Spiced Honey Facial Mask

 

Stop hiding behind toxic skincare and makeup and let your beautiful soul shine through! 

I love making my own natural skin care and am cautious about using natural makeup when I wear it, which is really not that often. 

My Spiced Honey Facial Mask recipe is super easy to whip together, easy to apply, and if used regularly, you’ll love the results. Cinnamon and nutmeg are potent antimicrobial herbs and should be used with caution. If you experience any discomfort, remove the mask with warm water and follow with coconut oil or a natural moisturizer. 

You can use raw honey by itself or add just one or the other spices to it. It’s free for experimentation! 

Let me know your results!

 

My Sugar Blues Workshop

My journey with sugar isn’t short, and I’m sure yours isn’t either. It seems no-one is exempt from this overly available highly addictive legal drug! It’s found it’s way back into my diet – causing weight gain, inflammation, fatigue, and a feeling of foggy mind. I hate feeling this way, and so it’s high time I kick it back out! 

Tomorrow I am guiding a group of amazing and courageous women through a 15 day sugar detox, and I’m joining them! I’m really looking forward to it because I know that this is the best way to feel like my greatest version of me again. 

When I feel great I know I am a better mentor, a better lover, a better mother, a better friend but I am also better at getting all I want to done and my immune system rocks! 

I’m counting down to beginning in the morning, preparing by being very mindful of where my sugars are sneaking in and cutting down where I feel the biggest sources are. I’m drinking more water, moving more, getting outside more, and making time for a little play. 

While putting together my resources for my group, I found an old workshop recording (all the way back in 2010!) and I thought I’d share it with you! You can find it HERE.

If you listen and want to make shifts but you’ve missed the spring detox – DON’T WORRY. I run these every spring and every fall. If you want to start now, I’d love to discuss with you how I might be able to support you in doing so! Simply contact me at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

I’m totally ready, are you? 

 

Could a Sugar Detox Help You?

The winds of change are blowing, bringing longer warmer days to Colorado. I am excited that spring is so close and am anxious for long summer walks and time at the park tossing a ball with my son. These are the days I know I’ll remember and cherish. I’m also looking forward to our personal changes this season which are well underway already. We’ve come to an agreement on a five-acre parcel which will work well for our intentions. It’s not far from our current residence and is in an area where we can see a great demand for homes right now. I promise photos once everything feels really solid. (UPDATE: POSTED BELOW!) Probably when we reach closing and own the land.

There are a lot of unknowns yet, a bit of scrambling to find all we need for the loan approval and a lot of brainstorming sessions to identify how best to use the land we’ve chosen. We have our eyes on a camper or two for our tiny house intention and hope to go peek at them this Friday. In the few days its been since we said “yes”, I am already needing a lot of deep breaths, having sleepless nights, and keep asking my angels to help me be patient with this process. There is much to be done, and I need to remember it’s just one step at a time! 

Also happening right now – I’m gearing up for my final 15 Day Sugar Detox this spring which begins on March 15th and I’m so excited for it! Every spring and fall I lead a sugar detox with a small group. This year, I get to offer FB live chats as well as more in-depth information as each year, I add another layer from what I learn from the industry and my clients. Every year the results are more profound and lasting. It’s really inspiring!

You see, sugar wreaks havoc on our body, is highly addictive, and is in almost everything that comes in a package. This makes taking on any sort of healing dietary change very challenging to sustain, leaving many people feeling like massive failures when it comes to diet and weight loss. 

Here are some scary tidbits on sugar that might make you think twice before you take a bite!

  • The newest suggested intake of total sugar (all sugars, both natural sweeteners and processed sweeteners) is – for normal weight men up to 24 grams (6 teaspoons) , for normal weight women up to 20 grams (5 teaspoons), and for kids 12 grams which is only 3 teaspoons. When was the last time you noted how many grams of sugar you were eating in a day? 
  • Anything above the suggested intake will certainly land itself around your belly unless you are burning it in exercise. 
  • Feeling thin and fit but still eating sugar? You are not exempt from the danger! While sugar may not show up in a ring around your gut, it is certainly causing a lot of other challenges in your body! Consumption of sugar is linked to: 
    • Chronic Inflammation
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
    • Fatty Liver
    • Acne
    • Migraines
    • Brain Fog
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Tooth Decay
  • The food industry adds sugar in some form to nearly everything, so it can be very sneaky! Watch for it in juices, coffees, flavored waters, alcohol, bread, cereals, pasta, snack and health bars, the obvious sweets, sauces, and dressings, and it might even be injected into meats. It’s important to read your labels!

