This question was put to me today: “What is creativity to you?” My first thoughts weren’t of arts and crafts or even design. My first thought was “Creativity is orchestrating my environment to meet the desired life I want and need. When I was a single mother of three, the erratic shifts of big box stores didn’t mesh with my need to be available when my boys were home after school and at night while still being able to earn an income to support the four of us. When they were very young, I was a substitute teacher in their schools and a teacher with Parks & Recreation during the summers. My boys and I were together every day during those years and being involved in their education as well as their summer fun was a blessing. As they got older and I needed a higher income, I managed to build a business of cleaning homes, offices and real estate that surpassed my expectations on every level. I had the perfect hours and quadrupled my income instantly. That…is creativity.
Fast forward to my life now and my boys are successful men with children of their own. I have the luxury of living rent free at my oldest sons house (only costs me 2 days of babysitting my grandson) and my house cleaning job now consists of two half-days a week, which pays all of my meager bills. My creativity now turns to my writing. Now I have orchestrated my environment to allow me to write as often as I need to as well as travel anywhere I want to go to write. For the most part, my time is my own and I am setting into motion, the life I want now. That life is to write my book and the others that are just forming in my mind. Creativity to me will always be out of the box ideas to enrich this one life I have been given.