24 April 2015

Creativity: Start Now

So this is where all their money is going.  My kids have had a sudden urge to earn money and then take walks down to the dollar store.  They've also been digging holes on the side of the house that is rarely seen.  Just digging and digging.  They've created a mermaid lagoon.  Didn't we all have that need to dig when we were little?  There was really no purpose other than to make a hole where there wasn't one, and then we'd figure out what we wanted that hole to become.  Not much has changed, really.  We all have a desire to create something that didn't exist before.  What has changed, however, is the ability to just begin.  We want it to not only be picture perfect, but pinterest-perfect. I feel like I need to have a clear picture of what the outcome should be, details worked out, and a nice clean summation of a project before I even start!  Sometimes my best projects start out with failures that have to be remedied by creative solutions and improvisations.  So, let's start digging holes!  The details can come later.  Just pick up that shovel (or fabric or paint brush or measuring cup or fill-in-the-blank your tool of preference) and begin.  What do we have to lose?


  1. This is such a beautiful reminder. Sometimes I get paralyzed in the pursuit of perfection and forget to create just because it is fun!

  2. Thanks for the reminder! I want my children to try things even with the risk of failure, but I need to be willing to do it as well. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. You have put my thoughts into words perfectly.

  3. What a great perspective and a great reminder. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for the reminder! Great! I love it!

    You have a gift on muy blog. I hope you like it!


  5. I definitely loved to dig and get dirty when I was little. Always a juxtaposition between my tree-climbing and dirty self against my pretty and graceful dancer self.
    This post reminded me sharply of one of my favorite books: Tuesday's Child by Sonya Harnett. It's a little sad, but there's all the digging, and just a good story from the Australian Dust Bowl.

  6. As always, good, sound advice!


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