This is why I lead my sugar detoxes, as it always seems to find a way in!

For this final spring 15 Day Sugar Detox, I’ll be joining you so we can enjoy this journey together!

Registration for my final spring 15 Day Sugar Detox is open until March 15th at midnight. To learn more and to register, CLICK HERE. Please join us! 

Resources & Additional reading – 

http://www.headpositivemom.com/sugar-the-ins-and-outs-of-it/

http://www.headpositivemom.com/the-carb-conundrum/

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/the-shocking-truth-about-how-much-sugar-youre-eating

http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/guidelines/sugars_intake/en/

Natural Remedies – Cold and Flu

This has been one of the worst cold and flu seasons I’ve witnessed in my life. Most people I know, vaccinated or not, have felt the rage of the viruses and bacteria this year. This alone causes a whirlwind of questions in my mind…could it be that less people are vaccinated? Could the viruses be getting stronger? Are people not supporting their bodies well with healthy food? Are people eating too much sugar? Maybe it’s the stress of the election? General negativity? Ultimately, I don’t know why, chances are it’s some combination of all of the above. 

The lines at the clinics are long, and the posts on social media regarding emergency room visits are common. 

It’s inspired me to share my natural soothing arsenal of remedies with you. Often, when steps are taken immediately, you can avoid a heightened or more severe infection or sickness. The key is prevention. 

#1 – at the first sign of feeling low, tired, or depleted, cut the sugar completely. Sugar suppresses your immune system and gives the virus or bacteria a chance to get a stronghold on your system. Often people notice an unusual craving for sugar at the onset of sickness, this in itself might be your sign that it’s time to take action.

#2 – Boil water on the stove. Our body operates on moisture. You are, in fact, over 70% water. The wintery dry air often causes mucous membranes to dry out and crack, causing inflammation and discomfort as well as allowing bacteria and viruses in. The warm moisture soothes these uncomfortable passage ways, allows the sinuses to drain and relieve pressure. You can add herbs to this water such as peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus or seek out a respiratory steam blend over the counter such as Wish Garden’s Respiratory Steam

#3 – Eat garlic. From my daughter’s early years, my favorite go to is garlic. Garlic contains a powerful antibacterial and antiviral compound called allicin. The herb releases allicin when it’s chewed and is most available when it’s raw. 

#4 – If you have a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water – my mom used to have us do this when we were kids, and it works! My nature nut twist is to use Himalayan Sea Salt. Mix 1/4 teaspoon with 1 cup warm water. Gargle and spit until all water is used. 

#5 – Use essential oils on your feet and in your shower – my favorite soothing oils are eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary – you can find a blend such as goDesana’s Cold and Flu Blend

#6 – Good old fashioned chicken soup or broth. This is one of the old time remedies that lives on for reason. This nourishing soup boosts the body with easy to absorb electrolytes and is great in health and sickness. I make this the easy way – bring home an organic free range chicken, roast it, take off most of the meat and pack it into a glass covered container to use later. I take the chicken carcass and put it in my large slow cooker and add 6 – 8 cups of filtered water. I cook this all day on the lowest setting. An hour or two before I serve it I’ll add dried herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme. I will ladle out one cup per serving at a time keeping all parts in the broth and allowing it to continue to cook. After 12 – 14 hours, I filter out all bones and move to a covered container or large mason jar and refrigerate up to three days. 

Natural remedies can go a long way to soothe, comfort, and battle a virus, but there can be a time when you simply need to go to the doctor. It’s okay! It’s why we have them! Please go to the doctor if you experience fevers, persistent cough, sore throat, excessive pain, headaches, colored mucous, or your symptoms last longer than just a couple of days. Sometimes, even for those of us who choose a natural and holistic life approach, you simply need antibiotics. 

 

Tiny Houses, Home Building, and Balance

Following our hearts.

