unlikely creative

I’ve been thinking about how we take on roles that we’re given.
labels people give you, the ones you give yourself …  and sometimes labels can really put you in a box.  for most of my life i’ve been a little too serious to ever think i had a couple different labels going for me.  {omg i might be multifaceted.} 
  and up until recently I never would have given myself the coveted creative label.  
i have a masters in science!  i could spend all day reading!  i’m messy! … i would tell myself.
i have no obvious talents that make people want to naturally encourage me to be creative.
i have terrible {thee poorest} hand writing, take little care to arrange food to make it look pretty, and the extent of my drawing abilities lie in stick figures.  
but oh how i love art. appreciate it.  and always have. in its many forms.
i come alive around beauty.  
its not uncommon for me to be so overwhelmed by emotion to cry over a painting, a delicious meal, a perfectly wrapped present, an honest photograph … beauty arrests my heart.  and often.  
but i always thought – those pretty things that people created were for others. 
certainly not me.
i did not see myself as creative, talented, beautiful.
and even after people coming into my life with eyes that see beyond the surface
telling me
“you’re so creative”
i brushed it off.
thinking they were just trying to be nice to me.
{holy low self esteem in this area
but recently i’ve decided that i am creative.
and this blog, and all y’all (that’s plural for y’all btw) have helped me discover that.
and maybe it is just in the clothes i pick out sometimes, or the way i arrange a wall above my desk, or the way i know exactly what i like by eyeing it.  
but i’m creative.
and so are you.
we were all made to be.  
in one way or another.

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  • Reply Miss Chelsea

    Coming from an "art school kid" who works at a "creative job" and has all sorts of "creative talent".. I always call BS when people whine that they aren't creative. EVERYONE is creative, it's just learning how to channel your creativity! People are too afraid to mess up if they try, it's sad!!

    Kudos to you for realizing that you are creative!

    October 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Amen sister! I love this.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}

    A perfect quote!! I've definitely felt the same way in different areas of my life. Kudos to you girl!!! Wish all the best for your future creative endeavors 🙂 xo

    October 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Lindsay R

    love the quote and great words. sometimes its hard to recognize talent especially when you're your worst critic.
    lovely blog.


    October 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply wfayew

    Of course you're creative. Look at your blog!

    October 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Bibi

    One of the reasons holding me up from starting my own blog has been: how could I ever be as creative as Sarah with her awesome blog? You're amazing & I needed to hear your words today. Thank you!

    October 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Megan

    love this beautiful sarah. I have had the same insecurities as you about being creative…i always feel like i have no creative an academic, a scientist..i dont live up to my left handed stereotype..

    maybe im wrong 🙂 xx

    October 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Ash

    this is so lovely. Sometimes I feel the same way- I don't arrange things pretty, i'm the messiest girl I know, and i certainly cannot draw/sketch/paint for the life of me (although I WAS a ballerina for many years, much younger years of course).. so thank you. thank you for sharing this. thank you for reminding me that yes indeed, I am all the things i dream of being (:

    October 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Petchie

    Love this post. I completely agree. As an accountant, it is sometimes hard for me to actually consider myself as creative. In fact, I almost always here that accountants are anything but creative. I think that hearing this all of the time I actually started limiting myself, thinking that people are right, I really am not creative. After I started to blog however, I realized that this isn't the case at all!

    Great post!


    October 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply plainanfancy

    This is beautiful. I frequently find myself thinking "why me?" Most recently it has been in the career department. Getting a job is hard work, dang it! I admire your honesty in your posts.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Beautiful, Sarah! You are creative; it's so evident in the carefully placed details of your outfits, the lightness in your photography, and the sweetness of your personality. Thank you for the encouragement; it was much needed today. 🙂

    October 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply So Truly Lovely

    I love ALL OF THIS. And yes sister, you are mighty creative (yes, that is a strong way of being creative). This was exactly what I needed to hear as well because I think I let the devil speak other things even when I know we were created to be creative!!! THank you…for creating words that create inspiration that move hearts.
    xoxo, Anna

    October 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply 17 Perth

    I love this. And it is true–you are super talented!! Thank you for your honesty–I think we can all use the opportunity to reflect on this today.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:05 am
  • Reply diane @ a spot of whimsy

    love this post, sarah! it can be applied to so much. and you are most certainly creative 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 12:10 am
  • Reply

    I've always loved that quote (and basically any tough love advice Jillian Michaels gives)!

