Every Wednesday I participate in Jamie Ridler’s Wishcasting Wednesday. Today’s prompt is
How Do You Wish to Nurture the Creative Within?
This is not a hard question to answer. When I was sitting on the front porch this morning after I read the prompt, I almost immediately had the answer for me.
…and for me, the answer is simply time. In order to nurture the creative within, I need time. I need time to read. Time to take photos. Time to look at photos. Time to visit museums and art exhibits. Time to sew and bake and garden and clear a space for all the things I want to do. Time to write. Time to rewrite. Time to think and plan and daydream.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where this time comes from. I think I’ve gotten pretty good about my daily writing practice (yay me for filling up a writer’s notebook in less than two months!) and I’m getting better about making the time to take care of myself. But I can’t get up any earlier. It’s really difficult to fine time.
Except I waste a ton of time.
The universe seems to be sending me message after message lately, and one of them is that I need to quit wasting time. Earlier this week, Meg Keene at A Practical Wedding posted about the work-life balance and unplugging. I come home after a 10-12 hour day at work and then spend mindlessly unsatisfying hours online. Looking for the latest update on twitter or facebook or browsing through pinterest. And it truly is mindless. And unsatisfying.
I’m getting better about checking in and then closing the computer, but it’s difficult to cut that cord. Particularly with the smart phone that is almost always in my hand.
But the hours that I spend bouncing from one thing to the next are hours that I could be nurturing that inner creativity. So I’ve got to get better about that. Make more mindful choices. Be conscious of what I’m doing when I’m doing it.
In what ways do you wish to nurture your inner creativity? How can you encourage your creativity to bloom?