If you don't hit the gym, your muscles start to atrophy, right? The same can be said of creativity. So what's a girl to do when her inspiration is lacking and her creativity has started to atrophy?
Flex that creativity muscle!
I may not be busting with new, genius ideas at the moment, but until inspiration strikes, I can at least spend some time in the pursuit of creativity.
There are lots of ways to practice creativity -- painting, drawing, playing an instrument, creative writing, developing new workouts and more. I decided to start small and get creative with nail polish. I'm not usually very "artsy," but I love trying new things with my nails, and I figured this was a good solution to some of my problems.
I may have gone a little overkill by adding the black tips to my pink ombre nails, but hey, it was creative!
After I finished my nails, I felt pretty good about my mental state, so I pulled out my massive stash of makeup (that I almost never wear) and played with my palette of 120 eyeshadows.
I may not be Picasso, but at least I felt the creative part of my brain working again!
Creativity is bred of inspiration, but the opposite is true, too. When you consistently flex your creativity muscle, you're more open to the inspiration that flows around you and through you in your day-to-day life. The fact is, humans are creative. We're called to creativity. We're problem-solvers, thinkers, doers. We come up with new, better ways to accomplish tasks. We build buildings, airplanes, submarines. These are incredible feats that we should be proud of.
I know I may never build a sky scraper.
No. Scratch that.
I'll never build a sky scraper, but I do want to be prepared to create when the time is right. And, if in some small way, painting my nails or playing with makeup helps me to reignite my creative juices, I'll take it!
By the way, humans aren't the only creators... in fact, we got our creativity from the Big Man upstairs:
"God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good." - Genesis 1:21, New American Standard Version
How much fun do you think God had when he created all the creatures? Just look at some of the wild animals out there!