Two years ago this month, we left the home we spent 16 years building and settling. There, our house was literally built by my husband, myself, and my daughter. Almost every nail. When the house was finished, we put in a huge garden, a barn, a corral, a woodshop, and sheds for raising chicks. We planted trees, hundreds of them. We raised our oldest child. We raised and lost many fur babies. Our hearts were there, it was our home. 

I can already hear you! It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? The problem? It was so far away that we were wasting hours of our lives every single day to commute. As my son has gotten older, his passion for taekwondo has grown, and this too added a new layer of driving. We decided we needed to better support him and move closer into his gym and my husbands work. So we did, and we spent the last two years regretting it. 

It’s been very hard to let go. 

But now, we have come full circle, our energy and inspiration has returned and we are ready to take on the next big adventure. It’s time for my husband to follow his passion of home building – doing so will require some sacrifice on our part as a family. We will sell our house and use our equity to build a home to sell, then do it again, and again. The goal is to have made enough on the home sales to build not only a home to sell, but a forever home too by the third time. In the meantime, we’ll be living in a camper. We are in the very beginning, so very little is perfectly clear – but we have a plan and our goal is clear. 

I promised you that I’d share this adventure with you. 

The foundations of this adventure are in the risk, trusting in ourselves, learning from past mistakes, and being courageous and patient. 

So this is where we are today. 

The housing market in Colorado is at an all time high. This means the cost of living and buying is just as high. It’s a great time to sell a house, but a difficult time to buy one. The lucky thing is that while homes follow this curve exactly, land doesn’t always follow suit in the same way. Though it is clear that the value of land is much higher than 20 years ago, we have found a few lots that we feel we can afford and get creative with. 

We’ve found a lot we are interested in. It’s about 15 minutes from our current residence, includes five acres, has a lovely view of a natural open space, is open space to the back and one side, and covenants aren’t terrible. The weird thing is that 80% of the property is natural open space and you cannot use it for anything. It cannot be fenced in, built on, rode on, grazed upon, or ANYTHING. Which is okay, when we come to think of it since it’s perfect for any sort of nature lover, or stressed out person ready to get out of town. There’s very little maintenance on a property like this but you still get a lovely view. Remember, this is not our forever home, but an investment.)

This lot has been on the market for a long time and has reduced price a few times. It’s listed price is higher than it’s usable and buildable worth so we are going to place what’s called a “low-ball” offer. We are conferring with our real estate agent on this for guidance and his experience with construction. 

These are the first steps. By the end of today, we will have a formal offer in place. If the owner of the land and we can come to terms, we’re on our way!

The best part about this is that it feels really good to be taking action, even with the fear that is tied into it. Just like anything we are both dealing with our inner critics and fear monger monsters. What if? Can we? Who are we? You know how it goes, right?

We learned a lot last time that we want to bring forward. 

#1 – it doesn’t always go the way you think it will.

#2 – don’t get attached, because until that contract closes, it’s not yours. 

#3 – even at the height, self-care will be necessary so that your body and mind can handle the transition. 

#4 – it takes time to build a house 

#5 – it’s okay to take your time

#6 – let go of expectation

#7 – put the difference in savings

#8 – be a minimalist

#9 – trust in ourselves and our relationship

We’ll be living in a camper, which will be bigger than a tiny house, so we are going to call it our castle camper. Taking this massive downsizing into mind, I’ll be getting rid of stuff between now and the end of this month. Anything we haven’t used in ages, have no need for, no longer find it appealing, doesn’t fit, or broke – I’ll never fix it will go away. 

This is going to be a grand adventure, we are all excited and a bit nervous, but we know we can do this. 

Here we go! I’ll follow with pictures soon!

 

 

Natural Weightloss, Opportunities, and Down Sizing

This month, I’m celebrating seven years as a successful Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

I can’t believe it’s been that long. I have enjoyed this career so incredibly much and all of the impact it’s had both on my professional and personal life. Life sure looks different from this angle. Entrepreneurship isn’t all warm fuzzies, but it’s worth every single challenge and discomfort. It’s not just entrepreneurship though either. Being a coach isn’t all warm fuzzies. It’s sticking to what you know is right, even when it’s really uncomfortable. It’s also working hard to maintaining the balance of your life while you support so many others. 

