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Last week we explored the ways in which we may be contributing to our pain and the notion that socializing – even when we don’t feel like it – helps us to feel more supported and can even work as a stepping stone to moving on. For me, when I started socializing and having more fun I realized that there was a happy life awaiting me once I truly let go.

 

This week we examine the third step which is very often overlooked but plays a vital role in letting go and moving on.

 

Take up hobbies

 

Once I was socializing more and my spirits had begun to lift I threw myself into taking up hobbies and interests. I read more, I went to creative writing classes, I started this blog and I even drew up my 40 before 40 bucket list! This helped me express myself creatively which brought me joy and satisfaction whilst allowing me view my future with excitement and optimism.

 

If you would like to rediscover your creativity, please read my article titled ‘How to Design A More Fulfilled Life By Being Creative in 6 Simple Steps’.

 

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Types of creative activities

 

Once you’ve developed your creativity by following the steps you can decide how to be creative. Below I have listed a wide range of creative activities, choose the one that appeals to you the most and begin your creative journey today!

 

  • Pottery
  • Sculpting
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Painting (watercolour, oil, acrylic)
  • Drawing (pencil, pen, pastels, charcoal)
  • Writing non-fiction
  • Creative writing
  • Writing poetry
  • Song writing
  • Singing
  • Playing an instrument
  • Composing music
  • Dancing
  • Acting
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Card making
  • Calligraphy
  • Scrapbooking
  • Origami and quilling
  • Jewellery making
  • Mosaics (E.g. mirror frames, tables, pots)
  • Cake decorating

 

To me creativity is self-expression in its truest form. There is an innate beauty in the gardener who eloquently expresses how she sees nature, the writer who uses the perfect combination of words to convey his ideas or the photographer who captures the moment flawlessly. These are just some of the beautiful ways creativity communicates our unique view of the world, the very essence of who we are. Begin celebrating your own wondrous individuality by fostering more creativity in your life and embark on a new, more fulfilling life today.

 

Further resources:

 

‘Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Based Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation’ by Donald Altman

This book uses a mindfulness based approach to letting go and moving on.

 

‘The Secret to Letting Go and Moving On’ by Joff Day (Kindle version)

This book uses a psychological based approach to letting go and moving on.

 

‘When the past won’t let you go: find the healing that lets you move on’ by H Norman Wright

This book uses a spiritual approach to letting go and moving on.

 

Stay tuned – next week we examine the two extremely important last steps to letting go and moving on.

 

Do you think you would find expressing yourself creatively fulfilling? Were there any activities on the list that you definitely wouldn’t try? Do you have any ideas for possible creative pass times that I have missed? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.