Find Your Creative Spark

Find Your Creative Spark

I was on vacation, the same one described on my About Cledo page, when I learned how important art was to me. We were in Georgia, walking around the city when we found a craft booth that you could paint your own piece of pottery. You came back the next day to pick it up. I loved the lady running the booth. I couldn’t decide which color to paint my piece and she said we could choose but it was really up to the kiln gods how our piece would turn out. Funny thing happened. My piece came out green when I thought I had painted it blue! But I loved it!!

Painting that pottery was the highlight of the trip and I realized that it had been a very long time that I had done something creative. I felt rejuvenated and alive!

In an article entitled, Creativity Can Reduce Stress — And Become A Habit, author Owen Poindexter wrote, “It’s common wisdom that relaxed people have an easier time being creative than their stressed out counterparts, but research suggests that the reverse is also true: creative activity is an effective strategy against stress. The focus, emotional expression and perspective that come through creative acts disrupt mental patterns of stress and anguish, and help people lead more fulfilling lives.”

It is good for your health to spend time creatively. It will reduce your stress and help you relax. So find your creative spark!

There are many ways to be creative. What excites you? Is it music, drawing, dancing? Visit an art museum or an art store. Get inspired and then try something that looks fun. Explore and discover and play!

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Change One Thing

Change One Thing

When I want to make changes in my life, I often get overly ambitious. Something motivates me to make a change and suddenly I have ten more things I want to do daily.

For example, eating healthier is a common goal. I make a list of what eating healthier looks like on a daily basis. Drink more water, eat three or four servings of vegetables, take a multi-vitamin. I get overwhelmed because I try to change too many things at once.

When I can’t do everything, every single day, I usually quit. It feels discouraging.

I find it is best to change one small thing at a time. Even a small change, done every day, can have a big impact on your life.

Choose one small thing to change today and do it everyday.

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Simplicity 101

Simplicity 101

I am moving at the end of this month. I love moving into a new place because it is a fresh start and a chance to organize and simplify my life. I sort every closet and drawer and keep only the items that serve me well. This move is different for me though. I decided that I wanted less stuff, but I struggle with letting go of some of my material things. I keep feeling weighed down by having too much.

My solution? I rented a storage unit. I plan to use this as a short-term solution. I packed up everything that isn’t helping me with my current goals and put them in storage. These ‘things’ are out of my sight for now and I already feel freer.

This step of removing the excess items from my living space has allowed me to be so productive. My day is simple now. I have only what I need to accomplish the tasks required for me to reach my goals. The excess no longer distracts me.

When our lives and our living spaces have less stuff and fewer distractions, we are free to do the important things really, really well. It is simple really. Have less, do more . . . simplicity 101.

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Creating Ambiance

Creating Ambiance

Take a moment to look at your surroundings. How does your environment make you feel?
Do you feel calm, inspired, motivated? Or do you feel stressed, anxious, and depressed?

I discovered early on in life that I needed a calming environment in order to be productive and motivated. To create this, I learned how to be organized. Clutter gives me stress so I am as minimalist as possible. I also feel connected to nature so I add plants, wood, and natural fibers where I can. In other words, I created an environment that makes me feel good and inspires me.

Merriam-Webster defines ambiance as “a feeling or mood associated with a particular place, person, or thing : atmosphere.”

Ask yourself what kind of atmosphere is the most soothing for you?

A calm atmosphere might include an ocean theme, or forest/nature, or flowers. Maybe you are a person that is inspired by bright colors so a rainbow theme with pops of color is best. Maybe you like a cool retreat with stone, glass, and marble. Your style is whatever gives you the feeling or sets a mood that makes you comfortable and inspired.

Create an environment, or ambiance, that embraces your style. Incorporate items, both decorative and functional, that will set a mood for your living space. You will enjoy your home so much more and feel energized and comfortable every single day.

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