Thursday, December 1, 2011

my thoughts: creativity

"Being creative is seeing the same thing as everybody else but thinking of something different."

The other day I was thinking about how stunted my creativity has been.

I guess it kind of comes with the territory of new motherhood. My days, hours, and minutes are consumed with thoughts of nursing, diapers, lunch, snacks, activities, walks and naps. And what little time I get to myself I usually spend in the shower or cooking dinner. But I'm not at all complaining. I actually love it.

Really, this has given me a chance to consider my lack of creativity. I've been able to think about how I can more efficient about being creative.

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And I got to thinking, it seems to me that in our culture, especially in the blog world, we have almost a tunnel vision of what creativity is. To most women, creativity is Martha Stewart, HGTV, DIY websites and the like. They think "if only I could sew a quilt or make my own Christmas wreath, then I'd be creative!"

But I want to challenge that.

We were created to create. We were made in our Creator's image. He creates; we create. I believe with all my heart that we all have creativity in us. That creativity just looks different for each of us. It's not about what we can make, or how crafty we are.

It's about the ideas we have- do we act on those ideas?

Anyone can follow instructions and craft something they see on a website. But not everyone can create, from scratch, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, or Beethoven's 9th, or the Apple iphone, or an efficient way of organizing recipes, or an amazing photo that was shot at just the right angle, or a great blog post. There's a difference between copying something and creating something.

You are creative in your own way. You have ideas, but are you acting on those ideas?

It's my fault that my creativity has been stifled as of late. I don't act on anything. So one thing that I've been trying to do more of is write everything down in my notebook. An idea pops into my head about anything, and I write it down. In fact, this post is a direct result of that notebook.

In being creative, in creating, you are doing what God made you to do. I want to glorify Him in my creativity. I want others to see that I am His because I create. I want to bring glory to Him with that which I create and cultivate.

I want to step outside the norm. And honestly, at this point, I'm not exactly sure what that looks like for me. But I'll be carrying my notebook and pen and I'll be praying about it.

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And when I figure it out, I'll let you know.

"When ispiration doesn't come, I go halfway to meet it." ~Sigmund Freud

note: I am in no way saying that crafts and art do not require creativity. If that is how God wired you to create, fantastic! I am saying that there's more to creativity than just those things.


  1. I love that! I love that you jot down what you are creating in your mind and praying over it. I struggle with having time to be creative as a mommy too....but maybe we are being creative in a different way now

  2. I REALLY liked this! There has been so much talk on blogs about this lately, here is a recent comment I left on someone else sort of talking about the same thing. I loved your opening quote too, so so good and true! I wish we could all just have the confidence to know that we each have our own creative work that we bring into this world, and whether we are noticed or not and on what level, doesn't change the fact that we are KINGS KIDS!!! he defines us completely and our worth is met in HIM alone!!! Thanks for this great post! OH, here is that comment I left for someone who was having a rough day:I was feeling defeated a couple of weeks ago. See I am a new blogger (I don't have a shop or anything but it could be in the works, it wouldn't be a "talent" it would be a vintage shop, anywho.....) and I have felt so overwhelmed joining this blogging world that I didn't think I could keep doing it. I didn't think I measured up because there are so many incredible, creative, beautiful blogs out there. I mean some of these gals can do it "all"! And instead of being inspired, I was feeling like crapola. Thinking I wasn't good enough, and that there was no need for me in the blogging world. I've learned a lot in the last few months, but one of the most important tangible things I've learned that has helped me get a new perspective is that there are a million Martha Stewarts, there are a million photographers, there are a million Rachel Ray's, and unfortunately for you, there are a million jewelers and crafters and sewers; realistically we are all NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK, BUT fortunately we all can still bring something different, because as simple as it sounds, no one IS us. There is only one you, one me. And that makes your work special. You are going to have days, weeks and months probably forever when you feel this way, I have them too and it's important to let yourself have them! It's a good way to work through it, and it's a good way to gain new perspective and grow, and to get to a new place...You are working SO hard, and in this business (your own small business) it is very challenging, but you are doing all you can, and it matters. I know how frustrating it can be, b/c I'm a writer, and I've submitted COUNTLESS pieces and have had rejection after rejection. Sure, I could put more effort into it, but blogging is what I'm doing now, and for now. But even if I did put massive effort into it, and I was rejected again continually, but maybe one or two wanted to publish me, that's OK. It doesn't measure my work. Because there are thousands upon thousands of others submitting their work too. ( i know, it's long :/

  3. This is great, Jess! I am in total agreement with you. There are SO MANY different, God given ways to be creative....but creating something from scratch? Now how many of us can say we do that on a regular basis? Or ever? It would definitely take a shift in my regular thinking to create something original... I'm definitely getting used to the copy paste type crafts I find on pinterest. But it has been FOREVER since I wrote a song, and I used to do that all the time, with no help from anyone. That is just a different kind of creativity. And, like you, I miss it!

  4. Love this. We are all creative in our own unique ways! :) I sometimes struggle with not feeling creative enough...but I need to remember that what I may be gifted in...others may not be..and vice versa! :) Sweet post girl!

  5. Loving this post. So true. So true. I think your idea notebook is very smart. Hope it continues to encourage and spur you on to follow through and create great things!