The focus of this week for me has been to explore my inner child. Boy, did I get to do this yesterday at Lido Beach. My friend, Ursula (10 years of age) and I went down to catch some rays, play bocce ball on the sand, savor ice cream cones from Big Olaf’s, and take a dip in the water on our day off. When the traffic at 5 pm was still hectic to get back over the bridge, we opted to stay longer and collect sea shells.
It’s amazing how time can just fly by when you’re having fun in the sun.
It reminded me of when I was young, and we had art class in school. When parent-pick up time came around, I would beg my mom for more time at the easel.
The aspect of being playful is one of my favorite parts of my inner child. It’s that care-free, eager, and engaged attitude that inspires me the most in my creativity today.
When I have angst in my attitude, it’s usually because I’m not allowing this creative side of me to shine as much as I need it to feel balanced.
Creativity is accessed through the right hemisphere of the brain. While the goal is to utilize both the right and left hemispheres equally, one can dominate if the other is not used.
In my case, too much time on the computer, accounting, and logic-based problem solving can leave me feeling out of sorts.
My day at the beach reminded me that playfulness and creativity are essential ingredients to sprinkle throughout my day.
Thus, I started today with an activity from Month 4 of the Awaken your Purpose Mastery Course. This module is perfectly titled, “Boost your Creativity.” Or, in my current space state of mind, creativity is the booster to launch me into feeling great, exploring new ideas, and transforming those ideas into tangible projects, products, and experiences.
Step 1 of this activity was to select a belief statement on which to focus. I encourage you to pick one from the list below. It could be a belief that you want more of in your life, or one you feel you already possess and want to gain further momentum for success.
- I recognize myself as a wonderfully unique and creative being.
- Great ideas come to me continually.
- I have the power to release many new ideas and insights to enrich my life
- I release a flow of creative ideas.
- Every day many stimulating ideas come to mind.
- New ideas continually flow from me.
- I have great creative energy.
- My mind has tremendous thought-generating power.
- Positive creative thoughts are released from my mind like a flowing river.
- My creative abilities increase and expand continually.
- I am an open channel to a creative flow of ideas.
- I am becoming a more highly creative person each moment.
- More and more creative ideas pop into my mind all through the day.
- My mind spontaneously releases a flood of useful, terrific ideas.
- I am open to the universe of ideas around me.
- I release all limitations placed on me by heredity, education or environment.
- I release and dissolve all limitations to my creativity.
- I have a great creative genius within me.
- I am a creative genius.
- My creativity is supported by an infinite creative intelligence.
- I confidently act on my creative ideas.
- I have the time, energy, and resources to bring my creative ideas into reality.
- Creativity and abundance naturally flow to me and through me.
- I have more clarity about my ideas every day.
- It is fun, prosperous, and satisfying to explore my creative interests.
Step 3 is to put your creativity into action.
In my case today, this meant taking a photo of an enticingly delicious shake from the Café Gratitude menu and recreating it in smoothie form.
This nut-based concoction was both enjoyable and satiating. Plus, I whipped it up in just a matter of minutes before hitting the computer for my left-brained work projects.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think:
- 1 cup coconut milk (I used the unsweetened TJ’s Coconut beverage)
- 1/3 cup whole, raw, unsalted almonds
- ¼ cup cashew butter (creamy, unsalted from TJ’s)
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 5 medium ice cubes (you could also use almond milk ice cubes, if you have them previously frozen)
- Cacao nibs and roasted coconut chips for topping (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender, and whirl until smooth.
Dates can also be placed in a bowl with hot water about 30 minutes prior to making this drink if your blender has a hard time getting a smooth consistency when throwing them in cold.
So, as I sip my dessert-for-brunch delight, I’ll make a toast to this fantastic quote by Dr Seuss:
Cheers to a wonderful day of creativity for us all!