While exploring the the internet the other day, looking for inspiration for a new website, I stumbled upon a list with 33 simple and awesome affirmations for maintaining one’s creativity.
Yup. Creative affirmations. In a list.
Those who know me, know I like lists (a lot) and I love all things creative. The design. The process. The final results. Art.
Sure, some things seem blatantly obvious like, “Never give up” or “Write down your ideas” while, “Sing in the shower” isn’t something I’ll ever do. I can’t hear when I take a shower. I don’t know any deaf people who sing in the shower either… Anyway, I digress and this isn’t the point I’m trying to make.
Part of being creative is to reconstruct something so it has new meaning. Thus, my interpretation of “Sing in the shower” really means, to “Engage in an activity that encourages free thought and random expression.” For me, it would be writing endlessly for 5 minutes or focusing on stillness to listen to the thoughts that come, but maybe for you, it really does mean to sing in the shower!
Another item is to “Read a page in a dictionary.” Seriously? This seems so old school. My orange hardbound dictionary is collecting dust on a shelf. And I’m sure your dictionary is too! While I love etimology and the exploring the vast words available for expression, reading a dictionary one page at a time seems so one dimensional, so I rephrased it to say, “Read to learn something new.” Maybe by reading something of interest, one’s vocabulary will increase along with one’s knowledge and creativity too!
So all that being said, I loved the list I found, it’s inspiring and motivating, but I felt it needed a little overhaul, so I’ve recreated it, updated it and gave it a makeover. Go ahead and click on the thumbnail above to read the new and improved list for yourself!
It’s free and it’s for you.
If want your very own copy, drag the image to your desktop and print it so you can keep it on your desk, in your notebook or on your refrigerator. Keep wherever it will be most useful to restart or maintain your creative flow. Maybe this list will inspire you in some way. That would be awesome. If you do find this modernized list useful, I’d love to know!
I wanted to attribute the “33 Ways to Stay Creative” list to its proper author, but I couldn’t find any such person. If anyone knows the origins of this list or knows of the orginal author, please share as I’d love to know.