I am super-thrilled to be participating in Leah Piken Kolidas’s Creative Every Day 2012 Challenge. And a little nervous, I must admit – because you all know me and my track record with those pesky little things called “challenges”.
(And for all my bookish friends, I can almost guarantee that I’ll be breaking my self-imposed “Hi, I’m no-reading-challenges Belle” tradition of the past three-odd years – because this is, after all, my year of Commitment! Discipline! Doing! Being! Living! Reading! Just saying.)
I joined the Creative Every Day challenge because I want to invite more creativity into my life. I’m pretty well near burnout with all of my indexing deadlines, and have gotten into a terrible habit of making only work a priority, and not any of the other things that matter to me. 2012 is the year I’m changing this.
According to the challenge page:
Creativity is meant in the broadest sense, so it doesn’t have to be something art related. Your creative acts could be in cooking, taking pictures, knitting, doodling, writing, dancing, decorating, singing, playing with your kids, brainstorming ideas, gardening, or making art in the form of collage, paint, or clay…or whatever!
So I’m going to be creative about being creative! It’s going to be an anything-goes challenge for me.
(I’m not including writing as part of my #CED2011 activities, because I’m making writing a priority this year and I have a separate goal to write for at least 20 minutes every day.)
Today is the first check-in of the year, and in a way, I guess you could say I’m not off to a great start. I didn’t create anything yesterday – but on the other hand, I planned it that way. I had a pressing deadline that I simply had to get done. Also, the first weekly spread in my DiY Moleskine planner starts today, January 2, so it made sense to not worry about goals and such on January 1, and start today. (Don’t you just love my logic?)
So what creative thing have I done? A group of my friends have been selecting a “word for the year”, and my friend Ahmee, emailed our little group this morning suggesting: “Take your word and fill a page with it.”
So I did. I dug up an old visual journal (with all of TWO spreads filled, one done in 2004 and one done in 2005 …!), flipped to the first blank spread, and filled the right hand page with my word for the year:
No, I didn’t try for any sort of artistic effect. I’m planning to get back into the creative mode gently and easily, and if I try for something pretty or colourful, I’ll just increase the pressure on myself, which is probably a surefire way to make sure I don’t fulfill this challenge.
So I opted for something simple. A frame, a few ink smudges, and my word of the year. In a visual journal that I hope I’ll fill lots of pages in as the year progresses.
I’ll be posting weekly updates on Mondays (there’s the “commitment” word again. And “discipline”. We shall see, right?), so you can all keep me accountable!
What about you? What challenges are you planning to participate in this year?