If there’s one thing in life that I believe most likely leads to happiness, it’s creativity. Without creativity, what are we even? Just a bunch of humans bobbing around doing exactly as instructed? PASS.
With creativity, our individuality shines through and we feel all the good things – hope, joy, love, etc.
The bummer is that sometimes creativity can be challenging to access. For me at least, I can get stuck in my analytical, left-brained mindset, assessing and rationalizing everything around me… which is great, when it serves me. But when my creative mind is begging to come out and my logical mind is insisting on having control, my left-brain goes from being useful and reliable to causing me stress and actually being counter-productive.
It’s like my left brain doesn’t trust that my right brain will spend its time usefully. My left brain goes into panic doer mode while my creative mind cries in a corner begging if they can have a turn. Dramatic, sure, but hopefully you get the point…
Recently, I’ve been trying to actively make an effort to serve my creative mind. For me, this looks like setting aside un-scheduled time every day to just let my mind wander and do whatever it wants to. It’s shocking to me how much a half-hour walk with no agenda can work wonders for the creative side of me. I feel fresher and energized afterward and usually a lot less hard on myself.
Since I’m still in the experimental stage of finding what environment/time of day/circumstances best serve my creativity, I’m curious to hear what works for you guys. When do you feel most creative? What does creativity feel like for you? What areas of life are you most creative in?
Looking forward to your thoughts,
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One-pocket does it for me, at least now without any other stimulus present. Makes you think of creative solutions to positions that are not obvious. When doing artwork, I’m usually paralyzed by perfectionism, until that third cup of coffee, and then it’s on! I don’t have too much of a problem with using both hemispheres, and switching up, as I like to think of alternative solutions for any problem or process, and I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s natural. Still have issues with the focus though; But after some of my endless lists shorten a bit, it’ll… Read more »
Jennette, I absolutely LOVE this blog. Its very helpful in my life. I feel most creative when I’m alone in my room, doing whatnot, I could be reading, playing Crash Bandicoot or simply watching a movie, and I’d get and urge to stop doing it and lie on my bed with whatever thoughts I have. The wierd thing is, my thoughts always lead to other thoughts that ate completely unrelated. So, for example, I could be thinking about Between, which would somehow lead to me thinking about pizza. I find this exercise very fun and helpful. Hope this didn’t waste… Read more »
Talking to you.
Some things you did, said, and written, were really important to me.
Farewell (out of business).
I call it creative is when the mind is inspired by some object, facts, photos, etc. I generally consider myself a creative person (clear when I am inspired) and I believe what this my mind I am sure in what I do although sometimes I grab that insecurity of what I do not be creative or different but that makes you happy in what you do and it is so true that the human does not have the creative we would all be the same and would be boring The creativity we invent in the mind can go far beyond… Read more »
Hi, Jennette! ty for the blog love it!, by the way, I’m loving the going mental blogs you’re a great writer I thought of 2 things that I would love you to do: 1- write and publish a book pretty obvious since you love writing and again you’re a really great writer! 2- go on a world tour maybe for the book or for exploring and I honestly want to meet you so bad if you come to the UAE or DUBAI since I live there *winks* I just want you to come so I can meet you sounds creepy… Read more »
This is speaking volumes! I fancy myself very analytical, sometimes to a fault, and often go about my day in a very structured way. This in itself is not an issue, as we are creatures of habit after all. What gets me into trouble sometimes is that leisure time in between phases of the day. I’ll start thinking “Isn’t there something I should be doing or somewhere I should be right now?” Instead, perhaps it would be better to just embrace the moment and find a way to let creativity flourish. Too often I equivocate creativity with something in the… Read more »
Develop the ability to observe For me so it helps me to be creative, then as one is more relaxed and is more propitious, write or paint.for last I think I must relate creativity with what is very inside of us and that comes when we usually do what in Truth we like.and not do them simply by commitment or because it is the general rule.
Well I think it normally earns the right brain but a bit of walking and fresh air in a pleasant environment I think it helps our creative side to come out, at least to me it works.
I have just got back into painting and writing. It feels so exciting to be able to let my creativity be more free. I think it’s a great idea to give ourselves time to just be so our creativity doesn’t get cramped. I think we let insecurity discourage our attempts at creativity too much though. I can’t wait to read more posts.
My brain floats around like a baloon on a string but I don’t do anything creative. I loved to write and draw but that was years back. Now, nothing. Which is kind of surprising to me because Bipolar people are normally very creative.
