Finding Purpose and Joy through my Creative Journey

It has been proven over and over that creativity can increase our overall happiness, improve our mental health, and even support your immune system! 

Do a quick search on the internet and you will easily find a number of reputable articles with proof about these benefits, but…

Why is it so difficult to give ourselves time and space to create and do the things that bring us joy!? 

This question and challenge is something I’m still figuring out for myself in this journey and the reason I created and began this Purposeful Dreamer journey. 

Here are some of the ways I’ve learned to find purpose and joy in my life through my creative journey. I hope you find them helpful and inspire you to find that in you too! 

  • Remember, we are perfectly imperfect beings. Learn to let go of perfectionism, to ask for help, and that you don’t have to be alone in this journey. At home, I found myself with the unnecessary pressure that I had to do everything, but if you have kids and a spouse, the work at home is a teamwork and you have to find the way to split the responsibilities even if they don’t get done to your expectations or perfectly as you want them, letting go of perfection and trying to do everything yourself is not easy but the more practice the more freeing it can be… 
  • Our perception is our reality – Trust me, I find myself thinking “This is a waste of time” “I don’t have time to make art”. I have to constantly hear my inner critic and resistance trying to block me from the joy of play and creation. 

 “My house chores are not done, how can I give myself this time?” But the truth is, we have to change our mindset about what we are trying to do for ourselves, taking care of ourselves and doing something that brings us joy is something that supports our mental and physical health in the now and the future, we have to give it the priority and time it deserves. The better we become, the better we can be for those we love and are around us.

  • Your passion doesn’t always mean it will be your career, but if you follow your passion and take consistent action, life can open the doors to create opportunities for it to become a career one day. The key is to let go of the expectation and do it because of the joy and sense of fulfillment it brings you in the moment. 
  • Our routines and habits determine who we are and define our identity in this world. Take some time to understand your habits and routines match what you really want and what makes you happy. When you bring joy into your life, it spreads to those around you. 

I begin this journey in 2020 and It has become my mission and purpose to offer a creative space where we can find a purpose to our creative outlets, where we can learn and share the benefits pushing our creative boundaries and giving back can provide for all of us.  

By giving back with our artwork, we give a purpose to our art and creativity. By sharing our experiences and our art, we can inspire others to follow their hearts and dreams too. 

When we find joy in this world, I truly believe we are giving the energy the world needs, and it all starts with putting ourselves first and believing in the infinite possibilities our world can provide all of us.

“Life is a game of giving and receiving”

Florence Shinn in the Game of Life and how to play it

Creativity has allowed us to see the unlimited potential we all have to make a difference when we follow our hearts and believe in ourselves and the possibilities. 

Karina Hines

Founder, Purposeful Dreamer

If you have artwork that is waiting to find its Purpose in the world, or a creative experience you can share with us to learn from, contact me directly at or apply to join our gallery here:

“The Universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels – that’s creative living.

The courage to go on that hunt in the first place; that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one”.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

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