Journal Entry No. 3

Creative has always been the last word I would use to describe myself.

I’ve never been much of an artist, I don’t write short stories, decorating gives me anxiety, I’d rather buy anything than DIY it. However lately I find myself craving some sort of creative outlet for myself.

When I started this blog, I didn’t really have a purpose for it. It was just something I wanted to do. You could consider it a creative outlet, I guess. My sister once clarified to me that putting outfits together was a form of creativity, but I never saw it that way. Everyone puts outfits together…every single day.

I’ve always loved writing, but it’s always been journal writing. More of an outlet for my emotions rather than anything creative. That is the closet thing I’ve ever felt erred on the side of creativity.

These days though, creativity is all I think about. I want to create something..anything, that will give me the sense of purpose I am looking for here.

The problem I’m having is that I feel like you can’t go looking for creativity. It’s something that will just come to you when it’s ready.

How do you find that creative spark? I would love your input and to know your thoughts on being inspired to create something.

4 Comments

  1. May 19, 2017 / 6:30 am

    Wow, Shannon. I can’t believe how parallel our paths seem to be when it comes to blogging and life and internal dialogue. I’m feeling the same need to conquer that perfect for me creative outlet. To find the thing that makes me feel fulfilled, useful…something that showcases my gifts and lifts others up at the same time. My instinct tells me it is Classy Ever After but I’m struggling so much with consistent motivation. Perhaps because there are so many blogs out there and I get tangled up in comparisons, and numbers.
    I have had this feeling for a while that you and I may do something together at some point. Like a blogger conference or….a successful collaboration. I don’t know what it looks like but I think it will be significant.
    Also, I think you are creative. Much more so than you give yourself credit for. I agree that creativity happens. We can’t really blog from the heart when we force ourselves to adhere to a strict schedule and guidelines. My best posts have happened when I’ve held off for the right time and then it just seems to flow.
    I’ve been laying low on the blog but I feel like I’m doing so much behind the scenes stuff and personal growth. Creative brainstorming, etc.
    Although we are across the country and have never met, there is such a connection in our approach to this creative stuff and our idea of fulfillment and journey towards it.
    To sum it up…. I understand exactly what you wrote here. I say we help each other figure it out.
    XO! Gina
    http://www.classyeverafterblog.com

    • shannon
      May 24, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Gina! Thank you so much for all of that. We have always seemed to connect and I am so thankful for that! Comparison is the killer of all my motivation and it is the worst. I try to constantly remind myself not to do it, but it is impossible not to get sucked in. I would absolutely love to work with you and figure out something that actually works for the both of us! <3

  2. May 19, 2017 / 7:40 am

    I think us creative people are a bit restless, am I right? I feel like I’m perpetually in motion and constantly thinking of new ideas. The problem for me is actually finding the time to sit down and execute all those ideas into something tangible. It’s a hard balance between fulfilling our daily responsibilities and setting aside the time to do things that fill our souls. But, as long as we keep at it and don’t give up, I believe that creativity will pay off, not necessarily monetarily, but it will give you a sense of purpose and inner peace. Hope you have a great weekend Shannon 🙂

    Taffeta & Tulips

    • shannon
      May 24, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Yes, I completely agree! Finding a balance is definitely something I struggle with. Between a full-time job and trying to keep up with the blogging world, I struggle with my priorities, but I do believe it is worth it and I love having something to work on!

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