A few weeks ago after I wrote Creativity: A Key Component to Fulfillment, Renee, who blogs at FIMBY, emailed me and asked me if I would like to giveaway three copies of her ebook. I’m always thrilled to give you, my wonderful readers, something for free so of course I said yes!
I first read Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms back in March. At the time I was more inspired than anything else. It didn’t seem a guide to me, but rather a new way to think about creativity. It opened my eyes to see creativity, not as art in a museum, but as a knitting project, cooking, writing, painting, and so much more. A creative life.
It was extremely effective, because that, along with some blog reading, and some other books started me on a path to intentionally be more creative with my family and in my home.
I’m still a baby at it. In fact, you might laugh at what I call “creative.” But thanks to Renee, I am reminded that creativity starts with a little seedling and needs to be nurtured. It doesn’t have to be great works of art. Thank you, Renee, for reminding me of this.
In the past few months, I have been making intentional effort to be more creative. This has been happening mostly with my kids. I have bought a few supplies, and have planned several times in the week that we paint or do something creative together. I have been surprised at how much we love it.
In part, this is because Stefan is getting a little older and is able to do more. I find that we really enjoy creating together. I determined that I wouldn’t simply oversee their projects, but, as much as possible, I would do it right along with them.
I didn’t want to be a supervisor telling them what to do. And, really, that isn’t very creative if I’m dictating every step of the project. I decided that I would at least once or twice a week sit down with them and we would paint together. It has been fabulous! It’s not me telling them to be creative. It’s me actually being creative and them being creative beside me. And we’re both improving!
As I have bought a few more supplies (I still have a long list of things I want to get), and I have carved out specific times for creativity, my own creative spirit has started to come out. It’s still very tiny, but I see it tucked back in there somewhere.
I reread Renee’s book this past week so that I could write a better review and was really, really encouraged again. I love her story about how her children have brought out her own creative spirit. Because I see that happening in me.
Renee shares how we need to make time for what is important. If finding a creative outlet is important to you, then you have to make time for it. But she is also realistic about how this looks different in different seasons of life.
This is why I think I am suddenly enjoying creativity more. My younger two are still too young to do much, but Stefan is at an age where I am starting to see that being creative together will be fun. And, as someone who has always said I am not a writer, I have been shocked to find that writing here on this blog has born an inner love of writing.
Me…creative? That still, honestly, seems a stretch. But I have hope. And I want to nurture creativity both for myself and my family.
I was inspired and encouraged again this week after reading this ebook. But I was also given ideas not only from Renee’s experience, but also the experience of six other moms that she shares in the ebook. We can make time for it. Even if it is just baby projects.
This short little guide can be read in one sitting, but I know it will inspire you to nurture creativity.
Renee is generously giving away three copies to my readers. Thank you, Renee!
To enter simply leave a comment. You can tell us how you nurture your own creative bent. Or you can just say you want to win. Either way.
The giveaway will be open until Sunday, October 21, at 10 pm EST.
Thanks for reading, my friends! I hope you win!
You must be 18 years old or older to enter.