3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity

Good morning, fellow dreamers! I hope this finds you living in the moment – and enjoying it immensely!

As I have mentioned previously, I have been working through a creative block for the last while. It has been a challenge for many different reasons, but I think I’m finally moving forward out of the slump, which is very exciting and motivating for me. That’s why today I am going to share with you three things that have helped me get back into a state of mind that nurtures creativity and imagination.

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Anywhere can lead to something new. Photo by Imat Bagja Gumilar on Unsplash

Prompt Your Imagination

Pinterest has been great for helping along, at least for me. Just search for writing prompts and you’ll find bits of dialogue, character ideas, settings, and so much more. Even though these prompts don’t necessarily lead to an actual story or creation, they do get my brain thinking in the right direction. I’ll look at some of them in the morning before I go to work – I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to things like this – and during my day I’ve been making up stories in my head to go along with the customers that I interact with. Having a variety of background stories and character ideas floating around in my brain makes it so much more likely that when I sit down with pencil and paper (or keyboard and screen) the stories will actually come out.

Scout around on Pinterest, or even Google, and find a bunch of ideas to bounce around in your head while you’re plugging away at your workday. When you interact with someone, whether it’s a customer or a coworker, imagine them in a different scenario and run with that idea. You don’t have to ‘create’ anything you just have to try and exercise your imagination.

Give Yourself a Break

Everyone will tell you that a change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and lots of baby steps. Something that has been helping me pus through my mental blocks is telling myself over and over that IT IS OKAY. It is okay that I’m not churning out as many stories as I was when I was in high school. It is totally fine that I don’t blog as regularly as I was doing in college, when I wasn’t working full time and I lived alone with my cats. It is perfectly okay that the things that I am writing aren’t as good as some of the other projects that I’ve worked on in the past, because I’m out of practice and it is going to take some time.

Give yourself a break sometimes! Being creative isn’t all about how much you can do or how good your work is. It’s about expression and excitement and a whole lot of joy – I know I am guilty of forgetting that part of it. My tagline for this blog says it all and its just as much of a reminder for me as it is for anyone reading what I write here. Baby stpes are important , even if they are invisible to the outside eye.

Go Outside

Just get some fresh air. Nature is such a good thing for the mind. It’s invigorating and opens you up for new possibilities and ideas. Magic doesn’t exist inside man made buildings and office, it only comes from plants and animals and the open air. I like to go out for a walk and just breathe it all in, or sometimes just sitting on my balcony for a few minutes does the trick. Something about fresh air just clears my mind and grounds me in a way unlike any other. It helps my anxiety dissipate and leaves room for creativity to set back in.

So take just five minutes to be outside with the fresh air and see what it can do for you!

What are your preferred ways of staying inspired and creative? I can only expand on what works for me, obviously, but I want to know what works for other people and why. If you try any of my suggestions, go hit me up on facebook, or in the comments, and let me know!

Now I’m off to enjoy some chocolate ice cream and hug whichever cat I can find first.

Love, kindness, and lots of fairy dust!

Katharine Marie

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