This week I am taking a moment to be kind to myself by participating in a creativity boot camp at my University.
Oh. My. Goodness.
It has been incredible.
Universities struggle to engender creativity among students, especially when so much of the educational system requires traditional tests, assessments, and the like. Yet, companies and employers say that they yearn for creative thinkers when they are trying to fill positions.
In this boot camp we've been learning about different schools of thoughts on creativity, what can help us and our students become more creative, and how to incorporate creative thinking and projects into courses and across the curriculum.
It has been so freaking fun! The folks taking part are enthusiastic, talented people creative in all kinds of different ways (not just artists of all sorts, but folks from administration, marketing, economics, mathematics, engineering, and linguistics).
They are incredibly inspiring.
It's really the perfect way for me to treat myself to a little personal kindness, because I'm often so busy creating/working/obsessing that I don't take a step back to think about the creative work I do.
I don't think about the creative PROCESS and what it means in my life, SIMPLY AS A PROCESS, without thinking about the OUTPUT OR RESULT.
What I've found is that it means a great deal to me-- that there is an intrinsic value in that process-- that it's an integral part of what makes me, and certainly what makes me a HAPPY me.
I wish the same for YOU this week--
Give yourself the space and time to explore creativity in a new way.
Take a moment to think about what a gift it is to express yourself creatively, just for creativity's sake.
Then, go create.
Katharine Owens is a writer, professor, printmaker, mom, environmentalist, amateur naturalist, and lover of all things bug.