Set Your Intention: Creativity

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Am I creative?

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play." - Henri Matisse

For as long as I can remember, I have been told that I am creative person.

The truth is, I do have a natural gift in art and design. So by traditional standards, I am creative. As I grew up, I ventured further down the artistic path. I obtained a degree in Advertising and have been doing graphic design work for the last 6 years.

Today, my creativity comes through in my style, my home, DIY projects, and more. But the older I got, the more self-conscious I became of my creativity. I’d get called out by my friends and family for "going the extra mile", or "making something special". They were being sarcastic, of course, but I never knew how to respond other then an awkward laugh and a smile. The follow-up was usually, "I don't know how you do that; I'm not creative."

I began to question, "why I am considered the creative one?". My instincts are to do things differently and my execution comes from research for inspiration. (Thank you Pinterest!) It was then that I began to consider what is creativity and why do people say I have it? Upon further thought, and some light googling, I came to the realization that creativity can be show in different forms; not just in the traditional sense. 

Creativity of the Mind.

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom : "Why do I have to obey the rules?", "Why can't I be different?", "Why can't I do it my way?" - Twyla Tharp

My creativity comes from a need to surround myself with beauty. I firmly believe this desire is embedded into everyone. The true difference is not whether a person is creative, but rather how they define beauty. To be creative, you must be searching for a unique solution, for something different, for an unbelievable sight. However, this idea doesn't solely identify itself to art and design. This applies to all parts of life.

My husband claims he's not creative, but he can solve any computer problem. He has the ability find creative solutions to issues I can't fix. My mother-in-law claims she's not creative, but she is creating beauty in the world with her amazing garden and appreciation for nature. I have what I refer to as a "black thumb"; I can't grow a damn thing. I have several family members who are teachers and claim to not be creative, but everyday they come up with creative and unique ways to teach and inspire children. I don't have that level of patience.

My point is simple. Everyone has the ability to be creative in their own way.

Creativity of the Body

"Creativity is experimenting,  growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook

Yoga is creativity of the body. By coming to yoga class and moving through the flows you are being creative. But let's hold onto this thought for a moment.

Moving your body can effect mood and perspective on your life. Your mood and perspective are critical to your creativity. There have been several studies proving movement improves thought process, problem-solving, and creative work and development.

But, aside from the obvious physical and mental benefits of movement, yoga itself is a creative activity. Think about the poses you take on in each class. Whether it is something as simple as Mountain Pose (Tadasana) more challenging like Crow Pose (Bakasana), you are moving your body in new creative ways. You are taking yourself outside of the norm of walking, standing, and sitting. You are a creative person simply by attending a yoga class. By realizing this, youare rejecting the notion that you are not "creative". Don't feel held back because you claim you "can't". So, in your next yoga class:

Experiment with yoga.

Grow in new ways.

Take a risk and try a new pose.

Break the rules you think you should follow.

Make a mistake, even fail!

But above all have fun.

Creativity of the Soul

"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world." - Brene Brown

I believe this: If your creation is authentic and true to yourself, it will be a window into your soul. Other people are able to see through your eyes. They can see your love, your hate, your perspective on all parts of life. It's rather remarkable.

Catching a glimpse of someone's soul can be incredibly powerful, but also incredibly scary. It's a vulnerable situation to be in, which can easily be overwhelmed with doubt and criticism. Creativity requires a tough exterior because, unfortunately, it's subjective. Take this entire post for an example. One may read it and think it's a creative piece, while another may think otherwise. It can be scary putting myself out there like this, but it's one of the ways I exercise my creativity.

So I encourage you, rather I challenge you, in whatever way you express your creativity, do it! Do it now! Take this opportunity to embrace your skills, your gifts, and your creativity. 

Please feel free to join me as we further explore creativity throughout July at Corepower Yoga.

Inhale Possibility. Exhale Creativity. 

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Find Stillness in Your Mind and  Set Your Intention: Accept Support

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Saturdaze: June '17 Update

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Oh June, I am so happy to see you leave. You brought me travel, adventure, and a new roomie. However, I must admit I am now much more interested in July. We had out fun, but July promises to be less demanding and more relaxing.

I've talked about it here on the blog and on my Instagram, but June is over and so is my social calendar (for now). Steve and I were so overwhelmed this spring that we literally had to plan a trip out of state just to get some alone trip together. (The irony of adding more to our schedule for the purpose of relaxation was not lost on us.) While I am happy to see June go, it did bring a lot of good memories and experiences. 

In June, I…
Watched: Rewatched all of Younger in preparation for the newest season.

Heard: I found a playlist of song of the top songs from 2012 and loving the throwback to my senior year of college.

Reading: The Dinner.

Ate: Smoothie bowls! I am loving a mixed berry smoothie bowl with dark chocolate coconut granola.

Traveled: Iowa to visit my in-laws and Charleston, SC for our 2nd anniversary trip.

News: Kaleidoscope Spinning had their own booth at the Just For Her Event. Two days later, Steve and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary on June 27th! Also my younger brother started his new job in Kansas City and moved into our spare bedroom.

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like May '17 Update and Saturday: April '17 Update 

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The Cotton Year: Our Second Anniversary

When looking back upon the wedding, what is the first memory that comes to mind?

Helen: When we first walked into the ballroom and were first introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Harm!

Steven: First thing I think about is being nervous, waiting in the room behind the alter before the processional because I knew your on your way.

What was the highlight of this past year?

Helen: All the travel! We went to 6 new states!

Steven: Obviously, buying the house.

Things the other person can't live without?

Helen: Steve cannot live without all his apple products, country music, and our Amazon Alexa (aka his second wife).

Steven: She cannot live without M&Ms, twifigram (my combination of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Copyright pending :P ), and Real Housewives of any city.

Any favorite traditions?
Helen: We try to have proper dinners as often as we can. I cook a full meal, we sit down together, and take our time eating talk about our day and future plans. Between his travel and my evening yoga schedule, we actually don't get to do this as often as you'd expect.

Steven: We have this recipe for Chex Mix that I love. It's the perfect road trip snack. It's reserved specifically for road trips and we make it every time we have to drive a long distance. It's small, but its our own silly, little thing.

What have you learned about marriage or your spouse in the last year?

Helen: We've learned how to argue better. It's an odd thing to say, but we have somehow learned to remain calm and have a conversation, rather than an actual fight.

Steven: We have to support each other in every possible way. Big or small, it doesn't matter, we always have to appreciate the other.  Something as simple as saying "thank you" can make a huge difference.

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What do you hope the next year will bring?

Helen: I want us to stay open to new adventures and opportunities.

Steven: I hope to see a lot of growth with us as a couple and as a family overall. 

 

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Kaleidoscope Spinning Turns One! and The Paper Year: Our First Anniversary

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