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Sep 7, 2008
Recently a good friend shared how she found a store where you could paint your own pottery. She had never done anything like this before in her life and was talking about how much she loved doing this. She explained how she couldn't wait to go and found herself wanting to go paint everyday.

Then she said a statement in the conversation that completely took me aback, "I've never done anything like this before in my life, I'm one of those people who have no talent, or an artistic bone in my body." I asked her if she really truly thought that about herself, and she said that she did feel that way.

I do not believe that about any person. I think people just haven't found their "niche" yet, that there undiscovered talent and skills, which hasn't been found yet. It's actually an exciting prospect to help someone discover talents perhaps they had never perhaps had opportunity to explore before.

I have discovered in my life when I'm not doing something creative, there was something missing. That I felt off balance somewhat. I believe we are born with a need to express creativity. Sometimes it takes a process to find what's blocking creativity.

Expand your thinking and definition of what creativity is. It isn't only a person who can draw or paint or write. Most didn't just take it up and were good at it at their first attempt. It was a natural talent, but it needed to be developed. They learned and practiced to become good at what they do. Just about anything and any medium can be created into art. Gardening can be an art form for instance. I've seen some gardens that truly were a work of art and almost breath taking. I've seen junk turned into art, there's jewelry making, basket weaving, knitting, spinning your own yarn, photography, too much to list. Start thinking big.

Where does your interest lie? Take some time to really think about that. What are some areas you've told yourself, "someday I'd like to learn that." What are some areas that you've seen others do that you find totally amazing and you seem to be the last one hanging around admiring all the small, finite details, wanting to know all about it? Look at those areas first.

Invest in yourself. Take a class, get a book or find a mentor. Put action to the commitment to learn. Each one who has mastered a skill goes through a learning process and starts at step one. Start. Stop with the excuses and fears. Resist perfectionism, it'll shoot creativity in the foot. If it doesn't fit you in the end, move on to try something else, but keep looking until you find that fit.

Our creative side isn't just about what we're doing, it's also about who we are, and that touches people near us. Just like tossing a stone into a pond, those ripples it creates, flow out and affects others.
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By Valerie Garner - Owner and maker of highly scented soy candles all hand made. We offer hundreds of amazing scents as well as many vanilla scented candles .
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