Draw A Life Map (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 12)

365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Draw A Life Map / Day 12/ 365-Day Creativity Challenge/ Collectivitea


Day 12 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge! If you are just joining me, Hello there, and welcome! I am doing a 365-day creativity challenge that I started on November 1st. I would love your company, whether you decide to try it for 1 day, a week, a month or all 12 months. The goal is to have fun and explore our creative side and to not strain or stress. That means if you miss a day, that’s okay. Restart when you are ready. We are on Week 2, Day 12 of this commitment, and so far I’ve been able to be here daily to share a creative prompt. I am excited for all of us to see where this journey will lead us.

Today’s prompt is to draw a life map. I think I may have first heard about this from my kids’ elementary school days when they had to draw a timeline of their life so far, though I am not totally sure. They listed important life events in the form of a visual, chronological map. I would describe it as a Connect The Dots – each succeeding number lists the next important event of your life. Start with when you were born and list each life event that had an impact on you.Draw A Life Map / Day 12/ 365-Day Creativity Challenge/ Collectivitea

I created a timeline-style life map but you can also cut out pictures to create a visual map. Some people don’t use any words, instead preferring to use only symbols. Add whether the event had a positive or negative impact on you. How did you change? What did you believe? I used both words and symbols. What it showed me was that a lot of my thoughts and belief systems changed when my family moved to a new country, just before my 10th birthday. It reshaped the way I thought about myself and my relationship with my place in the world.

We can also start to see where we may have left disempowering beliefs take hold- maybe it was one event that we perceived as negative (..for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so- William Shakespeare, Hamlet). Use your life map as an opportunity to reflect and to create new supportive and empowering beliefs.

Go For It: If you are really interested in creating a very detailed life timeline, here’s a great resource for doing that + learning how to create a more empowering story.

To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. Have a wonderful Sunday! – Priya

Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 12 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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