Podcast Episode 5: Foster Your Creativity

Welcome to Day 5 of 21 Days to Kick Start Your Best Life on the Girl Tries Life podcast.

Today is all about getting a little bit more creative. Making and investing time in creative pursuits is actually good for your health! It can improve your mental well-being, self esteem, make you more relaxed, energize you, and it can also contribute to the pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – self-actualization.

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But today… I’m all about making creative pursuits a fun and easy addition to your week.

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Day 5 Challenge

1. Set aside 30 minutes this week for a creative pursuit.

Stuck for ideas? I’ve started a little list below so that you can get some ideas.

  • painting (in the podcast I talk about EASY paintings of subway maps – look up!)
  • cooking
  • baking
  • photography
  • making up stories (share them with your kids!)
  • sewing (clothes, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting)
  • writing
  • dancing
  • podcasting
  • poetry
  • colouring (maybe pick up an adult colouring  book)
  • drawing
  • brainstorm

2. Reflect on how your time spent creatively made you feel.

Were you energized? Did it leave you relaxed? Knowing the impact of creativity will help you incorporate it into your life on a regular basis. Think about if you’d want to incorporate more creativity into your life, and if so, how you’re going to do it. Make sure you take into consideration how it made you feel and how timing it appropriately could benefit you.

3. Share what your creative activity on social!

Tag me @girltrieslife (Twitter, Insta), or follow the Girl Tries Life FB Page and share it there. Tag your pictures with #girltrieslife21 so we can all cheer each other on.

Naturally, I’d love it if you’d subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Podbean, but only if it’s adding value to your life.

Resources

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. A go-to guide for anyone interested in creativity but fear judgement (self imposed or otherwise), pressure or critics.

big magic

This is a great article by Psychology Today on Everyday Creativity and its benefits.

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2 Responses to Podcast Episode 5: Foster Your Creativity

  1. Lynn Gray Ross March 6, 2017 at 4:07 am #

    I am sometimes known as internationally renowned weaver in the press and on social media – not so much anymore, but it hasn’t helped me learn crochet any faster! I’m working on it in our Knitting Group to learn with a tutor and although I don’t think it’s my ‘thing’ I will continue for a wee while so I can at least say with honesty – “yes, I can crochet”, not as well as I can weave, but I can crochet and it is a new string to my ‘creativity’ bow. I am immensely proud of my sample squares, not because they are perfect, but because I FINISHED them.
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    • Victoria Smith March 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      That’s fantastic! It’s funny how something that doesn’t seem incredibly different can still offer you a new challenge and a new boost to your creativity.

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