I realized I had done nearly two weeks of creative prompts and not had a single photography-oriented creative exercise. So for Day 13 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge take a photograph of your favorite time of the day and write a few lines on what you love most about it.
Is it the quiet before the morning rush starts? Is it the rush itself when everyone in the house is scrambling to get breakfast before heading out to their destinations? If you live on your own, is it that time of solitude before you head out into the busyness of the world? Lunch break at work? Is it the evening coming back on the train? Quiet time in your garage before you enter back into the fray? Whatever it is ( and however poor the light is if it’s at night), take a picture of that time and write out why it’s a special time of day for you.
Go For It: Take pictures of your favorite moments of the day, have them printed out and stick it in your journal. Write out why each one is important to you.
My Day 13 prompt:
When I jumped into this 365-Day Creative challenge, my first thought was that it was going to be fun. If I commit to something, I tend to show up, especially when it comes to creative exploration. (I can’t take any credit for this, it’s just the way I am configured.) What I didn’t know when I started- and seriously, I can write books on what I don’t know when I start something- is how much commitment is required and how much introspection creative exercises encourage.
For a while now it has felt that this writing journey that I started nearly 9 years ago may have become a labor of love, with the emphasis being more on the labor than on the love. When I started this path, I discovered that I love taking pictures, and that writing brings me joy. I found that I could do both reasonably well. And that sharing it here allowed me to express myself in a new way that brought me a lot of happiness. The confusion started when I began to think of everything that I did here from a business point of view, and my creativity got tangled up with all kinds of numbers- mailing list subscribers, visitor stats, page views, conversions, etc. etc. Numbers are important but nothing can dry up creative inspiration faster than needing to write for all reasons other than expressing myself creatively. So, I decided I would go back to right where I started- writing because it brought me joy. Sharing because it’s lovely to have company. Taking pictures because it made neuronal pathways light up in my brain like runway lights. Writing about things that mattered to me. Gratitude. Creativity. Books. Teatime. And slowly like the most recalcitrant child that needed to be coaxed, creativity came back. I know from my prior experiences that creative inspiration can never be taken for granted and can leave when it feels like it. Which is why I embarked on a year-long quest to court this most amazing of partners and for nothing other than the joy of creating. I also wanted to prove that I was a dependable partner who could be relied on to show up and be willing to be inspired. And ready to have some fun!
I love everything from the Rifle Paper Company, and today I got myself a large planner so that I can plan weeks ahead for the creative exercise prompts. Also, because it’s really pretty! And I photographed my favorite time of the day, during my favorite season of the year. I tend to take most of my pictures of tea time right when the tea is brewing on the gas, and before I pour it. Once it’s in the cup, I will settle down for about 15-20 minutes with a book and the tea. It’s a way to recharge for the second half of the day. I am usually on my own, but as all tea drinkers will attest to, I never feel any loneliness. Thank you for being part of this journey and I’ll see you tomorrow. 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. – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 13 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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