Create Vacay

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Are you on the countdown to summer? Summer has always been my favorite season…the days are warm, I don’t have to wear socks, the hummingbirds come back, I can spend time in the flower garden, and there are all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy. 

Summertime also reminds me of my days as a kid growing up in Poland, Ohio. We spent all of our waking hours outside playing with friends. Those were the days of great imagination, making up games, and pretending. We were all so creative and full of energy. 

Unless you’re a workaholic, you probably live for vacation days, waiting for some time to the things you’ve put off for months…maybe clean out the garage or power wash the driveway?

But are you saving up some creative “me” time for yourself this summer? 

Summer is great time to give yourself a “create vacay.” It’s the best season fo the year to make some time for yourself. This is going to be easy! Here are some activities you can try to kick off your create vacay. 

ARTIST DATES are the time you spend with yourself doing something that makes your creative heart sing. What about that museum you drive by every week or that botanical garden you’ve been meaning to visit? An artist date is the time you deserve and a great way to give yourself a little TLC. 

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES Vacays are about doing the things we don’t have time to do otherwise. Yes, take your coffee outside and breathe in the beautiful morning, summertime air. Nature naturally is one of the easiest ways to spend some create vacay time. Grab your journal and make notes on how you are inspired communing with nature. How does the way nature slows you down inspire you to make more time for yourself? How does being in the quiet move and inspire you?

GET OUT OF YOUR ROUTINE and create something from scratch…it may be a pie, a painting, a poem! Don’t worry about how it will turn out, but enjoy the process and the fact that you are having fun with the 5 year old who still loves to play and imagine. 

In my article, “The Clock is Ticking…” I wrote about how staying inspired should be an important part of your everyday routine. Staying inspired can be difficult, but you’re not alone! Share your feelings on creativity with others who will encourage you and be encouraged by this kind of conversation. 

I was inspired to create my online course “Spark Your Creativity, The Steps to a Successful Creative Journey” to help others find the confidence to begin exploring their talents. The course touches on all aspects of uncovering your own creativity and how to live an inspired life. 

I would love to hear from you about how you are planning to get more creative this summer. 

Whatever you do, stay inspired! 

Nashville-based hit songwriter Kirsti Manna’s 6-week #1 Billboard chart smash hit Austin” introduced Blake Shelton (NBCs The Voice”) to country radio. She is a creativity expert, keynote speaker/performer and publisher. The go-to person for inspirational information, her mantra Whatever You Do, Stay Inspired” empowers creatives everywhere to find their voice. 

To learn more about Kirsti, visit www.Kirsti.com.