You are awesome, and you are enough. This is not so much a rallying cry as it is the simple truth. Speaking to my mainly female audience, as women we are told so many things about ourselves by others, and from a very young age, we carry the weight of HOW WE OUGHT TO BE. There is no time to discover our unique strengths because we are already being shown the ways in which we are supposedly lacking. Thin, pretty, tallish, but not too tall, fair of complexion, dress in a particular way, be this way or that, do this but not that – this was true when I was growing up and I am not sure how much of it has changed. If you take into account other societal and cultural expectations, the burden becomes almost unbearable. Ironically, it’s only in retrospect that I can see how heavy it was and how much it shaped my later responses to life situations. I was a quiet and shy child, and it took me years to find and hear my voice over that of all the other outside voices clamoring to tell me who I was, and how I ought to be.
Current expectations to conform to a cultural norm may be different in nature, but in spite of what we see as a wider movement towards equality, a lot still remains the same. Take time today to put down any of this weight that we may still be carrying with us. Throw away the notion that you aren’t enough. For Day
74 75 76 of the 365 Day Creative Exercises, please list 25 awesome things about you. Don’t stop until have at least 25, and then keep going. Look at the amazingness of you, and marvel. You are enough and you are awesome. This is just a tiny exercise but let’s take every opportunity to remind each other of our power and awesomeness. Your list doesn’t only have to be the serious stuff; add the goofy, the quirky, and the downright silly! Start writing, and you will be surprised at how much awesomeness is packed within you. Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!- Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 76 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
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