by Angela Miller
Before you raise your eyebrow or question whether or not this article is
something you should read because you don’t consider yourself an artist,
let me explain so that you will understand my perspective on this topic.
Prior to the foundation of the world, we were created by God. A
masterpiece formed with exceptional craftsmanship. Our uniqueness and
creative DNA are one of a kind. Taking Care of the Artist In You is
essential and vital to a man’s creativity. By displaying our talents through
our voice, hands or feet, we are constantly shaping our city, community and
country. The universe is an enormous canvas being painted daily by
people like you and I. How, you may wonder? Well, here’s the truth of the
matter. Each person uses their talent to design, add beauty and special
characterization to the canvas of life. Your artistry may be a parent raising
your son or daughter to be a productive member of society, a teacher
educating their students or a doctor developing a cure for cancer.
Whatever your gift(s) may be, use your artistry to make the world a more
beautiful place. Your art matters.
Now that we got that out of the way, Taking Care of the Artist In You is
essential to your well being. It helps you to be centered and have a more
work/life balance. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition
of balance means “the state of having your weight spread equally so that
you do not fall…” Between working, paying bills, taking care of your family
and whatever additional responsibilities you may have, life can be stressful
and challenging. The goal is to not fall apart but to be as balanced as
possible. It’s easy to take care of everyone else while putting yourself on
the back burner which can cause your equilibrium to be off center.
Remember you are one person and you can not do everything. I repeat you
can not do everything. So take a deep breath and relax your mind. Here
are a few creative ideas that will help you have a more balanced lifestyle
and stir up your creativity.
1. Pace yourself and delegate responsibilities.
2. Sign up for a new art class and let your creative juices flow. By doing
this, you will experience a freedom of artistic expression.
3. Pick up a camera and take random pictures of your favorite outdoor
4. Start journaling. Writing your thoughts down can help you reflect on
your journey and reduce stress.
5. Change up your workout routine by adding Yoga, Belly Dancing or
some other form of physical activity.
6. Or sign up for a cooking class.
Until next month, enjoy your Artistic Expression.