Manifesto Monday 9.2 Celebrating Sarah

design(1) Today is the birthday of our very own Sarah Bryan! When you get to know Sarah personally, her wit, creativity, and love of all things Southern quickly become apparent. I've had the honor of knowing her for several years now, through various seasons of hardship and plenty for each of us, first as friends, then as roommates, and then as business partners (though still friends). I wholeheartedly believe that Bright Ideas, and my life personally, would not be where it is without Sarah's influence. A friend who will work on a project with you, for free, in their not-so-spare time, for years is a rare gift.

One thing I've enjoyed about this friendship is watching Sarah's creativity expand over time and mediums. When we first met she was an interior designer primarily, having recently graduated from school with her degree in that field. After a little while of friendship her creativity expanded into making jewelry with re-purposed nuts and washers from the hardware store. Next came the beginnings of experimenting with her own brand of fine art drawing which continues to unfold to this day; she sold her first large original recently called How Lola Got Her Groove Back! Three years ago we started working on Bright Ideas and Sarah's gifts for writing and teaching came to the forefront. More recently, while still doing art, writing, and teaching, she dove headfirst into ballroom dancing - even performing in competitions! (see photo below)

1798079_10206199934220070_528076016159057892_nSarah's journey reminds me of this month's manifesto: We believe that God has an endless supply of creativity available to you. I've seen this truth played out in Sarah's life, as well as my own life. The trick to accessing this endless supply is to start using it. You cannot access limitless creativity without being creative and expressing your creativity in a tangible way. Creativity is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger you get, and the more confident you become in your ability to express yourself creatively. You do not have to confine your creativity to one medium in order to experience the endless supply, you only need to start letting it flow out of you and trust that the more you use, the more you will discover. Don't let Sarah be the only one drawing from the bottomless well of God's creativity! Get in there and use some yourself - creativity waiting for you.

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11075276_10155341038350304_2428838525011471454_oEmily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working a lot of odd jobs. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.