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Needing to nurture my creative side

Its strange how you don’t necessarily realise that you have got yourself into a rut until something gives you a shove and pushes you out of it a bit.

I hadn’t realised that one of the casualties of the last few intense years of pregnancies, babies and trying to balance the rest of my life has been my creative side.

Looking back five years, I was still regularly singing with the London Philharmonic Choir, enjoying performing at places like the Royal Albert Hall during the Proms.  I was also able to find time to play my piano, to sing, to spend time on my embroidery and to remember to have a sketch pad in my bag when I went travelling.

All of those things have fallen away since then.

But over the last few weeks I have rediscovered the joys of crochet (I’m now up to eleven stripes on my blanket), have made time to play my piano, have rediscovered the joy of singing – not just singing along to the radio (incredible how I hadn’t realised I had stopped until I started again) but also singing as I’ve been trained to, properly, remembering how to use my voice again.

Its strange, I don’t consider myself a creative person and yet by letting this aspect of my life fall away, I’ve been a lesser person, somehow diminished.

So another thing I need to remember and to balance is to keep nurturing this creative side.

Only question is how to do this?  How to find time?  What to focus on?  What gives me the greatest pleasure?

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6 comments to Needing to nurture my creative side

  • Northside Mum

    >think this is so true.. I am only now starting to read books again at night – and I LOVE it – it is such a treat. I think a lot of women do feel this way and I know this is in part why I blog- it gives me an outlet to express myself and take time out from the sheer chaos that comes with small children and working. Whilst I am def less talented then you! (my voice would clear a room in 2 seconds) think we all still need that little space to express ourselves.

  • It's a Mummys Life

    >It is very hard to keep your creativity alive when you have children and work for a living. I find this blogging lark is brilliant for my writing, I also play the piano but sadly haven't got it in my house yet, I too love drawing and painting and funnily enough even splodging paint with Eliza makes me feel creatively fufiled at the moment!

  • Working Mum

    >You must sing again!! I made a point of not giving up the choir when I had my daughter. I know I only have one child, but with a full-time job as well it is sometimes difficult to find the time, but it really does save my sanity!

  • Max

    >I love to paint and create art for my house and other paople as gifts. Im hoping very soon to have the time to get back into it! I cant wait!! xxx

  • TheMadHouse

    >My creative side comes out in my making and sewing. Hou must find time for what you need to feed your soul

  • Anonymous

    >found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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