Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.
Our days are full of habits and the habits we choose become our days, our months, our years, our lives. I often ponder habits – those default activities, behaviours and thought patterns I have as an individual, as a wife, as a mother and as part of a family, and wonder whether we are choosing to nurture good habits, or whether we’re hoping that our ideal habits will somehow miraculously form. And it’s good to ponder this I think, because habits are more than actions. They inform our character development, our thinking skills, our creative processes, and they have the capacity to nurture or stifle.
This is your life. Are you who you want to be?
[ switchfoot ]
Melissa and I are both passionate about nurturing creativity – in ourselves, in our children, in our families, and in others. And the best way we’ve found to nurture creativity? Form time, space and opportunity habits which allow inspiration to flow, encourage trial-and-error, and do not demand a response or interaction.
Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.
[ Twyla Tharp ]
This week as we launched our Weaving 3-Ways Workshop we chatted about past weavings. I especially love Melissa’s family weaving project – an unstructured collaboration of all family members who over a few months, in fits and spurts, created a wall weaving. It is beautiful. But that really wasn’t the point.
The point was to create a space which invited all family members to create and contribute in their own individual way. A simple loom of two sticks and string, hanging on a wall in their family living area, and baskets of wool and yarns was the perfect way to invite weaving wonder and experimentation, both individually or together.
A beautifully simple way to nurture creative habits.
So you may not be a weaver, but are you wanting to kick-start some new creative habits? Here are a few quick and easy ideas:
- Put a jar or tin of freshly sharpened pencils on a pile of paper on the dining table. (There really is something delicious and inviting about freshly sharpened pencils, isn’t there, so remember to keep them sharpened if you want this pop-up-drawing-studio to remain inspiring!)
- Leave some scissors in a basket or small box by the door to inspire some nature collecting and gathering.
- Recycle some jars and display this empty collection prominently, inviting them to be filled with finds and creations (and curate this collection often so they don’t just become odds-and-ends jars!)
- Gather picture-filled books from the library or second-hand shop for creative inspiration and stack them in your living space where people will see them.
- Run a long piece of paper down a hallway and create a family picture+word mural
- Each week or month look through cookbooks or online recipe sites for some food-goodness and try make something you’ve never cooked before
- Divide a big batch of cookie dough or plain muffin mix between some friends or family and invite everyone to choose their own add-ins
What do you think, lovely friends? We’d love you to share your own ideas and suggestions on weaving the habit of creativity.