Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Your Creative Responsibility {Linking Up with The Circle}

Creativity is a word that speaks to my heart and resonates deeply with me. It is something I value, something I cultivate, and something I hope to never loose. I believe we all need creativity in our lives and it is a gift from God that we are able to be creative. It's reflective of His own personality! He is the Ultimate Creator and continues to make beauty for us each day. From the sky-wide sunsets in Texas to the mountains that appear on the horizon here in Seattle, I cannot escape it and I never want to :)

One of my favorite verses this year is from The Message, a paraphrasing of the Bible, so poetic and in modern language which sheds new light on verses I've read time and time again. (I always suggest reading this along with a literal translation)

"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."
Galatians 6: 4-5


The verse hits home for me in many ways. We are both commanded and encouraged to be creative. We are also told to take the work that is before us, whatever God has called us to, and to do it with our whole hearts to the best of our creative ability. We are not meant to settle for the mundane. We are meant to thrive!

We are also warned not to compare ourselves to others. Do not be prideful of your work or discount it. You'll notice in my collage I included the quote "Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle." I have to remind myself of that constantly. Everyone starts somewhere, and success takes time.

Now for the Creativity Circle questions:

1. What does creativity mean to you? Much of this answer comes from the start of this post. Creativity, to me, is the unique expression of the talents we've been given by God and the passions He shares with us. He will not place a desire or delight in your heart that He does not share. It is how the Lord displays His power and His love over us. Creativity takes courage and confidence in your own work and taste. Creativity is good for the soul and needed everywhere we go.

2. How do you stay creative? Who do you draw inspiration from? Oh, me, oh my, this could take a while ;) As creativity is something I want to cultivate in every area of life, I try to stay creative in several different ways. One, I keep a clean and inspiring place to work and do life. My room is my haven, a retreat. I love bright colors, unique thrift store finds, and reminders of what inspires me. I get my best work done when everything is in its place and neatly displayed.

My inspiration comes from all over the place: following creative people on Instagram such as Michaela and Rue Magazine, pinning sprees, being encouraged to make things happen by Katie and Lara, seeing as much theatre as I can, being a perpetual reader and a cataloger of ideas, and taking time to do what I love. Schedules can be crazy (believe me, I often live in crazy) but there is always time to make time for what you love.

3. What is a creative part of you that you don't share much on your blog (i.e. a talent, hobby, activity, passion, etc)? Hm.. This one feels a little silly to share because I often think that people know this about me, but in reality they do not. I love to write. Surprise!

Now I know what you're thinking, so let me explain: I love to write fiction. I have been writing since the sixth grade when my friend and I began our first novel. We kept it in a 3-ring binder and passed it back and forth at lunch, recess, in between classes. Some 116 pages later a silly falling out left one of us with the book and neither of us with the desire to finish it together. We've long since reconciled, and my passion for writing has grown stronger. I find myself saving names in my phone, people watching and jotting down bits of conversations, planning timelines and character histories, all because I want to write.

Do I write? Rarely. At least in that sense. I have several books I want to write in my lifetime and hope to dive back into it this year. I had given up much of that dream until I began reading Karen Kingsbury's books two summers ago. She has a style and a heart similar to my own, and that's when I began to think I can do this! But we'll see ;) I'll keep you updated.

And there you have it! 
How are you staying creative? 
Let us know and link up with us at The Circle!

16 comments:

  1. Love this girl! Love your heart. I will definitely have to link-up.

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to read what creativity means to YOU!

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  2. I love that verse in The Message! Such a great reminder of how we should live our lives. Thanks for sharing these great words today!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ashley! Glad to have you!

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  3. I love that quote! It is so very easy in this blog world to compare yourself to other bloggers!

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    1. Amen, sister. But praise the Lord our worth is in who HE says we are not the number of followers we have. He gets all the glory anyways!

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  4. LOVE THIS. I love (and share!) your love for things being in their place and neatly displayed. One of the things I love to do most is re-organize and re-decorate my room. And I also love (and didn't know) you had a love for thrifted items! I'm just getting my feet wet in thrifting, but it is so much fun. :)

    And writing. Oh, writing. It's always been a dream of mine to be a writer. I've always wanted to write children's books. And I have numerous fictional novels (more like three page novels since I have so many ideas going!) saved on my computer. Reading about this side of you has inspired me to start writing again!

    And lastly, I love that verse! I love reading some of my favorite verses in The Message. It really opens my eyes and it's always fun to see how others interpret His word. :)

    Thank you again for co-hosting!

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    1. Oh girl, we need to go thrifting together. Next time you're in Seattle let me know ;) And I'm so glad to have found another secret writer! Let's not keep it a secret anymore, shall we? Thanks again for letting me co-host!

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  5. Oh my goodness! You are writing exactly what I feel about creativity! How it's God's gift to us and it's reflective of his personality. That's one of my favorite things about creativity! Wow girl are we on the same page! And that verse!! I am about to write my own post for this linkup in a few minutes, ready to write about that verse as well! Love, love, love it!

    I hope you can get some more time to write soon! I found nothing compares to those moments when you're caught up in your own little creative world. I hope you can experience some creative highs soon!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo, gina

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    1. How wonderful! That verse speaks straight to my heart and I loved reading it in your post as well :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Just discovered your treasure of a blog via 'In its time.' Love your blog and looking forward to reading more :)

    also love your 'creativity' collage on this post!

    Ellie
    www.ChoosingPeaceBlog.com

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    1. You're the sweetest, thanks for dropping by! About to head on over and take a gander at your blog, too :)

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  7. Love that verse! I also like Ephesians 2:10 for living out whatever God has created us to do. Comparing is a sneaky pit covered over with disguised branches that's, well, easy to fall in sometimes. I find the quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy," -Theodore Roosevelt such a strong truth. I, too, love writing, but it is definitely hard work - I think you could write a story about you & your friend trying to write a novel at school & then the fall out & reunion of your friendship... at least, when you were describing it I thought it would make a great story! Glad to find your blog!
    Blessings,
    -Bess-

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    1. Oh, thanks for the idea, it is quite a crazy story :) And I love that quote, too! I wrote a post about it a few months ago because it is something I so struggle with, such an easy trap to fall into. But there is GRACE, praise the Lord! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I'll be linking up too! It's an amazing link up. I can't believe I'm so late in linking up.

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  9. I love the photo collage you made! It is absolutely beautiful. I'd love to know how you made it! Did you use InDesign? A template? I'm pinning it to Pinterest on my Making Things Happen in 2013 board because that is pure core & inspiration!

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