Being creative is an amazing thing. No matter what you do to express your creativity, it shows part of who you are. Which is amazing because you are AMAZING! Anything is possible with a creative mind and even if you aren’t that creative, you can still find something to do. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing this summer (or any time, really!)
Being creative with fashion has endless possibilities! You can fashion yourself, fashion your kids, friends, family and even get a job working in the fashion industry. If you don’t have a degree, you can start in a store you love (plus discounts, yay!). I have a friend who did this, worked at three different stores in the mall a few days a week each and always had the best new styles. Best of all, she worked for the stores so she got a discount!
You can also design. Design clothing for whomever you want! Even if you just make something for yourself in your down time, that’s amazing! Not too many people can say they make their own dresses everyone gushes over. (I sure as heck am NOT a sewing master, but hey, I tried!)
Art is a very broad term. Art can be anything you’re creating. You can use paper and pencil, pen, clay, paint, wood, spray paint, glass, etc. This can be anything! Draw something, paint something, make something out of clay. I know a friend who took a class working with clay just to make her daughter this amazing tea set to play with. There are even classes out there where you can drink wine and paint! I like those ones. 😉
Go on Pinterest and find something you like and try to re-create it. The point of art is, if you’re good, great! If you suck at it like me, keep trying. You’ll learn and over time you’ll get better. Everyone starts somewhere. Don’t compare yourself. Do it for you. If you can’t draw or paint, grab some of those amazing coloring books and do that! It’s actually, really relaxing.
Writing can be anything. I’m not saying write a novel here, just write. I mean, I’m writing to you right now and I enjoy it. I’m coming up with ideas to let the creativity start flowing, while being creative! Write anything you want. Write a blog. Write a poem. Write a short story. Write a novel.
Write calligraphy. Write with pencils, pens, markers, crayons, type on the computer. Write whatever you want! I have even wrote letters to people who have wronged me in the past. I never, ever sent them. I shred them, but somehow it’s made me feel better about the situation and be able to move on. Writing is an amazing, powerful thing.
There are so many things to write about. Write about your dreams, surroundings, stories, kids, anything. Some people even write romance or sexual stories. Write whatever you want!
So, I cook, and bake. I don’t really measure things when I cook but I do when I bake. I’ve gotten my kids into it too, as a science type thing. Measuring and teaching the different reactions with the ingredients we mixed together. There are amazing opportunities for people out there who like to cook or bake. Me personally, I make a few things for the holidays and people I work with will buy them off of me. I also know a lady in the town over from mine who makes cookies for any occasion. She sells them at a decent price and advertises locally. She ended up making it her full time job. If you’re great at cakes, make cakes for birthday parties, weddings, etc.
There are so many possibilities with this one! Do it for fun, do it for the love of it, do it for a job.
Do you change your room or house around a lot? Look at home decor items online or in
stores. This would be an amazing creative thing for you to do. There are so many options within one room that you can do. If you love it, you can advertise yourself for someone else, show them pictures of what you’ve done to your place. You can make a side hussle off of helping others with their houses. Get more pictures in your portfolio and advertise and you could possibly make it a full time gig. If you don’t want to make a job out of it, I know there’s an app that you can fix up rooms and decorate them. It’s still creative without the cost! Check it out. (Sorry, I don’t know what it’s called.)
Visit an art gallery
Yes, the art is here for you already. So how is this YOU being creative? It is! You’re soaking in all of that art gallery worthy art and coming up with ideas. Just looking at it helps you be creative. I mean, learning about art is great for an artist such as yourself! 🙂
Visit a museum
Museums have endless possibilities! If you have kids, take them to a science museum or children’s museum. They always have activities for them to do. It encourages creativity in them so much! I have been to a few of the museums in San Antonio and Houston and they seem to have a few of the same (but different) things. Pretend grocery stores, pretend restaurants, pretend vet clinics, pretend police/fire/political office. The list goes on! They also have things like water play, robotics, and on and on. You’ll have to check your local museums to see what all they have, of course. However, I learn things when I take them. I love taking them to the museums and they love going!
Dance is an amazing expression of creativity. Trust me, I know. I started dancing after I had my kids. Well, outside of my house.. ha! I actually joined a group and danced on stages all over Houston for a few years. It was fun, a lot of work but worth it. It was an amazing work out too and I made so many new friends that I’ll be friends with, probably for the rest of my life.
Yoga and Zumba are amazing creative outlets as well as workouts! These are GREAT creative outlets because you’re getting fit for them, too! You can do it anywhere, at home with a video, in the gym with a class, or open your own class up!
Create a video game
So, you can start your own coding the simple way. Follow a book! Seriously, I’ve been teaching my kids this way and it’s been amazing. They’ve picked it up so quickly that they’ll pass my knowledge on the subject (which isn’t much, btw) VERY soon.
I’m not a pro at this, so it isn’t a tutorial, but I do know where to start! Check out a few of these books to get you started with it. They’ve been really helpful here not only for me teaching them but they can actually just follow the books without my help.
Explore outside & travel
This is my favorite on this list. 🙂 I’m a travel queen! If there’s an opportunity to travel, my bags are already packed and I can leave now! Traveling has opened my eyes so much to so many different things. I know people and places so much better. It’s amazing how much different people, ideas, cultures, and even words change just traveling to the next state, let alone country.
I’ve hiked, camped, swam, met people, cruised, zip lined, ate, ate, ate, the list can go on and on. Creativity doesn’t have to come from you making these things, it also comes from you learning things. I’ve learned so many new dishes to make, so much more food to love. I’ve learned different cultures. I’ve worn clothes that I never in my life thought I’d be able to wear from different cultures and countries. I’ve been to gatherings I’d never otherwise have the opportunity. I’ve been a part of so much, seen so much and expanded my mind immensely.
So how does this help with my creativity? How can you expand your mind and create when you live in a small world not knowing everything that’s out there?!
Another thing about traveling, you learn a lot just in the travel process. What to bring, what to not bring, what you need, what you really don’t need, how to deal with a child who has to pee in the middle of a construction filled highway with no exits or sides to stop on, how to deal with projectile vomiting while you’re driving, how to be a single mother traveling with two kids by yourself. You learn a lot about each other, you learn a lot about yourself. I wouldn’t change it for the world. (Except the throwing up part, not my thing.)
No matter what you do to be creative, whether something on this list or not, be creative! Go create something! Braid someone’s hair, make a dream catcher, create! Get your kids out if you have them and let them create too! The best way to teach is to do/show.
There are so many other ways to be creative! What are your favorite ways to be creative? Let me know in the comments below!