I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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Discovering Your Creative Outlet

Throughout this post, I’ve put pictures of some of my favorite creative moments.  Sometimes with others.  Sometimes just me and the cookie dough.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of creativity in our lives.  If you’re in a place like I was several years ago, you might not know what your creative outlet is.  If that’s you, I would like to offer some tips and suggestions for discovering that passion that is just under the surface waiting to erupt with creativity.  Remember creativity comes in all shapes and sizes.  The beautiful thing about it is that it is unique to who you are, to your giftings, your likes, and the way you are personally wired.

Here are some questions to get you started…

What is fun to you?

What makes you feel relaxed and re-energizes you?

What are you passionate about?

What is life giving to you?

Is there something that you’ve always wanted to try?

Is fear holding you back?

Your creative outlet might be something that comes natural, or it might be something that you have to work at in the beginning.  Don’t be scared to try new things and “explore” the possibilities.  I never thought I would love photography as much as I do.  I almost let fear hold me back.  Fear is an awful, tricky thing.  It keeps us from many things.  Fear of rejection, fear of not being good, fear of what others might think of us.  It’s ugly.  Exploring photography really made me get over my fear.  My photos were out there, and I liked them.  I had to get over the fact that others might not like my work.  Beauty really does lie in the eyes of the beholder, and I was beholding what I thought was beautiful in my own eyes.

Above all, remember that everyone is different and that creativity doesn’t always look like a beautiful photo or an amazing painting.  Maybe you love organization and your creativity lies in putting systems into place that work for everyone.  Maybe there’s no other place you’d rather be but in the kitchen cooking up a mean dinner.  Maybe the place where you find life is sitting with a pen in hand writing a beautiful story.  The possibilities truly are endless and that’s the beautiful thing about it…

For more posts written by me, you can also visit my personal blog, I Believe In Love.

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