The love week is here! February and it’s focus on Valentine’s Day can feel stressful and exclusionary for many of us. So let’s celebrate with a week (Jan 27th- Feb 2nd, Days 88-93) that we dedicate to all the love in our lives, and starting with loving and honoring ourselves. I have listed 7 creative ways to celebrate love and of course, you don’t have to do this only for a week- love, more love, and repeat!
- Write a love note to yourself.- This is a prompt that has come up in many forms during the past few months of this 365-day creativity challenge and that’s because everything starts with you. Loving who you are and where you are. Embracing your imperfect, vulnerable wholeness. Being kind and supportive of yourself. Establishing clear boundaries. Knowing that you are not here to display perfection, but to learn and grow. These are the most important things we will do as they form the foundation of all our interactions and experiences. To some people, self-care and appreciation still sounds like selfishness. Let go of that and just remember, that all care starts with first taking care of yourself, and that an empty pot has nothing to give. In this creative exercise, we are going to write a love note. As a bonus, you can choose to write a note to yourself every day of this love week, one for each day of the week. Address them to yourself and focus on different aspects of you. Make them as long as you want.
- Make a card for someone letting them know how much you appreciate them. List the qualities and things about them that make you grateful for their presence in your life. Get out the construction paper, your paints and markers, and have fun with it!
- Freestyle writing prompt: what does the word love mean to you?
- Art prompt: For this one, I was thinking of mirror work embroideries. If you are wondering what the connection is, let me explain. We are going to draw a giant heart, that symbol of love, and embellish it in the style of mirror work embroidery. If you click the link to my earlier post, there are many pictures of different designs you can be inspired by for your art work. It can be as intricate as you want it and it’ll be so much fun to draw!
- Set up a ‘thank you for you’ jar : This is not purely a creative prompt as much as it is of gratitude and love. But they are all intertwined, aren’t they? You could do this for a partner or spouse, kids, other family or friends, a coworker, neighbors or anyone else. Write a note to express why you are grateful for them, drop it into the jar, and then ask others to add their own notes. It’s a nice way to surprise someone and is great on any day (not just birthdays!).
- and 7. Write a love story – Who is it about? Is it in the style of romance novels? After all, not every love story is a romance. What era is it set in? To make it more fun, try setting an exact word limit for your story, such as, try limiting it to 108 words.
As you can see, these prompts can be done any time of the year, and I definitely recommend it any time you want to center your focus on love and gratitude. Have a good one, and I’ll see you later. -Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Days 88-93 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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