This entry is part 13 of 31 in the series The Hope Toolbox
colored pencils

Think you aren’t creative? Think again!

10 Simple Ways to Bring Creativity to Your Life

A few months ago while going through some childhood possessions my mom had kept, I came upon my Kindergarten graduation program.

Here’s a picture from that day. This is me with my cousin Jeff Marshall (who is a regular contributor for this blog):

Sara and Jeff kindergarten

Sara and Jeff, kindergarten graduation.

Just for fun, here is the two of us at on our high school graduation day, too. We are cousins and have been best friends our whole lives.

Jeff and Sara, high school graduation

Jeff and Sara high school graduation.

Back to kindergarten. On the back of the program was a list of each child’s plans for their future profession. Mine? “Artist.” I love it! I had no idea artistic talent was required for this profession. I’m sure I just loved to draw, paint, and color.

Truth is, I have very little creative talent in those ways, but there are other ways I can be creative. I like to cook a fancy meal or bake bread. I love to write this blog.

Even the artistic expressions I’m not especially good at, sometimes it just feels good to get out and try it. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest-perfect. Give it a try.

Use your talents to glorify God, to express your feelings, or to just relax and enjoy!

There are endless ways to be creative. These are just a few to get you started.

10 Simple Ways to Bring Creativity To Your Life

1. Create a Happy Box.  You will love this concept! Click this link for more details: Create a happy box for the bad days. Fill it with your favorite items. Use books you enjoy, favorite foods, lotion. Maybe decorate the outside with pictures that make you smile.

2. Journaling Bible. Have you seen these really cool Journaling Bibles? They allow space in the margins to do your own note taking and creating. Journaling Bibles come in a variety of prices and types. People have really gotten creative with these and do lots of amazing artwork in the margins as a way to meditate on God’s word. A wonderful resource is this website, Illustrated Faith.

Journaling Bible Page

Elizabeth Chu Journaling Bible Page

Journaling Bible

Marilyn Davis Journaling Bible Page

3. Adult Coloring Pages. Coloring pages for grown ups have become quite popular. Why let kids have all the fun? These are quite relaxing, and I especially love the ones with a Christian theme. Here is one resource. See the Resources section below for other free adult color pages downloads.

colored pencils

See the resources section for adult coloring pages.

Adult Coloring — books for adult coloring

4. Write. Writing is a great creative outlet. Today’s blog post is part of my write 31 days series, which is part of the #write31days series that goes for the whole month of October. Click to link to check out all the amazing authors!

5. My Hope Toolbox Printable Kit for Depression & Sadness. We’ve created a printable kit to go with this series. Click here to check it out. Write, doodle, draw, pray your way through this series and beyond.

What's Included in Hope Toolbox

6. Get Fancy. When I’m feeling down, a trip to Ulta or Sephora cheers me up. I love to spend hours playing with the sparkly, glittery make-up and fun stuff. Yes, I can be a total girly-girl. Maybe it’s just the crazy names they give everything, but I love the Too Faced line of make-up. Check it out if you are in the mood for something fun and different.

7. Re-do a Room. Pick one room in your home and change it up! Rearrange the furniture (what my husband and I call “poor man’s redecorating”), paint, or hang new photos.

living room

Re-decorate a room.

8. Play music. Play an instrument. Sing. Blast new music throughout the house.

9. Dance! Move your body. Do what feels good. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks! Wait until you are alone if this makes you more comfortable. When is the last time you let yourself go and just enjoyed moving?

10. Bake. Create something awesome in the kitchen. Use a recipe or don’t. We don’t often think of baking and cooking as creative, and so often we are going through the motions of getting everyone fed or worrying about calories and nutrition. Make something for the sake of creation. Then when it’s finished, savor every wonderful bite. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes: Jen’s Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Bekah’s Raw Cookie Dough Squares.

cakes

Bake something wonderful!

What creative activities do you enjoy?

10 simple Ways

The Hope Toolbox

hope for depression

Throughout this series, each of us is creating My Hope Toolbox, your own personal list of resources you can use for the bad days. Whether it’s go for a run, listen to music, or sit in the sunshine, we all need activities we know will help move us toward healing, even when we don’t FEEL like doing them.

What will you add to your Hope Toolbox today?

Today’s Bible Memory Verse: 

Then Moses said to the people of Israel, ‘See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.’

Exodus 35:30-33

Today’s Journaling Prompt:

How can you add more creativity into your life?

Helpful Resources:

DIY Danielle: My Happy Journal

Craft with Purpose: Wellness Wednesday — Adult Coloring

How to Make a Happy Box for Bad Days

Pitter and Glink: Free Hand Lettered Bible Verse Printable

Because…I’m Cheap: Free Adult Coloring Pages

My Hope Toolbox Printable Kit

Journaling Bible

Journaling Bible, pages by Elizabeth Chu

journaling bible

Journaling Bible, pages by Elizabeth Chu

journaling bible

Journaling Bible, pages by Elizabeth Chu

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