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  1. V
    Vids

    By writing

    3 years ago
  2. Malag

    I like to find the limits of things. Use it in a way that wasn’t envisaged. Or push it to the point where I find that it cannot do something. Don’t know why I enjoy that, but I do.

    3 years ago
  3. Chuck

    Everyday is an opportunity to reinvent yourself! Be creative by changing your routine; being kind(er) to others; being (more) grateful and try something new (new receipt; new way to get to work; new work connection; develop a new skill or rekindle an old one). It’s difficult but when you do it; positive energy flows through you.

    3 years ago
  4. M
    MemoPC

    Being brave enough to try something new
    requires a certain level of creativity. I like repurposing old things and try to stretch my mind to think outside it’s usual box.
    Lately I have been baking fancy 3 layer cakes for family birthday parties. I like that I can find people willing to share their talents on U-tube which helps me to venture into new territory. 😊

    3 years ago
  5. Mary Pat

    Through writing, and cooking, and baking. brainstorming with others is always a creative endeavor.

    3 years ago
  6. O.Christina

    I feel creativity sometimes appears as a part of how I might support people, ideas that come up when unconditional space is there; singing is something I love, but in my way of singing, i would not name it creative. I just sing, but may be it could add to inspire singing and love for music in others, or singing together. Painting and drawing has become rare, but if, it is pure joy. Cooking together with friends I experience as a creative process, using mostly no recipe, simply using what the kitchen offers, which, nevertheless, most of the time tastes delicious, as my friends say, without me really knowing why.

    3 years ago
  7. Antoinette

    I enjoy painting. I just started not that long ago and I really enjoy it. I also enjoy yoga and meditation. I feel they are both creative.

    3 years ago
  8. Hot Sauce

    I express creativity through my writing. When I write, I feel myself sinking into a flow of thoughts and ideas that sometimes allow me to articulate what I was previously unable to articulate verbally.

    3 years ago
  9. Don Jones

    Through preservation, conservation and restoration of antique furniture – working with wood and leather, carving, oils and waxes with my hands in the material sense and the stories and provenance in an immaterial sense.

    3 years ago
  10. TofuLove

    I’m not sure how creative I am. Often I look at things people have done and am like, wow that is so creative … for me creativity is related to openness, to spaciousness. The more open I feel the more there is a spontaneity that seems like a creativity and that is related to my capacity to be present with my experience, honest with my experience while also striving to create more space and freedom mentally for myself. I think for me it’s that’s spontaneous joyful quality where it just happens, the dishes I cook come out beautiful and innovative, the actions in my everyday life seem more joyful and funny, it’s a whole way of expression of something inside that’s honest and sort of easy/spacious.

    3 years ago
  11. Linda

    I make beautiful handmade cards (so everyone says!) that I give to people as keepsakes. I love doing it, especially when I can capture someone’s spirit.

    3 years ago
  12. d
    dcdeb

    I like to write and create zentangles.

    3 years ago
    1. Malag

      Fascinating. Had never heard of this. Thanks.

      3 years ago
  13. Mica

    Lots of ways. Ideas come to me for new ways to do old things, such as ‘furnishing’ my guinea pig’s cage, or tending my balcony plants, for example. Making improv quilts. Turning pieces of paper into greeting cards, such as the ones with patterns on them that I drew at the calligraphy table at the adult craft night. I’m surprised at how many new ways I find to do old things now, in my old age.

    3 years ago
  14. pkr

    I write.
    I write thoughtful, heartfelt notes to family & friends.
    Often I do pen drawings on the notes I send.
    I collect art postcards, & place them all over my home, a little art museum of my own! 🙂

    3 years ago
  15. L
    Lauryn

    Taking photos and playing music, writing. I wish I had more free time to devote to these things.