A couple of years ago, I lost my balance, while my family and I went through some large life changes. I began to make choices for ease and convenience rather than for sustainability or health. I paid for it. Dearly. I got sick again, feeling my stomach tie up in knots, needing to cancel appointments because of migraines at least once a week, feeling the deep ache in my joints that I felt in my mid 30’s, and, I gained a lot of weight. 

I was really, really struggling, both emotionally and physically to pull back the strings that I had let go of. Nine months ago, things began to come back together, but it took some time.

Natural healing takes time. Our body, mind, and spirit can heal by themselves if they are given the right tools. Whole foods, movement, trust in your body, stress reduction techniques, sunshine, loving relationships, hobbies, accountability, and a career I love are all a large part of my self-care plan. Leave one behind and it all begins to fall apart. 

I have all my pieces back in place, and slowly but sweetly, my body is healing again. The inches are falling off, my energy is skyrocketing, my mind is clear, I’m creating, teaching, reaching out, and I feel sweetly fulfilled in most areas of my life. 

As I am always taking to my clients my personal lessons, this has been a big one for me and I’m so happy to share it with you. Trust in your body, give it the tools it needs. 

Here are some of the actions I took in order to release inches and feel good again:

  • Food first – This is always where I start my clients, and it’s where I chose to act first. I began by upgrading all of my choices. I could still have pizza if I would eat gluten free, organic, free range, and add lots of veggies. 
  • Sunshine – Get in it when it’s shining for at least 15 minutes every day without protection. Yep. I just said that. Simply because a supplement is not capable of doing what the best and most natural source can. 
  • Create – Write, color, journal, paint, build, decorate, procreate – whatever getting creative is for you – do it. 
  • Move – This was one of my last focuses. I love to walk, but my walking drops off drastically in the winter months because I have an aversion to the cold. A dear friend of mine challenged me to set exercise as a new habit and promised she’d hold me accountable. It’s working – I’ve been committed and successful at working out for an hour 6 days a week since the first week in January! (yay me!)
  • Focus on water – In the summer, water is easy for me, but winter months I crave the warmth and bitterness of coffee. My first step was to cut back on coffee consumption with Teecino. Next, I switched to other herbal teas, and now I’m back to drinking a warm cup of water plain or with lemon. 
  • Create routine where you can – I have a highly fluctuating schedule. From scheduling in clients, to student mentoring for IIN, to running my son to taekwondo, to homeschooling, to his guitar lessons, to managing all the house duties, a routine can be really challenging. Find the times that work best for you. I journal, read, and chill every morning as I make a plan for my day. I meal plan weekly. I work out in the evenings. I set timers, write in my planner, and check off as I go. It’s all part of my accountability plan and it works! 

With a clear mind and strong body, I am inspired to take greater action. As I make better choices for me, I’m cooking more often and choosing better with my family as well. Everyone benefits when Mom is doing good for herself. 

As these changes have been clicking into their natural places in my life, my husband and I have been inspired in so many ways. (It’s the gift of the clear mind when you eat to support your body!) Along with all of our inspired ideas, we’ve decided it’s time to follow our biggest dream. It’s a doozy and involves moving (AGAIN.) but this time to where we’ve always wanted to be. In order to do this, we have to downsize drastically, declutter like the dickens, and alter our lifestyle dramatically. Have you heard of the tiny houses? It’s pretty much what we’ll be doing for a period of time, while we begin my husband’s career as a home builder. It’s his dream and… it’s his turn. 

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? A really grand adventure? The answer to this is a resounding YES! 

AND I’ll blog about it as we go. 

The first step is to say yes. We meet with real estate agents on Thursday. We will have to set a date to list the house, which right now we are projecting will be the end of April. That gives us two months to get rid of nearly everything except what we want to plant in our forever home when it’s done. It may be a couple of a years before that happens, so right now, if it doesn’t fit into the tiny house, it’s got to go. 

If we say yes on Thursday – the adventure begins immediately! Wish me luck and keep checking back for all sorts of humor and insight into this transition. 

 

The New Year is a gateway! Art therapy and more

Be Brave

A new year gives you a gateway to set intentions and take renewed action toward your goals.

