We have winter vacation. It is time to be home, time to read, to range and rearrange, to realize a few renovation-projects, and time to relax and to retreat.
For me, the holidays we spend home are always an invitation to make things which I cannot do during schooldays.
For me, vacation in general is not about long sleeps and lying around, it is much more a time to be active, to listen to inspiration, to do something around home, in the garden or for myself.
Time spent creatively always fulfills me.
I totally blossom when I can do and make things in my own rhythm and at my “gusto”.
I then feel just as pure life is running through my veins; I feel lively and full of joy and gratitude, alhamdulillah.
After a day spent with at least one creative endeavor, I feel blessed and satisfied.
Being creative and making things does not necessarily mean to make “arts”. For me, the making of something and being creative can also be the cleaning of a long forgotten corner, redesigning an outworn skirt, capturing photos of everyday beauty, baking a fancy cake with a self-invented frosting out of fridge-leftovers, giving myself a new haircut, painting meaningful quotes in beautiful letters on old cardboard, restoring an old chair, planting flowers, …, and following the flow of ideas by improving and beautyfying life in every possible way.
Being creative is like pouring out the beauty of our soul. It can be totally an act of worship and is often guided by divine inspiration. Maybe that’s why, beside the fact of having made something out of our time, it is so deeply enriching.
Along with the vast inspiration that can be found online, but also in our own soul (through the listening to our inner voice and intuition), there are many books that inspire and evoke creativity.
I’ve recently read and liked those:
- Elisabeth Gilbert “Big Magic: Creative living beyond fear”
- Sark “Succulent wild Women”
- Jane Alexander “Spirit of the Home”
- Amanda Blake Soule, all books
- Elaine St.James “Living the simple life”
- Martina Goernemann “Zuhause ist ein Gefühl”
- John Seymour „The self sufficient life“
“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” asks one of them –
Yes I do, inchaallah.
What about you?
Wishing you a creative and fulfilled February! Peace and light, xoxo