When I was 40, I went through a phase during which I feared all of my creativity had been sapped.
I was in the thick of child-rearing and running a home, with all that this time of life entails. Most of my time was spent driving kids to activities, volunteering at their schools, cleaning up messes, and preparing meals that usually involved the words "nugget" or "roll-up."
Although it was rewarding watching my children grow and thrive, I had no outlet for self-expression or creativity. In fact, I thought I had no creativity.
Someone suggested I read the book, The Artist's Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron. In the book, Julia suggests that to stimulate creativity, you should commit to a period of "reading deprivation," so you have no excuse not to do something playful and creative. She even provides a list of ideas. (more…)