Makers Monday- The Every Day Makers

 

Makers Monday by Holey Socks Art

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “I wish I were creative”.

Being a maker or creator is not limited to crafters or artists. So many times I think we overlook the creativity we each possess because it doesn’t fit into the picture that has been created for us. You know, the starving artist willing to give up everything to pursue their dreams? Creativity has many faces, folks.

 

Every year my friend, Sarah, makes this amazing and elaborate scrapbook calendar for her mother.  Besides being beautifully laid out, it is labor intensive and full of carefully chosen papers, stickers, & chalk full of photos/memories of the family from throughout the year.  It’s obviously a labor of love yet she is never willing to label herself as “creative”.  I have another friend who is always wearing the most perfect outfit- subtle & classy, but each outfit contains at least one item that was carefully chosen and totally unique.  She is totally herself; set apart from all the others.  It would never occur to her that this is a creative endeavor.  And what about you? Maybe you love to decorate?  Write?  Doodle? Maybe you’re an amazing problem solver able to think outside the box? Or able to repurpose everyday items into something unique?

 

A 2012 article from CNN notes:

“The link between creativity and better mental and physical health is well established by research. Creating helps make people happier, less anxious, more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship.

Studies say that the stress of work is consuming many of us. And that stress can lead to weight gain, elevated glucose levels, upper-respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.

Confucius once said that if you choose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life. Confucius must have known then what science now confirms: Passion protects us physiologically, allowing us to work longer and harder than we would be able to toiling away at a job we hate.

Imagining and creating give us a sense of purpose, [Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard’s Technology & Entrepreneurship Center and author of “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.”] says. If you lack those things, a pervasive sense of emptiness becomes the default. The great seduction later in life is that many of us fill the vacuum with false friends, material things and medication, both legal and otherwise.”  {Read full article here}

 

I think it’s safe to say that even “creative” people need to ensure that they are doing something creative on a regular basis in order to refill their bucket.  Yes, being creative makes you more creative.  So when I’m feeling a bit drained or lacking drive or inspiration I look for another creative activity to refill my creativity bucket. This last week I have been doing some painting & rearranging of the apartment. Besides having seriously cooler digs & better organization, feeling accomplished makes me energized to tackle more! Look out GHP here I come.  Next up- cutting up Brian’s suit.

 

The pictures are terrible- forgive me! It’s been a bit gloomy here making it difficult to photograph.

 

So this week I challenge you to figure out where your creativity lies!

Got it? Great, now I want you to make sure that you are making time for it. 

It’s not just a luxury; it’s for your health.