Background: Welcome! We are now into Week 6, Day 40 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
Hello! It’s Sunday evening as I type this and I’ve had a pretty fun weekend of setting up Christmas lights, some shopping at the mall, and bringing a Christmas tree home. I hope your weekend was great and that you are looking forward to tackling the remaining weeks of 2017 with gusto! And welcome back to the 365-day Creativity Challenge! We are on Day 40, which is awesome! Today’s creative prompt is to write your own horoscope. Does that intrigue you? I remember reading multiple articles this year that more and more millennials are reading their horoscopes and believing in them (e.g. here). I like reading them too, though I have to admit that I often find them vague and unrelated to my life circumstances. One of the reasons that people may believe in horoscopes is because we are looking for something to hold onto in times of societal or personal uncertainty. Plus with stress and anxiety on the rise, we may be willing to look at anything that points us towards a brighter future. I am not here to debate the merits or demerits of astrology. Instead, I want to use the idea of a horoscope towards goal-setting.
Which brings us to today’s prompt, write your own horoscope. What if we were to write our own horoscopes? One that is not based on astrology, but on goals that we want to set and achieve. We can write our own goal horoscope for the coming week, month, year, or the next decade. The beauty of this exercise is that it can be tailored to fit a goal that you want to achieve in a week or one that is broken down into steps over a period of 5 or 10 years. You can also structure it for the coming new year, 2018 as part of your new year resolution plan. Step 1, decide on the duration of time. Step 2, break down a vague goal such as getting fit into smaller, more concrete steps such as get a Fitbit, track activity; join a gym, or take a weekly class etc. Doable, measurable steps. Step 3, create a timeline for your goal using Steps 1 and 2. For example, if your goal is to learn how to make jewelry in 2018, decide when you will take a class, and by what part of the year you’ll have your first jewelry piece ready. It helps to break it down into as many smaller steps as you can. The idea is to have a workable plan to achieve a goal, and not an action plan that stresses you out. If something unavoidable comes up to disturb your timeline, create a new timeline. That’s all! Have fun with it! – Priya
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