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Staying Creative

A few weeks ago, I came across this list, which I loved and then I came across this video, adapted from the original list.

So, a few days ago I was inspired to make my own list of simple ways to stay creative (adapted from above), which I keep pinned on my inspiration / treasure board, right next to my desk.

WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE

DO WHAT YOU LOVE
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
READ BOOKS
CARRY A NOTEBOOK AND PEN EVERYWHERE
STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER
QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP
TAKE BREAKS
JOURNAL YOUR THOUGHTS
PLAY
LISTEN TO MUSIC
BE OPEN
WORK HARD
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE
BE INSPIRED BY OTHERS (NOT DISCOURAGED)
COLLABORATE
GET FEEDBACK
DON’T GIVE UP
DRAW FREELY
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE
TRY SOMETHING NEW
ALLOW YOURSELF TO MAKES MISTAKES
GO SOMEWHERE NEW
EXERCISE
DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING
WATCH FOREIGN FILMS
LAUGH MORE
WORRY LESS
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
TAKE BREAKS
GET LOTS OF REST
TAKE RISKS
CHALLENGE YOURSELF
GIVE BACK
break the rules
DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
DON’T FORCE IT
HAVE A SOLID FOUNDATION
STOP TRYING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE
CLEAN YOUR WORKSPACE
HAVE FUN
FINISH SOMETHING
BREATHE
BE GRATEFUL

Being creative day after day is not always easy.  And as we all have probably experienced at one time or another (or maybe even many times), there are the dreaded funks.  I hope that the above list of ways to stay creative will help you get through those funky kind of days…or that you will inspire you to make your own ways to stay creative list.

What are some of the things you do to stay creative?

After graduating college, Deb Schwedhelm spent 10 years as a Registered Nurse in the Air Force. It wasn’t until she left the military that her career as a photographer began. In 2006, Deb decided to pursue her dream — she purchased a DSLR camera, began teaching herself photography and never looked back. Whether commissioned portrait sessions, commercial assignments or her ongoing personal projects, Deb always remains true to herself and her artistic vision. Deb is married to a U.S. Naval Officer and is the mother to three incredible children, who are often the subjects of her photographic work. She is currently based in Tampa, Florida. Her work can be viewed on her website, and her inspirational photoblog can be found here as well.

About Deb


After graduating college, Deb spent 10 years as a Registered Nurse in the Air Force. It wasn’t until she left the military that her career as a photographer began. In 2006, Deb decided to pursue her dream — she purchased a DSLR camera, began teaching herself photography and never looked back. Whether commissioned portrait sessions, commercial assignments or her ongoing personal projects, Deb always remains true to herself and her artistic vision. Deb is married to a U.S. Naval Officer and is the mother to three incredible children, who are often the subjects of her photographic work. She is currently based in Tampa, Florida.

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