According to Merrian-Webster online, creative is defined as
3: managed so as to get around legal or conventional limits <creative financing>; also : deceptively arranged so as to conceal or defraud <creative accounting>
— cre·a·tive·ly adverb
— cre·a·tive·ness noun
I have so many friends and loved ones that don’t believe they are creative. My opinion on the matter, is that you don’t have to be a designer/artist to be creative. Do you think you’re creative? If not, keep reading, for I’d like to show just how creative the women in my life really are. You could be just like them or maybe reading about their creativity will help you see it within yourself.
All my life I’ve been told that I’m creative. And yet, I don’t believe I’ve done something overly amazing to be labeled creative. So there must be something simple that constitutes creativity. I believe we all have the “ability or power to create.” Yes, I love to draw and paint, but there is more to being creative than the visual arts. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative. I just began painting a couple years ago, and though i have no formal training, painting was just something I knew was in me and that i had to try.
Choosing to create or learn something new is being creative. I have a sister-in-law that is the party planner. She plans amazing parties. Recently, she threw a Culinary Arts School party for her 6 year old daughter. The kiddos decorated cake boxes, made their own pot pies, decorated a cake after a cake walk, played a guessing game featuring kitchen gadgets, as well as other fun activities. They each went home with their own handmade apron and a compilation of recipes. Truly Creative.
And then there is one of my best friends who is such the bargain hunter. She can find a deal (or several), in multiple stores around town. Pulling together a fabulous, inexpensive outfit is her specialty. Once again: creativity at it’s best.
And how about my other sister-in-law who is super thrifty and a perfect budgeter. Creative financing is definitely a talent.
My grandmother is your biggest fan…she can find something wonderful in everyone. Seeing in a new way is pure creativity.
My sister and mother are beautiful dancers and movers…creative.
Another best friend is the problem solver. Another creative soul.
And another friend who is a detailed/efficient house cleaner. Just learning a process to help with efficiency is creative in my book.
So what is it that causes us to feel we are not creative? What ever it is…start telling yourself that you can do something new, see something new, try to discover a new talent, recognize talents you have and label yourself as creative. The world will be a more delightful place. Trust me :).
I could list many more examples, but hopefully these will suffice. Who are the creative women in your life? What do they specialize in? How do they make this world beautiful?