Creativity

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This subject has to come to mind recently for me and I wanted to get your thoughts about it. In our household my husband does the cooking. It’s not because I can’t cook. It’s because he actually likes to cook. I can cook, but have never really liked to. Here’s the interesting thing: I have actually started to find recipes and make some meals because I wanted to. My thought is that maybe because I am beginning to follow my passion and be true to myself with my writing, it has ignited a spark that is spreading to others areas in my life.

I really have no other explanation for why I suddenly have an interest in something I really have never cared much about. Now I have not gone completely over to the ‘dark side’ and do not want to cook everyday. Just looking at producing maybe one meal a week. This gives my husband a break from cooking duties and me a chance to explore new recipes.

Speaking of new recipes, I have been finding all my new recipes on Pinterest. If you have not tried it yet, you should. It is a literal treasure chest of good recipes. I do not use Pinterest in the traditional way like I see a lot of others do, but I do love it for recipes. It does have one drawback. Once you start looking, it’s hard to stop! You can easily drop literally hours of time on Pinterest. Use it with caution! You have been warned. 🙂

So back to the original premise of this post: Do you think creativity is linked to following your passion? Or perhaps it’s all just one big coincidence? 

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  1. Cheryl, I'm positive that the fact that you are now inspired to write makes you inspired to do other things as well, such as cooking. When passion flows….

    In my opinion creativity doesn't just come from within but from the outside as well. Not only from "the universal mind" but the more you experience and develop yourself the more creative you are for the simple reason that you can look at an issue from several angles.

    Frequently wake up in the middle of the night, when I'm falling asleep and/or waking up and have really creative ideas. That's when the outside aspect comes in. Are those ideas from your subconscious – or where do they come from? Maybe your subconscious is connected to a universal mind? We are not meant to know, but those ideas are the best and they come from somewhere.

    Reading is how I get by in life. Read anything from really complex books to bestsellers. Am at the moment reading Keynes since I feel I need to brush up economics. Did you know that Keynes was something like a George Soros/Warren Buffett of his time + a philosopher with such a fantastic intellect Bertrand Russell, who was a friend of his, always felt he had a lot to learn when he disussed with Keynes. Wonder if he would have felt the same after a discussion with Milton Friedman?:-)

    Personally had not cooked for about 22 years. If I was eating at home it was easier to get something readly made from my neighbour Harrods or just make a sallad. Have however started to cook a bit again. Susan's web site has made me cook and sometimes I read fiction and they eat something so I decide to make that.

    Agree with you about Pinterest, you really get hooked. Used to have it but got rid of it because of the problem of personally having to take the responsibility if a photographer decided to start tort litigation against a group of Pinterest users. Was however looking at a business idea today. If I do some work on it Pinterest would be ideal.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I must agree with you about some ideas come from another place, like a 'universal mind'. It only makes sense.

      I love to read, too. I read both fiction and non-fiction. Can't say I have ever cooked or eaten anything as a result of reading, though. 🙂

      Is this business idea for you or for someone else? Either way Pinterest might be an option…

  2. Bethany Lee says:

    I'm impressed. And yes, I totally believe that when we follow our passions, creativity will open up in all areas. This happened and is happening to me. Once I finally admitted to myself that I want to work for myself, my creative mind hasn't stopped.
    And I meant I'm impressed that you are going to cook once per week. I'm not that creative. Yet. 🙂

    • Geek Girl says:

      I can't wait to see what you do! You are more creative than you give yourself credit for. 🙂

  3. becc03 says:

    I too have found inspiration from Pintrest. I suffer with a lot of food chemical intolerances so it is extremely hard to find recipes that don't have some of them in. Its nice to come across a recipe now and again that can be adapted to suit and actually taste half decent.
    Keep going with the cooking. Sometimes, it is a great release.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I can definitely see Pinterest as a good resource for you. I had not thought of cooking as a release, but you may be right. 🙂

  4. Susan Oakes says:

    I love to cook. Do not know why but I think it started when I was young. It looks like opening up to your passion has opened you up to other possibilities instead of thinking perhaps of why it should not be done.Good for you as it looks like you are on an exciting path Cheryl. I am not on Pinterest but sometimes go and look at the recipes of which i have too many but still add to my collection.

  5. Geek Girl says:

    Yes. It is an exciting path and I am feeling very enthusiastic about the future.

    I need recipes to cook so Pinterest gives me a resource that is not a cook book. I really dislike cookbooks, but I like getting recipes from Pinterest. Those are real people who have used and recommend the recipes posted. I can choose just the ones I want and create my own recipe book. Cookbooks come with lots of recipes I will never use. It also gives us new additions to our tried and true collection.

  6. JeriWB says:

    Creativity is definitely linked to following your passion, though I can't say giving myself over fully to writing has ignited much of a spark to cook 😉 Where creativity comes from is a mystery. We are all born with the capacity for flexible thinking and creativity. I'm thinking about an RSA video on education where the narrator points out that when asked to come up with as many uses for paperclips as possible, children always outperform adults in many ways. Too often we let ourselves be trapped by conformity when we aren't even away we are conforming, i.e. noncreative thinking is the norm for most people.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Cooking is just one of those things that takes creativity, at least for me. Since I am now expressing my creative side I think it has just spilled over. Children have a wonderful capacity for so much, until we drive it out of them with our conventional thinking.