Category Archives: Creativity

5 Tips For Surviving The Holidays

Happy Holidays! Well…happy-ish is a more correct description for some people. For some, the holidays mean joy. Others, it’s stressful. Here are some quick tips so we can get through this season with our sanity.

1. Remember the REAL reason:  Simple enough, right? We’d like to say so, but even for creatives, we sometimes get caught up in new light arrangements or our church’s Christmas program. So take time to read the true Christmas story- the birth of Christ- or take time out of your day to meditate on the fact that Jesus was born for US to die…for US.

2. Find new music: Before you murder me for trying to get you to delete Bing Crosby (or maybe throw out your records?), I’m not. I’m merely saying there are plenty of updated versions of songs that, while not exactly Nat King Cole, are still pretty good. So maybe browse the iTunes store or listen to the Pandora Christmas station. You may fall in love. (See below for some suggestions)

3. Quiet time: This is the season of spending time with family that you may or may not normally see. And although we are excited, take it in moderation. Don’t be afraid to spend some time alone, in God’s word, or just doodling. We may explode if we don’t spend some time to relax every now and then. With all the excitement, some of us could probably use some boredom.

4. Try something new: Whether it be trying a new recipe for fudge (yum!) or trying to sew a Christmas sweater, you’ll be creating new memories that will make the holiday season worth it in the end. This is also a good way to relax 😉

5. Movie time!: Following the vision of Joshua Porter of Showbread, I’ve tried to watch a Christmas movie every day. Now, I haven’t succeeded in watching one every day, but the ones I have watched have been enjoyable. So try a “One-Christmas-A-Day” event and rate the movies. It’s very fun, especially when you watch movies that aren’t necessarily “good”. So grab some friends or family and watch a cheesy Christmas movie. 😉

Music Suggestions

Albums

  • Hawk Nelson- Christmas
  • Relient K- Let It Snow Baby… Let It Reindeer
  • Hillsong- Born Is The King
  • David Crowder* Band- Of for Joy

Songs

  • Coldplay- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Jack Johnson- Rudolph
  • She & Him- The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  • Zee Avi- Frosty The Snowman
  • FM Static- Snow Miser
  • Thousand Foot Krutch- Heat Miser
  • House of Heroes- O Come, O Come Emmanuel

-Zack

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Rough Beauty

Thanksgiving! I love it, man: the food, the family, the strife (haha). One thing though that one must always remember is that thanksgiving should always be recognized, even if it is not always given. As American’s especially, our view on beauty is pretty one dimensional. Looking at photography and art though, I find things I used to find normal beautiful. A piece of wood. A piece of paper with marker on it. These things are beautiful not for their sterile, manufactured beauty, but for the work that went into them; the rough “mistakes”. My design professor told us to never NOT bring a piece of art in just because we messed up (ink stains, coffee spills, thumbprints). In fact, some of the best work we saw in that class was full of rough beauty. As Whit George says, “the magic behind the magic”. Seeing the process behind things is sometimes as inspiring as the work itself. Watching a “behind-the-scenes” is inspiring, sometimes more so than the actual movie. So if you are ever feeling uninspired, find a how-to video or a behind-the-scenes video. They can do way more for you than just be entertainment (or torture). They give a great look into how the creative geniuses of our time may not be as omniscient as we think they are. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Thank God for the beauty of a pile of clothes or a fallen tree. Adieu.

First post in Creativity! Thought I’d share a video with you. This is one of the most creative things I’ve seen. The beauty that Hillsong made out of something dirty and broken is something we should all strive to do- not only with reusing items some think of as trash, but also in our lives. I mean, isn’t that what Jesus did for us? Took nothing (us) and made it something?

-Zack

Hillsong College – “Piano Interview” from Hillsong College on Vimeo.