Background: Welcome! We are now into Week 6, Day 43 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. Have a wonderful day! 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
Today’s prompt is to design and make a card using materials you already have available. This is a time of the year when we are getting ready to exchange cards for Christmas or the New Year. Back when I was in middle and high school, I loved this time of the year because it would mean a flurry of cards would arrive for my Dad from different parts of the world. Remember this was the pre-internet era and so all the cards came by actual physical mail. Some of them were from friends, others from business colleagues, and he would bring each one of them back and give it to me to add to my collection. It was always fun opening the mail and finding a Unicef card showing smiling children, or showcasing the cherry blossoms in Japan or photographs from Norway or Finland, I saved all the cards and would repurpose them for my journal or cut them to make audio cassette covers/jackets for all my mix tapes (this was the 80’s). It’s the one thing that makes me nostalgic for those times! For Day 43, let’s make a handmade card (or is it lets hand-make a card?!). Choose who the recipient of your card is going to be- you or another loved one. Decorate your card and write a note inside describing what the card is for. Is it to wish Season’s Greetings? Or a note of appreciation? Or just to say Hello? I love receiving cards, and thanks to my young nieces am the recipient of many enthusiastically drawn and colored cards. I am sure the person who is receiving your card will love it too!
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