 

The New Year is a gateway. 

Will you walk through it? 


Around here, year-end and new year are ritualistic. I always shut down my practice as much as possible, say no to work more often, and black out my calendar so I don’t ignore my intentions. It’s not easy, but it is truly a must for me. 

The back end of December and front end of January are a time I catch up, declutter, reflect, dream, meditate, let go, burn candles, sage my house, renew, and make a plan for the next year. I find my inspiration, get creative, and learn. For me, this time is action both internally and externally and my experience has shown me that if I don’t do this, I will spiral into a bad habit of letting go of what’s most important to do what’s not at all important. I will let fear take over, excuses pave the way, exhaustion to take hold and while I will continue to take action – it’s not clear or productive. I cannot show up well for my clients or myself. 

It’s early January, and I’m feeling invigorated, inspired, and am laying out plans. 

My new year will be focused on combining healthy and healing creative practices and techniques into my health coaching practice. This will do many things for me and my clients such as making space for fun and play as well as offering helpful tools for the mass of Moms coping with lack of clarity, overwhelm, depression, and anxiety. This will first be released in my new MomPositive Creativity Program that is scheduled to launch at the end of January. MomPositive Creativity is a form of Art Therapy and will cover six creative practices that support healing and help you to design and live your happiest life.The program will be broken down into modules that will cover techniques and practices such as vision boards, art journaling, scrapbooking, meditative coloring, Zendoodles, and more. These practices have all been shown to provide stress reduction, mind clearing, meditation like benefits as well as laying a foundation for setting goals and intentions for self-improvement. The best part? It’s going to be only $59.00! 

If you would like more information on this program, or to notified when the program launches, please contact me directly at tammihoerner@gmail.com

There are other ideas I have mapped out for this year, both personally and professionally. For my new company Mirrored Expressions, we are launching a series of new designs, setting up a marketing plan, and creating better systems and routines so it feels more manageable as we continue to work to get our product into homes across America!  

In my personal life, we have travel ahead with my son competing in his first U. S. Open and Nationals, maybe a visit to Maryland to spend time with my daughter before she finishes her service with the U. S. Navy, and if all our cards land right we might even squeeze in a real family vacation.

My health goals are bold and include balancing my hormones, eating my leafy greens every day, drinking 64 ounces of water daily, and moving intentionally for at least an hour every day. 

Despite my greater business plans, I plan to spend less time in front of the computer and more time in nature, barefoot when possible. This means I’ll have to plan and execute well, stay focused and allow less lollygagging. I read somewhere last year a meme or quote that said, “work only as much as necessary.” This caused me to pause and think…am I calling it work? By this I mean, the time I float around on Facebook doing absolutely nothing productive, or drifting on the internet….do I call that work?

The answer is…yes. Sometimes I do. When I’m focused and not allowing myself to be distracted by silly things, I get a lot done in a very short time. With that in mind, I know I can succeed when I say, I’ll “work” less and play more. The gift is more time with my son and hubby. That’s going to be worth it! Don’t you think? Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition teaches us, “single pointed focus”, and this is what I need to practice this coming year. 

The New Year is truly a gateway to a fresh start, a new outlook, and renewed action toward your vision. What projects will you begin? What goals are you reaching for? What do you hope to accomplish in this New Year? 

Remember that if you would like more information about my art therapy focus through MomPositive Creativity, email me directly at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

I’d love to hear from you! COMMENT BELOW! 

Are You Creating the Life You Want?

GratitudeThe sun is lower in the sky and my neighborhood is filled with yellows, reds, and browns that come with the crisp cool air. The winds have picked back up and I can feel the season change in my core. 
Fall is time to begin to quiet down, sit still, reflect and learn. 
Every Fall I find myself doing more: reading, listening, drawing, journaling, being still, yoga, stretching, taking long warm baths with essential oils, learning, and looking for sunbeams to sit in. 
This Fall is different, though. 
I am celebrating my 6th year in practice with lots of action: launching a really cool invention into the retail world and writing a new book (#6!) that’s focused on gathering all the natural remedies I use in my own life and those that I’ve seen work with my clients time and again. (Watch for this publication by late Spring 2017!)
I’m also focusing on this idea of creativity that is constantly looming over me right now. I am thinking a lot about how every choice we make creates our reality, in all areas of our lives. I’ve been thinking about how this has played out in my own life so far, and how I continue to make choices today that will affect me tomorrow. 
That, in essence, I am always creating my future. We are all always creating our future. This is true in more ways that one. 

