Welcome to Week 3, Day 18 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge! Today’s new moon (Nov 18th) is the perfect time to acknowledge all the good in our lives, to be thankful, and to set new goals. We talked yesterday about getting ready to create our vision boards by taking time to think about what it is we want to focus on and grow in our lives. Love. Health. Creativity. Joy. Adventure. Travel. Etc. (For more information on vision boards, see the Day 17 post). What do you want to work on? What would you like more of in your life? Be as specific as you can get. Day 18 prompt: Use the pictures and words to envision your goals and create a vision board! Have fun with it the way a kid would. Whether you believe creating this board can trigger changes or not, this exercise allows us to sift through all the different things on our mind, and zero in on what we want to do now. Sometimes we are so busy running from one to-do to another, and without meaning to, we may let some of our dreams and goals fall to the side. This exercise allows us to bring back into focus that which is important to us.
My Days 17 and 18 prompt– My current goal is to bring more joy to my life and to reduce anxiety. That sounded vague to me. So, on my vision board, I listed out possible ways that I can do this. Keep up my current exercise routine, but also see if I can find a group exercise class because it’s more fun. Exercise really helps me deal with baseless anxiety (for example the house burning down because I am sure I have left the iron/ toaster/ hairdryer/ insert random appliance on. I have never left anything on, but this thought will occur as I merge into the freeway and hover over everything like an awful cloud!). I love music, and I have always wanted to sing. I have never had the time or opportunity to take regular classes, but I am going to look into taking some because I find music energizing and joyful. And so on. I tend to create the board for a 3-6 month period but see what works for you. In my experience, having one or two specific goals works better than putting down a buffet of ideas to choose from. Think about what is a priority for you and focus on that. Have fun with it! To share how you are interpreting these creative prompts or following the challenge, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you tomorrow! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 18 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here! I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’ or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
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