How To Live Creatively (Even If You’re Not)

Do you find yourself unable to express yourself artistically, but have always had a profound appreciation for all things art? Here are some tips to living creatively, even when you think you’re not artistically inclined in the slightest.

Have you ever wanted to create something of your own? Have you ever wanted to escape reality through an aesthetically pleasing outlet but just felt that you had no way of doing so for the lack of creative ability? Have you ever wished you could live life like your favorite musicians, artists, and celebrities? Have you ever wanted to say that you are living creatively?

We have all been in those slumps when the going gets tough in college, especially during four-day weeks that end up accumulating so much more work and activities and commitments than a regular, full week of school!

Well, luckily for you, there is an upside, and that is that you don’t have to always inherit an innate skill in art or some form of inventiveness when it comes to living creatively. You do not have to be the next Salvador Dali or the next Kendrick Lamar to lead a creative life! All it takes is a little change in perspective and a step in a new direction. Here are some tips to get the imagination warmed up and the artistic vibes flowing, because art truly comes in forms and kinds of all mediums. That is what is so great about it!

1. Take a new course, something different and out there.

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You can never go wrong when it comes to experimenting and trying something new. Creativity does not have to mean a paintbrush and canvas or an instrument and a tune, art can simply be taking the initiative to try something new and to become passionate about it. You could try to take that Global Documentary course you were dying to take or a language course or even a course on Fairy Tales or Sci-Fi.

2. Get more active in the social media world and add value to the posts you write or the images you post.

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Try out different editing apps and search up quotes that inspire you. Look for artists (musicians, visual artists, photographers, fashionistas, etc.) that influence you. Post a picture of you and your friend somewhere totally cool in your town or drop a line that means a lot to you. Share yourself in a way you would want others to hear and see you.

3. Try out a new recipe.

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A great way to spend time with friends and get a little creative is by cooking/baking. It is always adds an element of fun and experimentation. Pretend to be a food critic of your own masterpiece and enjoy the break from the crazy work surrounding you in your everyday life. (Plus, you finally take the time to feed yourself– I know college students are very bad about getting those important meals of the day.)

4. Go on an adventure!

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No one really thinks about traveling or exploring as art, but if you really, truly grasp it, you are experiencing a form of art. You are appreciating the culture, the city, the people, and the food, even if it is just your college home town or what not, just doing something daring and different to inform you of something novel is one way to living creatively. You are willing to step out of the boundaries and venture out into the world– wanderlust.

5. Pick up a new hobby.

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God knows, college is filled with an extensive array of activities right in front of you to take advantage of– so, do so! For instance, some universities offer spin classes, dance classes, ping pong classes, or aerial acrobatics, or you may be more into the music scene and want to go to some open mic nights or jazz sessions at a local coffee shop in your area, or you may enjoy writing more and start your own blog, or you may want to pick up a camera and learn how to do” light painting;”whatever the case may be, you should absolutely be open to reaching out and becoming an active member of something unique that will mean a lot to you. Plus, hobbies are great creative stimulators.

6. Search up new trends and give it a try.

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Once again, staying out of the lines is always a wonderful way to express yourself and your passions and to show that you really care about art and its ever-changing trends. Plus, it gives you a new sense of purpose and motivation when you have a goal to try something new. Try a new hairstyle, a new look, a new sport, or a new genre of music. Update that Spotify playlist to what is being recently discovered or give that hat look a try for the first time.

8. Carry a journal.

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No, I am not saying you need to have a creative bone in your body to be a writer or a journalist. Sometimes, it is just the simple act of taking out that pen and paper and writing a word or two down, a phrase, a saying, a mantra, or even a doodle! Just step away from the phone and let those creative rants loose!

9. Finally, “look at your life like it’s a work of art,” and “eat with your eyes.”

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A blog post on Astral & Opal by Vanessa Hudgens made an amazing point, that “we eat every single day, so sometimes we forget that food is art as well.” And this is so true! You would be surprised if you realized that life itself is an art. It is. Look back at memories, together they construct a short film in your head, they create bloopers, and they formulate a scrapbook. Look at the present and notice all the amazing people around you and the value they add to your life through their own experiences, stories, and passions. What is it that makes you energized, fascinated, alive? Appreciate the food you eat, the yoga you practice, the places you see, the music you hear, the dreams you dream, etc etc. There is always something that drives us, a powerful force of instant passion–creativity at its finest. It is fantastic when you feel best about yourself, the things you do, and the people you love. That is when you know you are doing something right, you are living creatively, in your own way.

So, never feel like you are not creative or never will be, because there are a multitude of ways you can get inspired and be considered creative– you just have to find your platform, your space, your tick, your outlet.

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