In a recent article, Creatively Wasting Time, I explored the idea of finding time to spark creative ideas. I decided to look for further inspiration on the topic of creativity among others that enjoy the process as well. Three creative women have kindly shared with me their strategies for prioritizing creativity amidst the hustle and bustle of family life with children. I asked all three women the following questions:
"How do you find time to be creative as a mother?
"Do you have any tricks for jump starting creativity?"
Amanda Rose, The Cozy Composer
If I try finding time to be personally creative in the natural rhythm of the day - I won't find it at all! I schedule a personal deadline on my calendar and compose or write while the kids are asleep. If I did not set my art as a priority I know that the time would easily be filled with something less enriching. There are many distractions that I have to battle but in the end the satisfaction of reaching my goals is worth it!
I keep a beautiful notebook in the most trafficked area of our home. It belongs to me, so no kid doodles or to do lists allowed, only ideas and thoughts that support my current project. Log out of email and facebook! I keep my mentors close. A trick to creativity is networking! Invest in your art by attending workshops, lectures, or making specific time to research work online.
Becca Koopmans, Wear Love Now
How do I find the time? Time carved out for creating has looked different at the various stages of motherhood. When my 4 were tiny tots, I had to go off site to a watercoloring class or pottery wheel session. Now my times to create are early in the morning b/f anyone is awake or in-between activities with them. Creative projects as a mom are constantly interrupted...so I try to secure even the smallest snippets of time to hop in my sewing area or journal or sketch.
Jump starting creativity? My heart and head need to be rested for creativity and that's not always easy to manage as a mom. I also need a rather full heart, which usually is dependent on my relationship with God, family, friends, inspiring books, strong coffee and good music! When I'm in a rut, a walk does wonders for my creative juices and progress on a project.
Lonni Olson, L. Olson Designs
I've found my inspiration usually comes when I'm just going about my normal day. Whether it's through art I see, things in nature, or from the things we use each day - the inspiration for colors and designs can come from anywhere.
I try to remember to make notes of ideas when they come, so that I'm not racking my brain later trying to remember the design I was envisioning.
As for finding the time to work on those ideas, I'm a firm believer in allowing my boys time to find their own creative spirit through independent play. It's amazing what kids can come up with when left to their own devices for awhile!
"It takes time to make time." -Michael Warshaw in "Keep it Simple," Fast Company
For an entire series on staying creative, visit A Place to Dwell.