  • The food we choose to eat, becomes our body. 
  • The way we talk to ourselves, becomes our mindset. 
  • The news or media we choose to immerse in becomes our understanding.
  • Our actions become our results.

And so it goes that in order to change our daily experiences, we must CHOOSE to BEGIN to CREATE something different than what we are currently choosing to create. 

This is completely different for everyone. For me, it means next level thinking and actions. It means leaning further into my gifts and talents. It means trusting my path and journey more. 

What does this mean for you? 

What action to you need to choose to take? 

I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

There’s much exciting news to talk about and I want to be sure to share:

Our super cool invention and long time project is officially launched! This has been such a fun learning process and we have much to celebrate already! We have made retail relationships and these are just the beginning! You can now find us on Amazon, Etsy, and soon Walmart.com! I’m currently working on local Colorado stores and will announce them as they happen. 

This is happening as a result of choice. I really had to look at and focus on choosing this path. In order to take action, I knew I would need to learn so many new things, commit to trying new things, and take action in ways I never have. I’m so happy I did this though, and I look forward to what great things it brings into our life. 

I hope you take time out to think about how your choices are moving you toward or away from the life you want to create. Remember every choice is just like picking up a paint brush and painting your future. 

Lots of health and happiness, 
Tammi – Head Positive Mom
www.headpositivemom.com

Can affirmations help you improve your life experience?

How do you feel when you look in a mirror?

Do you degrade yourself?

Criticize yourself?

Judge yourself?

How do you speak to yourself (using inside voice OR outside voice) when you look yourself in the eye?

How does this make you feel?

Small?

Ugly?

Fat?

Not good enough?

Not smart enough? 

Do you realize that your relationship with you affects EVERYTHING in your life.

It affects how you lead your children, how you relate with others, how you perform in your job/career. In short, it affects how you show up in your life. 

Your relationship with you =
your relationship with your world. 

It’s time to reinvent your relationship with you, isn’t it?

I am a solid believer in affirmations. Not because they are magic, no, on the contrary – they are not magic, but they DO open a doorway in your mind and heart and it’s a practice that can begin a shift in your life.
Because I have worked with so many women (hundreds) who find on their healing journey that true, lasting, sustainable, healing begins with learning to love themselves, I invented the I AM kit.
  This is a simple to use creative kit that you place on your mirror. (Where better to begin changing your relationship with YOU!) It’s removable, reusable, and comes with a dry erase marker so you can add to the decals that are provided.
 
My kits are NOW available on Amazon and coming on Walmart.com OR you can get yours straight from the source here: www.mirroredexpressions.com
 
I believe that affirmations can help you to get more clear, gain confidence, and begin to shift your energy to succeed at what you want to succeed at the most! 

 

All you need to start your practice today!

All you need to start your practice today!

 
 
 

The Benefits Of Creative Hobbies And 5 Ways To Grow Your Creativity

There are no limitations!by Rachel Payetta for MomPositive, LLC

Okay, it’s time for true confessions. About a year ago I was talking to a therapist about the benefits of creativity and what she recommends to her patients. Now, this gal is all about creativity. It is one of the main tools she uses to help her clients.

But I wasn’t 100 percent convinced. Don’t get me wrong—I do believe there is a place for creativity. For example, I love, love, love my vision wall! It makes me smile every time I look at it, and it helps keep me totally motivated to reach my goals.

I also absolutely love writing and would be over the moon if my novel was ever picked up by a literary agent or publisher. But the idea that something like coloring could be mentally and emotionally beneficial…? Well, I was a bit skeptical—no offense, Tammi! (Tammi says, “None taken Rachel, we are all learning.”)

As soon as I voiced my skepticism, the therapist’s eyes opened really wide and she said, “Oh, it’s extremely important…and there’s nothing at all childish about it either.” Apparently, she’d been the recipient of some criticism before.

