July 23, 2014

4 Words for 2014: Create

Maya Angelou has a great quote that says: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."  And I'm on a mission to find out if that's true.

I've never really considered myself a creative person.  I think it's because I'm not great at Pictionary and I didn't really know how to paint a self portrait in 6th grade art class.  As I've grown up, I've realized that there is a whole creative realm that doesn't focus on realistic paintings & drawings.

I decided to take part of my year this year (you can read my resolutions post here) and come up with some goals for myself based on the word "create."  I want to use more creativity in an attempt to have more creativity.  I want to take my imagination out of retirement and use the side of my brain that doesn't get much attention.

This list was the hardest for me to come up with, so if you have any ideas to add on ways to branch out and get a little more creative - let me know.

Complete 3 DIY projects.  You know, those Pinterest boards that I add stuff to all the time?  I'm going to make an attempt at completing a few things.

Visit at least 2 museums.  I want to not only explore my creativity, but learn a little more about art in general.  My husband went to art school and will be the greatest tour guide through the Met.  I think it's time.

Write.  And I'm leaving that as open as possible.  I have so many ideas and I want to take some time to get them down on paper.  Maybe even real paper instead of the computer.

Take better pictures.  There are some awesome photo challenges that don't use an iPhone, but instead they challenge you to take out your real camera and get creative.  

Complete a project with Justin.  Like I said earlier, my husband has some serious artistic talent.  His dream growing up was to be an animator.  I would love to work on something with him.

Take a class on something new.  Maybe I'm really good at arranging flowers and I never knew it.  I want to take a class on something outside the box and see if there are untapped artistic talents hiding.

Update my workspace.  My desk is kind of a disaster area in our apartment.  It doesn't really inspire to do anything other than roll my eyes and get frustrated.  It needs a ton of work and now is the time.

Live music.  I want to see more live music.  We used to go to concerts all the time and we haven't really gotten into our groove since we moved.  We are going to see Dawes on Tuesday in Central Park and I want that to be the beginning of a few months FULL of music.


If you are interested in the reading/research I'm doing on cultivating my creative side, you can always follow me on Pinterest.  I create a board for each of my words for the year.  Here is my "getting creative" board.  Please let me know if you have any good books, ideas or people to follow to help me with this resolution.  I'm open to anything.


  1. It definitely took me awhile, until just recently, to understand that being creative isn't about drawing the best picture or coming up with the best story. There's so much more to it and I'm confident you're gonna rock this next word!

    Also, I'm very curious - what are these photo challenges with a real camera? Do I smell a link-up?

  2. Great ideas to complete your resolution - I have always thought I was not a creative person either, but the things on your list are things I could absolutely do :)

  3. I really like how you themed your resolutions. It makes me want to throw mine out the window and start over, but... then I guess they wouldn't be very good resolutions, would they?

    I know it's not art specifically, but I was always inspired by the Museum of Natural History (the one in New York is huuuuge!). There's the nature stuff, but also artifacts from all those different cultures, including art related things like pottery and cave paintings. (And dinosaurs. I really like the dinosaurs.)

  4. I love this list! So many good things. I've been writing on real paper, just memories as they come to me. It feels good. I missed it.

    I hope you guys visit The Barnes when you come to Philly - it's not your typical museum set up and the eclectic collection and method of display is cool.

  5. Love, love, love this. Another thing you can do is go to the library, go to the poetry section, and find something that grabs you. Whether you question it, agree with it or find it intriguing. I can't wait to see how it goes!

  6. Ugh. Being creative is hard. But I agree with you, the more you practice, the easier it gets. I could use some practice myself!

  7. I'm so with you on actually doing some of those DIY projects that I pin and then forget about.

    And I love live music- but I never take advantage of all the free, outdoor concerts that happen around here in the summer!

  8. What a fantastic list. I love how you are embracing where things may be lacking (thats not the word I want to use, but can't think of anything else), and channeling it into creative engery. So to speak. Cant wait to see how this all pans out! <3

  9. Part of the reason I started my blog was because I wanted to be more creative. When we travel, Aaron and I both love to go to museums, but we should really do more of that right here at home, too.

  10. This list is awesome! I'll be interested to see what your thoughts are at the end of it.

  11. Having your blog is a big part of your creativity and will help you in so many ways. If you think about it much of what you listed here can be infused with blogging. Good luck!

  12. I can't wait to see the fruits of this project!! Creativity is so important :) Hope you get some really great stuff out if the third word for 2014!!


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