Make the Child Inside You Happy!

March 11 by

Make the Child Inside You Happy!

I don’t now about yours, but the child inside me adores all kinds of things.  Most of the time the things she loves are small, colorful, and quite sticky.  Sticky?  You ask.  HA!  Yes!  My child LOVES stickers!  They come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and kinds.  I love them.  Even as I write this my kitchen table is covered in them, as is my living room floor where I’ve been doing a bit of scrap booking.

When the giddy little girl in me gets engaged, she will clap her hands with wild glee, and imagine all the things she could do with that sticker or this sticker, or the one over there.  She loves to go to Michael’s and just look at all the pretty stickers.  Flowers, other countries, holidays, animals, and word stickers all fill her with delight.  And sometimes she convinces me to spend too much money on stickers!

The beauty, though, of it, is that it sparks creativity in me.  It sparks that “je ne sais quoi” that is creativity.

Another thing my child loves is magazines on creative journaling, drawing, and crafting.  I recently picked up a couple of them, and last night while I was unwinding, I looked through one on creative journaling.  The images were beautiful, and crazy, colorful and powerful, and silly, and I loved them all.  Each journalist was asked what advice they would give to beginning creative journalers, and the common threads were play, there are no mistakes (don’t try to be perfect), just start, and let creative inspiration come from anything.  Anything!  The mundane bottle cap, or some inspirational quote, a leaf, a scrap of colorful paper.  Anything.  My child LOVED, LOVED, LOVED that.  She was metaphorically dancing around the room waving her arms in the air singing, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as I read the article.

She’s such a cute thing when she does that.  Colorful little dress, white socks and black patent leather Mary Jane style shoes with buckles.  Her hair is dark and has a barrette in it.  Her little hands are busy.  There is a brightness to her face, and rosy color in her cheeks.  Me at about 3.

So why worry about this little being deep inside you?  Why make this little one happy?  Because she/he is you.  The real you.  The one with gleeful abandon.  The one that belly laughs when something tickles his or her fancy.  That child is the one who remembers how to play.  Remembers how to take the simplest thing and create a whole pretend world around it, be it a pretty flower, or a feather.  Sticks that became swords, bushes that became forts, stuffed animals that become confidants and adventure sharers.  It’s where pretend lives for writing.  It’s where the impetus lives for creating.

What does your child love?  Where does that child find glee, joy, spark?  And more importantly, what have you done lately to make your little one happy?

Cathy Lynn

About Cathy Lynn

Cathy Lynn is an artist, writer, executive trainer, and the co-owner of Inkwell Basics. She has published two coloring books, Conscious Coloring and Carnal Coloring. She's currently working on a novel, and turning her farm into an event venue. She previously blogged at 3 Shared Paths, a personal growth blog that was read worldwide, and has been blogging for over 10 years. She lives somewhere between the city and the country with her three cats, Sebastian, Miss Kitty, and Ella.

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