Making Time for Creative Practice

We have the time we make. We have the moments we need. Life simply gives us the invitation to join its collaboration. Time is on our side, but how often do we miss the opportunity to discover its hidden treasures? For me, I’ve decided there’s no time-excuse for not practicing creativity. This is not meant to shame anyone reading because I can only tell you my story. At the end of the day you have to what’s right for you and what feels feasible and reasonable. No condemnation, no shame, and no blame because that IS NOT what this series is about. My aim is to encourage you to find margin to live out those long held desires to try your hand at something new or maybe even something old that you’ve not done in a while. There’s grace here, and you can always circle back.

Real talk ya’ll, it’s very rare that I spend prolonged periods of time practicing creativity. More often than not it comes in spurts. Honestly, I take time throughout the day to do something creative – home, work, running errands – I create mini margin. Sometimes it’s 10 minutes or less. Sometimes it’s in between chores, taking a mental break during arduous work tasks, while waiting for baking to be done, or doing laundry. You do what you can to keep up with your creative trade(s). Since many of my creative practices are versatile in nature or not require a fussy set up, it’s easier to split them into chunks. Five minutes here or ten minutes there, make all the difference toward growing my art skills.

I take stock of what I’m doing or not doing. I look at where I’m wasting time or binging on television – which I’ve done a lot, and that’s time I can’t get back. So I reframe. I give myself grace and forge ahead. There is grace for me. And I am finding the more small moments I take when I can, the more capacity I find to create more room.

I will tell you my go to creative practices for quick snatches of time are found poetry, blackout poetry, cut out poetry, sketching, quote pictures for social media, and hand lettering. I have found these things don’t take me too long to do, and often they encourage me. I think much of art is the soul speaking whispers of hope, identity, truth, and purpose. Maybe that’s why there’s that saying of art imitating life. It’s already happening in you, and when you give it physical expression, it’s another way to see what you think, perceive, and maybe even believe. There is time for this creative practice. It is a  magical discovery when we set aside tiny moments to engage the arts.

Be encouraged friends. You have the time you need. There’s enough of it to do those things beating in your heart. How have you made time to practice? I’d love to hear your stories.

In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.

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