The Circle: Creativity

20 July 2013

Today I am linking up with a newly found friend KiKi, to share with you all about creativity and what it means to me.

[via] Here is a random snap taken by my husband as I baked my little heart out. I was totally in my zone before this impromptu photo shoot. I wonder if he is trying to sell me to a cooking network?
Creativity is a word that has a different meaning to each person - the definition of creativity has changed for me has I have grown older. At 6 years old for me creativity meant expressing myself and doing what I wanted. That could include yelling at the top of my lungs, paper mache, drawing, writing and illustrating my own books, or coloring in the lines. 

What does creativity mean to you? Today at 26 years old it means connecting with my Creator and sharing the creativity that he has gifted me with. Each day my experience with creativity is different. Some days I garden, journal, cook, bake, write, or photograph things. Other days my creativity does not escape my mind and I just think of things that I would like to create.

The image on the left is my creative space. I have my bible,  a cooking magazine, a recipe card, and a random drop of inspiration in the form of a surprise letter from a friend. [via
How do you stay creative? Who do you draw inspiration from? To keep my creativity flowing I try and take time for myself. I have noticed in the past that I am the least creative when I over extend myself.  If I focus on everyone else and their needs all the time I am useless to create. So to stay creative I take time each day to do something that I really enjoy I start everyday by spending time at God's feet. I also love to read, day daydream, and doodle in my idea book. My creativity thrives in solitude - so many times I unplug and fall away from the world just to recharge my batteries. I stay creativity by making sure to have some self care.

I draw inspiration from being around people who are in deep relationship with God, from being out in nature, reading blogs, visiting museums, spending time in the book store, travelling, watching cooking shows and sometimes just exploring my local stomping grounds. I absolutely love meeting new people and I love the creativity that arises from new and unexpected interactions. I draw inspiration from people watching too - I just enjoy seeing the differences in all of us.

What is a creative part of you that you don't share much on your blog (i.e. a talent, hobby, activity, passion, etc.)? I think I share just about everything on the blog but one thing I haven't shared much about is my experience in art, theatre, and dance. I totally wish I could whip out some of the older photos but you would have to visit my Mom's house to see those. I did all three things for about 3/4s of my life. I was very busy in my younger days. I did a lot of set and costume design as well as my fair share of acting. I was involved in musical theatre mostly even though I didn't think my voice was flattering. I don't do much acting or dancing now but my set design has dribbled over into how I plan rooms when decorating our home.

I am also passionate about widows. I have been meaning to post about my passion for the widows in India for some time now. There is way to much to discuss now but look for that post soon. Honestly each of the things I have dabbled in over the years have shaped me into who I am now. I know that my creativity has no limits and can go as far as I will it to.

Here are a few more things that I find inspiring.

Peonies. Love. Baby. NYC. Faith. Baking. Love. Italy. India. Solitude. Small Beginnings.

In what ways are you creativity what inspires you?


  1. Charity, I'm so excited that you linked up! Or what I should really say is, thank you for linking up! :)

    First off, I love and agree with you, creativity not only means something different to each person, but I've also realized its meaning has changed with time, too!

    An idea book sounds like a brilliant idea--I just might have to make one of my own.

    And I love your passion for widows. I think that that is such a cool and inspiring passion to have. And one that I know for a fact we need more of. What an amazing gift and passion to have!

    p.s. I love your collages. They're full of great quotes and pretty photos, too!

  2. You are so young, yet so wise! Love the post - God has blessed us with so much to be creative with!

  3. I loved this post. One of the ways I stay creative is to be observant. It gives me ideas. I love nature because it shows a variety of color palettes. I also enjoy spending time with other people who have honed their own skills. It doesn't matter if we're interested in the same craftform or not, but their energies are an inspiration and I am always left thinking of more things to create. I think that people are creative in so many different ways. God has given everyone gifts and talents, but we just have to discover what they are and how He wants us to use them.


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