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.
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
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