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Many people have said to me, “I’m not artistic.” I don’t buy it, though. Usually, these are the same people bringing me bread they make from scratch (wheat-free, too!) or posting photos onto Facebook that rival anything seen in magazines.

My theory? We’re all creative.

Don’t confuse creativity with the ability to quickly sketch your grandfather’s face, though. That would discourage 99 percent of the population from ever considering art. Maybe you’re the person who sets up a beautiful vegetable garden every year. Or maybe you’re the parent who always knows exactly what your kid’s class party needs. Or maybe you’re that person who always has the perfect outfit, down to your fingernails.

I work at the shop 8:00-3:30. I brighten up blondes and trim up necklines. It’s creative, but also very technical. I’ll be sharing some pictures and video of my work soon, too. You might get a little tutorial on what it takes to achieve a dutch braid on many types of hair – fine, thin, curly, thick – and I might get to show off how lucky I am to work in a field that is both artistic and scientific.

Today, I challenge you to make something – even if it’s just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

keep trying new things

While thrifting, I stumbled on to a large canvas for only $5. It had been painted on, but I bought it anyway because I wanted to try something new and didn’t want to spend a million dollars on a large canvas.

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So I got home, did all the normal things one has to do after work (plus extra), and finally got a chance to play.

With spray paint.

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I saw a blurb a while back about an artist who started experimenting with spray paint and the idea stayed with me. I’m still working on this piece, but it felt kind of thrilling to be doing something far different than anything I’ve done in a while.

So here’s my challenge for you: Try something new tomorrow. Take a different route to work. Try a different food for lunch. Wear something brighter than normal. Something. Let yourself experience a new sensation.

Life is too short to not live passionately. Be bold.