We are all creative. Some make a living on their creativity. Others don’t recognize they have any. The rest of us don’t make time to express it on a regular basis.
This week, I let my creative juices flow. I could’ve easily bought a birthday cake for Michaela. She didn’t ask for a monkey face. She certainly didn’t ask for her own mini cake. And yet, I wanted to make them for her. I chose to spend a handful of hours in this labor of love.
For the first time in a while, I was excited to create. I made two 9 inch round cakes which I haven’t done in years. I made three extra cupcakes for the ears. I figured out how to cut the cake to the shape I wanted. I made the buttercream frosting and created all the colors I needed. I used scraps to make a little hair and cardboard to make the flowers. I put a very little amount of water on my fingers and pressed down the eyes, nose, and mouth to make it look smoother.
When you get into a creation, you don’t pay attention to the amount of time it takes. You don’t care how messy you get. You don’t care what it costs. Instead, you get into an unused part of your brain. You focus on the joy of what you’re creating. You anticipate the happiness you’ll bring to another human being.
The cake, indeed, brought a big smile to Michaela’s face. It also made me beam with pride at what I was capable of doing.
I don’t often carve out time to let my creative juices flow, but after this project, I’m inspired to keep creating more. It felt so good to do something out of the ordinary. It was fun to think of how to make each step my own (although I got a lot of help from a “Monkey Cake” search-I went with Smitten Kitchen’s recipe 🙂 ). I want to create beautiful things to touch other’s hearts.
If there’s a project you’ve been putting off because there’s not enough time, make time this week. We all have creativity in our beings; we just have to embrace a challenge and go for it. It’s easy not to find time with children, but tapping into your creative side, allows you to reconnect with yourself a bit. It allows you to remember who you are. It gives you a new outlet to share your heart and love. I don’t know what my next creation will be but I have some ideas: make place-cards for Thanksgiving with Michaela, create a slideshow of pictures of my father-in-law and write then doodle-decorate my favorite quotes to hang in my nook.
I hope you have a project or two that you’re ready to dive into. Give yourself some time and get started!
Wishing you a happy week of creating!