Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One creative thing - Day 1

As usual, I've got all of these ideas.  Ideas about journaling and creativity and wisdom and balance and other life-related stuff.  It would be lovely if they'd just dovetail nicely into perfect journals and a perfect business plan and a perfectly well-adjusted adult, but that hasn't happened yet.  Sometimes they're not even ideas, they're urges or hunches or something and they come bubbling up, not quite formed and not quite useful yet, but they are there nonetheless.  So, I've been casting around for a way to channel them.

I love any quote that equates inspiration or creativity or wisdom with effort.  I've included as many as I can find in my journal pages and pocket journals.  I also love those memes out there that people use to motivate themselves to create every day -- photo-a-day, pattern-a-day, quote-a-day, blog-post-a-day, sketch-a-day.  I've been dying to try one of them, but I can never narrow it down to just one.

Then it occurred to me that I don't need to choose one.  It's enough to aim to be creative every day.  But to do that, being who I am, I need a reason, a purpose, a structure, rules, boundaries -- even if it's all of my own making.  A prompt.  One creative thing.  Just like I'd include in a journal page.  That might just work.

I've also given myself a few guidelines: it should be something simple or small that might only take a few moments, so as not to create too onerous an obligation, and it need not be perfect or even good, necessarily.  It's the effort that counts.

Because I need to create outside of my journal pages.  And I hope that a continuous attempt at creativity in other areas will find its way back to my journal pages in new and unexpected ways. 

I've tried this before -- well, not this, but other schemes to pursue creativity, and I haven't always stuck with them, but they served their purposes.  They kept me going when I needed to keep going.  And that is the secret.  To keep going and trying and wondering and creating.  Because that's where inspiration is born.

So, long story short.  Here is my one creative thing for today:  a pear.

I'm off to work on a journal page now, but I'll be back tomorrow with one creative thing.



  1. That is a very fine pear! Can't wait to see more. :-)

    1. Thanks, Scribbler! Looking forward to posting more. :)

  2. Your pear is lovely.

    And, honestly, it never occured to me that I could mix and match. I've always felt that I had to do a photo a day EVERY DAY!!!, and not a photo one day and writing the next and etc. Sometimes you just need someone to point that out to you. Thanks!

  3. Great idea to mix and match! I'm excited to see what else you'll get up to. How long do you plan to do one-a-day for?

    1. Hi Laura! Gosh, I just don't know. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the formula I'll want to stick to for a good, long time. :)

    2. That's fun! and less pressure too. I love the pear by the way...


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