    3 years ago
  16. Cathie

    By dancing, singing, coloring, creating lesson plans, presenting/sharing information, decorating my home, cooking, planning a garden and then watching spring to life, craft projects like scrapbooking, and probably many other ways:)

    3 years ago
  17. serenity

    i write. over the years, i’ve come to realise that creativity isn’t about capturing perfection, but about the process: the unexpected turns; the happy mistakes. realizing that the only thing i need is to have fun & enjoy the journey of my craft inspires me to put the first word on the page. 🙂

    3 years ago
  18. Elaine

    I think creativity is not only about producing concrete things but also about a way of being that looks for ways to be generative. A juicy conversation is creative. Making an open day fulfilling is creative. Finding humour in a stressful moment is creative. Pivoting from a set plan in the moment is creative. Making authentic relationships is creative. Making a meal when there’s “nothing” in the fridge is creative. Adding your voice to my voice is creative.

    3 years ago
    1. Journey

      That is some awesome perspective Elaine!

      3 years ago
    2. Linda

      You are always spot on, Elaine!
      Linda

      3 years ago
      1. Elaine

        Well that’s a very generous comment Linda . Thank you!

        3 years ago
    3. L
      Lauryn

      I love this response— so true!

      3 years ago
  19. C
    Cathy

    I do it through creating quilts and selecting the fabric that goes into it; and painting in water colors and oils.

    3 years ago
  20. Carol

    “When we trust our creativity, we encounter a supreme kind of enjoyment–an amazement at the natural unfolding of life beyond our ordinary way of looking at things.”Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

    This was the quote of the day earlier in October and I wrote my morning meditation after reading it. I have had to let go and accept that many of my abilities that I deemed creative are things I can no longer do but reading this quote and writing about it helped me to realize that trusting one’s creativity is important even when our talents have waned. The meditation follows:

    What does it mean to“trust my creativity?” How often do I allow myself to pause, stop and enjoy the “natural unfolding of life?” How often do I let go and let life flow in and through me? If I truly believe that life is trust worthy, that I will always be shown a way through, why can’t I relax?

    Perhaps, the challenge is my “ordinary way of looking at things.” I still, after 79 years on this earth, fear failure, crave acceptance, struggle to feel of worth. I am wounded. We are all wounded but to quote Henri Nouwen, “May we become wounded healers.” Perhaps the key to this quote is the word “creativity.” How often do I remember that we are all Creator? What we think, what we do matters. And so I pray: May I, may you, may we all develop a healthy love and acceptance of self that shares, cares and creates a kinder world.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      Carol, this is a wonderful way of looking at creativity. Thank you for sharing this 🙏

      3 years ago
  21. Nelson

    I’m responsible for one of my client’s social media. So I’m always writing and creating memes on Canva. It’s been pretty fun. I let my personality come out.

    3 years ago
  22. Holly in Ohio

    At the moment I’m preparing old clothes to make my first braided rag rug. Born to parents who met at art school, my life has been about creativity from the start, and over my life I’ve explored many forms of creativity. Currently i do sourdough breadmaking, cooking, knitting, gardening, writing, a little photography, restoration, I’m good at brainstorming, I go through spurts when I make ceramics, origami, calligraphy, paint, draw, do printmaking, sewing, basketmaking, soap making, cheesemaking,. dye craft, needlepoint, drop spinning, weaving….the list doesn’t end, really. It’s quite compulsive.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Wow! ‘braided rag rug’ delights me – my grandma had those. I wonder if she made them. I think we had at least one, too, when I was young. [I had said ‘growing up,’ but actually I was ‘young’ – AND I’m still ‘growing up’ even at my old age.] I put my old clothes in a big USAgain bin, where they’re collected by some clothing thrift store.

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        One nice thing about braided rugs that I learned, is that you can do it gradually. You braid what you have and then tuck the end in and use the rug until you have more, then add to it! 🙂

        3 years ago
  23. sunnypatti48317

    I express it in my cooking, in the way I decorate my home, in the way I merchandise product at work…and also in my surfing, thru yoga, and spur of the moment dance parties in my living room!

    3 years ago
  24. L
    Lee Anne

    Creativity was breathed into us and is part of our DNA. I was a performance artist from my youth to young adulthood. Then, the visual and writing gifts, for these are gifts, indeed, that emerged from the Spirit. I create images and words that, hopefully, will help others pause and listen to the still point within that is truth and love. I seek to bring beauty, love, and solace to whoever reads my words or ponders an image. They are a raft through troubled waters to the other shore. This is my prayer. My hope. My blessing to all.

