I Will Flourish...Creatively

The Flourish Linkup with The Kardia Blog I've been looking forward to this day for over a month now! :) I am beyond excited to welcome you all to the very first Flourish linkup. My hope is that this linkup will help you discover how to be successful, prosper, and thrive – in your own way. This month's prompt is Creatively, and I can't wait to read how all of you plan to flourish in this area of your life.

10 Things I Am Grateful For:

  1. Fresh, fluffy snow
  2. Loyal, trustworthy friends
  3. Laughter
  4. Ice Cream
  5. Warm socks
  6. The way the sun shines through the window
  7. Ice scrapers
  8. Heart to heart conversations
  9. Opportunities to be a leader
  10. Candles

I will flourish creatively this year by

Filling up a sketchbook with notes and drawings, without looking for perfection. Let's make a mess. Rarely are creative minds organized at first (if ever!). Ideas come at the most random times and if you take too much time to think, the great idea will be gone before you know it.

Observing the world and the people in it. One of my very good friends, Gina, inspired me to start going places with just a sketchbook/notebook in hand. In any creative field, the goal is to send a message or solve a problem. It's easier to communicate that message when you know who your audience is. Observing allows you to learn how people interact with one another, which is a good thing to understand!

Discovering my own style. Did you know that there are two types of creativity? Primary creatives bring an idea to life from nothing. They can turn a blank whiteboard into a masterpiece. Primary creatives have the ability and desire to make something that doesn't exist yet.

On the other hand, secondary creatives take an existing raw idea and add their own twist to it to make it even better than before. For them, starting with a blank whiteboard makes them feel ill-equipped. They are just as creative as primary creatives, but they start with an existing idea and spin off of it.

I believe that Pinterest has caused a dramatic increase in the amount of secondary creativity in the world today. We go to Pinterest for "inspiration" and "ideas", but when we create, how much of it is actually our own idea and not from something else? My goal this year is to develop my own style and create original pieces of work. I'm not saying I won't look for inspiration on Pinterest (because I absolutely LOVE Pinterest!), but I am going to make an effort to make a mark on the world by being unique.

Learning anything and everything. 

There's no better way to foster creativity than by learning something new. Take that watercoloring class, go on that trip abroad, make a new recipe, teach yourself calligraphy - the possibilities are endless! Trying new things opens up your eyes to things you didn't know before. I plan on cooking something new at least twice a month, going somewhere new at least once a month, applying what I learn in school in my own life every day, and teaching myself a new skill once a month. Learning is fun! You don't just learn in school anymore, in fact, I believe real learning comes from doing things hands-on.

What the word "Flourish" means to me:

To me, "Flourish" means that I become the best person I can be. It means soaking up knowledge and wisdom and then applying it in my own life. It means growing, in all areas of life. That's why I created this linkup; so that others would have a common place to share their dreams and be encouraged to achieve them!

So are you with me? Go Flourish! :)

Next month's prompt is how you will flourish in your relationships with others. If you're new to the linkup, you can find all of the details right here! I hope you join us sometime, because I'd love to read what you have to say!

The linkup will go live the first Friday of every month at 12 am EST. You’ll be able to submit your take on the week’s prompt, as well as discover how other’s are planning to Flourish in the different aspects of their lives! My hope is that this linkup will encourage you to take steps, however big or small, towards becoming the best version of yourself. Don’t aim for perfection, but refine what works for you. Here’s to Flourishing in 2015! [inlinkz_linkup id=493663 mode=1]