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Creativity for Baby Boomers: Living in Color Tips

Living In Color is a euphemism for living creatively (at least as often as you can).  On my Creativity Sources and Resources page (on my blog Be Brave. Lose the Beige) I document the impact creativity can have on brain health, aging, and general quality of life.  So why not actually engage in some creative endeavors? Maybe even go so far as to “exercise” your creativity!

The very word “creativity” can be intimidating. Be Brave. Lose the Beige wants to make creativity more accessible to everyone. Doodling is a great way to exercise your creativity in a fun, non-threatening way.  Check out my blog post Doodle for Your Noodle.

Adult Coloring Books

Have you jumped feet first into the adult coloring book trend? Yes, that’s right, coloring books for grownups are all the rage right now.  Again, a fun, relaxing way to engage your creative muscles AND it’s good for you!

According to clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis,

“Coloring is a stress-free activity that relaxes the amygdala – the fear center of the brain – and allows your mind to get the rest it needs.”

Creative Failure

Are you afraid of creative failure?  You are not alone.  (Although failure is glorified in places like Silicon Valley. Check out Failure Is Just Another Word for Creativity).  Would you believe creativity relieves boredom?  Some believe creativity is all about creating beautiful art and music. Creativity is also about taking the drudgery out of every day tasks. I love Anne Lamott, who said, “Laughter really is carbonated holiness.”
Like every other Lady Boomer, I tend to be a little time-obsessed. Even though I realize all the multi-tasking I do has a tendency to multi-tax my spirit, I nevertheless can’t resist doing twelve things at once.  This quote from Peter Beagle in The Last Unicorn is one of my favorites:

“When I was alive, I believed, as you do, that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 1:00 as though I could see it, and “Monday” as though I could find it on a map.

Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year’s Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door.

Now I know that I could have walked through walls.”

Another something I value is creativity.  Creativity can be such an intimidating word. I’ve seen grown women cover their ears and run screaming from the room at the prospect of participating in a creativity activity. That is one reason I enjoyed Ira Glass‘s description of creativity and story telling. Check it out here.

Will you accept my challenge and go do something creative today?


liz-kitchensLiz Kitchens is a writer and blogger.  Her blog, Be Brave. Lose the Beige, reaches out to Lady Boomers, women of the Baby Boomer generation. Liz also blogs for Growing Bolder and Vibrant Nation, two sites devoted to aging issues. Liz conducts workshops on the health benefits of creativity and is an ambassador for the Creative Caregiving Initiative sponsored by the NCCA, The National Center for Creative Aging. Liz founded the Jeremiah Project, an after school and summer creative arts program designed to foster self esteem and encourage creative thinking among at risk middle school aged students.

Check out Liz’s blog, Be Brave. Lose The Beige, and follow her on Facebook.

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