TGIF: Your creativity is your voice

We might have finally turned a corner and welcomed Spring. Of course, I might have just jinxed us too.

The other night, I had a wonderful conversation about creativity. What it is, how to foster it, how we ALL have it.

I was reminded that our creativity, in whatever form it takes, is an expression of ourselves and our gift to our family, friends, and if we choose, the world at large.

More importantly, making time to be creative is gift to ourselves.

I express my creativity in so many ways, but in the past, I have been far to judgmental about how it manifests. If I drew something and it didn't come out exactly like the image in my mind. Or my writing wasn't just right. My photos not gallery worthy.

And I stepped away from expressing my creativity, in some cases for more than 2 decades. 

Having recently returned to drawing, I realized how much it fills my bucket up, but also what an essential piece of me I wasn't allowing expression. I was silencing myself. 

Maybe it's because I'm in my forties, but I'm just not willing to silence myself any longer.

On my nightstand

Circe by Madeline Miller

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

What I read this week

I'm generally not a fan of Amy Schumer's style of comedy, but this review might have convinced me to see I Feel Pretty

Can't stop hate-watching HGTV?

Uniforms aren't just for school kids

Why I can't do anything right in the eyes of my 16 year-old 

This little comic is spot on

The state of U.S. schools

The post is awesome, but the comments are even better - titles for poems on parenting