I'm so happy you've stopped by my blog today. I'm celebrating a new look and a devotion running called "Rediscovering Creativity." So welcome! If it's your first time here, please look around and post a comment. I've love to hear from you.
If you are one of my bloggy friends, I've been silent for awhile as I put the finishing touches on my blog. Or actually, I should say the brilliant and creative Carol Poortvliet put the finishing touches on it. If you are ever in need of someone to redesign your blog, or do any graphic design work, I highly recommend Carol. She's a hard-working mother of two, running her business from home to be there for her family. She's an amazing Christian woman who does almost all the design work for Proverbs 31 Ministries, including our magazine. I adore her. And she always inspires me with her creativity.
Anyway, this blog truly reflects me. I love anything cottagey, romantic and vintage. I know that's not very popular these days, but it's really who I am. If I could transplant an English cottage to my current city, I would. Except for the fact I live in Phoenix, and it will probably hit 110 degrees today, and all those vines that would be growing over my cottage would die in this heat. A girl can dream, right?
On to creativity ...
If you've read any of my past blog posts, you'll know I don't consider myself very creative - even though I think I should be, given I'm a writer. You can catch up on my oddities in this post. If you read it, you'll see that I've always been confused by myself, specifically my strengths and weaknesses. Years ago, when I worked in public relations, we often had to set up special events. Don't you normally think of PR people as creative? I did, and I thought I should be. However, the truth was if anything creative came out of me, it was because I worked with very creative people. But I always compared myself to them, and came up short. Recently, I've taken a different look at creativity.
It happened when I read the book "Linchpin" by Seth Godin. While it's essentially a business book (which I love being left-brain uber-dominated) Godin throws out a challenge to this generation of people wanting to make a difference. He says that the world is looking for artists - in every genre of society. But sadly, we've had the artist baked out of us. And it's happened, he says, because of schools.
Now don't get upset. I love schools and I love teachers. I come from a family of teachers and professors. But he's got a point. We get very good at learning to take a test. We learn what the teacher wants, and then give it to him or her to get the grade we need to pass the class and move on to the next teacher. I'm a great student. But it has hindered my creativity.
I see this same phenomenon on some of my favorite reality shows, like American Idol or Next Food Network star. The judges are looking for the performer or chef to show them their unique style. But so many of them don't know what that looks like. I cringe when I hear them say something like, "What kind of music do you want me to do?" "What do you think my culinary point of view should be?"
Be authentic! Be yourself! Let yourself go and be your own remarkable self!
In Christ's love,