According to a study conducted by Adobe, almost two-thirds of those surveyed felt creativity was valuable to society, yet surprisingly, only 25% of people believe they are living up to their potential to be creative. Why do you think that is? Have you personally felt you lack the time, productivity, talent, or resources to create things of value? Or perhaps you’ve hit a dry spell and are having difficulty finding inspiration. Maybe you’re like me and most moments of creativity come in like waves of the ocean.
Today marks Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday! He’s one of the most recognizable characters in the world, having been created by Walt Disney and his dear friend, Ub Iwerks, in 1928. When talking about Disneyland, which he claimed to be his most important work, Walt Disney stated “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” I love that.
Mickey Mouse is especially close to my heart because he’s actually the same age as my grandma. And wow does she love the rides at Disneyland! She even enjoys riding the most daring ones with me! Last year I had the chance to visit Walt Disney’s hometown in Marceline, Missouri. It’s a charming town that is full of nostalgia and Disneyesque architecture. It definitely left me in awe and wonder and full of inspiration. You can find out more at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum.
Do you feel like you’re living up to your fullest creative potential? What holds you back and what inspires you move forward?
Here are a few ways that help me find inspiration and I hope they help you too. And be sure to keep reading for a special announcement.
- Volunteer your time and talents. “The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem” ~Walt Disney. Get involved in activities where you are doing things for other people. Ask yourself, “What can I do to add to other peoples’ happiness and bring them joy?” Check out your local community center, nursing home, or the bulletin board at your favorite coffee shop. There is always someone who would just be blessed by what you have to offer.
- Don’t scrap your less than ideal pieces of work. Photography has evolved so much in the last couple years and it has sparked a renewed interest for me. Because I started on film, I found that I have a terrible habit of getting rid of photos that are less than perfect. When I initially took up photography, there weren’t many options to fix problems because of constraints in technology, whether the horizon wasn’t level, the exposure was off, or someone’s shoulder was in the way. Nowadays these types of issues can be remedied much more easily. This has changed my way of thinking and it has given me more freedom to create that beloved image. Furthermore did you know that an ugly broken cake roll can be made into a beautiful and yummy Gingerbread Trifle? Look for opportunities to make the most of your less than ideal creations before you decide they won’t work.
Check out online educational resources such as The Great Courses Plus which offers online study courses for professional development, hobbies, travel, history, literature, art, writing, and various languages. I’ve taken quite a few of them and they’ve all been incredibly insightful. Modern States also has excellent study courses for various topics which allow you to prepare for advanced placement or examinations for college credit, for free.
- How do you go about finding inspiration? Let me know in the comments below or respond to my recent posts on my other social media sites, YouTube or Instagram as part of your entry for a giveaway! I believe that art brings a lot of joy, wonder, and inspiration into the home and workspace. As a thank you for all your support in all my creative endeavors, I’d like to show my appreciation by giving away a 10.7″ x 8.0″ lustre finish, color photographic print of my most popular photo (Florida Sunset pictured below). One winner (UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED) will be chosen at random on Wednesday, November 21st at 12 midnight EST. Since the print will be processed through Redbubble, domestic and international shipping restrictions will apply. Go to Rafflecopter to enter. Please also review my Terms and Conditions page for further details and rules related to the giveaway.
If you don’t win or are interested in purchasing additional prints or other products featuring my latest creatives check out my Redbubble shop for more as well as my Teespring shop which is currently offering a $2 purchase discount (some product restrictions apply) through Cyber Monday. And don’t forget to check out my Resources page for more information to help you live up to your full creative potential and inspire others in the process. Have a lovely and inspiration filled day!