“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
On July 2nd, we introduced Pillar #7 of “The Year of the Best You” – Embrace Your Creativity. Today, we will recap how the month went in the area of creativity. Our July worksheet encompassed 3 tasks – brainstorming, planning/preparation, and creation of something(s) that interests you.
Full disclosure – right now, I feel like the antithesis of a lot of things I talk about – I am exhausted, have felt overly busy, and have been uber stressed with a big move. My husband, 2 teenaged-children, 2 dogs and 2 cats moved from Alberta to Vancouver Island, British Columbia this past week. We were saying today that we are the most tired we have been throughout the lengthy process – probably a great sign that we are slowing down and the excitement is giving way to the embrace of something we have anticipated for a long time.
Despite everything that has demanded my attention as part of our move, I can say that the creative process of writing has been a reliable outlet for me. As part of this pillar’s worksheet, I started brainstorming other creative interests that I have wanted to spend more time doing. Knowing that in the spirit of self care, I also had to be cognizant of the limitations that come with relocating your family to a new city/province, I wanted to incorporate those experiences. So, I started small with a tangible photography project that translated to opening an Instagram account, which has allowed me to consciously catalogue some new adventures with photos. Online classes are available for honing photography with your iPhone and I plan to take one when I feel more settled in my new environment. We do have a “fancy” camera, that more often than not, isn’t with me when inspiration hits.
I also wanted to commit to some more creative journaling so I pulled out some coloured markers and made use of them as part of journaling on gratitude. Art journaling, a more advanced version, is a really neat concept to combine creative expression and life experiences. Many classes are available online for such mixed media and for really any other creative class that might interest you.
We are all creative beings
Many of us do not believe that we have the potential to be creative, whether from the “art scars’ Brené Brown talks about, or from the notion that we have to receive recognition for something creative to be valuable. The undisputable reality is that we ALL possess the potential to be creative geniuses in our own right. Whether or not you decide to share it with the rest of the world is up to you. Either way, it can be an effective way to reduce stress, enjoy life more fully, and maybe even connect with other like minded people, such as on social media.
Stay tuned next Sunday as we introduce Pillar #8 of the “Year of the Best You” (and it’s a big one) – Relationships.
TED Talk with Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius
Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields – Elizabeth Gilbert: The Creative Life