Alone, after dark. A constant stream of thought and focus without awareness of time and space. Stories. I make up stories for myself. Occasionally, I consider how to address current political events because I look back on the last couple decades and think that if I had arrayed all the options on a table my cat could have chosen better by random chance.
jennette i want to thank you for the comment on my comment i hope that u find it interesting what i like to do with my creativity at my work i draw alot drawings i will take a picture of my drawing that i made from you its one from a photo that used from one of ur photo shoot from a couple years ago i think if u see the drawing then u might know wich photo shoot im talking about by the way i work at a day care center for people with special need and care as… Read more »
Gutted that I missed the replies but ill still type my essay up (jk). So I fully agree creativity is a massive thing of our life as human beings, if we didn’t have any, this world would be a dull place. As you get older you have to fight for your creativity a lot more, which I think is rather unfair, but I do think drawing, writing (in your case a good idea) and in some way Textiles and Technology (Wood work). (lol I’m still crying about the beginning) But in a way, I feel it is also somewhat our… Read more »
Sorry Michelle, today I don’t feel creative to write :v
best of luck for your future creativity!
In fact this comment was also a joke
Sorry, I should not have written all these nonsense I will not comment more on your post.
Well Jennette my creativity is drawing and iT keeps my mind of of things That i dont want to think About and indeed walking around the block is also one of them but there is one thing That i really want and thats walking with u and maybe i can show u how creative i am with drawing maybe i can draw a picture of u i did That a couple times at my work and my colleges were amazed and Saïd WoW taco u can draw good iT exactly looks like Jennette mccurdy maybe i can take a picture… Read more »
drawing and walking. woo!
jennette thanks for the comment on my comment i will take a picture of the drawing i made of u then u can see what i like to do with my creativity i also like to collect stuff including ur pics and i also love ur facebook live video’s and ur other video’s i love ur new pics that u post on instagram and facebook i been following a long time i forgot the year i started following i must say that u have a great personality even that i never met u but i saw ur video’s on youtube… Read more »
Sorry i mean the songs not That far away and homeless heart are catching i sead taken but Saïd iT wrong sorry i love the songs and also the rest of ur songs
I dont think left brain blocks the road to the creativity. In fact, at science and engineering, left side should take the lead. I suppose you mean artistic creativity when you write this post so its normal to assume that right brain should be more dominant at creativity but I dont agree with this. Two hemispheres might take different roles but they have strong connections in between. A creative process should be outcome of both sides working cooperatively. I think you should focus on working with both sides at creative process, not blocking one and freeing other one. That feels… Read more »
“In fact, at science and engineering, left side should take the lead.”
What a discovery! “Einstein”
left brain-Capacity for analysis, ability to make logical reasoning, abstractions, solve numerical problems, learn theoretical information, make deductions…
science- scientific method- It consists of observation, problem-solving, data collection, hypothesis formulation, experimentation, analysis of results and dissemination.
I thought it was the left hemisphere of the finger on the right foot, should take the lead in science :v
Well I wasn’t clear enough I guess, I meant scientific and engineering creativity. In engineering you are designing new machines, systems, applications etc and you need creativity for that. Solely using right brain for creativity in this branches won’t be able to cut it. You should create a new stuff that needs to be suitable for a lot of criteria, easy usage, good looking, working efficient etc. These kind of jobs makes you design with both artistic side and scientific side. What I meant by left side should take the lead is left side should be dominant in this kind… Read more »
I think you explained it well, she understood it and anyone else will understand your comment. I think the same as you, only that at that moment I was in sarcastic god mode, sorry.
this makes a lot of sense. thanks!
Apologize for my exaggerated sarcasm.
How do I say this…I’m suck at creativity. I always trying to be picture perfect. No mistakes, no side roads. Just the straight and narrow path. I have a tiny amount of creativity when I play games that require making things, like minecraft. I’ve found redstone very entertaining and I think it’s improved the creative side of my brain. When I draw, though, I’m usually drawing from what’s in front of me, and every line for me *must be perfect*. It’s sort of like life, you’re on a path. Sometimes you go off on side roads. I tend to have… Read more »
I like this comment.
(cough* not me cough*) I hope you heal from that cough :v
Ahh, thanks. *cough cough*
Creativity defiantly helps fuel happiness. It just excites and challenges the brain. I can definitely relate to the left brained fighting the right brain. There was a time where I was pretty mush so all left brained. Through the end of college and part of college, I closed the indifference by a lot. This might be because of the work that I do. Computer programming is a very logical, but very creative outlet. It blends both pretty well, as you have to be able to be as creative as the end user in order to catch all the things they… Read more »
love the musters reference. i hope you find more productive mornings help you to feel more creative, even while at work and in other less-creatively-conducive environments.
We all have some creativity in us. Unfortunately, most people have to deal with everyday stuff and have very little ( or no time), or lack the resources. Just like you, I find that taking a walk allows me come up with ideas. I also come up with ideas while driving. These days, most of my creative energy goes to my Christmas Village. Besides the actual Village, I’ve made a few videos, some comedic, and gotten lots of compliments. Maybe ya seen them on YouTube ( Ugly Blue Chair Productions). When people see them and get a kick out of… Read more »
Cool. I always dreamed of this. Cool videos, thank you.
christmas village sounds amazing!