Another Thursday Thoughts! Creativity Edition. I’ve been sharing thoughts on all things deep and meaningful as well as updates on my life on a weekly basis. I know it’s not baked goods, but I hope you like it! You can check out all of the Thursday thoughts here.
The topic (and challenge!) I’m talking about today is the idea of creativity. I genuinely think that everyone is creative in their own way. As humans, we were meant to find, explore and create things that didn’t exist before in this world. It’s a beautiful and fulfilling thing to create something out of nothing that didn’t have any place in this world before your mind, heart and thoughts went in to creating it.
I also think there’s a desire we all have in our hearts to be creative. With all of the craziness going on in the world from student loans, jobs, obligations and other factors outside of our control, it’s therapeutic to physically create something that we have complete control over. It’s a way of self-expression and a form of nonverbal communication. Creating is a tangible reflection of the emotions we’re feeling. It’s so empowering to know you created something that you’re proud of.
Being creative and expressing myself in a unique way is the largest reason I love to bake. I get to show the world what I love through something other than my words. I get to share with everyone something I made out of love and I get so much pride in the finished baked good as well as the finished pictures I take.
I recently went to the SXSW conference in Austin, TX and had the absolute pleasure of listening to a talk by Piera Gilardi, a co-founder of Refinery29. She also acts as the creative director in the business and shared with the entire room how she empowers her employees to always be creative and how she creates an environment for creativity.
Although we may all have the ability and desire to be creative, sometimes we don’t feel so creative. I know this feeling all too well. There’s been countless times where my images just aren’t turning out right or I can’t think of a single recipe idea. And after hearing her speak I realized it was because I wasn’t creating the type of environment that’s conducive to my creativity. I was stressed after a long day at work and had no new ideas or I was frantically trying to fit 6 recipe shoots into one Saturday afternoon.
Piera completely believes, and so do I, that the best creative ideas come from a feeling of comfort and authenticity. She explained her office is called “The Peach Pit,” and every week she brings a crew of her employees in to brainstorm on anything they want. They start with a shakeout and physically get up and shake their whole bodies out. It helps you let go of your inhibition and levels the playing field so everyone is on the same page. She also uses a buzzer she pushes if anyone brings up anything that may stifle creativity. Budget? Buzz. Timeline issue? Buzz. The sky is the limit in a brainstorm.
The reason this is so successful is because it makes people feel comfortable and that there isn’t any dumb idea. It’s helping you get over you’re fear of failure. If you’re afraid of failing you will definitely stifle your creativity. I’ve learned that the hard way. You have to seek failure. Not intentionally failing, but intentionally growing and striving for something better.
I would have never been where I am today if I hadn’t sought failure. One day I felt a pull on my t to start a food blog. I let it fester for months and almost didn’t do it. I decided to step out in faith and I’m so grateful for that because I would have never found this passion in my life today.
If I hadn’t courageously created this blog or picked up a DSLR camera for the first time I would have never known this hidden passion lived inside me and that I had so much more to share with this world. And because of that I’ve learned I can’t just be complacent. Because what else can I learn about myself if I continue to seek failure, courageously create more and push my limits?
My next courageously creative step is to start doing more portrait shoots. I’m actually kind of terrified to get into this business because I have no idea if I’m going to be good or not. But that’s the beauty of it! I guess we’ll find out:)
What are you guys courageously creating? If you don’t know quite yet, this is my challenge this week for you.
Courageous Creativity Challenge:
I want YOU to step out in faith too and maybe find out something new inside of you. Or maybe it’s something that’s been stirring in your heart too and you’ve been afraid to take the step of faith. If that’s the case, this is your sign to step out courageously and start creating:)
The Challenge: Do one thing (big or small) that pushes you to step out in creativity this week and share what you did with me and everyone else on any social channel (tag me!) or in the comments below.
My secret hope and goal deep down is that by sharing how I’m stepping out in faith and creativity that it empowers you to do that same.
Here are some of my thought starters to help you courageously create: learn calligraphy, pick up a camera and take pictures, paint, bake something, sing or write music, build an app, start a blog, redo a piece of furniture in your house, design an invite, create a gallery wall, try a new recipe for your family, put together a new outfit, draw or sketch something.
Don’t forget to create the best conditions for creativity!
- Surround yourself with people you’re comfortable with
- Remember there isn’t an idea too big or too small
- Give yourself time and don’t feel pressured under a timeline
- Be true yourself!
I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!✨