C is for creativity - something that is important for everyone. And everyone is creative. It does not just mean painting or writing music or sculpting. How we arrange flowers, or decorate our house or design a shed or host a party - these are just some of the ways to express one's creativity.
Elizabeth Gilbert writes about the creativity and the importance of living a creative life:
An excellent book of hers to read is Big Magic - how to get past fear and live a creative life.
Another week has gone by - already the middle of January. Like many parts of the U.S., we face severe cold and snow this weekend. A good time to get some reading and creating in for sure!
Here are a few challenges I worked on this week.
I was shocked to hear of the poet Mary Oliver's death yesterday. She has penned so many beautiful poems. One quote from her that I love bears repeating:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Another of her quotes I turned into a journal page:
Here is a link to more information about her life and work. Take a Word Challenge The theme at Take a Word Challenge this week was "Green and Blue". When I saw this quote I knew it would work with the colour theme.
Tag Tuesday The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Mail, postmarks or Postage stamps" I have hundreds of used postage stamps, so decided to use a few of these and created two tags.
A soon as I saw this challenge I knew I had to participate. As a teacher, I often connected books - for them, author, illustrator- for my students. I don't often purposely do this in my own reading, but I aim to do this, this year.
Let’s look at connections for books… what books link for some reason or another.
When you have five that connect in whatever way you are able to group them then link up. How might you do this?
Write and link up a blog post
Share the five books on Instagram and link up
Have a Goodreads shelf and link that up – this may be a little different but maybe use it in combination with a comment.
Or… if you belong to none of these places, share five books in a comment.
What’s the Challenge?
To look for connections between books you read. There will be many connections that just float over our awareness. Let’s see can we raise that a bit, whether its fairly surface level or something deeper.
Here are some examples that might get you thinking! It’s not hard work, you don’t need to plan it out, just see what happens.
It could be ….
Five books of the same genre
Five books by the same author
Five books with a similar theme or issue being explored for example mother/daughter relationships
Five books from the same series
Five books you bought in 2018
Five books from the depths of your TBR
Five books with fabulous covers
Five debut books
Five new to you authors
Five books that weren’t for you.
Five books that really connect to your own life in some way.
Five books with the theme of friendship
The five books connection cannot be too simple, for example five paperbacks or five ebooks or five women authors – unless of course you hardly ever read women authors. I could challenge myself and have a group though of five male authors because I hardly ever read male authors! Five USA authors would be rather simple, but it could be five USA authors from the same state.
A book can only be used once.
The books must be read in 2019.
Books can be carried over until you have five of something. It may take a few months to gather five of something.
You may have many connections of five to link up . So if you have two groups of five then you can link up twice and so on within a month.
You may just link one group of five during the year sometime or many each month.
The first Friday of the New Year - a perfect time to start fresh. I have resolved to make sure that I make time to create more this year - both art and writing. I need to focus on what makes me happy and ensure I just do it.
This week I started with creating my OLW canvas - to help me focus on the word all through the year.
My One Little Word is (appropriately) is FOCUS. (Check here to read how it found me!)
I am starting a new project - a 52 card challenge, to create 52 cards to highlight my OLW..
I found some round playing cards (about 3" in diameter) and thought they would be fun to work with this year.
Here's the first.
The first challenge of the year I joined was for Tag Tuesday. The theme for the next two weeks is:
Here are two tags I created:
The theme for January at Create Every Day is Goals.
Although I don't do resolutions, but rather pick a word to represent the year, I do create a seasonal vision board, which does help me focus on the season ahead.
Here is my winter vision board:
Happy New Year everyone! May 2019 be filled with creativity, happiness and good health!
2019 is a brand new year and an opportunity to choose a new word that will carry me through this year.
For several years now I have followed the example of Ali Edwards. She has helped me every year since I took her OLW course and rather than make resolutions, I chose a word.
These are the words I have focused on over the years:
2010 - YES
2011 - Balance
2012 - Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
2013 - JOY
2014 - Embrace
2015 - Bloom
2016 - Shine
2017 - Cultivate
2018 - MORE
Each word fitted the need I had for that year and helped me navigate throw the ups and down of the year, some more than others.
I had hope MORE would be a catalyst to more of everything - art, writing, fun, adventure.
But - not as much as I hoped. I felt scattered, stressed, less focused on what I needed to focus on.
It hit me in December that what I really needed was that focus; that I needed to clear away distractions to get more done.
Thus - my OLW chose me. I needed focus - the perfect word for 2019.
I created my canvas for the year, which I post in my art room, to remind me each day to focus.
And I chose a new daily calendar, to choose I or 2 things to focus on each day.
The definition of focus gives me guidance::
the centre of interest,
clear visual definition and of course,
to pay particular attention to (something)
I plan to focus on:
what really matters
creativity - through writing and my art
fun, adventure, learning
I hope to make my word more visible this year by creating quote cards - one a week.
Here are a few quotes I will use to create these cards, to keep me inspired through 2019:
Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. Matt Cameron Change your life, by changing your focus. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson
I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest. Venus Williams
Don't focus on negative things; focus on the positive, and you will flourish. Alek Wek
Change your life, by changing your focus. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:25
Where focus goes, energy flows. What you focus on grows stronger.
I have been following Kim and Tanya of GirlXOXO for awhile. I have decided to join in their #OneThingThisMonth as a way to focus on one goal for January.
This month it is all about setting my intentions for the month, and ultimately for the year.
My first step was to create my Winter vision board, which will help me focus on the 3 months ahead.
Then I chose my word of the year - which is FOCUS.
After 2 years of not accomplishing much in my writing or art and experiencing so much stress (re my hubby's health), I knew I needed a change. Thus focus - I have to focus on me first.
I need to focus on: my writing, my art, my health.
I have to choose a focus each day, each month and achieve more.
I am using 4 journals to help me keep focused:
The red flowered daily log to record the books read,
the large blue flowered one to keep a more detailed review of the books read,
the light blue diagonal journal as a catch-all for 2019 to record favourite passages, books to read, ideas, dreams etc;
and finally the dark blue one is my daily to-do diary.