Continuing the series Boosting Your Creativity. This is part four – what you invest in.
Investing in yourself helps your creative thinking in so many ways.
- It allows you to know you are worth investing in
- It gives you practical training in a skill
- It can open your mind to new ideas
- It could allow you to meet other creators like you
A few years ago, I invested in a street photography workshop. I bought my ticket, flew to Chicago, and ended up having a fantastic time. For me, this was a big deal; being an introvert, something like this takes a ton of energy, but it was worth every ounce of extraversion I had. I met so many amazing photographers. I took photo walks with some of my favorite photographers and met online friends (who then became real-life friends). I walked away feeling refreshed and renewed. Every year since then, I’ve made it a point to go to at least one photography event, and every year I love it.
Local Creative Groups & Skillshare
Check your area for local photography groups and make a plan to go at least once a month to a meeting or photography event. If you don’t have a local photography group, look for an artist group or try starting one yourself.
Another way to invest in yourself is through online classes. There is no shortage of great YouTube tutorials. One of my favorite places to learn online is Skillshare. I try to take at least one class a month. I’ve taken video editing, digital illustration, lettering, street photography, Instagram building, and even writing online classes. There is no shortage of the kind of classes you can find on Skillshare.
A few of my favorite classes: