• Debbie Slaughter

Creative Rest - You Need It!

Have you heard of creative rest? It's a real thing and it might be exactly what you're missing in your life!

Many years ago I shared a fun hobby of mine, which was creating journals out of notebooks. I use scrapbook paper, stickers and any drug store notebook I can find, that feels good when I pick it up.

(I'm kind of picky about my notebooks! I only like soft covers and never a spiral).

I'm still making these fun journals and I thought I'd share some of them today, in case you're looking for a creative outlet that barely cost anything and you can do it while you're watching tv or sitting at your desk. Either way, it's a way to express your artistic side and make something functional for the future.

My daughter-in-loves tease me for my sticker collection, but this is what I use as an alternative to doodling or drawing, which I'm not good at. So I make my rounds at Hobby Lobby every so often, buy what appeals to me (usually packs with cute people and typewriters), and store them right next to my desk, so when the moment of inspiration hits me, I have everything I need.

Normally I use these journals for jotting down ideas for stories, taking notes while reading my Bible, or copying quotes from books that I'm reading. I will also write lists and goals and even meal and menu suggestions for the week.

But recently I've found another way to use my journals and that has been a game changer for days when the creativity is waning, but the craving is still strong.

I've started cutting pictures from all the magazines I have laying around and taping them into my journal. I only choose pictures that spark memories or an idea that comes to mind when I see it. I tape one or two pictures on a page and use the images as writing prompts when I need to write, but don't have a particular topic to write about.

This has fulfilled my need to write on many mornings when I, otherwise, would have been trying desperately to think of what to say.

Pictures have always been my partners in blogging or writing, because I'm such a visual person. So this is a great alternative to those times when I don't have any personal photos to share.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, CREATIVE REST is a real thing.

If you're a creative person, but you're not spending any time creating, then you might recognize that aching feeling, like something is missing. Your days are busy working and running everywhere, but deep inside of you, there is this nagging feeling like something's not right.

That's your creative spirit telling you to take some time to create!

Creating is not a burden for those of us who need it. It's actually the therapy that calms our spirit, feeds our soul and fills us up to do all the other things we need to be doing.

So, to all of you creatives out there, go create something today! And do it a few more times this week and next. Your creative soul will thank you and you'll feel more prepared for the days when life is busy with the serious stuff.

Until Next Time......


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