Monday, July 16, 2012

The Bad & Beautiful of Creativity | Blog Series

Creativity is not optional for the human race. 
It is in the very makeup of our being to create. We were created in the image of our Creator God, and therefore, as His image bearers, we possess the attribute of creativity. 

But unless you are Picasso or Ansel Adams, the Pioneer Woman or Steve Jobs, you may have discovered, though creativity has the ability to be spontaneous, it rarely comes in such forms. By definition, creativity is: "the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work." Notice that last word = work. By definition, work is: "activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." 

See where I'm going here?

Creativity is a production of work, byway of imagination, involving effort. 

It takes movement, in any direction really, and once you start, you won't be able to stop. You will feel empowered, exhilarated, energized by the very act of creating. And whatever comes out at the end will be beautiful, not because of what it is, but how it was made. There will be a story to your piece, your dance, your song. 

Everything beautiful that was ever created in anytime or space, has a story and a creator. It has behind it, someone that moved in any direction, grasped for any ledge of rhythm and worked through the bumps and bruises just to experience something beautiful.

That, my friends, is creativity. It has it's ugly moments, but those just make the masterpiece that much more beautiful. 

This week, we will hear from 4 crazy creatives who are exposing to you their secrets, lessons, and stories of their journey with creativity:

  • Tuesday - Creativity Versus Competitiveness (Katie McGihon @ Max and Poppy) 
  • Wednesday - Photospiration 
  • Thursday - How One Woman Stays Creative (Franchesca @ Small Bird Studio)
  • Friday - Creative Resources We Love
  • Saturday - 4 Valuable Truths for Creating Your Brand (Kathleen Shannon @ Braid Creative)
  • Sunday - Let's Talk Creativity, Man to Man (Tyson Morlet @ Antioch Worship)

I've learned so much, just putting these posts together! You will adore these writers and their inspiration and authenticity leaps off the screen. There are a couple things we suggest doing to get the most of this week:

  • Take notes. Journal, notepad, computer, whatever, just write down all the things that stick out to you and go back to them later. 
  • Create something. It can be as simple as tonight's dinner or a Haiku. Make something this week with the tools you're going to learn. Anything!
  • Talk about it. Tell your mom, your friend, your barista, or US! Telling someone you're learning how move forward in creating writes that baby in pen! You can talk with us on Facebook or every author's Twitter Handle will be at the end of their post. Tell them if you love their encouragement!

Here we go friends. The world totally isn't ready for what you're about to be empowered to do ~

***The Bad and Beautiful of Creativity: Don't freak out if you miss one. You can catch up here.

Photo by Colleen @ Inspired to Share // Go see her!
Added caption by Julianna Morlet
^^^Opinions, two-cents, questions and ramblings are welcome. And go above. Go ahead. Try it.

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