Creativity, Where Are You?

Wow you guys, it’s been a while a really long time since I’ve written “over here.” Like this part of the blog is some dark and unknown space, haha. But the truth is, I’ve been fighting my creativity – or better yet, lack there of.

Creativity is a funny thing (for me). It’s not always hangin’ around. In fact, it it’s far from constant and seems to vary widely. My creativity is influenced by a multitude of factors, including the business of my life and my emotional state, but it really seems to only appear in small bursts from time to time.

It’s frustrating, to say the least, especially for someone like me, who prides themselves on their creative abilities—I mean it is my “job” to be creative. So, I guess it’s time I do something about it, isn’t it? After a bit of moping, I decided to get proactive about finding my lost creativity. And guess what? It worked, because ta-da—here I am!

Here’s what I’ve found most valuable in trying to rediscover the spark of creativity.

Step 1: Accept the Creative Block

First things first, we need to accept that creative blocks are just a part of the process. They’re not a sign of failure or a lack of talent (whew). In fact, some of the most brilliant minds in history have faced similar struggles. I mean, if it can happen to someone like Hemingway, it can happen to anyone, right? Accepting the block is like admitting to yourself that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes. This was a tough pill for me to swallow, but it was also a hugely liberating first step.

Step 2: Connect with Others

Sometimes, the best way to light your creative fire is through others. Connecting with fellow creatives can be incredibly inspiring. I started chatting up my blogging friends – sharing ideas and collaborating on all sorts of new ideas. It was so refreshing, and those interactions left me buzzing with new ideas and a renewed sense of creative purpose. I was waking up.

Step 3: Allow Yourself to Play

This might sound silly, but one of the most effective ways I reignited my creativity was by allowing myself freedom to “play” around. No goals, no expectations—just doing what I wanted to do. I started jotting down blog post ideas and recipes that sounded good to me (not things that were in season or things I could rank for – things I wanted to talk about and eat).

Play is such a powerful tool for creativity because it frees your mind from the constraints of right and wrong. There are no rules. It’s all about exploration and expression, and it’s probably one of the most helpful tools in breaking out of a creative rut that I’ve found.

Embrace The Unexpected

Throughout this journey of blogging, I’ve learned to embrace the unexpected. Creative blocks, as daunting as they are, can be opportunities in disguise. They force us to pause, reflect, and grow. They challenge us to find new ways of expression and to reconnect with our creative side.

So, if you ever find when you find yourself stuck in a creative rut, remember that it’s not permanent. With a little effort, a lot of patience, and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone (eeeek), you can rediscover that spark. You might even find it burning brighter than before.

Life’s unpredictable, and it makes sense that creativity would be no exception to that. I think that losing your creative spark might just be a part of finding a bigger, brighter flame. So, keep at it, my friend. The world needs that unique light of yours (also talking to myself here), no matter how dim it might seem at the moment. Let’s promise to keep pushing, keep playing, and keep creating. Yeah?

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