Every week, I get an e-mail asking me cultivating a creative life. The emails come from mothers, fathers, empty nesters, over- worked employees, and Panini Generation members who are all looking for a way to express themselves. But somehow, they are stymied when it comes to starting. I take these e-mails very seriously, as opposed to those e-mails I get from Uganda asking me to send ten thousand dollars in the name of Mr. Johnson. I believe everyone should find someway to bring imagination to their life. Because everyone has a unique voice and story and a unique way to tell that story.
Corny, but true.
To me, creativity isn’t a single expression, resulting in a book deal or a gallery show. Some creativity seekers can get hung up on commercializing their art . Others get so paralyzed by the thought of judgment, that they can’t even begin. But I see creativity in the everyday. I watch amazing moms and other busy women express their inner creativity through their generous cooking, their beautiful gardens, or their incredible sports photography. I have friends whose homes reflect a soul and spirit I can only dream of in my interior design! Some people delight me with their fashion sense or the careful way they wrap presents. Great storytelling can be the highest order of creative expression. Heck, even making a school lunch can be a creative experience in the right hands. And I’m all for that. It can be a cold, dry world. Creativity to me is a little bit of magic in the everyday– whether you write it, sing it, paint it, cook it, or create it in a million different ways.
To read more thought on the topic ,particularly how creativity can enhance your identity as a mother, check on out my new on oprah.com about Tapping into your Creative Spirit
For inspiration, visit a website I recently discovered called studiomothers.com This is a supportive, enthusiastic community that will inspire you to start creating whatever it is you want to create. Choose your medium! Then get going! I love the Monday Page. I’ve been lurking there for several months, reading about other mothers creative intentions! It’s like our Chaos Chronicles To Do List. but if you really have a project you want to tackle– and need the motivation of stating your intention out loud– the Monday Page is for you. You’ll also find wonderful writing, craft ideas and groovy moms, so check out studiomothers.com.
And, for even more inspiration, discover the website of one of the Chaos Crew. (Again, another discovery I made while procrastinating on my own little project. But when you friend me and twitter me, I check you out, people.) I enjoy reading and soaking in the gorgeous photos and designs at Betz White’s blog. Betz is a fabric designer, mother, my Tweeple, and Holy Cow! — can she craft! I feel renewed when I check out Betz’s little felt ball trees, even though I would never attempt something that required so many fine motor skills and patience! A trip to Betz’s blog is like putting a Creative Boost in your Jamba juice.
I know many of you are working on creative projects. I’d love to hear more about this topic. And please feel free to e-mail me a link to your site or photos of your creations to lian at chaos chronicles dot com. I’d like to make sharing our creative endeavors an ongoing experience at the Chaos Chronicles. And, if you have a project you’d like to share with the Chaos Crew, send it along.
What are you working on now, Chaos Crew?
Embracing my Chaos, Lian