How To get Your Creativity Back
Do you think that you’re not creative enough to do something? Would you like to paint or draw or make something for your home? Or bake a cake or make a mother’s day card like you did at school?
What’s stopping you? Time? Or is it that you think it won’t be good enough?
Welcome to the world of the lost inner artist.
Why We Need It And How To Get Your Creativity Back
Creativity is the most natural human need. Remember how much you enjoyed playing as a child? How you could lose yourself in a game or whilst making something? Immersing and losing yourself in something can create a healthy meditative state, relieving stress and anxiety.
Play is still essential to making adults happy and even can make us smarter. See this fascinating ted talk about that nice additional surprise.
OK, so we can’t all be Michelangelo and the level of our creativity could well depend on the luck of our genes but our environment can play a defining role. If we create the right environment- give ourselves the space, freedom and permission to create, we can…and we will benefit from it.
Having been ill at home for several months and immersing myself in my nutritional studies, I realised a while ago that I was missing doing something creative. Having had no costumes to style, no events to plan, I’d lost my creative mojo.
I kept looking at things I could do at home – I even attempted to knit…I’d tried once as a child but ended up having to use pliers to get the stitches off my needles – well almost- much to my uber obsessed knitting aunt’s dismay.
I wasn’t good enough then but hey ho I gave it another go. One lumpy, but I must say, cosy woollen cowl later, I lost the love. Now what?!
How I’m Getting My Creativity Back
Then I found an Artist’s Way Meet Up group advertised online. For those of you who aren’t aware of what The Artist’s Way is, it’s a book by Julia Cameron, a fiction and film screen writer (so I like to think we share some affinity :)) and was once married to Martin Scorsese – that’s pretty cool…
The book is designed around a 12 week course to help discover or even rediscover your creativity.
I’ve had the book for over 8 years and had gotten half way through it before life got in the way as it has a habit of doing.
Finding the group inspired me to pick it up again and the thought of being part of a group and having some support felt like a good idea….so much in fact that I appear to now be the official host of the 2017 Spring London Artists Way Meet Up!
We meet weekly as from next Tuesday to discuss each chapter – weeks 1 to 12 – having followed the instructions that previous week.
As the host I’ve got accountability of seeing this through! EEK! So I’ve made my artist date and also dug out a 1940’s blouse pattern I’d like to get round to making – this time for fun not for work!
So what’s stopping you? Not enough time? Don’t think you’re good enough? Well why not start small and take a leaf out of The Artist‘s Way and make an artist date with yourself?
Schedule a couple of hours this week to do something to inspire and stimulate your inner artists; to reconnect with that joy and curiosity.
Some Ideas On How To get Your Creativity Back
Here’s a list of possible ideas to do on your artist date to get you thinking, most of which are fee or cheap to do:
- Visit a museum – the V&A in South Kensington has some incredible decorative arts; fashion, glass, jewellery, ceramics…you name it they have it…and the Gamble and Morris tea rooms are DIVINE! Oh and they do free daily tours too – check them out on line.
- Take a walk around London’s back streets and look up – especially around Mayfair and the Liverpool Street. You’ll see far more wonderful architecture than staring at the pavement or your phone 🙂
- Take a guided walking tour; free walks, Self-guided or street art around the East End
- Visit St Pancras hotel and have a wander to take in the incredible interiors and possibly have a cuppa or something stronger in my favourite restaurant / bar ‘The Gilbert Scott’ – look up and see the bells!
- Follow this by a walk around the newly built Kings Cross station and its stunning modern atrium. Then go to the unrecognisable revamped areas out the back, now full of trendy restaurants…not a lady of the night in sight!
- Go to a local park and be in nature
- Browse a local book store – more fun than browsing on Amazon
- Visit an auction house to see the incredible array of art and items on offer- try Christies, Sotheby’s or Bonhams all with free viewing days.
- Wander around the 7 listed London Victorian cemeteries from the 1830-40’s and their thought provoking and ostentatious memorials. My favourites are Brompton, Highbury and Kensal Green.
- Visit a street market you’ve not been to before – try Petticoat Lane, Shepherds Bush, Broadway, Columbia Road flower market, Borough, Portobello Road …all loaded with local colour, tasty food and inspiring ideas.
- Visit a comedy club – a good laugh increase serotonin and serotonin leads to a buzz and rise in creativity! Look online for local free events.
- Try your hand at a cookery or fermenting class (I’ve booked up to do one soon!)
- Get on a bus going somewhere – then when you feel like it get off….and catch another…and another…just see what you see and where you end up…with smart phones these days you shouldn’t get toooo lost 🙂
- Visit Fortnum and Masons or Liberties stores to see exquisite pieces of furniture, textiles and foods
- Visit the food hall in Harrods and take in the surroundings as well as the diverse foods on offer.
- Join a synchronicity walk – I’ve just heard about these through London Meet Ups .Join a group on an unplanned walk around London. By rolling dice at all crossroads you leave the direction of the walk to “chance” and be open to experiencing synchronicity. I’m IN! Here’s a pod cast from the organiser for more info.
Go on – give yourself permission to go and have fun with your inner artist and see what happens!
I hope this post inspires you. I’d love to hear from you if you do your artist date!
Cute photo thanks to Gratisography