Do you have a burning desire to express, be free, and create?
Often times in our pursuit for “more” we search for happiness in a better job, in fixing our current relationships, or seeking new relationships. We try to eat our way into happiness, purchase our way into happiness, and overwork our way into happiness.
And I’m pretty sure you’ve heard many times that true happiness comes from within. Right?
So what does “finding true happiness from within” mean to you? How do you do that? “Within” can look and feel differently depending on our mood, state, and health. It’s not stationary. Actually, within is constantly moving, swirling, forming, changing, and creating. After all, we are energy. There is not a one-size-fits-all formula for finding our happiness within.
But I’m here to share one way for you to start.
What do I mean by “get creative”? I mean to let go of problem-solving, structure, and strategy mode. Give your mind a break. And instead, create time to physically and emotionally move your energy from your head into your heart and be here. Create time to let go of the reigns and tune into your inner leader. She’s in there waiting to make your day lighter, happier, and more creative if you let her.
So here are some ways to start getting creative.
Draw it out
When you start feeling overwhelmed, stressed, bored, and unhappy, put your thoughts to paper. Take a thought, any thought that’s not serving you, and if you aren’t able to let it pass, draw it out. Putting your thoughts to paper separates you from them. You can then see them in a different way. Challenge them and let them go. And you create space for thoughts that will move your forward. It’s freeing…and fun.
Write to open
Take time in the morning, before you do anything else, to tap into your creative self. It’s easy to get lost in the shoulds of the day and social media when you first wake up. Keep your phone off and take time to breathe, move into your heart, and listen to your creative voice. Write down everything that’s on your mind and open up space for your true, authentic ideas and desires to come through. Start with 10 minutes of your time, move to 30 minutes, and when you start seeing the results you’ll be waking up early to spend 60 minutes simply being creative. Just keep writing.
That swirling energy within wants to feel supported and wants to be free. When you move your body you create pathways for new energy to form and for old energy to release. Dancing literally gets your creative juices flowing. So put in your headphones, but on some Bishop Briggs, and dance with your creative self like no one’s watching. Actually, maybe even close the door…
Get creative by being in the moment and appreciating the beauty around you. Smell the flowers, hug a tree, sit in the grass, put your hands in the dirt, immerse in the water, and take some deep breaths (I’m clearly a tree hugger). Start to nurture your body, heart, and creative mind by connecting to nature and the moment. Even if you are not a self-proclaimed tree hugger, nature calms, soothes, and opens.
Let your imagination run free
You are busy, you have a lot on your mind, and you don’t feel like you have time for imagination. But what if you did? What if you paid more attention to what makes you feel alive? What if you were more intimate with the details of your ideal? Connecting to your imagination moves you closer to manifesting the career and life you desire. It allows you to tap into the creativity moving through you to take inspired action. What’s your ideal vision of success? Who do you want to be in 1 year or 5 years? How do you want to spend your time? Your inner leader drives imagination. So let go of the control and let her take the wheel. Be guided.
So when you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or doubtful then it’s time to get creative. Because you now know that these symptoms are an echo of your creative voice telling you that it’s time to check in. All you need to do is take 10 minutes to invite a burst of happy, creative energy into your day, right now.
And if you do this consistently you will become a pro at accessing your inner happiness when you need it the most.
Make creativity your new normal. Here’s to more drawing, writing, dancing, getting outside, and connecting to your imagination. Have fun!