Getting in Touch with Your Creative Side

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 by No Comments
Getting in Touch with Your Creative Side

I’ve always enjoyed crafty hobbies, so I am a little perplexed when I run into a mom who says she’s not creative.

Doodling, scrapbooking, writing, and making origami flowers is my way of relaxing at the end of a long day. It’s how I remind myself that I’m still “me” even though I now have a family to take care of.

If you want to get in touch with your creative side, I think the key is to start small. You don’t need to be selling your handmade jewelry on Etsy in order to be a creative mom.

One thing I like to do when I’m in need of creative inspiration is spend some time coloring with my son. If you’re not into the whole cartoon character thing, you can download free mandala coloring pages on the Coloring Castle website.

Coloring designs like this is a relaxing activity that helps you get in touch with your creativity without feeling pressured to make something spectacular. It’s also a great way to spend some quality time with your kids!

Blogging is another low-stress creative outlet that seems to work for many moms. WordPress and Blogger both offer free hosting options.

You can share pictures of your kids, write about interesting books you’ve read, post recipes, or talk about whatever your personal passion is. Blogging is more social than keeping a traditional written journal, so this is a good idea if you’re a stay at home mom who is looking for some more adult interaction during your day.

I know a lot of people find Pinterest inspiring, but I’d suggest stepping away from this particular website for a bit if you’re the type of person who gets a touch of performance anxiety when you try to do something creative.

Many of the ideas on Pinterest are beautiful, but complicated and time-consuming. Trying to copy these professional looking projects exactly is a recipe for frustration. Do what makes you happy, regardless of whether or not the finished project is a “Pin worthy” design.

Are you a creative momma? If so, what is your favorite way to get in touch with your creative side?

Photo credit: Morgue File



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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at danahinders.com.

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