2020 was a year, there is no doubt about that. Covid, elections, and wildfires ravaged our country and our world, reminding us how fragile our lives truly are. We must adapt, change, and evolve as we find a path forward.
As we move through 2021, I’m setting a new intention: Embrace Creativity.
In a 2016 study by researchers in New Zealand and the United States, 658 young adults journaled their emotions over the course of two weeks to measure the number of time individuals spent in creative pursuits each day and their emotional state. The researchers found very clear results, “Doing creative things today predicts improvements in well-being tomorrow. Full stop.”
Creativity is what allows us to see the potential. To see the value. To change things. And to embrace the unknown. Trash to Treasure explores this concept,
“Creativity requires a willingness to recognize that things could be different from how they currently are, which involves looking intentionally at what the present situation is, becoming curious about it, and being willing to educate ourselves about it. We have to go off auto-pilot and be willing to see what is really here, which is scary, but also exhilarating!”
As we wrap up February, here’s a few things I’ve been doing to cultivate creativity this year in my life:
- Cooking — I signed up for a CSA (Community Support Agriculture) Box with my local farmers market. Every week, I get a surprise of local ingredients, some of which I have never even tried. I have so much fun creating from what I get and trying new things! Plus it’s super fresh so everything tastes great on its own, and I’m eating lots of fruits and veggies. Lastly, I’m supporting local urban farmers, and I am happy to share in their harvest!
- Frugal February — Every year, I try to do a “no-spend” month, where I only buy essential items and save the rest. This helps me determine needs versus wants, but it has an added bonus — I’m more creative! In finding “free” things to do, I get creative with cooking (see above), making great playlists to enjoy, crafting, and other projects. It’s been very fun!
- Play — 2021 so far has been full of laughter and play. Yes, I have a lot going on. Yes, there have been challenging moments. And, yes we are still living in a pandemic, but life is still beautiful. I find ways to laugh and play with loved ones, friends, co-workers, and just on my own because, in the words of Mister 305 himself, we’ve only got one life.
2021 is different than any year before it. There have already been challenges (sending love to my Texas friends right now), but there’s also hope. I’m embracing a simpler, more creative, more harmonious life. How are you embracing creativity this year?
Who is Kelsey?
Kelsey Rumburg is a creator and a builder dedicated to inspiring social and environmental change through her words and actions. Check out her book, Trash to Treasure, for more information. Follow her Instagram, @kerumburg, to stay up to date on all things #trashy!