If your personal brand of creativity is a variety of hobbies/crafts/activities, how do you practice them all? How do you stay up to date on them all? How do you not let some of them fall by the wayside?
The following assumes that you have identified your personal brand of creativity – you know how you are creative. If you are not to that point yet, click here for help.
So you know your personal brand of creativity – you know that you ARE creative and you know HOW you are creative. Awesome.
One problem – Your personal brand of creativity is a variety of activities/hobbies/ventures/whatever you want to call it. You went through the entire process of identifying your personal brand of creativity and realized you are not just:
- A carpenter
- A baker
- A knitter
- A painter
- A juggler
Instead, you’ve got a whole heap of creative interests. They are not anything and everything, but there is still a variety of interests there.
Maybe the creative pursuits that make up your personal brand of creativity are all “crafts” such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, etc.
Or maybe your creative pursuits are not connected in any way other than the fact that you enjoy all of them. That still works.
It’s even okay if your personal brand of creativity is a bit of a hot mess like this: A lit bit of photography, some hand-lettering, and you want to get around to learning how to paint. Also, you have a bunch of hobbies you are interested in and love to make stuff for your house and others. You occasionally you try your hand at various fiber crafts or crafty crafts like a wreath for each season. But then you are also learning how to use your camera well enough to take photos of your kids each season/year. You love to bake + cook. You aren’t amazing but you love trying out new recipes and foods. Yes, a bit of a hot mess. THIS IS STILL PERFECT. And in reality, this is probably the most realistic for each of us.
Your personal brand of creativity is a variety of things and that is 100% okay.
How do you practice them all? How do you stay up to date on them all? How do you not let some of them fall by the wayside?
The beauty of having a personal brand of creativity such as this is that it doesn’t have to be perfectly laid out in front of you. You know you like a variety of creative activities. Some of them you already know how to do, but you also might learn a few new things each year. Whether it is something quick + easy like a few new recipes for cookies at the holidays, or a larger undertaking like learning to knit. The beauty of your personal brand of creativity is that it is not regimented. It grows + changes with you.
Back to the problem – how do you practice all aspects of your personal brand of creativity?
When your personal brand of creativity is a number of different hobbies/activities/ventures, your practice plan is not going to be like:
Monday – knitting
Tuesday – photography
Thursday – sewing
And so on. Unless you prefer your crafts like days of the week underwear.
It needs to be more of whatever is inspiring you at the time, or whatever season of your life you are in at the time + you decide what you feel like doing/making/creating. Otherwise it becomes a chore. If I were you, I would create a list of all the things I love to do. My list would look something like this:
- Visual thinking
- Website design
- Design priniciples
- Hand letter
- Some of these I already know and some I want to learn
Post that list somewhere you can see it. So when you are feeling uninspired or when you don’t know what I want to work on, all you have to do is take a look at the list for some options. Then you know exactly what you have to work with. If I’m in the middle of a knitting project, I can pick up right in the middle of that. Or I can go check out my sewing board on Pinterest to see what I want to sew next. It’s a sneaky little way of being inspired by yourself.
In addition to deciding WHAT to practice, you are need to develop your practice habits.
You need to figure out:
- How much time do I have to practice my creativity?
- How often am I going to practice?
- What’s the best way to go about this?
Do you put on your calendar: creative time is MWF from 8:30 – 9:00. That is my me time, my creative time. Depending on your personality, you can decide that day or at the beginning of the week. I’d encourage you to think about it a little bit ahead of time so that you don’t waste your creative time trying to decide what to do or realizing that you don’t have the necessary materials on hand.
Like any other personal brand of creativity, you will just see where this take you. It might be that after a few months of trying this out regularly, you might decide that you love hand-lettering so much, so you are going to focus on that for three – four months or so. Maybe even a year. Or you do it for 3 – 4 months, then feel like oh man I have so many great ideas for sewing, I need to get back into that. It might be that you pop back and forth from creative ventures or that you wear different creative hats for different time periods. It’s up to you to determine how to execute, but the idea is to develop the creative habit, it doesn’t matter how you practice it OR what you do to practice it, just that you are making time for yourself and your creativity and that you are happy with it.