    Good way of looking at things, I need to be reminded quite a bit 🙂


    October 28, 2011 at 12:23 am
  • Reply linds.eliz

    i love all of the little quotes you post. they tend to be so helpful and the perfect time. thank you for sharing 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Sarah Roads

    Love your transparencyI guess b/c I'm fairly new to your blog I'm just shocked that you wouldn't think of yourself as creative. Shocked! It's funny how we see ourselves isn't it? Gonna ponder this one for a while, thanks!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:00 am
  • Reply tales from kyle

    thanks for this. nice pick-me-up for my night 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 1:07 am
  • Reply Anna H

    I LOVE this. I have a BS in Chemistry and want to go to med school, and I have never thought of myself as creative. But I love to dance, could spend alllll day wandering through an art museum, and am the only 21 year old opera lover I've ever met. I'm slowly realizing that you don't have to be an artist to be creative – and you are definitely creative!!

    I especially love the "creative" use of all y'all – a true southern girl after my own heart!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:28 am
  • Reply From Ainsley, with love

    I absolutely adore these words of encouragement. Adore!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:44 am
  • Reply Erin

    This is so true! 🙂 God has given us all amazing gifts and talents and we need to be proud of them! 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 4:07 am
  • Reply Erin

    This is so true! 🙂 God has given us all amazing gifts and talents and we need to be proud of them! 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 4:08 am
  • Reply Hollie Ann

    this may have been one of the most impactful posts i've read from you. i love your blog, and i surely think you're way more creative than me (low self esteem HERE!) here's to being what we want. and what we ARE.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:20 am
  • Reply Jess

    I feel like I've always wanted to be creative, but wasn't as talented as the artists and creatives around me, but its true. I am in charge of my own labels and you know what, I am creative and talented.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:53 am
  • Reply Pearl

    I love that!
    seriously! WHY NOT you?
    great post.
    Thanks for stoping by. love your blog!


    October 28, 2011 at 5:36 am
  • Reply Jasmine

    You are, indeed 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 7:25 am
  • Reply American in Norway

    Perfect post… I was amazed by your creativity the first time I popped by.. Your amazing photographs.. your style..etc.. I could go on & on! 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Jenna

    I love this post as I often feel like creativity is NOT one of my strong suits although I wish terribly that it was.

    But, I will say that I've always pinned you as the creative type – I love your blog, your pics are always so artistically taken and your outfits are amazing!


    October 28, 2011 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Emily [Bulldogs and Babies]

    I love that you are claiming creativity! And that you are looking at it in a different way. Creativity manifests differently in each of us. And I can definitely see your throughout your blog.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:38 am
  • Reply nicole

    pinterest makes me feel like i'm so uncreative. but to be honest i am creative, just not always in the obvious ways.

    and you're totally creative. i love how you view life with such a creative eye.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Lottie

    I loved this post it has brightened up my day!

    Like you I have never really felt entitled to the creative label as I was the one who was good at maths and the more academic subjects so creativity was never really encouraged.

    But what you said is true, everyone is creative in their own way…even me!

    Have a great weekend!

    October 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Just found your blog yesterday and love it. Love your story, your bubbly upbeat personality, and your style!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Shalyn

    This is such a real post. I found myself nodding as I read it. You ARE beautiful and you ARE creative. Now I just need to keep telling myself this as well. This is a great reminder, so thank you! 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    lovely reminder lady! thank you 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Alex

    "beauty arrests my heart. and often" Ahhh I love that!! I'm the same way. Can't create art by any means, but boy do I appreciate it. Great post 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Nicole-Lynn

    Great post! Loved this!

    October 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Ann

    I found your blog via Breakfast at Toast and I'm glad I did. Thank you for this post. I've just moved away from home and am living in an unfamiliar area. It's been a challenge, but ever since I created a blog …it has my "creative" juices flowing. We are all not the same, we are all different in our own special way.
    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    November 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    Love this post! I love math and have a Bachelor's in biology but I also love art, photography, and dance!

    July 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm
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