[A simple meal I made in a few minutes: scrambled eggs, avacado, tomatoes and onion sprinkled with pepper and salt. It less than 10 minutes to create, and arranging it in a unique way made it fun for me!]
Do these sound familiar?
“I wish I could have more creativity in my life…but, I don’t have time to be creative.”
“Life got in the way….again.”
“Once this other things gets done, then I’ll start that creative project.”
But…do you? We think we have to set aside great chunks of time to create. The truth is that it doesn’t have to take much time. It just take a willingness to cultivate looking at the world – and our lives – differently.
Creativity is not something you “do” here and there. It is a way of life. It is looking with fresh eyes and a fresh heart. It is willing to step out of the well-worn box and tread on new territory. It is about exploring, experimenting, and made little adventures throughout your day.
As you can see in the photo above, I made a very simple meal – and arranged it on the plate in a new way! There was a time I might have just dumped the contents on to the plate (and in my moments of total exhaustion, I still do that). However, I have made it a practice for myself to beautify my food on my plate before I eat it. You know what? It makes the whole experience more delicious.
And isn’t that so with life in general? When we take just that tiny bit of thought to do something a little differently, to expand our horizons, something opens up within us. Suddenly, making a meal isn’t so bad or tiring. Or clearing off our desks becomes more fun when we color-coordinate our pens and post-its.
You’ve gotta inject a bit of spark into your life or your spirit will die. Take the ordinary and make it sparkle. Make it sing. Yes, sometimes, you might bomb (In a blast of creative inspiration, I tried putting M&Ms into pancake batter one time and didn’t quite cook it enough, so I ended up putting uncooked batter with candy into my mouth. Enough said.)
But, even that becomes a memorable experience. A time I can say, “Remember when I tried…?” and we all laugh.
Create these little stories in your day and I promise, they will add up.
You’ve gotta start somewhere. And starting by tweaking what you already do is a great way to begin. Because you aren’t adding a new thing time-wise. You are just doing that same thing a bit differently, for more pizazz.
Here are a few tiny tips to help get you started:
- Try arranging food on your plate differently next time you make a meal
- Or set the table differently – add candles, flowers, music, sprinkled some leaves or pinecones from outside on the table; put your napkins folded interestingly in your cups or wineglasses
- Next time you buy office supplies, try a new color for them – blue paper clips and pink post-its, anyone?
- While you brush your teeth, put on some music and wiggle your butt in a dance or try some salsa steps; liven up that two minutes! Move your bod. Make it up as you go.
- Sing in the shower! (It’s classic for a reason, people)
- Or your car! No one is going to hear you. Just go for it. It will put a smile on your face
What spark of creativity will you inject into your day today? And hint: do it now! Sashay down the hall on the way to the bathroom. Whatever calls you.
Procrastination is the enemy of creativity. Don’t give in. It can take only a minute to win that battle.
Until next time…
With love and light,
Nicole Justine Cavanaugh