Dime & Regal


CreativityCourtney Jones

If you are anything like me, I STRUGGLE during these winter months. I’m always tired, I lay around the house and barely ever get outside. Michigan is great and I love it with all my heart, but sometimes it is a bitter-sweet kind of love… one that is sometimes hard to see. But here we are, January number 28 for me in this great state, and I may need a bit of a reminder of staying positive and creative in the dark grey winter days…


A few January’s ago, while battling the winter blues, I met a good friend for coffee and we chatted about how we don’t ever paint anymore. Maybe it was the winter blues talking, but I think it was something deeper coming out. Staying creative is hard enough as an adult, so if you add in the stress of work, kids, dirty dishes, laundry mountains, and general life stuff, you barely have the head space to even THINK about your creative practice.

It’s hard. Like REALLY hard. But we knew the benefits of adding in bits of creativity into life, and being 100% honest, we knew it was necessary for our sanity. Being a business woman, I had to evaluate of the ROI of adding ‘creative time’ into my life. So here are a few things to consider when it comes to creativity:

  1. Reduces Stress & Anxiety: Yes. This is in fact, a proven fact. Letting yourself go a bit really does help your brain manage all those feelings and emotions. So, take a dose of creativity to help soothe those stressful times life tosses your way.

  2. Increases Awareness: Being creative helps you see the world around you. It not only helps you look at the world differently, but also process that incoming information with a wider outlook.

  3. Increases Confidence: Ever say to yourself, “I can’t draw” or “I’m not creative enough” Well thats bull. If you practice you will get better! Creativity can be learned.

  4. Builds Resilience: Creativity often comes with those things called MISTAKES. By making, solving, and moving on from mistakes, one not only builds confidence, but also learns how to let go and manage the not-so-perfect aspects of life. Which is pretty much everything.

When you consider all of this it seems pretty straight forward. Creativity is life’s little secret to handle all the crap that happens on a daily basis! Take time for YOU and your creative practice- do the things that stir your brain and fill your heart. Be Creative. Live Regal.

Not sure where to start with all of this? Well, try one of our workshops! We have a little bit for everyone. Nervous? No problem, just email kpischner@dimeandregal.com with any questions!