Let’s Get Creative!
What makes you creative? And how can you learn to be more creative in your daily life? We asked Shelley Smith of the popular DIY blog, The House of Smiths to share her thoughts. Read Shelley’s message below, plus check out our “links we love” for more tips and inspiration. Then, join the conversation and share your story with us.
I’m so excited to be here this month sharing with all of you how I AM creative, how it affects my life, and how YOU can tap into your creative side!
I couldn’t start off talking about creativity if I didn’t share one of my all-time favorite quotes by Mary Lou Cook. “Creativity is all about inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” I couldn’t agree more. Creativity is an amazing way to convey individuality and self-expression.
These past three years on our blog, my husband and I have embarked on a journey to take our builder-grade-beige home from somewhat drab to totally fab, by tackling projects on our own, thinking outside the box when it comes to design and, well … getting really creative in the process.
Early on as a mother and wife, I tapped into the fact that my surroundings played a huge part in my attitude and happiness during the day. Once I realized this, I committed to creating a space where I felt like I could be the BEST me. Whether it was simply painting a room, or tearing down an entire wall, I was determined to create meaningful and beautiful, yet functional, spaces in every area of my small home. I’ve been doing this while showing everyone who is willing to watch and read along the way how to do the same.
Deep down, we all have creative abilities, so it’s never a question of “AM I creative?” but rather, filling in the blank, “I AM creative because …”
Whether it’s your ability to throw together a killer outfit before work in the morning when virtually all the laundry is dirty, decorate an entire house on a budget, or whip up a yummy dinner for your entire family, 15 minutes before your husband gets home, when you haven’t gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks … we’re ALL creative, every day, in our own ways!
For a lot of us creativity happens because we have a desire for change, and sometimes change is hard. Creativity literally forces us to step into the unknown, which is where taking risks come into play. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, “Sometimes you have to risk going too far, just to discover how far you can really go.” If you find that you have a hard time expanding your creative horizon, then know that you’re not alone. It can take some people more practice than others to reach their creative greatness. A lot of us feel that we don’t want to make mistakes or fail while trying something new, but if you focus too much on preventing failure, then you’ll also avoid ever becoming successful and learning from your mistakes. Holding back that desire within to try something new can stifle your creativity.
Never in a million years did I think that simply being creative, implementing great ideas in our home and sharing them with others would translate into a full-time job, doing something that makes me ridiculously happy. I can honestly say, with confidence, “I AM Creative.” I’ve cultivated a small space in this big, huge world where I am able to share my ideas, thoughts and projects with other people just like my husband and me – where I am able to inspire, motivate and foster other women’s creativity on a daily basis.
I encourage each and every one of you to stop putting creative limitations on yourself, step outside of your comfort zone, take some risks and start telling yourself, “I AM Creative.”
Thanks for letting me join you this month, and here’s to living a happy, confident and much more creative life.