    3 years ago
  25. Chester

    By choosing what to place on the blank canvas of each day.

    3 years ago
  26. Howie Geib

    I would love to say in my writing, but that wouldn’t be quite true, as the most frequent way I express creativity is in my imaginary life. I walk around most of the time adding things, imaginary things, to embellish my day. Some of them totally made up, but mostly I get triggered to remember something. A place reminds me of somewhere and I imagine I am there…like the place I am is a movie set portraying the other place. Sounds crazy. Likely it is true that I am a bit mad. The thing is, this is a kind of creative drill, so that when something happens in real life, a challenging situation that demands a response, this part of my mind goes into hyperdrive, and it is from here that my response and creative solution will come.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Don’t most writers have rich, imaginary lives? 🙂

      3 years ago
  27. Marnie Jackson

    I try to solve problems with creative projects…..I find myself involved in many different brainstorming sessions that engage my creativity and my need for connection

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Yes, Marnie – it’s fun to solve problems with creative projects, isn’t it?

      3 years ago
  28. devy

    I express creativity by playing guitar and keyboards. A couple of years ago after playing keyboards for a long time, I decided to take the plunge and self teach the guitar. The daily time that I put in to practice is a means to create music, to channel my inner self to positivity. The journey reminds me of the life journey we all have to self improve, learn and accept our capabilities..

    3 years ago
  29. Michele

    I express creativity by seasonally decorating my home and office space at work.

    3 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      I do this as well, Michele. I enjoy living where there are 4 seasons and reflecting these in my home, and in my planner.

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        Living in Florida I do miss autumn. I am traveling back to PA for a Halloween wedding and have plans with my best friend to go on a haunted hayride – the same one we did years ago. I’m soo excited for crisp fresh autumn air!!

        3 years ago
  30. Sandra

    Through the written word and photography. Both on a very amateur level but here is where I can get lost in the process of trying to capture and express a feeling, an experience. I see gardening and cooking as creative outlets too.

    3 years ago
  31. Kevin

    With words, and images that replace them.

    3 years ago
  32. Dusty Su

    I write, research, create, and then present Love “n” Laughter wellness and growth programs. These are live and virtual. I also work with adults and children with disabilities, and Deathwalk those at end of life. While some of those projects may not sound creative, they require great intuition, concentration, and willingness to adapt quickly and respond, rather than react. Adapting to what a person or group presents requires great compassionate creativity. It’s wonderful and I am so grateful that I get to dance those dances.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      These ventures sound wonderful, Dusty Su. I completely see the creativity required for each of them. You are very special to be able to ofer these gifts to the world 😊

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you, Sandra. I feel very blessed, and I really mean this, to do what I get to do. I learn so much through working in unusual and challenging settings. I am an autodidact, so I study, learn, watch, observe, and have been around amazing people who have been role models. These events and people have shaped my life, and continue to. I have learning disabilities, am on the Autism spectrum, and self actualization has come about through amazing life gifts in such settings. Phenomenal and humbling really.

        3 years ago
        1. Sandra

          Riches indeed, Dusty Su 😊

          3 years ago
  33. Carla

    I was led by Sophia to SoulCollage a few years ago and really enjoy it. I also engage in character clowning/acting. Annually I’m transformed into Mother Frances Cabrini for my parish’s spaghetti dinner.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      SoulCollage – thanks, Carla! I’ve gone to their site now.

      3 years ago
  34. Christine

    I love to accompany singers or melody instruments on the piano with accompaniments that I make myself. I often play with my sister, she plays the flute. We have some Jewish songs on YouTube. Maybe one day I’ll share a song in “the Lounge”. But then I have to “cross a bridge first” 😊.
    have a nice day everyone. 🤗💛☀️

    3 years ago
    1. Patricia

      I would love to see and hear you on YouTube. Let us know a link when you are ready to share with us!!

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Agreed.

        3 years ago

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