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Creation

We’ve been spending the new year focusing on creativity, being creative and finding the time to do it. This is a re-post from Lucy the Valiant that we thought spoke beautifully on all these points.

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Sometimes I feel as if my mind…or maybe my heart? Possibly my spirit…somewhere in there, anyway, is just teeming with energy and ideas and innovations and creativity. Crafting and writing and cooking and blogging and nesting and mothering and teaching and beautifying and simplifying… I can’t seem to stop thinking up more for myself to do. And I enjoy it, which is funny to me because when you look at it objectively, there should be NO time for all these Projects of mine. None. Why on earth would I want to add MORE?

Sometimes I DO get overwhelmed.

But if I try to curb those creative impulses, life seems suddenly dreary. I have more time to relax, but I don’t feel rested. I feel unsatisfied, incomplete. My husband has always observed that I don’t know HOW to relax and just do nothing, and he’s right. Just doing nothing is very rarely relaxing for me. It’s creativity that relaxes me. When my hands are busy, my spirit is at rest.

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, bemused at myself for constantly adding more things to an already ridiculous to-do list. And I’ve been thinking, it isn’t just me. You do it to. You, my blogging, Pinning, writing, cooking, homemaking, mothering, wife-ing, nail-painting, crafting, reading (and if you think reading isn’t an act of creation, you aren’t doing it right), photographing, soul-diving ladies. Us. We constantly create in a thousand small, barely-noticed ways. Mostly feminine ways, it seems like, and that makes sense. We are constructed to create life (or at least, to seriously facilitate the process) and we don’t just do that on the large scale. Thousands of tiny acts of creation, tiny little births that might seem insignificant, but they still matter because they make life that much more lovely.

I don’t think it’s trivial, and I don’t think it’s busywork. I’m pretty sure that even the smallest act of creation is vitally necessary.

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This has probably been better said before, I am sure, it’s just what’s been drifting around the edges of my mind lately. Now I have to run and CREATE breakfast, at task at which I am running very, very late

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Monday’s on the Bigger Picture Blogs Facebook page we’re going to introduce some Creative Inspiration. We will post 1-3 words and encourage you to roll those words around in your head and be inspired. Use them to propel you out of the Monday funk and into a creative mood.

Use them as you will.

Take a Photo
Write a Poem
Write a post
Write two sentences
Paint a picture

The point is to use them to infuse your Monday with 5 minutes of creativity.

There is no link up, no need to post by a certain day. Just inspiration and creativity on what could be an uninspiring day.

We encourage you to write on our Facebook wall or leave a link with what you were inspired to do.

Live. Love. Create.

 

Have you written about creativity? Do you want to guest post for us on the subject? Just email Melissa at PBinmyHair (at) gmail (dot) com 

Written to our Hearts {15 September}

♥ in a book Photo Credit Sarah Michael

Every week we share the harvest of intentional living by sharing a simple moment that has touched us or that has pointed us to the bigger picture. These moments from last week were like letters written to our hearts:

“So we dance this dance in the desert, always moving closer to that mirage. Which always, always turns out to be an oasis.

But it would be a lie if I said that it didn’t wear me out sometimes, this constant dancing..”  Dancing in the Desert from Lucy the Valiant

“Collectively, we have an expectation that September 11 was a transformative experience. We expect that one of the greatest tragedies of American history would have changed us in some tangible way. We assume that we, as a nation, are different now, a decade after the towers fell, the Pentagon proved itself vulnerable, and the sleeping giant nation awoke to stunning horror.

But how? How have we changed?September 12 from Tasting Grace

“Why must it take tragedy to pull us all together? To make us more attentive to each other. To make us hug our kids tighter and laugh with them more.” A Wake up Call from Redhead Reverie

Be sure to come by Peanut Butter in my Hair tomorrow and link up your Simple Moment. It can be a photo, a poem, prose…anything that touched your heart and inspired you tee see beyond the sameness that can be everyday life. Be sure to include out button or a link back and you may see yourself here too.

Live. Capture. Share. Encourage.

Written to our Hearts {18 August}

♥ in a book Photo Credit Sarah Michael

Every week we share the harvest of intentional living by sharing a simple moment that has touched us or that has pointed us to the bigger picture. These moments from last week were like letters written to our hearts:

“We’re in a season right now.

A sliding-down-a-muddy-hill faster than you can grab hold of something, hold-onto-your-hat, pray-and-keep-praying season. I’ve got a stomach ache from the nerves. I’m talking with God while I make rounds through the house. And I’m trying my best to really, truly be with my kids, rather than zone them out while I float around in the adult debris. ”  Well Make It from {Just} Lenae

“If you’ve grown up with a loving, caring father, you may not be able to understand how a ‘just because’ present can be unfamiliar and overwhelming and heart-filling.Fatherly Love from Lucy the Valiant

” But it does amaze me how much life has changed. Different career paths, different countries, different lifestyles, a different language.

And yet, I still feel like the same old me.

Maybe I’m more steadfastly, more assuredly me.” Capturing Time from Tasting Grace

“Soaking in the giggles and smiling to myself, I wondered, “How did I get here? Me, who swore as a teenager that I would never have children, now with three of them!?”

A number of older women have told me that this time, when the kids are young and home, is one of the best times of life. Yes, it’s hard, but it’s good.” These Sounds from A Delightful Home

If I could change one thing about myself (other than my lack of cleavage) I’d ask for more patience. This past weekend I needed more than ever. Let me lay out the scenario for you…” Mom’s Need time Outs Too from Red Head Reverie

Yesterday’s post was about running away and hiding. Not much intentional living in running away, right? And so I began to think…how do I live intentionally?” Picnicking from Lemon Drop Pie

Be sure to come by Peanut Butter in my Hair tomorrow and link up your Simple Moment. It can be a photo, a poem, prose…anything that touched your heart and inspired you tee see beyond the sameness that can be everyday life. Be sure to include out button or a link back and you may see yourself here too.

Live. Capture. Share. Encourage.