What impressed me about this conversation was the therapist’s conviction. In fact, she had so much passion about what she was saying that I almost went out and bought a coloring book that day. But, skeptic that I am, I decided to do some research first.

Just how beneficial is creativity? Let me show you.

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Creative Hobbies

One of the first articles I found when doing my research was called The Positive Benefits of Creativity on PositiveLivingNow.com. The opening of their article was absolutely priceless.

“Quick: Think of five things you could do with a new box of crayons.

(C’mon.  Play along.)

Got ‘em? 

Now notice how thinking of those five things made you feel. 

If you laughed at the silliness of your ideas, you’re feeling one of the positive benefits of creativity—and you didn’t have to write a single sentence or draw a single line.”

It just took reading that one section to realize that one of the main benefits of creativity is happiness. Whether we’re coloring with crayons or painting with oils—creativity brings us a level of happiness that few other projects can.

Besides this feeling of happiness, there are many other benefits. In an article on PsychologyToday.com, the following benefits of creative hobbies were listed.

  • They bring meaning into our life and give us a sense of pride.
  • They help us feel productive like we’re accomplishing something great.
  • Creative hobbies that are in tune with who we are on the deepest levels also help to heal old wounds and allow us to grow emotionally. For instance, writing down a hurtful experience from our past in the form of a story or a work of poetry is a way to get the hurt out and do something productive with it. People who have tried this exercise feel an overwhelming sense of emotion, generally followed by relief and the feeling that they’re starting to heal and let go.
  • These hobbies are a great way to exercise the brain and keep it young.
  • It can improve self-esteem and confidence.
  • It instills the truism that practice makes perfect…well, that practice brings about excellence. When that is introduced at a young age—whether through music lessons, dance practice, or another hobby—children will learn the value of working towards other things throughout their life, like homework or eventually building a business.
  • According to a Huffington Post article, the American Journal of Public Health published a review of over 100 studies about the benefits of creative activities on health. They found that creative endeavors decreased depression, reduced anxiety and stress, and helped people through the grieving process.

When it comes to the benefits of creative activities, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to see why doctors, therapists and health coaches all encourage their patients and clients to pursue some sort of creative outlet.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don’t get to experience those benefits because they feel like they don’t have a creative bone in their body. Is this really the case?

We’re All Creative in Some Way!

Let’s go back for a second to the article The Positive Benefits of Creativity. In it, the writer quoted TED talk speaker John Paul Caponigro who points out that the human race is, in fact, “a creative species”.

Think about that for a second…does any other species intrinsically feel the need to create?

Granted, there are YouTube videos of animals doing some artistic things, even of elephants painting with their trunks. But would an elephant ever experience the desire to search out an art supply store because he or she had decided to take up paining?

Humans, on the other hand, not only search out artistic mediums; they look for creative ways to do everyday things. Whether it’s solving a mathematical equation, figuring out the best way to market a product, or deciding what to serve for dinner—there is a level of creativity to nearly all that we do.

How exciting is learning that? This means that every single one of us has a propensity toward certain creative hobbies—in other words, we’re all creative!

But how do we know which creative hobbies to take up? How can we strengthen our creativity so that we can see the full benefit of implementing it in our lives?

Creative Hulkiness—4 Ways to Strengthen Your Creativity

It really doesn’t take much to become the Incredible Hulk of Creativity. But, first of all, it is important to remember that creative hobbies should be fun. Yes, we can have creative goals, but they should bring us joy, not stress.

With that in mind, here are 4 ways to strengthen and build your creativity.

  1. Discover Your Creative Personality Type

The PositiveLivingNow.com article went on to discuss creativity expert Dr. Lynne Levesque’s model of creative personalities. According to Dr. Levesque, we’re all creative, just in different ways.

Once we recognize which personality type we are then we’ll be better equipped to find creative activities that fit our needs and bring us immense. Click the link here to find out more about these creative types.

  1. Don’t Compare Yourself with Others

One of the worst things you can do is play the comparison game. It is a complete waste of time. We all have different talents and tastes. So, go with your gut and do what makes you feel awesome!

It’s also important to remember that we’re all at different levels. Comparing yourself to someone who has years of experience won’t bring joy. Instead of comparing, either turn off the negative voice and enjoy the process, or ask the person with experience for some helpful tips.

