Before this Winter Break happened, I told myself I would make time a few days a week for choreographing and working on my Senior Piece.
Let’s just say that when I tried to choreograph this week, it didn’t happen. I have a good headstart on my piece so far, but man oh man, I have ZERO motivation to work on it over break. I got so frustrated with myself that I didn’t have one good idea to add into the piece.
All I kept thinking was, ‘why can’t I be creative right now? Where is my brain?’
But then I realized something…
There’s only so much I can do by myself.
I need to be in the same space as my dancers, feed off of their energy, and observe how they perform my movement. If nothing is coming to me right now, that’s OKAY. This not only applies to my life as an artist, but as a blogger too. Sometimes I’ll have days where I have ZERO ideas for a post, but then I’ll see something on the street or overhear someone say something and a spark is immediately ignited.
If you think you’re “not a creative person”, think again. Creativity is an essential skill that is innate in all people and can be nurtured. You just have to know how to access it!
So I thought I’d share some tips with you all today about how to ignite your creativity in times of mental fogginess, “writer’s block”, or life in general! I learned these in my Creative Process class last year from my incredible professor, Merian.
Have you ever been told to “think outside of the box?”
Here’s what you can do to help start that fire:
– I know this might sound weird or creepy, but honestly, do it! Watch someone walk, the way they carry themselves, and notice their body language. The more you learn about other people, the more you learn about yourself and your personal and creative capabilities.
2. Take walks
– This one is particularly effective. Sometimes it helps to get outside, plug into a podcast or your favorite music, and allow your mind to be free. As you pass people, places, and things, notice everything around you. Since I live in the city, this one is easy for me. What’s not easy is finding time to go to a park and walk around in the nature!
3. Be a YES
– You can’t have an open mind without practicing being open. Make it a point to have new experiences and adventure in your life. Volunteer. Take a stroll in a museum by yourself. Sit in a coffee shop. Practice yoga. Go on that trip you’ve been talking about for years. Absorb the world around you! Say “yes” to doing things, especially if it falls out of your comfort zone. I remember when I got back from Italy 3 summers ago….WOW. I had a whole new outlook on life, the world, and my own behaviors. You’ll be surprised at how much a change in environment will serve you.
Thanks to Amanda for letting me Think Out Loud.
Now tell me…
- How do you like to unplug?
- Where do you want to travel to this year?