I am wondering what specific activities people consider creative? Where are the areas of focus? Is there a cluster of common practices or is it quite individual?

Question #3 from my survey; this one is super interesting. When I put up the multiple choice answers, I focused on the things I was most interested in at the moment. I was curious to see the other ways people practice a creative spirit. (Maybe I should have phrased it that way!) In any case, the comments reflect many other activities and even, “ways of being” which are self defined as creative. I love it. Just the spirit I was hoping for.

Of the pre-selected, limited choices the top 3 picks are as follows:

  • 58% for DIY, home improvement projects
  • 51% for Drawing, colouring or doodling
  • 47% for Photography

Really interesting to see photography so high on the list. I think we can thank the rise of digital and the quality of smart phone images. It is so easy to create wonderful photographs now, using our standard issue phones and personal computers. The results were previously in the domain of professionals only. Another creative activity which technology has helped to democratize.

But there are so many more ways that creativity shows up for different people. If you are curious, here is the full list of additional practices so far:

  • music
  • writing
  • fashion
  • food
  • entertaining
  • gardening
  • jewelry making
  • woodworking
  • crafting
  • building
  • beading
  • pottery
  • blogging
  • business
  • costumes
  • signs
  • painting
  • parenting
  • relationships
  • health & well being
  • up-cycling
  • problem solving
  • poetry
  • scrap booking
  • flower arrangements
  • crochet

Amazing honesty in the responses, thank-you so much. I am honoured to be connected to so many creative people. Rightly so, many times it has been noted that “creativity is a way of life”. For many of us, it can’t be separated from our daily life. It is present in everything we do. I think that is pretty evident by this list.

Speaking of creative projects, enjoy these photos from a recently completed silk scarf I knitted. The pattern and yarn came from LoopsClub in Tulsa. I’m a member who receives a kit each month. Because there is always another project on it’s way, I stay focused on getting projects finished. For me this is a good incentive. Otherwise projects sit on needles for years, waiting for me to complete them.

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I should also mention my book as a creative project – Fruitless at 40: Rediscovering my Creative PowerCompleting my first book is the beginning of something wonderful and creative which I didn’t realize was a possibility for me.

Stay tuned! Happy Creating!

I welcome:

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Christine Westermark

Chief Creative enjoying life with family and friends. Wholeheartedly in loving relationships and developing amazing projects. Gratefully reading, writing and creating everyday!
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