5 Ways To Cultivate Creativity

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


  1. Nataly April 5, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Great tips Ruthie! I needed to read this post!

    You look fabulous in that dress! xo, Nataly

  2. Jessica Sheppard April 5, 2017 / 6:42 am

    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

  3. Samantha April 5, 2017 / 7:16 am

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

  4. Anna English April 5, 2017 / 8:33 am

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

  5. Casey the College Celiac April 5, 2017 / 11:16 am

    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…

  6. Morgan April 5, 2017 / 11:51 am

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

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  7. Claire April 5, 2017 / 4:32 pm

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

  8. Kristina April 5, 2017 / 6:17 pm

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

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  9. Jenna Colgrove April 6, 2017 / 5:37 am

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

  10. Nina - the HSS feed April 6, 2017 / 5:51 am

    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

  11. Julie Torres April 6, 2017 / 8:26 am

    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.

  12. Audrey Knizek April 6, 2017 / 8:35 am

    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!

  13. Elizabeth April 6, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Love this advice! Super helpful to a new blogger.

  14. Angie April 6, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Your photos are super cute!

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

  15. Mollie April 6, 2017 / 10:57 am

    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

  16. Janelle Reeves April 6, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    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!

  17. megan April 6, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    love that pink building! the perfect backdrop 🙂

  18. Linda Luke April 6, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    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.

  19. Willow April 6, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    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.

  20. Anna Baun April 6, 2017 / 5:16 pm

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

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  21. Neelofar April 6, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    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!

  22. Jenny April 6, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Yes these are all so important! Love this post.

  23. Christina April 6, 2017 / 10:11 pm

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

  24. Jennifer L April 6, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    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.

  25. Mallory Mitchell April 7, 2017 / 7:27 am

    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!

  26. Jessica April 7, 2017 / 8:26 am

    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!

  27. Anna Cobbs April 13, 2017 / 8:34 am

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

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