5 Ways To Cultivate Creativity

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Dedicate a creative space:  

The reason why intentionally creating a space to create is so important, is that you are literally a making room for inspiration, thoughts and ideas to to flow. Ben and I have made the guestroom our space to study, be creative and work. I find that when I separate myself from the rest of the house and all the noise, my thoughts are clearer and I am way more productive! It is very effective.

Stay Inspired:

One simple way to do this is surround yourself with creative people. I do this personally by following a lot of different fashion blogs. That always gets the creative juices flowing for me. I love seeing how other people create content, how they style pieces, how they photograph, how they choose locations…it all gives me ideas on how I want to do things next and how I can personally improve.

Change the format and join forces:

Typically as a blogger you work by yourself. You create content as an individual sometimes alongside a photographer. A couple months ago I worked with another Blogger friend and we created content together. What we were able to come up with collectively was some of the most amazing content that has ever been on my blog.  There is so much power in working together and in collaboration. Magic happens when people join forces and strengths and I really feel like I want to do that more this year! Truly a beautiful thing! You can see what we did here and here 🙂

Step out of your comfort zone – take time for stillness:

It’s amazing what happens when I put away my phone, go for a walk and all I can hear is the sound of my steps and nature. So many creative thoughts and ideas go through my mind when I’m still and I’m quiet. If I could do this every single day I think it would be very beneficial. Although it is not realistic, I believe that it’s a good idea to be intentional with being still a few times a week.

Study as much as you practice:

It is said that “Creativity and inspiration is a result of aspiration.” This one I am guilty of. I don’t put as much time into study as I should but it is extremely important if you want to grow in your craft and being creative.
I think that is my two cents for today!! What do you do to stay creative?!  I would love to hear your thoughts!! PS.  My dress is from Shop Pink Blush.  The most simple dress and I get SO many compliments on it wherever I go!   Here are a few other super cute dresses by them that I have styled over the past year here, here and here :).  Happy hump day everyone! I hope you have an awesome day and rest of your week!
Much love,
All Photos By: Jenny

  • Comments ( 42 )

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    Great tips Ruthie! I needed to read this post!

    You look fabulous in that dress! xo, Nataly

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    Jessica Sheppard

    This is one of my favorites yet!!!! I’m obsessed with the vibe of these photos and the pink setting. And I LOVE these suggestions. All so good and so true. Teaming up with you has been one of the highlights of my baby blogging life! XOXO

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    Great tips! I am getting ready to go on a vacation and relax, that always helps me be more creative!

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    These are all such great tips. I am always looking for new things to inspire me. Sometimes you hit a wall. It can be hard!
    xo Jessica

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    Anna English

    Such great tips Ruthie, thanks for sharing! PS, I’m obsessed with that long tunic dress!

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    Love this fun outfit! Your outfit has me wanting to go dig up all my spring pastels!

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

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    Lacey-The Glitter Gospel

    I love this Ruthie! So important to keep pushing forward and learning. The more I dig in and learn new tricks, the more fun I have!



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    Casey the College Celiac

    Taking a walk is always a great way to clear my mind and discover some new blogging inspiration! Great idea to work with others as well – I’ll need to brainstorm some collaborations for this month…

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    I totally agree that changing formats and joining forces pushes and GROWS you creatively!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    These are such wonderful tips!! and I love this dress – it looks perfectly comfy and chic!


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    Fashion Over Matter

    Sweet & short… I love posts like these! Beautiful pictures btw.

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    I struggle with creativity sometimes, thanks for the tip! Beautiful pictures by the way! Love all the pink!

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    These are all great ideas- I hope to start collaborating with bloggers soon in the future 🙂

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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    Jenna Colgrove

    This whole post is just so dreamy!!! I want to move to this shack!!

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    Nina – the HSS feed

    These are some great ideas, I need to get myself in a more creative place today so I’m going to be putting these into action!

    xx Nina

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    Taylor Aube

    These pictures are so pretty! I love all of the rosey tones here and your wise words! Such a great post, love.

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    Julie Torres

    Study as much as you practice, I like that, thank you for the reminder, I think this is where we fall short because we are consumed in our day to day.

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    Audrey Knizek

    Your photos are stunning! I also strongly agree with finding a dedicated creative space; I’m much more productive when I do so as well!

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    Ashley DTKAustin

    I love this look girl! Such a cute bag!

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    Love this advice! Super helpful to a new blogger.

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    Your photos are super cute!

    I really need to get back to being creative, I miss it…

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    These are all such great tips! Setting myself up with a desk space at home has really helped with creativity. Having your own space totally makes a difference! Also, loving all the pink tones!

    xx Mollie

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    Janelle Reeves

    LOVING all the pink & everything you said! I’ve especially noticed the importance of working with other bloggers. It helps so much to do a little networking!

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    love that pink building! the perfect backdrop 🙂

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    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! Love the pink background of all the pictures.

    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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    Linda Luke

    I like your idea of dedicating a creative space. I tend to focus on creative things when I am out for a walk taking pictures or painting at a painting party place. It’s time to set up my own studio. It will give me a place to share with friends.

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    I stay inspired from watching cooking shows. My blog is vegan, so I like to veganize recipes. I also paint, so it helps me to visit art galleries. I get inspired every single time.

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    Anna Baun

    Love these great tips, Ruthie! Perfectly timed for me. Very inspiring! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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    Heart take the Wheel

    Having a dedicated space to be creative has definitely helped me!

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    That bag in fabulous! Love this post!

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    Thanks for these tips! It’s so good to remind yourself to take quiet time breaks every so often. I love the way you edited these pictures! I’m obsessing over the pink!

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    Yes these are all so important! Love this post.

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    Kristina – Occasionally Fashionable

    Loving these tips! The study one – man I need to get on that!!! And, I agree having a separate space to create is so important!

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    I love this bag! These photos have me so ready for spring.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    These photos are stunning, I also agree that having a creative space and stepping outside of your comfort area can be a huge help!

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    Jennifer L

    Wow just love your tips on keep our creativity. I definitely agree that it’s important to step out of comfort zone because it helps us explore and experience new things.

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    love how you juxtaposed the casual look against the pink wall! also your bag is so chic!

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    Mallory Mitchell

    This is an awesome list!! I love the idea of designating a creative space. I can really see how that would help me a lot. Also it’s always so important to join forces!

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    This is a great post Ruthie! Creating a creative space is so important; I am just finishing my own to focus on my businesses. I also like unplugging from technology – although I agree, I still need to work on doing this everyday!

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    Love these ideas! It’s so important to stay inspired!

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    Sami | The Classic Brunette

    Loving these photos of you! And love your creativity tips!

    The Classic Brunette

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    Anna Cobbs

    This is such an inspirational post! I love the tip about studying!

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