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Nurturing Your Creative Inner Child

Saturday, October 05, 2019

As I continue to read the Artist’s Way, I’m working through some of the tasks at the end of the chapters. The chapters I recently read were on nurturing our creative inner child.

Can you list five traits you like in yourself as a child? How about five accomplishments as a child?

I was hard pressed to do either! I feel like I was in my head a lot as a child. My brother and I are seven years apart, so in many ways, I felt like an only child. Some of the traits I came up with might be influenced by hearing feedback from others.

Accomplishments were harder. I recall things I participated in, but not necessarily accomplishments. And guess what? Most of my recollections were negative. Things you do wrong always seem to get the most attention!

For some reason, I didn’t want to share my responses with my Facebook friends. They are real people, so they somehow are more critical of me. That’s a funny perception, but it’s a distinction I’ve made between SparkPeople and the rest of my contacts. This is my safe space, whether real or perceived.

So, the the childhood traits I appreciate are: observant, pensive, witty, athletic, good speller.
And the accomplishments: Perfect attendance in 6th grade, caught smoking behind the portables, made a nightstand in wood shop, first ride in a police car after ineffectually trying to vandalize a split rail fence.

If you’re so inclined, share your answers below or journal about them in private.
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    That is hard to answer...I have been trying to rekindle my creative side from when I was a child. I loved doing crafts with my Mom, but it usually only came around Christmas time when we would paint wooden ornaments together. So I've purchased a lot of craft kits online for my 8yr old and I to do together. So I sort of get to be a kid again through her.

    My accomplishments as a child:
    emoticon Learning to paint crafts really well,
    emoticon Winning the jump rope competition in 5th grade with the most non-stop jumps,
    emoticon Learning to ride a bike,
    emoticon Winning 4th runner up in the Miss Teen Jonesboro Pageant.
    emoticon Learning to water ski on trick water skis....skiing backwards.

    Childhood Traits:
    emoticon Compassionate with people and animals
    emoticon Climbing Trees-being a tomboy
    emoticon Loved being in love (in high school)
    emoticon Felt empathy for others
    emoticon Was prissy to my brothers I guess..since my Mom nicknamed me "prissy-pot"... LOL

    Thank you for putting this out there... I honestly did make me feel better thinking of some accomplishments from my childhood years.
    emoticon emoticon
    32 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/18/2019 11:12:00 AM
    45 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    The accomplishments are tough and my traits changed drastically in childhood (from extrovert to introvert) so that is difficult too. I find Spark People a much more positive place than Facebook. I choose to live with the positive people here in Sparkville

    BR>Went to regional's with the Speech Team
    Won a letter sweater for swimming in high school
    Overcame a speech impediment (couldn't say "R" or "S")
    Trained our dog through 4-H and made reserve grand champion and went to State championships
    Went from barely reading to tutoring others in the 4th grade

    curious, active, imaginative, optimistic, observant
    45 days ago
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