creativity versus consuming

Consuming versus Creating

Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed with an inner battle between consuming and creating. Our culture expects us to be constantly consuming news, information, social media posts, photos and everything in between. We expect ourselves to keep up with everything that’s happening around the world and in the lives of every person we’ve ever met (and the reality show stars we haven’t actually met). I’ve realized that I’m so busy reading everyone’s statuses and blog posts that I forget to devote time to creating my own content. I consider myself a creative person, but I’ve really been struggling lately to make myself focus on the act of creating.

I’m trying to focus a little more of my energy every day on doing something creative. Some days it’s blogging, other times it’s cooking or decorating or taking photos. But by golly, it’s just so easy to get distracted! I’m sitting here writing a post about spending more time creating, and I (honest to goodness) stopped after writing that first paragraph so I could spend 20 minutes checking my Facebook news feed. Why did I just do that?!

The battle between consuming and creating extends beyond my computer. I get easily distracted by the convenience and never-ending options of restaurants. But I’d do myself a favor by spending more time creating my own meals instead of simply choosing something from a menu. Same is true for shopping. I can so easily spend a lot of time and money buying the prettiest clothes or beautiful home decor. But those things are limiting my creativity. Instead, I feel like I should spend more time on do-it-yourself decor and creating new outfits from my existing wardrobe.

One of my reasons for starting this blog was to have a reason for creating, writing, sharing. And I’m truly enjoying it. I’m promising myself to spend more time creating and less time consuming. And I challenge you to make the same promise to yourself.

 How do you make more time for creating? What inspires you to be creative? I’d love to hear your tips and advice.

I’m working on a post for next week with tips for sparking your creativity. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

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