The Self Expression List

the self expression list - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comEarlier our 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood series, I wrote about the importance of self expression.

Remember?  Felicity is like an extreme form of Joy.  And one definition of Felicity is the ability to find appropriate expression for one’s thoughts.

So being creative is a pathway to finding joy in our lives.

So today I thought I’d give you a list of 100 unique ways you might express yourself and your thoughts.

The Self Expression List

  1. Draw a cartoon of your kids and their crazy antics
  2. Photoshop your family into funny situations and add your own dialog
  3. Turn your kids lunches into bento box art creations
  4. Sing – make up crazy lyrics to traditional songs.
  5. Create a sandcastle
  6. Take gift-wrapping to an art form
  7. Origami from lunch napkins
  8. Quilting
  9. Scrapbooking
  10. Blogging
  11. Writing music
  12. Creating or editing home movies
  13. Inventing new recipes
  14. Creating amazing tablescapes for your dining room table
  15. Decorating for the holidays
  16. Thrifting
  17. Upcycling
  18. Refashioning
  19. Creating amazing pin-boards with color coordinated covers or creative names
  20. Making a playlist of themed songs for your road trip
  21. Planning a vacation
  22. Planning the perfect playdate
  23. Planning a birthday party
  24. Writing in your diary or journal
  25. Planting flowers in your garden
  26. Doodling on a napkin
  27. Doodling in the sand
  28. Writing bad poetry
  29. Re-writing the words to a Dr Seuss book on the fly
  30. Dressing up for a tea party with your littles
  31. Creating costumes from pillowcases and a glue gun (or whatever)
  32. Sewing
  33. Knitting
  34. Crocheting
  35. Needlework
  36. Decorating the doll house
  37. Decorating the nursery
  38. Inventing a new outfit from your closet
  39. Making jewelry
  40. Making hair bows
  41. Building Lego models with your kids
  42. Making lists of your favorite things
  43. Writing your bucket list
  44. Making daisy chain crowns from the wild flowers in the spring
  45. Inventing crafts from the fall leaves your child brings you with joy
  46. Pottery
  47. Making up silly terms of affection for your family members
  48. Decorating your home
  49. Making a wreath for the front door
  50. Planning the perfect menu, even if you never get to cook it
  51. Stained glass
  52. Making Christmas ornaments
  53. Baking
  54. Candy Making
  55. Gift Basket Making
  56. Wood working
  57. Flying kites
  58. Inventing a new game to make chore-time fun
  59. Making up silly acronyms for boring things at work
  60. Rap
  61. Telling stories
  62. Painting
  63. Charcoal drawing
  64. Watercolor
  65. Doll making
  66. Dressing up teddy bears
  67. Photographing your kids
  68. Microphotography (food, flowers, or bugs)
  69. Digital Darkroom fun
  70. Adobe illustrator
  71. Making flash videos
  72. Making up a silly status for Facebook
  73. Writing an ebook
  74. Dancing
  75. Choreographed swimming
  76. Making dream catchers
  77. Weaving
  78. Spinning
  79. Dying your own yarn
  80. Glass blowing
  81. Welding
  82. Sculpture
  83. Performance art
  84. Juggling
  85. Telling jokes
  86. Creating a newsletter
  87. Decoupage / Modgepodge
  88. Napkin folding
  89. Fancy knife work (like making radish flowers)
  90. Flower arrangements
  91. Nail art
  92. Mosaic making
  93. Inventing new cocktail recipes
  94. Gardening
  95. Glass painting
  96. Mural painting
  97. Making an art car
  98. Making a windchime
  99. Creating mobiles
  100. Applique

I suspect there is at least one idea on the list that you’ve never tried and secretly want to.

I double dog dare you to try it.

What did I miss? What do you think should be on the list?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
Susan Baker
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  1. Susan – you ROCK! This is an awesome list and encouragement for us to step out of the box! I have to admit, I am passionate about #4. Drives the family crazy but I can’t tell you how many times it has defused a challenging situation or has been so super crazy that we double up laughing!
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    • Paula, #4 is a personal favorite of mine too! I also make up very silly limericks. My kids are doing the eye roll thing when I bombard them with bad poetry.

  2. I think I am currently working on #10 & #48. I really like #50. That would work well around here with my picky crew!
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    • #50 can be fun. Building fantasy menus that I know I’ll never cook is a fun way to pass an afternoon during the holidays. It was particularly appealing when I didn’t have a kitchen of my own (during the remodel). But with my picky kids, sometimes it’s better to just day-dream about grilled vegetables and lentils than to actually cook them.
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  3. you always have such great ideas…I am so going try a bunch of things from that list babe.

    Creating does make us happy, it’s a sense of pride and contentment.
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  4. I think fishing in a river is ones of the best for relax 🙂

  5. Always be yourself and do something you enjoy.

  6. I’m into arts these days, most, #62 painting, #63 Charcoal, and #64 watercolor. These makes me relax and forget about my worries.

  7. awesome .. good job ..

  8. Great ideas Susan, decorating for christmas is a great way to express your love to your family, but sculpting could be a great way to express your creativity.

  9. I want to try some wood working. I’m more of a builder type of personality and combined with my obsession with HGTV, I look forward to knocking down walls and creating open concept floor plans.

  10. I love #15 – I always love decorating my house with elegant designs. I also love my new paint color of my room wherein it gives me peace especially when I’m tired.

  11. using makeup can be a great way to express yourself as well 🙂

  12. thx for this ideas .. i likke

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