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!

When it comes to living a creative life, Catherine Stoodley sets a benchmark. As a Creative Arts graduate, she started out as a Music Educator and Performer based in the Blue Mountains, and now through hard work and study, while raising four children with her husband Justen (also amazingly creative!), she has transformed herself into a Music Therapist and has set herself to see lives transformed through music. I really loved hearing Catherine’s thoughts on the life-changing power of creativity and I think you’ll be inspired by her thoughts too!

What a delight it was to meet Isabel Taylor (née Winwood) at Colour a few weeks ago! In our brief ‘greet and meet’ time, I discovered that Isabel is a fashion designer, so without knowing much else about her, I asked if I could interview her for Created Creative Collective. I’m so glad she said yes! She brings such a beautiful and gentle perspective on creativity, and the ability to cherish and treasure people through the gift of fashion design.

Beautiful things mesmerise me, captivate me, draw me in. Cool droplets hanging off the branches after rain, the rhythmic swaying of the trees in the cool breeze, the freshly washed rosy faces of my kids in pj’s waiting for goodnight cuddles. Don’t you sometimes just want to bottle them up!

I think I was painting my son’s bedroom walls when I heard Gungor’s ‘Beautiful things’ for the first time. I think I cried. The beauty of the music itself, the ebb and flow of rhythm, the swelling crescendos, the deep raw tones of the cello, spoke to a hunger in my soul that was greater than I’d thought, a desire to be immersed in beautiful things. But something more than that too.