This month I am dedicated to helping you create goals that stick – goals that you will continue to feel motivated and inspired by until you reach your big dreams. To assist with this, I have interviewed a range of entrepreneurs, coaches, and gurus on specific goal types to help you create amazing and long-lasting goals that you will achieve.
Today I am excited to introduce Renee Bell from Little Girls With Great Big Dreams. I feel so very blessed to have met Renee through the Beautiful You Coaching Academy last year. I have been lucky to have been coached by her and photographed by her – and to have become friends with her. Her blog constantly inspires me – her relationship with her daughter, her creativity, and her strength and beauty are admirable. I knew that she’d have so much to share with you and am lucky to have her here to provide her top tips on how to set and move toward your creativity goals.
Setting creativity goals – by Renee Bell
Just before the recent Christmas holidays I made a decision that my daughter Liana and I would immerse ourselves in as many creative ventures as we could over this 6 week period… Sometimes, when your hobby becomes your business (as mine did, in the way of my photography and then my blog) you start to treat everything that is similar as “work”. So I wanted to break free from that, and start to have fun with creativity again, for me – not only for my clients.
The first thing I did was find a fabulous colouring in book for grown ups (details here), borrowed some of Liana’s textas and got to colouring. There is something so incredibly relaxing about colouring in, and the timing just happened to coincide with me being sick for a few days, so it was a perfect opportunity to relax my mind and body.
Next, after some inspiration on Instagram, I discovered mandalas – we spent a small fortune at local art supply stores (Christmas presents!) and started drawing.
The main thing I noticed about these first two creative adventures is that I really had forgotten what it was like to fully immerse myself and allow my creativity to take over. To get to that point where 3 hours has gone past, you haven’t eaten and you cant bear to get up and go to the bathroom because that would mean – stopping for a few moments!!! It was fun, it was freeing, and I found myself falling in love with creativity again…
There are many ways you can incorporate creativity into your everyday. Be it journaling, gratitude projects, photography, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, drawing, painting, sewing, building, writing, dancing, meditation…
For me, creativity gives me the tools to explore my life purpose. I learn from keen observation, almost like I never stop watching. Noticing every small detail…
What would be your top 3 tips for setting goals related to infusing your life with fun and creativity?
Be prepared to destroy what you create. The quickest way to get overwhelmed by creativity is to feel obligated to keep every single little thing you draw, create, make or photograph. When the colouring book is full, be ok with throwing it in the recycle bin.
If you take 100 photos in an afternoon (practicing and trying to get that perfect shot) make a commitment that you will keep only the best 5. Then take 100 more tomorrow, or next week and keep only 5. The one way you will get better at anything, is trial and error and letting go of your imperfections. No one wants a house full of scraps of paper, or a hard drive full of almost identical photos.
This is also something to teach your kids – it would be crazy to try to keep every single drawing they bring home from preschool, so helping them understand this from an early age will save you 5 extra packing boxes when you move house in the future… Remember ~ as awesome as that lego tower that you built is – half the fun is in knocking it down and starting again!
Let go of the expectation that there has to be a “reason” for creativity, or a desired end result. For a long time I would tell myself there was no point printing photos, or scrapbooking, or colouring in, or drawing – because if no one saw what I had created, or I didn’t hang them on the wall or write a blog post about them then what was the point? Creativity and fun is about being in the moment, of being free, and it does not matter at all if you are the only person who is there to witness it. A question to ask yourself – if you don’t photograph + share on Instagram that perfect rainbow you just saw – is it any less beautiful??
At an artists workshop last year I scribbled this in my journal:
When you get a creative impulse – focus on a direction, not the destination. Don’t only allow yourself to feel joy at the top of the mountain.
That is of course not to say that you shouldn’t share what you create, absolutely do that if you want to. But try not to make that the only reason… Pick a creative goal because the journey looks interesting, and be completely open to what the view will be when you reach the top of the mountain. You might just be very surprised at what you find!
Honor and take care of your body – it is your tool of expression.
If you are tired, hungry or stressed then it is most likely that the last thing you want to be doing is getting creative in any shape or form. Try to get a good night sleep every night, eat nourishing foods and relax your body with gentle exercise or meditation.
What would be your top three tips for remaining motivated and inspired by goals relating to having fun and being creative, and continuing to be in action toward them?
- Remember – fun and creativity can come in so many forms. Be open to possibility in every moment of your days. Instead of being annoyed that it is starting to rain as you take the washing off the line ~ enjoy the feel of the raindrops on your face (maybe even dance a little!)… use beautiful pens when writing in your journal… pick your outfit for the day based on how you want to feel – not how you want to look… experiment in the kitchen with new recipes… arrange your meals artfully on your plate – just because!
- Be ready when creativity hits. Often it can’t be planned or scheduled. Allow for spontaneity. If you go a period of time without ‘being creative’ don’t get disheartened – just jump back in and keep going. Also, as above, experiment with making the every day moments of your life creative and fun.
- Practice practice practice. Also if you want to – look for inspiration as a way of exploration. Pinterest and Instagram are fabulous places to look for ideas and inspiration. Set a time limit for this though – it can be a form of procrastination to be “researching” for hours at a time.
Can you recommend any resources that might assist readers with setting inspiring goals relating to creativity and having fun – and remaining on track with them?
For me photography is a big passion and I love to participate in photography projects and photo a day challenges. Admittedly there are times where I get busy with life and miss a few days (or weeks) but key is to just pick up where you left off and keep going. Details of some of the photo projects I am currently working on can be found on my blog here http://littlegirlswithgreatbigdreams.com/ and my favourite photo-a-day challenge that I am participating in is run by Fat Mum Slim and you can see details of how to get started with that here http://fatmumslim.com.au/how-to-play/
If you can – set a budget for creative play. Visit your local art supply store and see what grabs your attention. Even if you think you wont be good at painting with watercolours – the point is to have fun! Give it a try – you may be surprised.
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Renee Bell | Little Girls With Great Big Dreams
Mother. Photographer. Life Coach. Dreamer
Renee Bell is a Coach and Photographer who blends mindfulness with motherhood, creativity with conscious living, and holistic health with happiness. Her latest love-project Little Girls With Great Big Dreams is a virtual playspace, as well as your inspirational dream space, designed to encourage self-aware mothers that they can consciously create the relationship they most want with the children they adore. With her daughter-muse Liana by her side, Renee practices the presence she preaches. With extensive experience as a Photographer, further training in Life Coaching, Holistic Health, Colour Therapy, Holistic Birth and Nutrition, Renee brings a lot to the (organic) table when it comes to motherhood, wellness and creative living.
Dream bigger over at LittleGirlsWithGreatBigDreams.com.