“The only unique contribution we will ever give to this world will be born out of creativity” Brené Brown

When you hear the word creative, do you immediately think of skillful artists, successful musicians, established authors or even long gone childhood memories involving sticky back plastic and washing up bottles? Maybe you think creativity is just a word reserved for those talented types on Etsy. Whilst those people are clearly artistic, I also think that everyone has the potential to live a creative life. I do not think you need to be born creative, I think creativity is just like everything else – if you work at it, whatever it is, you will get good at it. Simple. And I promise you, even if you don’t turn out to be the next Jimi Hendrix or J.K Rowling you will have fun in the process.  Here are 6 simple ways to boost creativity:

Try something new. A couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to play the guitar. So, I got one and slowly taught myself using Youtube and guitar tabs online. My neighbors moved out around the same sorta time as I started learning so I dunno if that is just purely coincidence or not, but I did get better. I’m not rock star standard yet but I can string some chords together and play a few tunes which resemble Oasis songs. It’s a form of creativity that I enjoy and find super relaxing too. If there is something which you want to learn, I say go for it! Have the courage to try and the persistence to get better.

Listen to podcasts. Podcasts are a brilliant way to feel inspired and learn from those who have done it all before. Recently, I have been listening to Magic Lessons by Liz Gilbert where she talks about living creatively and Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon who chats about the internet, social media, feminism, creativity, identity, mental health, life, careers and everything in between. There are thousands and thousands of podcasts out there, so have a search online for ones which suit your tastes. You never know what snippets of wisdom you might uncover by tuning in and taking note.

Browse Pinterest. My favourite thing to do every morning is go on Pinterest and browse the latest pins. I like looking at motivational quotes, beautiful photography, colourful art, cute cats and cool haircuts. But that is just me. So instead of logging onto Facebook or reading some negative news, go onto Pinterest for a daily dose of inspiration and motivation. Start the day in a positive and uplifting way. You will feel better for it and it may even spark a little creativity too.

Be persistent. To get better at something, you have to keep doing it and doing it and… you know, doing it. There is no other way. For example, I must have taken the same photo today about 20 or more times, rearranging the props, adding something new, taking something away, approaching from different angles, zooming in, zooming out before I thought it was okay. I then spent more time in Photoshop messing around with fonts, changing the colours and moving things around before I was actually happy.  So I say stick with it and keep experimenting until you get there.

Get moving. Feeling in a creative slump? Get some exercise! My best thinking happens when I go outside, put my headphones in and just walk. The mix of fresh air and a change of scenery is enough to clear the mind and make space for some imaginative ideas. Exercise is my go-to activity when I am feeling uninspired and generally down. Whatever I do, whether is it is swimming, walking, yoga or a fitness class – I always feel better afterwards, full of inspiration and positive energy.

Let go of perfection. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being creative, you are free to express yourself however you want to. You don’t need to follow any set rules; just go with the flow and make it up as you go along. Your creation will be special, unique and tell its own beautiful story. Most importantly, don’t use self-doubt as a barrier that prevents you from starting a new project. Whatever your standard now, keep going and you will improve. So be brave, pick up the pen, practice the piano, paint that picture, whatever, and you might actually just surprise yourself.

I hope you enjoyed my post today! What do you do to boost creativity and inspire new ideas? Do you have any favourite podcasts at the moment? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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On Sunday, Shaun and I decided to go on a little day out to the seaside. Weymouth is just an hour and a half away from Southampton on the train, so is always in our top favourite list of places to go. This little seaside town in Dorset is perfect for holidays, short breaks or just a spontaneous day out like we did yesterday.

Here are a few snapshots from the day:

We arrived in Weymouth at lunchtime and wasted no time in locating a place to get some tasty food.

The George Bar ‘N’ Grill is situated on Weymouth’s beautiful harbour side. We were seated upstairs and had the ideal table for burger spotting, keeping an eye out for our food to arrive (we were pretty hungry by now).

Happy that we had placed our order and the food countdown had began.

