Reclaiming my Creativity – First Steps

SHBritmumsI’m looking to enhance my life, and feed my soul. It’s all part of the plan to raise my depression and release myself from what feels like never ending boredom. So two things happened yesterday, first I read this tweet..

Yep, so that’s why I can’t write, don’t want to make anything or take any pictures, I really am not feeding my creativity sat in front of Diagnosis Murder sobbing into my cuppa.

Secondly, I came across an article entitled  How Noticing the Everyday can Help Bring us Back to Ourselves,  in a back issue of the wonderfully inspiring magazine, The Simple Things.

Now consider this. If today was your last day on earth, whose face would you want to see? What scenery would your eyes want to savour? Can you imagine how poignant the sunset would be, and how you’d cherish every single thing you laid your eyes upon? Spend the rest of the day looking at your world as if there was no tomorrow. Find the beauty in the ordinary magic of the life you’ve built around you.

Susannah Conway, The Simple Things August 2013

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the things you are looking for appear before you, yesterday these two gems of encouragement floated into my atmosphere and I took hold of them and claimed them for myself.

So today I’ve come up with a bit of a plan, I’m going take part in this months Snap Happy Britmum and take a picture for each day of the month related to the theme of the day. I’m a day behind so there are two today. I’ve set up a Pinterest board for my snaps which you can find here.

But so you can see the small sparks of my creativity starting to glow, here are my first two attempts.









  1. Alison Bates October 2, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    What a fabulous idea! Feeding creativity can take so many forms, and I think by finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is a wonderful way to do this. Your photographs are always great, so this could turn into something exceptional. Keep feeding and keep nurturing!

    • thepuffindiaries October 2, 2013 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you Alison, tiny steps in the right direction. x

      • Alison Bates October 2, 2013 / 9:36 pm

        Yes – keep on going, and keep posting the photos :)

  2. Muddling Along October 3, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Well done – have been thinking I need to do something similar, I can feel my creativity has withered and with it a side of myself I miss

    Love the 2nd photo

  3. Mummy Plum October 3, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    What a lovely idea for a project – it sounds manageable and not overwhelming too. I love both the photographs, those eggs don’t just look like any old eggs, and neither does that apple. You clearly have a talent with the camera.

    • thepuffindiaries October 4, 2013 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you, it is something I usually really enjoy doing, taking photographs. So I hope it will rekindle my desire to take more. x

  4. Alison Bates October 4, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Meant to add – I love the senses that your pictures invoke. I can really feel the roughness of the egg box, the texture of the eggs and the shininess of the apples. To be able to covey those things through any medium of creativity is really wonderful, ,as, for example, it is in writing. Also I love the composition of your two photos, for example the the colour and pattern of the worktop both enhances and compliments the eggshells, and the slightly mottled surface that the apples are resting on echoes a similar theme in the apples. You clearly have a natural and special talent for photography.

  5. older mum in a muddle October 4, 2013 / 5:25 pm

    This is a great idea for a project, and a really nice manageable one, given me inspiration that I don’t have to write long posts while I am writing my novel! Love that picture of the apple – gorgeous. But above all I love the idea of finding the beauty in the everyday – lovely mindfulness, being in the moment – a sure fire antidote to depression. X.

  6. Emma October 5, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Creativity it is so helpful for lifting the spirits! I love love love the apple pic! :)

  7. Woebegonechild October 8, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Good for you, carpe diem and all that. Must admit I thought that first shot was boobies when it first appeared though!

  8. Mrs Teepot October 14, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    I’m glad you’re starting to feed your creative side again. It’s hard to keep creative, at least I find it to be hard, so good luck with it! So far, great start! :)

  9. suzanne3childrenandit October 19, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    This is a very inspiring post Sarah, well done you. A friend and I were only discussing earlier this week, about the importance of finding pleasure/happiness in the small things of life. It’s not full of excitement all of the time, in fact most of the time life is pretty mundane, so important to focus on the small things :)

  10. EssexKate October 20, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    Love this post. Rings so true. I think if you are a creative person and neglect that you end up missing a part of your self. Beautiful pictures

  11. helloitsgemma October 20, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    Well done you, these photos are beautiful – please keep going, feed that soul!

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