Creating Isn't Always Artistic
By: Nikki Michelle Charnstrom
Creating is not just for the “creative” or “artistic” but it’s an inherent part of you. The mere fact you were created inside of your mother’s womb is proof that creation exists within you. As humans, it is our destiny, our purpose to create. Whether you know it or not, you’re a creator — let me show you.
Think of something right now you do every single day. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? I’m going to give some examples of daily tasks — see if you can find the common denominator:
- Brewing morning coffee
- Getting dressed
- Showing up to your job, school, etc.
- Smiling at someone in passing
- Calling a friend
- Picking up your kids
- Changing diapers
- Serving others
- Making dinner
- Attending a meeting
- Setting a schedule
- Giving someone a hug
- Saying, “I love you”
- Sending emails
At the surface, some of these appear as mundane responsibilities but girlies, they mean so much more. If you notice, each task above is powered by a verb. You’re DOING something, you’re GETTING it done. YOU’RE CREATING! When you wake up in the morning and go through your routine, you’re creating the day to serve you well. Every time you show up to your job or classroom, you’re creating for the future. Moms, each smelly diaper you swap for a fresh one, you’re creating comfort. In the moment you decide to flash a smile at a stranger, you’re creating an environment that says “I see you.”
So, yes — even in life’s simplest “chores” you are consistently creating well-being for yourself and those around you. They might not be the most glamorous or fulfilling ways we create but they are not to be underestimated. Imagine a world where none of these things got done. Those moments when we actually make time to create something of value would instead be surrounded by chaos and mess.
So allow yourself to check off your less-desirable to-do list with an attitude of creation. Today, I sat down at my desk surrounded by stacks of unread magazines and unanswered letters — immediately feeling anxious about the mess. In that instant, I knew what I needed to do. I threw needless things in the garbage, organized the overflowing drawers, and dusted off my lamp. I created a space for myself to feel the freedom to create something else entirely different.
I challenge you this week to complete one simple task of creation that will propel you to create something greater. You have some special ideas inside of that pretty head of yours. Give yourself permission to first create the space where you can then be the most creative.
I believe in you and I want to hear about how you met your goals this week — drop me a message!
Nikki is the owner and founder of Crowned Chics. She lives in the warm desert of Phoenix, Arizona with her beloved family. If she's not ferociously clanking away on her typewriter, she's behind the camera capturing moments for her business Charnstrom Captures Photography.