Happy New Year!
2016 is upon us & I’m ready. My oldest is back at school today, the younger 2 are watching Curious George, and I have had my coffee from my new coffee bar, which makes every morning better! I found this table at a local antique shop (not an antique, but it is handmade!)
SO…I thought I’d share a little of what’s been rolling around in my mind the past month.
My avid reader Mother (who is also private school administrator & working on her doctorate!) sent me The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus to read as I navigate the creative thoughts swirling in my head. I’m only 2 chapters in, but have been so affirmed by his words. What I have deducted so far is that since life was breathed into us by our Creator, we are innately meant to be creative. Yet, as he says, “we are a product of the industrial age…” We often push aside creativity to adjust to a more normal, accepted lifestyle or thought. We go along with what everyone else is doing.
Many of us would say we aren’t creative, but we are, in essence, all meant to be creative in our own way. We don’t have to all have the same gifts or talents or like the same things. Just because we see someone being creative in handwriting or painting or decorating does it mean that we have to be that way. Maybe your talent is cooking. Maybe it is picking out just the right outfit. Perhaps it is cutting/coloring/doing hair. Your talent could be writing, coming up with a successful business plan, or knowing how to present a house to be sold. Whatever it is, figure it out!! What makes you excited? What makes you passionate? What do you want to learn about? Maybe you aren’t good at it now, but with some practice, you could be amazing!
I checked out these books from the library, just to get some ideas. And though I’m not good at calligraphy yet, I LOVE it!! There is so much that you can do with a handwritten note. So, I keep practicing. Because that’s how you learn.
Who You Are
The point is, don’t believe the lie that you aren’t creative. You were made by a living, creative God. We reflect him, therefore we cannot help but have creativity in our souls. One thing to leave you with: McManus points out that when we are closely aligned with our Savior, we are more able to reflect his image. I like to start new studies each year, and I think I am going to follow the Read Your Bible in a Year from She Reads Truth. I have the app on my phone & can quickly pull it up in the morning to read. Honestly, in just reading for 5 days, I really do feel more excited/inspired/joy-filled. Find what study or reading works for you and just do it. You will not regret your time spent and just maybe, it will fuel the creativity God has put in you. ♥