Sunday, August 05, 2012

Eight Fulfilling Ways to Be Creative

Taking a little time to be creative is a great way to relieve stress.  It can also be fulfilling when you share your creativity with others.  Here are some of my favorite ways to be creative and share it with others.

1.  Create a piece of jewelry and give it away as a gift.
2.  Design a card for someone special.
3.  Draw or paint a picture.  Display it or give it away as a gift.
4.  Make a scrapbook that includes yourself and someone else. 
5.  Compose a poem for someone.
6.  Assemble a care package for someone.
7.  Create a blog or add to an existing one.
8.  Cook a new dish.

Perfection is not the goal here.  The creative thinking and sharing with others is what matters most.  The most valuable gift you can give anyone is the gift of your time.  Also, when you think creatively you are sharpening your mind and relieving stress in a fun and healthy way.  Everyone benefits! 

Now it's time for you to show me a little of your creative thinking.  When you see the beads pictured below what does it remind you of?  Please share your thoughts below and feel free to tell me some ways you like to be creative!

What do you think of when you look at these beads?

Challenge yourself to use the five senses.

What do you see, hear, taste, feel and smell in your mind's eye?


 Who knows! Maybe you will see your idea come to life on StringtownBeads !


  1. Your ideas are great! I think it's a wonderful idea
    doing something for someone else, they appreciate it and you always feel better. Those beads remind me of the planet Jupiter and the taste of clams (dont know why). Thanks for blogging again. :)

    1. Thank you, James! When I read your comment I looked up pictures of clams and I can definitely see the resemblance! Thanks for reading and commenting! :-)

  2. Wonderful Blog. It fooled me at first I have a serious problem with colors and always have since I was a child. I first saw silver with hints of red and blue and instantly thought of abalone and started writing. What a fantastic creation :) All the senses were there and I looked back and see all of this green and red. There is no green in abalone, not that color; OH NO!I Panicked,but no worries I have it under control and here is the creation. These beads actually make me think of petrified wood or tiger coral
    I was walking along the beach getting in my daily exercise and taking in the crisp ocean air, the smell of sea salt,the sounds of gulls screaming as they would dive into the waters for a evening snack; a perfect afternoon. I was coming close on my favorite spot a coral reef that was closer inland then most. The water fairly shallow in most spots you could see the aquatic life in all of it's splendor. Out of no where comes a speedboat at a speed entirely to fast for the area. I flagged for it to turn, but the driver was not paying attention, and it was to late. Crashing into the reef and sailing onto the shore, splinters of coral everywhere. The beach police where there instantly, the coast guard etc. Because I had previous experience from my job at the aquarium I was allowed to help with clean up. I was also allowed when we were done to take pieces of the coral and other shell life that wouldn't make it. I was able to turn the pieces that were dead or dieng into interesting pieces of jewelry and preserve them so they would be safe for wear, and then ship a portion of my finds to a very good friend who loves beading and creativity as much as I do to create fine pieces of art. Did I mention while salvaging the reefs we got mouth fulls of salt water!

    1. Scott, I enjoyed reading your vivid description and all the thoughts that were going through your mind the whole time! You taught me something new. I had never heard of abalone, so I looked it up. Now I know and I understand why the beads remind you of it. I love how you turned this into a narrative! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

  3. The colors are mostly wrong, but I see, feel, taste, and can almost catch the scent of the ribbon candy that my Grandmother always had at Christmas time! Thank you for bringing a lovely childhood memory to the forefront, Meezan.

    My own creativity comes out when I have my oil paints, palette, and and a blank canvas in front of me. Or when I am working with one of my dogs. I love to find new ways to challenge thier minds. They do can see it if you look for it. : ) New puppy in 6 weeks, so lots of new things to be taught. Cannot wait!

    1. Chris, I'm so glad this triggered such a happy memory! Thank you also for sharing how you like to be creative! Awesome insights! Congrats on your soon to be new puppy! How exciting!! :-)

    2. Before I read Chris' comment the first thought that popped into my mind was peppermint stick candy. When I was a child my Great-Grandfather kept a crystal or canister of some type with a lid that just fit a nice selection of stick candy. It was a tradition to open the container and then debate on which one of the candy sticks to select.

  4. Mom! Her office actually.
    I see the floor tiles in the long hallway. The colors are the same, but there is very little red.
    I smell paper, ink, dust – all from the two big photocopiers against the wall.
    I hear only my footsteps. Everyone is in their rooms working.
    Now I’m in her room and I feel the not so comfy chair. Emotionally I feel happy, cause my mom is across the desk smiling at me.

    1. Mihail, what a pleasure to read! I love the vivid description using your senses! Thanks for sharing! I'm glad it makes you feel happy! :-)