Thursday, May 4, 2017

3 ways to enhance your creativity


Incorporate reading and writing into your nighttime routine.


I've always loved to read but college is so busy, I stopped having time and wasn't able to really make reading a priority. Now I try to read a little each night because reading is a habit that improves your writing and can inspire you in different ways. I like to read novels at night but also other blogs and media websites like Teen Vogue. Just a small amount of reading each day - of all different types of genres - can benefit you and make an impact on your work.

I also love writing, as most bloggers do, so I've really tried to get better at taking time at night to write down ideas and thoughts from the day. Nighttime is usually my favorite time for writing blog posts because it's when at my most creative and can do my best work. If I'm not fully writing posts, I'll take time to outline some or jot down ideas. Sometimes it's beneficial for me to actually write out a post to type later because putting pen to paper can create a different perspective.

Eventually, I want to start journaling. I'm very intrigued by the idea of bullet journaling and have always considered having a place to write my thoughts (besides Twitter) so I can hold on to them. If you have any posts about journaling of any kind, link them in the comments because I would love to read them! I think an important outlook is to just start writing and see where it goes without expectations. In general, writing is a great creative outlet and the end of the day is the best time to reflect on everything.

Initiate conversations with other creatives who inspire you.


After meeting up with Cathleen of Classy Cathleen, I realized how beneficial it was to talk to like-minded people who are also working to build their blog, start a business, and be content creators in any sense. I've started reaching out to other bloggers on social media to chat about our blogs, opportunities, and experiences that we've had in the blogging world. It's a huge help to hear other people's thoughts on different matters and gain insight into things you could be doing to grow your brand. Community over competition. Reach out to people and let them know you like their work, ask them for advice, and take interest in their current projects.

I've recently started a small group online for bloggers in their 20s to connect, engage with each's other's content, and share ideas and inspiration. (Feel free to reach out if you're interested in joining!) It's been a lot of fun getting to know other bloggers better, especially ones I've followed for a while and never really knew on a personal level. This is also a great way to bounce ideas off of other creative minds and receive constructive criticism about areas of your work that can be improved.

Even though it's hard to think your way isn't the best way of doing something, it is necessary to receive feedback from your peers if you want to constantly be improving. You may not be utilizing a social media platform to its extent for your business or some minor flaws on your website design may be increasing your bounce rate. You might not ever notice these things until another set of eyes points them out to you. Seek out advice and opinions from other professionals.

Complete arts + crafts projects for fun.


You know how you always see the cutest craft ideas on Pinterest and wonder who has the time to make things like that? Become the person who has the time. It's no big deal to set aside some time once a week or once a month to make things just for fun to have in your house or to give to friends and family as creative gifts for holidays and birthdays. This is such a no-pressure stress-free creative outlet.

Quotes are always a lot of fun to work with because you can practice different handwriting styles and add decorations. Handlettering is definitely a fun (and useful!) hobby to pick up and can be a great way to channel your inner creativity. Painting with watercolors is also a lot of fun and you can practice different scenes to go from very basic beginner to skilled expert. There are also a lot of good DIYs for decorating on Pinterest around each holiday so save them up in your boards throughout the year.

The best thing about working on projects like this is that you'll be able to watch your progress as you complete each new piece. No one is perfect when they start working on something but the more you practice and find your techniques, you'll get better and you could find a hobby that you're really passionate about. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

What are your favorite ways to get creative?