4 Ways to Live a More Creative Life
"Everybody is creative because everybody who is human has something to express." ― Brenda Ueland
1. Ignore the rules if you don't like them.
So much in fashion feels like it is engineered to exclude people who are wearing something a little less than conventional. Fashion magazines and websites are constantly bombarding us with fashion rules that we're supposed to play by. Their headline will often read something like this: 'avoid these fashion mistakes', 'rules to mixing colours', and our personal favourite: 'trends that need to die',...uh....nothing needs to die, especially not my floral granny sweater, my orange neon slacks and my colourful dad sneaks, thanks.
We believe in celebrating personal style and that everyone should be able to all carve their own fashion paths and express their creative sense unabashedly. If the monotonous rules are too dull for you, chuck them them out. Replace your white tee with that ugly sweater that's been collecting dust at the back of your closet for the past year - yeah, we know you have one. At the end the day, creativity has no limits and you should wear whatever it is that pleases you.
Photo source: Scene from the Princess Diaries of Mia breaking princess rules - heck yeah!
2. Be open to creativity in all forms.
Inspiration can take the form of everything and anything so go out there and indulge in as many experiences and moments as possible.
Dive into films, books, paintings, music, photography, architecture, fashion, history. Admire the cracks on the side walk, the alignment of building complexes, the colours outside your window, the puddles of water on your way home, the random conversations on the next table, the-...okay, you get it, the takeaway message is that inspiration is absolutely endless...
...So steal from these experiences whatever that speaks to your soul and celebrate them by channeling them into your creative expression. Remember, as Jean-Luc Godard once said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.
Graphic by Blaž Rojs (left) and Hannah Shelby (right)
3. Go into yourself.
Get to know yourself. This is not a loose umbrella term and most definitely does not stop at gender/age/relationship status/height/weight/ethnicity. What you're really looking for is the dirty and juicy details of well, yourself. Find the reason that inspires you to create, to write, to draw, to paint, to dance, to sing, to plan, to make, to problem-solve, to story-tell or whatever your creative outlet may be.
Lose yourself in every being of you. We know it can be a little confronting at first but it does get easier, we promise. Explore your sorrows, your desires, your capacities, your inner states, your different faces. Your routines and tendencies; your belief in beauty and forms. The sunken feelings from your enormous past; your treasure trove of childhood memories; that poem or song that made you feel some type of way - you know the one.
Once you embrace all your nooks and crannies, you will find that there is a vitality there that needs to be unleashed, a life force, an energy, a fire that wants to burn bright. If you let it, this fire will consume your entire being and translate through you into action and creation. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression will be special, and beautiful, and authentic. But if you choose to block it, it will never exist again through any other medium and will be lost forever.
Please don't let this happen, go into yourself, and let you fire burn.
Illustration source: Pinterest
4. Be kind to yourself when you're in a creative rut.
Last but not least, the most important, and one that is often overlooked - be kind to yourself, show yourself compassionate and take things slow.
Remember, people grow at different rates and it's okay to put your hands up and let out a 'that's enough for the day' once in a while. Proceed to make yourself a nice cup of tea, run a hot bath, take a well-deserved beauty nap, go for walk, buy that cute sweater on your wish list or coach potato it up on with your favourite treats and films. There is absolutely no judgement here.
Let your creative soul rest and unwind. It will come back to thank you in no time!
Illustration by: June Letters (left), Vsco (right)
Written by: Jenny Tang, a content creator at Kina and Tam and a human bean who often finds herself in a creative rut and will need to put her own advice into good use.