express myself again. The planner allowed me to be creative without even realizing I was. I was just planning my day and writing to do lists. What's creative about that? Well with die cuts, stickers, dashboards, washi tape, colorful pens, highlighters, etc. etc. etc. of course the planner is a creative outlet! Because of it's functionality and the fact that it's a part of my daily life already, with a planner, creativity became easy again.

If you can, find an area of your life that you could easily add creativity without even thinking about it. It's like exercise. It's so much easeir if you trick yourself into doing it!

MAKE IT A PART OF YOUR ROUTINE

Creating a routine, just like you do for your morning and evening, might help to make creativity a priority in your life.

  • Create a physical space devoted to your artwork

  • Block time off to be creative - pick a time where you can be in the right mindset, feel relaxed, and have uninterrupted time. Evening works best for me. You may want to include it in your daily routine or set aside time each week. Whatever works for you and your schedule.

  • Seek accountability - Do you have friends or a group that you could share your art with? Create a social media account or join a website that will make you accountable.

  • Your creative time is sacred and important. Give yourself permission to be creative.