  1. Redefine What Failure Means to You

For many people, failure is a bad word and they avoid it like the plague. Having this attitude doesn’t take into consideration the fact that no one is perfect, plus it stifles personal growth.

Consider the 2016 Olympic athletes, or just about any athlete for that matter. They train from the time they’re little kids—and they train hard. After years of “perfecting” their abilities, there’s still the possibility of failure.

To achieve success, these athletes look at failure as an opportunity to improve. If they lose a race, they analyze what they need to do to get better. Failure actually builds within them more fire to get the job done.

The same can be said of creative hobbies. If you’re not achieving what you would like, or you mess up, or someone criticizes you, this is an opportunity for growth in two specific ways.

First, you can find out what you need to do to improve. Second, you can decide to take or leave any criticism you get. If you think you did a great job—that’s really the only thing that matters.

  1. Expand Your Horizons

Trying something outside of your normal realm of interest can lead to something very special. Let’s say you want to learn to play the piano. Will you simply choose to learn songs that you already like, or songs that are typically taught by music teachers (think: Mozart, Beethoven—all of the great classical pianists and composers)?

Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing this. After all, the hobby isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t enjoy it. However, choosing to expand your horizons will greatly benefit you. You could start by learning about jazz pianists of the 1920s, or learn how to play a boogie-woogie blues song or some popular Broadway melodies.

Or, let’s say your goal is to read more. Will you stick to your preferred genre? You could…or, you could try science fiction, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, or another author within your favorite genre. The possibilities are endless.

When you expand your horizons, you will grow in knowledge, expand your skill-set and find new ways to express your creativity.

How To Go About Setting Your Creative Goals—A Suggestion

Now that you know some of the benefits of getting creative, I bet you’re excited to set some creative goals. I know I am! Now, the purpose of setting creative goals is not to cause stress and add one more thing to your plate. The purpose is to bring some fun into your life.

However, without setting at least a couple of creative goals it can be really difficult to fit your hobbies into your life.

Believe me—I’ve been there! Creative goals are sometimes like my exercise goals…I don’t remember I have them until around 11pm and then it’s just too late to do anything about them at that point.

Having, and writing down, creative goals helps me to make room for them.

I typically start off with the big picture: what do I want to learn or accomplish, either this year or in the next few months? Once I figure that out, I break it up into smaller chunks that can be accomplished each day or week.

As an example: A few years ago I had the goal to start reading more books. I’d been an avid reader most of my life but over the past few years had gotten too busy to do any extracurricular reading. Recalling the joy, relaxation and sense of adventure reading brought to my life, I decided to set the goal of reading one book each month.

That was my big picture goal. I then divided that goal up by first deciding which 12 books I would read that year. Then, at the beginning of the month I would choose which one of those 12 I wanted to read and divide the number of pages up to determine how many pages to read each evening.

Every night, I snuggled into my bed a little earlier than I used to, got super cozy and then read my book. It was a wonderful way to end the day, and…I reached my goal for the year!

Looking at the big picture and seeing what you can fit into the day may work for you too. Or, if you choose to incorporate coloring or knitting into your life, be sure to put everything you need close to your bed, a comfy chair or the couch. This will help ensure that you’ll be comfortable, and be a good reminder to take some time to get creative.

Harnessing Your Personal Power of Creativity

You have a very powerful tool within your grasp. This tool is the innate gift of creativity. Try your best to set aside some time each day or, at the very least, each week to exercise your creative gift. Doing so will bring added happiness and meaning to your life, and will help reduce the stress and anxiety of your busy life.

 

 

How about you? What kind of benefits have you seen in your life from incorporating creative hobbies? What steps do you take to reach your creative goals and get those juices flowing? Let us know. Comment below or join the conversation on social media.

written by Tammi:

(I want to personally thank Rachel for her beautiful talent of writing and the incredible research she’s done on this topic that is so important to me!)

 

Resources:

http://www.positive-living-now.com/the-positive-benefits-of-creativity/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-creativity-cure/201205/creativity-happiness-and-your-own-two-hands

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/make-more-art-the-health-benefits-of-creativity_b_8868802.html