Embracing boredom these holidays

I love the idea of boredom! To me boredom means ‘freedom!’ to do whatever I want. It means I have enough time to breathe, to think, to dream, and to create! In the end boredom leads to enjoyment and creation. But try telling your kids that! Kids equate boredom with the end of the world! And if they are at school five days a week, with after school activities and weekend parties and events, no wonder they find boredom hard to cope with. They are used to being busy, entertained, engaged, and rushed!

But boredom is one of the best emotions our kids can feel. I encourage my kids to embrace it!

“Embrace the boredom!,” I say. “That’s where creativity begins!”

I’m enthusiastically greeted with groans. Isn’t boredom painful?! But no matter what the kids say, I stick to my guns. One of my kids is particularly good at wearing me down when it comes to wanting a turn on the iPad. Once I told him that we should celebrate our boredom, as it’s an opportunity for our creativity to grow. He took this as a cue to run up and down the hallway screaming joyously “I’m bored! I’m bored!” at the top of his lungs. I think I promptly handed him an iPad!

#happyweekend #relax #creative

Need to get refreshed this weekend? We’ve all had those weeks where we’ve been busy, stressed-out, under-the-pump, completely frazzled, and maybe even feeling like we are losing our sanity! The weekend is coming, and all we want to do is curl up on the lounge with a good book … or curl up in a ball in a dark room! But we can’t get refreshed, because there is housework to do, kids to take to sport, baking to be done for that family event, groceries to buy and a lawn to mow! And in all that craziness, we are still thinking about the things that stressed us out at work on Tuesday, or the pile of work to go back to on Monday!

In all the demands and busy-ness, how can you get the refreshing and relaxation that your soul and mind desperately need?!

Here are 6 reasons why doing something creative will help you get refreshed this weekend!

When Marni Kitching decided that her future wasn’t going to be in the Arts, she struggled with finding a place for her creativity to fit. She discovered that the business world needed creative thinkers, and many were lost on their career path. By creatively lifting others and helping them find their way, she has been able to find her own creative place in the world.

Created Creative Collective had a chat with Marni to find out about her creative journey …

What does creativity mean to you?

I think ultimately creativity is being able to see things that perhaps are not seen on the surface, not the obvious, being able to look at, a problem, or an idea, or a solution for something, and just being able to see things that others may not be able to see – and being able to be innovative. 

It’s definitely a spiritual thing for me as well, it’s inspired. I think the other thing for me, personally, creativity is something that captures other people in some form or another.

Can you think of a time when you first realised you were creative?

I think as a child growing up one of the things that I used to do, and it’s probably a funny story:

Maybelle Galuvao exudes confidence. As the lead singer of the band, Soul Nights, a former contestant of The Voice, mother of two, and wife of former NRL player Joey Galuvao, you would think that she has always been bold and daring. But it hasn’t always been that way. I got to chat with Maybelle about her journey with creativity, and how she overcame overwhelming insecurity.

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity is how I express myself through what I’m good at. It’s music and song writing. It’s an outlet for me.

When did you first know you were creative?

I keep going back to a time when I was five and my father used to be the guitarist in my church. I come from a family of six sisters and one brother. I remember my dad specifically calling me up to sing with him. I remember at that age, I saw the reaction of people and I could see that they enjoyed it and I enjoyed just being on stage with my father and just singing with him. I think that early on I kind of knew that there was something special.

You’ve been a contestant on The Voice. That’s a great example of stepping out in creativity. Tell us about your experience …

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