Remember the 100 day projects that you did way back in kindergarten? This is similar to that. I grew up outside the United States, so I remember doing the creative projects when my boys were in kindergarten. Today is the 100th day since we started the 365 day creativity challenge, and it’s feels awesome to hit this milestone. To celebrate, I thought we could do it in the same spirit and style as enthusiastic kindergartners. First, think about a creative exercise that involves multiples, such as drawing a bouquet of flowers or wildflowers in a garden. Though drawing is the first thing that comes to mind, it can be anything. It could be writing multiple words, lines, paragraphs, pages etc. Maybe a story, an essay, or a poem. Crafting exercises like creating cards, scrapbooking, or jewelry making. For my older son’s kindergarten project, we had to come up with an idea at the very last-minute as both of us had forgotten that it was the 100th day celebration the next day. Not only that, it had to be a pretty basic project because crafting (and patience) wasn’t our strong suit! Drawing, writing, and crafting are the three creative exercise examples that I could come up with though I am sure there are many other things we could do. The second step is finding a subject that you are inspired by. Like flowers or stars. Valentines. Planets. Teacups. Different geometric shapes. Paisleys. The sky is the limit! Lastly, make a hundred of it! So you may want to draw a hundred flowers in a gorgeous (and big!) bouquet or lifting their faces to the sun in a meadow somewhere. You may draw 100 paisley patterns, each one differently decorated inside. Or use 100 beads to craft a bracelet or a necklace. Alternatively, you may write an essay or a story with a 100 words, lines, or paragraphs! How about a poem with 100 words? For the ambitious, there are the 10o Valentine’s cards you could make.
I know that for at least one of my boys’ projects we glued 100 foam floral stickers on 100 plants that we drew on a poster. It was pretty basic but both of us really liked it because it looked very cheerful and was completed quickly! As always, it’s up to you how simple or detailed you want to make it. Just remember to have fun with it, and channel your inner curious and fun-loving kindergartner!
My 100th day prompt: It’s Friday evening as I type this. The sun has already set and the air holds a peculiar warm stillness more appropriate for mid-May rather than early Feb, thanks to temperatures in the mid-70’s. The light filtering through the windows already feels more harsh, and more yellow. I wish I could hold onto the pale grays and vivid greens of winter in Northern California for just a little longer, but my neighbor’s trees have already moved on, bursting into vivid white blossom. I am hoping to get a few branches of those white cherry (I think) blossoms to photograph and complete the 100th day project. I did try lining up all my blue and white-ware to see if I could get 100 store-bought flowers in a single frame and that was a lot of fun, though it turned out I didn’t have enough! And that’s really what I have found with creative exercises- you think you are headed on a certain route, but there are detours and stops and completely unexpected and fun discoveries to be made on the way! Have a fabulous Sunday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 100 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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