When you were young, did you get the messages that you needed to go to college, get a job (any job), work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone, and bring home a paycheck? I remember being told “Creative pursuits don’t pay so JUST DO SOMETHING PRACTICAL!”
Are you stuck in a rut?
Over the years, I’ve met many people who are just going to work to bring home the paycheck. They have the same routine every day: Get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV (or go on Facebook), collapse, and do it all over again tomorrow. There doesn’t seem to be much joy in their lives.
So, I ask them: “When was the last time you did something that nurtured your creative side?”
They usually can’t remember. If this sounds like you, I have a few suggestions. Some of these you can do on your lunch hour to bring out your creativity or to just clear your mind.
Fun things you can do in an hour or less
– Grab a notebook or sketchpad. Go outside and sketch something that interests you.
– Take photos. You can even use your cell phone. Try interesting angles or filters.
– Take a dance class.
– Journal, write, or map out ideas.
– Go to an art or history museum. You can generally cover one floor (or a special exhibit) in an hour.
– Make something! Knitting, arts and crafts, or come up with a design.
– Read a cool book that transports you somewhere.
– Play or write music. If you don’t work from home, bring your instrument to work and find a place to play or write. Drummers can bring small hand drums like a Djembe or bongos (I used to do this all the time.).
After one hour, you should feel refreshed, restored, and better able to focus.
Working with creative types is my specialty! As a fellow creative, I know the issues that need to be overcome. I also am able to unveil gifts and talents you might not even realize you have and show you how to convert them into a career or business.
Isn’t it time to pay attention to your creative side and share your talents with others? Isn’t it time for you to finally do what you really want to do? That would be the ultimate Valentine, don’t you think?
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Dori Staehle is the owner and Chief Encouragement Officer at Rock the Next Stage. She loves to help people discover their gifts and get in touch with their “inner rock star”! Dori offers coaching and drumming to help with clarity and to help people move forward.