Shaun, also pretty happy at the thought of burger and chips.

Ta-da! We didn’t need to wait long before this delicious Homemade Burger Tower arrived – with onion rings, tomato, lettuce, gherkins, mustard mayo and coleslaw. Plus the obligatory upgrade to sweet potato wedges, of course. SO good!

Weymouth Harbour is just a short walk from the station and well worth checking out for all the colourful vibrant buildings. Hello, Instagram photos.

The harbour has such a traditional feel to the place with an added splash of colour.

Living in a pink house has got to be the ultimate dream.

This made me laugh. On Friday, I blogged about 30 Creative Date Ideas and included my review of a bouquet of roses from Prestige Flowers with a £5 discount code. I reckon there is a Hello Bexa reader who lives in Weymouth and took advantage of the fantastic deal. Look, photo evidence.

A bit too cold for eating outside in January. Defo coming back here again in the summer.

A pink house on Hope Street, sounds like something from a children’s book.

I wonder how many times these streets have appeared on Instagram.

Everywhere you look there is pretty coloured houses.

The harbour was quiet on Sunday afternoon. It’s always good to get photographs without any randoms walking past.

I am yet to find a more colourful line of shops and houses.

The bright pink one is for sale if you are interested.

The traditional fish n chips at the seaside.

Ice cream too! This place has thought of everything.

Probably my 20th attempt at trying to capture a seagull photo.

After our little walk around the harbour, we headed to the beach to enjoy the seaside views.

If you can’t take a beach selfie at the beach where can you take one.

Other than taking photos, we also did some walking along the coast before heading back to get the train.

Have you been to Weymouth? What is your favourite thing to do at the seaside? I am always interested in visiting different towns, so let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for next time! I’d love to hear your recommendations.

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As you may know, I write blog posts on the spot without too much forward planning. So when the lovely people at Prestige Flowers contacted me to review this beautiful Valentines Day Bundle, I thought oooh hello blog post inspiration! Firstly though, let’s talk about these gorgeous roses. I admit I don’t really have a clue about looking after flowers, so I was relieved when I noticed that within the big box there was a handy little Flower Care guide book. Phew.

I need not have worried though. It was all pretty easy stuff, even for a bouquet beginner like myself.

Look at these gorgeous flowers! Yes, that’s right, there is a cute little bear and tasty chocs included in the bundle.

Flowers, chocolates and a cuddly toy! Shaun, my valentines day expectations are now pretty high, ha ha.

Simba protecting his new Prestige box castle from Zazu…

Zazu isn’t bothered as he has more important matters to attend to.

I was more interested in these little chocolates. By the way there isn’t that many in the box anymore.

As Valentines Day and Mothers Day are both fast approaching, you may be considering buying your special people a lovely bunch of flowers. Before you head to the shops, why not check out what Prestige Flowers have to offer and grab yourself a £5 discount using the code: VIP7711 at the checkout.

If you are stuck for Valentines Day date ideas, pick up a pretty bunch of flowers and do something creative with your favourite person. Here are a few of my ideas:

recreate your first date

go to the beach and write your names in the sand

play mini golf

pick a random destination on the map and cook a themed dinner together

go for a walk and take some cute photos

go bowling

have afternoon tea

make some sandwiches and go for a picnic

jump on the next train and spend the day in a random town

play some board games

have a couples massage

go to a pub quiz

have a two person house party with your favourite tunes 

watch a live band

visit the local market

go shopping and do the £10 gift challenge

create a home spa

watch a panto at the theatre

go to an amusement arcade

make your own pizzas

go to the zoo

paint / create / craft

have a boxset or movie marathon with all the snacks

go on a spontaneous road trip

go play tennis, badminton, pool, snooker, ping pong, darts, anything!

read a book together

fly a kite

look through old photos 

have a no technology evening

plan an adventure! 

Thanks so much for the beautiful flowers, Prestige! As you can see both myself and the cats loved them. Hope you enjoyed my post! Have you got anything special planned for Valentines Day or Mothers Day? I would love to hear your ideas!

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