You can ask anyone that's known me for more than five minutes to desribe my top 5 personality traits and I'm sure that crafty, artistic, creative and easy going would never make the list. Most people see me as a Type A personality through and through. I even describe myself that way.
However, I'm truly one of those weird hybrid people that are all precise and punctual, but also need to use the other side of my brain every once in awhile or I feel like something's missing. The trick is to take on creative tasks that also fulfill the OCD side in me.
For example: crocheting. I actually have no idea how to do this, but a few months ago I decided that I was going to learn and make myself a blanket. Once I make a decision, it's going to happen no matter what gets in my way, even something little like not even knowing where to begin this little project (that's the Type A in me).
I watched a couple youtube videos, borrowed some needles from my mom, bought some yarn and got to work. Crocheting is actually a great activiting to mesh the two sides of my brain together. It's creating something from nothing while also involving doing a repetitive motion while keep track of each stitch/loopy thing. It's perfect! Unfortunatley, I am not. I began and had to start over around 10 times because I kept getting tangled up. I'm a work in progress, but I will master it eventually!
Another example: painting. I love, love, love to splatter paint because you can't mess it up. You just throw paint on a canvas. Painting a picture is another thing all together because you actually do need to be creative and have some real talent. I've decided to compromise and paint something like a flower. It's realatively easy-I can sketch out the form and then just paint in the lines. That's the thought anyway. We'll see how it turns out.
It's so important to me that I exercise this underutilized part of my brain. After I made my wreath, I just felt better about life. There's something about making something from nothing with your own hands that really does feed the soul. So, I'll continue to try new things and search out new projects so that I can really be a whole well rounded person instead of a number crunching, contract reading, OCD cleaning person.
Have a happy weekend!