Last year was a stressful time for me. The company I worked for was recently bought out and in the process of implementing major changes. Work sapped all of my mental energy. I worked. I came home. I went back to work. Rinse, lather, repeat.
This affected my wife. We felt like there was something missing in our life — something we could work on together. As we neglected our blog, Cooking in College, our stress levels rose and time became muddled.
What was missing in our life? A creative outlet. So in the depths of these despairing times we rolled back our sleeves, laced up our boots, and created A Millennial Type.
What is a creative outlet?
A creative outlet is something you pour your creative spirit into. It can be a hobby, it can be your work, it can even be little house projects.
Whatever it is, a creative outlet is nothing more than an excuse to open your creative flood gates and see what happens next. It’s a way for you to discover who you truly are.
Okay, but I’m not creative?
Yes you are. Stop thinking like that. If I told you that you have the same creative source as Shakespeare or Picasso, would you believe me? Well it’s true, creativity isn’t a gift for a select few, we all inherit it. Creativity is part of what makes us human.
The biggest obstacle to creativity is you. But you’re not to blame here. Since we were young, we were taught how to do things correctly. How to write correctly, how to cook correctly, how to dress correctly. We were bombarded with a lot of rules on how we should do things.
But what if you could unlearn those rules, and try to do things a bit differently?
Growing up I hated writing. English was my worst subject. Fast forward 10 years and now I want to pursue writing as a career. What changed? I unlearned what I was taught about writing and learned to write the way I wanted. This now gives me a creative source I can tap into every morning before I go to work.
All it took was a little unlearning.
Why is this so important?
This is the question I wanted to avoid. I really don’t have an answer, but I can tell you this: I live a much more fulfilling life when I am creating. When I make something new for other people to enjoy (even if it’s just for myself), it makes me happy.
I want you to find this out on your own. Start by reading our free eBook A Millennial Manifesto where we help you to tap into your creative source. You can be read the eBook here.
I’ve also included some resources below to help you get started on a few different creative outlets. This list isn’t exclusive, it’s only a small sample of creative outlets, feel free to explore!
Helpful Creative Resources
- Start a blog: I have a lot of experience with this one, if you ever need help starting one yourself feel free to email me at declan[at]millennialtype[dot]com. I recommend starting with a free WordPress account and then moving up to a self hosted blog using Bluehost (affiliate link).
- Make a podcast: My newest venture. Start by reading this terrific How-To by WP Begginner. I recommend the following tools: Microphone (affiliate link), Blubrry, Audacity (free download), Voicemeeter (free download). And read this article and this article to help you get started. Again, feel free to email me with any questions.
- Redesign your living space: Your home can be a great way to showcase your creative side. My wife and I are pouring our creative spirits into our baby’s nursery. A lot of our inspiration comes from reading blogs like A Beautiful Mess.
- Learn to write better: I highly recommend reading Jeff Goins blog not only for practical advice but for inspiration as well. Make sure to subscribe to his blog to receive even more helpful goodies. Also, check out these resources here, here, and here.
What’s your favorite creative outlet?