Hello, CK blog readers!
I have a secret to tell you today: creativity heals. But I bet you already knew that! I have recently rediscovered the healing power of creating. I lost my brother to cancer and I spent the weeks during his hospital stay and after his death doodling inspirational quotes. This helped heal my soul during a difficult time and renewed my love of creating.
One of the benefits of creating to heal is documenting the things you have learned through a challenging time. And there are always lessons in our trials! Putting them down in writing can help us release our inner feelings and find closure along the way.
I wanted to share with you a project that demonstrates the healing power of creating. This album was seen in the “Creativity Heals” article in the January/February issue of Creating Keepsakes. My goal was to make a really artistic and free-flowing album, as the greatest therapy for me comes from not having any defined rules as I create. So I pulled out all my mixed media supplies including paints, mists and masks and got started.
The focus of this project was the journaling. I wanted to document the process I have gone through in coming to an understanding and acceptance of why I have lost so many pregnancies to miscarriage. As we go through our trials, we often cannot understand their purpose and so we feel angry and hurt. But later, looking back on them, we may have a different vision. We can see the why and realize the trial was actually a blessing in disguise.
I wanted this healing journal to be happy, so I used bright colors, happy photos of my blessings, and uplifting words and thoughts. Maybe you are not to the place in your healing yet that you can look on a trial as a blessing, so your healing journal may be a more dark expression of your pain. And that is okay too! Just get it out and put it down—no rules apply here! No one has to see it but you, and it is your place to pour out your heart.
I find that counting my blessings always helps me better deal with the painful things in life. By documenting those blessings, we might get back to a place of happiness after a trial. This can be a reminder of all that is good in our lives and help put things in perspective allowing us to move forward.
As you create and document the tough trials in your life, you might actually come full circle and end up finding yourself back in a happy place. My documentation led me to the conclusion that life is perfect just the way it is. Had I not put all this in writing, I might not have realized that! I challenge you all to let your creativity heal you by putting your heart and soul into your creations. Document the pain, the hurts, the blessings, and the lessons learned along the way. I’m sure you will find as I have that the healing power of creating is no big secret after all! Happy creating!!!
—Suzy Plantamura, CK Dream Team designer
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