Tuesday Toss-Up

Satisfying Your Creative Urges

PaintbrushesWhether or not we consider ourselves creative types, creativity fuels our lives every day. It’s how we solve problems, from the mundane to the extraordinary. It’s how we connect to one another. It’s how we see the humor in life, especially when life is not so funny.

Our creativity is like a little kid. Like a little kid, our creativity needs care. She (yeah, my creative spirit is a girl…maybe yours is a guy or both or neither…substitute pronouns as needed) needs to be well fed and rested. She needs a little discipline so she doesn’t run out into traffic or stick a fork in the outlet. And, maybe most importantly, our creativity needs room to play.

Just remember that little kids rarely need anything elaborate to play.

small toys
Sometimes all they need is something small.


Strawberry face
Or something yummy to eat.


playing in the dirt
Maybe a chance to play in the dirt.


And get messy.

When give our creativity room to play, we fuel ourselves up. We’re ready for whatever life throws at us. We can solve problems easily and enjoy ourselves while we’re at it. We can leap tall buildings in a single bound. We can laugh in the face of danger…

No…wait…that’s a different post. And we probably shouldn’t laugh in the face of danger. Danger gets offended easily.

At any rate, when we fire up our creativity there’s (almost) nothing we can’t do.

My creativity likes to run amok in the kitchen and garden…but hates to clean up.


How do you indulge your creative inner-kid?

Image Attribution (In Order of Appearance):
Paintbrushes by John-Morgan, on Flickr CC BY 2.0
A Simpler Time by thephotographymuse, on Flickr CC BY 2.0
Strawberry face. (Sorry, i’m joking) by Martino!, on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0
Gardening Blog Photo1 by USDAgov, on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0
Fingerpainting 7 by timailius, on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0
Messy by Iain Watson, on Flickr CC BY 2.0

12 thoughts on “Satisfying Your Creative Urges

  1. kitchen, garden, run amok, hates to clean up.. I’m there with yours!
    Plus – full of ideas and lots of crafty projects on the go at the same time. The shed’s full of fleeces (for all those felting play days..) and old xmas cards (for hand made paper..). The garden’s enshrined on hand painted curtains; large canvas painting and is being turned into a tapestry using left over wools.. and.. and.. bunting! I’ve recently been making bunting after designing and painting the fabric too of course. phew.. Sorry Sonia, what were you saying? How do I indulge my creative inner-kid? What inner-kid? I think mine’s a bit out there!! Wonderful post – particularly love the ‘get messy’ pic!

  2. I love the personification because it is such an accurate way of describing creativity. Sometimes mine is like a reluctant virgin (either m or f) and at others mirrors a ravening beast! Scary.

  3. @Ian: Thank you!

    @Daniel: Totally makes me want to play with all my food. 😀

    @Rough: Agreed. Walking definitely frees the imagination. I love to stop and notice something new, especially in a place I’ve been dozens of times.

    @Lynne: LOL. I’m with you. I have lots and lots of projects too. Many haven’t gotten very far but it’s sure fun to try things out.

    @David: Absolutely! Mine can morph between siren and tantrum thrower when called upon for writing. 😀

  4. Love this post. It reminds me to do this! I’ve recently been so caught up with the demands on my time that I’ve neglected my inner creativeness. Now to go figure out how to reclaim that area in my life/schedule. 🙂

  5. Even as I love writing, there’s definitely value in doing something creative without concern over the outcome. At the moment it’s a mix of crafting props and adapting things for Halloween/convention costumes, and a little boffer (foam sword) creation.

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