Life is filled with cycles and rhythms. As an artist I’ve experienced this over and over again throughout my life in my creative process. I have times of intense, all consuming creative energy followed by periods of rest or a creative hibernation of sorts where my creative energy feels dormant or even used up. It wasn’t until recently when I started journaling more about these creative cycles that I really began to search for ways that I could be more consistent in my creativity while still honoring the need to ride the wave of these very clear cycles. I will be writing more about my thoughts on this in later blog posts, but for today I’m excited to share the one idea that came up over and over again- a year long creativity challenge for myself!
I love a good challenge, especially if it involves anything to do with creativity. As I journaled it became clear to my that I need to cultivate a habit of daily creativity no matter how small it may be. That’s when I had the idea of doing a 365 Days of Creativity Challenge. I’ve spent the past few weeks thinking and writing about this in my journals working out how this would need to look for me to actually follow through. I tend to be a short and sweet kinda gal so doing something this long term and every day had to be well thought out for my bright shiny object distractible brain! Below I’ll share the guidelines I came up with for myself…and of course I reserve the right to not follow them at any point. 😉
So why a challenge to create if I’m so creative and have been an artist in a variety of mediums over the years? You’d think I would be a creating machine at this point in my life! But alas not necessarily so. Creativity takes time and focus, two things that I have challenges with sometimes and even more so now that I have kiddos with super active schedules. I find that, like with exercising, I need to schedule it in so it gets done! I feel GREAT when I do either of them, but they also seem to be the first to get pushed off my plate when things get busy unless I stay conscious and keep them, aka myself, a priority. Selfish? Not really- I’m a much, MUCH happier person when I’m being creative…and when I workout!
I also get overwhelmed by all the possibilities. And if I’m on Pinterest- forget about it! I’ll be an inspired, but too overwhelmed to do anything mess. On top of that I may have an addiction to arts and crafts supplies, but I’m not actually admitting to that. I will say that I have A LOT of supplies that are crying out to be dusted off and used…seriously, I can hear them calling out at night to be transformed. I’m listening, supplies, I’m coming to save you….
For these reasons and probably a million others I decided that a daily challenge would be a way to motivate me, keep me focused, and help me to get into a creative habit that I could then ride that wave into bigger art projects that I’m wanting to do.
So, without further ado, the guidelines to my 365 Days of Creativity Challenge.
- Creative projects- anything that involves arts and crafts like painting, drawing, sewing, quilting, jewelry making, crafting with kids, paper projects, sculpting, practicing a new technique or tools, things like that. While there are so many other ways to be creative, I’m wanting to focus more on arts and crafts for this challenge.
- Short and sweet- projects that can be done in less than an hour. I have a tendency to run with ideas making them so big and unachievable that I never start…these will be quick and easy to do…even quicker than that…a little simpler…there, that’s it! 🙂
- Dates: April 1, 2017- March 31, 2018
- Focus on process not finished product.
- Let go of perfectionism. Done is better than a perfect idea that’s never started or finished.
- Use only supplies I already have! Exceptions: adhesives, thread, recycled items, and donated or gifted supplies.
- Daily blog post with that days project- super simple to ensure I post!
- Mini challenges within the challenge to keep me excited about this.
- I’ve started a Pinterest board for this challenge to inspire this journey. Click HERE to check it out.
As I write this out I’m getting more and more excited to start! I think this is exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing while bringing a structure to channel this energy so I don’t get overwhelmed. I can’t wait to start sharing how this is going each day! And if you’re feeling excited to jump in for the whole year, for a mini challenge as they come up, or for just a day or two I’d love to have you join me! We can have a virtual creativity party every day!
Saturday, April 1st will be the first post…no joke! I’ll see you then!