I've been feeling really jazzed lately (yes, I just used the word "jazzed" - I also like the word "snazzy" - what's it to ya?!) Anyhow, I've been participating in Rachel and Elsie's online art-journaling class. It's been nice doing something artistically creative every day, and I've noticed the more I do, the more I want to do and the more creative ideas I come up with. As I worked on a new journal page last week I was thinking about how my life lacked creativity for so long...but then I realized that it is not that my life has lacked creativity, it's just that I didn't recognize it as such.
In my life before Ella I was (and am) a social worker. I love my field, the people I met both as clients and colleagues changed and inspired me in unimaginable ways. Social work is inherently a creative endeavor - it is often described as a balance between art and science. You can't just employ a therapeutic technique, you have to, for lack of a better word, feel it.
Then I became a parent and again I'm finding myself getting creative. Creative in enriching my child's life, creative in juggling life while holding a kiddo, creative with finding "us" time in our marriage and "me" time in my day.
I think that Evie S. put it perfectly when she said, "creativity is a holistic approach to life." I think if we look close enough we will find creativity and inspiration in surprising places...and if you don't? Well then I highly recommend finding an art-journaling class as a good place to start!
P.S. Evie S. wrote an amazing article on what it is to be a Wife, Mom, Artist ... it is a quick and beautiful read, well worth an extra minute or two!