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2024 – A year for Creative Expression

2024 – A year for Creative Expression

2024 – A year for Creative Expression

As the first month of the new year still washes over us, resolutions are still swirling around like confetti. Gym memberships get dusted off, to-do lists multiply, and aspirations dance on the horizon. But within the frenzy of self-improvement, it is often hard to determine where to start.

Well, did you know that creative pursuits can guide you into a brilliant beginning? Actually, healthy doses of creativity can have a great deal of transformative power. Sociably did some research and would like to share why we think you should ditch the intimidating New Year’s resolution list for some creative exploration instead. Think of your mind as a garden after a long dormant winter. It craves sunshine and water, but also the kind attention of the gardener. Engaging in artistic pursuits, whether it’s painting, writing, playing music, or even experimenting in the kitchen, acts like fertile ground for your inner blossoms. 

  • Creativity gives you fresh perspective. While New Year’s resolutions often focus on changing what’s wrong, creativity invites you to explore what’s possible. It’s a playground for experimentation, where unexpected ideas bloom and your inner child rediscovers the joy of creating. This playful energy will ultimately spill over into other areas of life, injecting a dose of freshness into stale routines and stale thinking.
  • Creativity is a wonderful confidence booster! Stepping outside your comfort zone and creating something from scratch is inherently empowering. Whether it’s mastering a new technique or simply finishing a project, each small victory adds a brick to the foundation of your self-belief. This newfound confidence becomes your armor, helping you tackle challenges throughout the year.
  • Creativity sharpens your problem-solving skills. The creative process is a constant dance between inspiration and obstacle. Overcoming roadblocks, adapting to unexpected materials, and finding solutions to creative riddles improve your problem-solving skills in a unique way. This mental agility eventually results in the effortless tackling of real-world challenges, making you a more adaptable and resourceful person.
  • Creativity allows you to connect with yourself and others. When you are creating something, you offer yourself a space for introspection and self-discovery. As you paint your inner landscapes onto a canvas or pour your emotions into a melody, you gain a deeper understanding of your own thoughts and feelings. This self-awareness strengthens your connection with yourself and fosters empathy for others, paving the way for more meaningful relationships.
  • Creativity calls for less stress and more living. It is a potent antidote to the anxieties of daily life. When you lose yourself in the flow of creation, worries fade and tension melts away. This results in an almost-meditative state, not only reducing stress but also enhancing your well-being, leaving you feeling more energized and ready to face the world.

Taking all of the above research into consideration, Sociably’s Christelle made her way to a recent creative workshop hosted by the Lowveld’s very own artistic sage, Janine Kocovaos. 

During this workshop, Janine skillfully guided the group through a process that resulted in the identification of a word or phrase symbolizing their aspirations for the year 2024. This exercise opened a whole new world of artistic ideas to explore and through this process, Janine fostered an environment where the group openly shared their chosen words. This atmosphere of openness and comfort created a space for meaningful dialogue and mutual support, enhancing the richness of the experience.

Using mixed medium materials, participants incorporated layers and textures into their artworks, adding depth and complexity to the visual representations of their hopes and intentions for the future. The resulting pieces were as diverse and multi-layered as the individuals who created them, reflecting a wide range of interpretations and personal narratives.

Throughout the workshop, it became very clear that the act of creative expression did in fact have profound personal and communal benefits. The process of translating abstract aspirations into physical art not only enabled individual introspection, but also created a deeper understanding and empathy among the participants. The importance of creative expression as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth was witnessed firsthand as Christelle watched herself and the other participants finding new ways to connect with themselves and work through their mental clutter.

This workshop surely served as a testament to the profound impact of creative expression in shaping and enriching our lives.

So, this year, instead of just adding to your to-do list, add a splash of color. Pick up a brush, strum a guitar, or simply let your fingers dance on a keyboard. Embrace the messy joy of creation and watch as your year unfolds with a new level of vibrancy. 

How will you be bringing more creativity into your new year?

We love the creativity always blooming in the Lowveld ♥

Ps. If you know of any creative workshops coming up, please let us know. We would love to experience it and write all about it!