Let the Creativity Flow

The ONE thing that gets me through the day is—putting what energy I do have into something meaningful that requires me to be creative.

Now obviously everyone is attracted to different things that exercise their creativity. I love puzzles and fitting all the pieces together. I love coloring and focusing on keeping it in the lines. {Just ask some of my Origami Owl team members, they have received hand-colored cards from me before! Ha ha ha.}

I enjoy playing video games that immerse me in their stories and challenge me to think outside the box. I love sitting outside in the warm sun and doing home DIY projects– like painting an old piece of furniture to revamp it into something more my style! I also have my Origami Owl jewelry–I can’t get enough of designing lockets for all different fun occasions. There is just something about how meaningful it all is, that makes my heart fill with joy like nothing else.

Especially when I’m designing for others, because I get to know the person and then turn their heart and their happiness into a beautiful piece of jewelry. It’s just so cool! And a really special way of making friends! 😊

Now obviously I switch up what activity I do based on how well I am feeling. I can’t always be painting furniture outside, because sometimes I don’t make it out of bed all day. But playing a game on my computer, coloring in a book, coming up with inspiration for locket designs– or even just blogging on here, are all things I can do from bed, even when I feel like pooh on a stick!

All of these creative activities are GREAT for your mind, Why? 

1. You are focusing your energy on something positive.
2. You are giving your mind a JOB.
3. You feel you are accomplishing something, not matter how little or big it is.
4. You are distracting your mind from the unpleasant stuff going on with your body.
5. You are finding a way to stay happy!
6. You enjoy it!!!!
Now, you can’t control what your body is doing to itself. There is no cure for IBD yet. So we know that this is something we will have to live with for the rest of our lives. What you CAN do is choose how to focus your energy! That is something you have control over.
But Jana– I have so many doctors appointments and blood work, testing to be done, insurance phone calls to be made…. 😰
Yes, obviously you will need to make sure your health is the priority. That is always first and foremost! You absolutely need to make sure that all medical related things get done. What I’m saying is don’t focus your energy on WORRYING about those things. It will get done, when it gets done! Look at it as just something on the checklist of things to do, just like laundry. Ask for help if you need it or if it’s too much to juggle. But be kind to yourself because you are doing the best that you can! My husband has to make calls for me all the time. Sometimes I just can’t deal with it, and that’s okay. Y’all–we are doing our best!

Tell me about your creative outlet and why you love it! Leave some comments for me, I love hearing from my readers!

Wanna see more of my locket inspiration? Click the ‘DESIGNS’ tab in this blog and it will take you to my Instagram where I share pictures of all my Jana Owlf Designs. If you’d like to create a locket of your own, reach out to me and I’ll help get you started! 😊
OR… Begin exploring Origami Owl jewelry now

Published by Jana Rosenberger

I blog about my life with Crohn's disease and all things quality-of-life. I don't sugar coat this journey but I do find a way to laugh!

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