While catching up at Carmen’s blog recently I saw that she was doing this Creativity Challenge. While she was doing it at the start of the year, I thought anytime was the right time to have a quick kickstart, so I went over and signed up. :)
It was good to have daily challenges and be focussed on creativity. The challenges were also not overly involved so quite easily achievable and I did indeed feel like I had had a quick kick to the creative behind.
I had been meaning to do this one for a little while, a combination of my word of the year and also the best word I could come up with to describe my creative intention. I have been a little bit hesitant to mention my word of the year because I was worried that as soon as I announced it I would then send myself into a self-sabotaging sticky funk, but I am in the process of breaking new patterns, not reinforcing them so without further ado…my word of the year is abundance.
So scary. My previous words have been (in their order I think): Transform, Bravery, Open, Connections and now Abundant. All such a progressive flow to them. But all have been quite big words and had much bigger implications than I could ever have imagined. I expect Abundance will as well and that scares me as well as excites me. But it seems like quite a positive word with positive connotations, marking an upward transition out of the darkness, so the fact that that word came into my life really pleases me on a number of levels.
Anyway, so here is my word in my art journal…
My creative to-do list was a joy to do. It was a good chance to remember everything that I wanted to do, and certainly an excuse to never be bored. :)
I am also quite certain it will get added to as and before other things are crossed off.
I decluttered three shoeboxes of ephemera and scraps, some of which date back to 2009. I kept enough to fit into a single file but figured anymore was madness. I never went into the shoeboxes generally anyway. They were full to overflowing and taking the lid off caused more mess than I desired in wanting one particular scrap.
I always have stuff around that I can use and there is a trust required in abundance and knowing I will have what I need when I need it. This has worked out really well and I am actively using the bits I have kept.
Thinking about beginnings I worked on this journal page:
Here is a close up so you can read the words.
It felt significant. There is a feeling at the moment that I have of hope. And joy but hope that things are getting better and I am definitely more happy and not procrastinating my days away. Finding these words at the time I was working on this page felt like one of those shifts we sometimes feel. :)
Next came an artist date to the local gallery The Dowse. I did this on a day which had not started well with the children, and in between parent help on road patrol and parent help with the little kids and their reading I took a deep breath and went to the art gallery. I don’t know why I don’t pop in more. It is so close and accessible.
It doesn’t need to be a huge period of time, especially if you are popping in often. And it really did give me a fresh burst of inspiration and reset my whole day. I loved it. The exhibits were also really good. Just that little bit of self care was really uplifting and changed the slant I had tainted my day with (though I stayed longer than I was going to and missed out on my coffee I was also desperately needing, but I survived!! :))
Here is a shot I took to show my creative process:
And finally some words…Why I love what I do? Because of that juicy moment of clarity when you suddenly see a way forward in a project.
At the moment while I was considering what I would write I was looking at one of my WIPs and suddenly saw a figure which excited me. Those moments where you feel completely in the zone of all creative forces, that is what juices me up.
I wholeheartedly recommend signing up and I am grateful to Carmen for mentioning it. It was a twitter based challenge which intrigued me and also made it feel more manageable (because 140 characters?!) but I thought I would share here as well.
If you decide to do it, please let me know! I would love to see your creative story. :)