Creating for the Sake of Creating

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Do you consider yourself to be a creative person? What do you like to create? Have you been creating lately?

I have been following Alex Beadon for a little while, and she recently started posting personal vlogs. She has been saying in her vlogs that after getting into vlogging, she realized that she missed the act of creating for the sake of creating ever since she let her photography business go.

This got me thinking: I love writing for the sake of writing. I get so caught up in how I might turn doing what I love doing into how I generate income, sometimes I forget that it is purely joyful for me.

I am in no way talented at painting, singing, or other forms of art. Nor do I want to be. But writing is the form of creation that I love.

The Cycle of Creativity

Kids are encouraged to create to develop their minds and just to have fun. As adults, we can get caught up in making a living and making everything work and forget to just do things because they are fun. And even if they are fun, it feels like they have to be associated with achieving some goal or getting something out of it. Otherwise, what’s the point?

The point is to create. For the sake of creating. Say it with me.

There might not be any point other than that. To feel joy. To do what you love because you love doing it. Not because of the health benefits, or because it could turn into something as amazing as Twilight or Glee or Facebook. Just because.

And perhaps there are health or monetary benefits to be gained. But as kids, we didn’t care about that stuff. Because we didn’t have to.

We just made stuff. And then moved on. Repeat.

Blogging & Living Purposefully

I am making my blog. And I love it! My life has changed so much since I started blogging. I feel calmer and more purposeful. I have a creative outlet where I can try new things. Even if they don’t really work out, that’s okay.

I am doing something purposeful to me. I figure things out as I go. I learn something new every time I immerse myself in the idea of being a blogger. And it’s really fun!

One of my goals in life, besides living a simplified life, is to only do things that I feel purposefully passionate about. I have learned this from another blogger I followed back before I got the courage to start my own blog. Tina Su, the creator of Think Simple Now wrote in her ebook Discover You Now that she is at the point in her life where she only takes on projects because they feel aligned with what she wants to be doing in life.

I know this seems like a luxury most of us can’t afford, but I allow myself to dream that this will one day be my reality. In the meantime, I will continue to create for the sake of creating. I will continue to pursue my goals, but I will also tune in to what feels right for my life.

What do you like to create for creation’s sake? Please share your thoughts!

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  1. Meg Evans Apr 14, 2:18 pm

    I’m an optimist on this subject; I believe that in the not-so-distant future, it won’t be seen as a luxury to have work that aligns with what we want to be doing. With technology advancing quickly and birth rates falling, there will be much more capital for investment and less competition for work, so that people will be free to do what they want to do as a matter of course.

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    1. anniehurley Apr 17, 9:02 am

      I love your viewpoint Meg! That is refreshing, and I truly hope that happens!

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  2. Sara Apr 15, 8:58 am

    “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

    I TOTALLY believe that creating for the sake of creating is so immensely important to developing and nurturing the soul. We’re all creative in one way or another and I’m so excited that you are embracing your writing.

    I also agree that taking on projects and activities that align with your life is extremely important. I think that a lot of us put up barriers for ourselves and we conform and do things we don’t want to do because we “should”. It’s a common misconception and when you start thinking in terms of abundance, happiness and align your goals and wishes with the work you desire it will come to you.

    Have a great day!

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    1. anniehurley Apr 17, 9:03 am

      Hi Sara, thanks so much for stopping by! Your comment is so inspiring. Thank you for the great advice and uplifting message!

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