365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal)

Bloom (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 108)

Bloom/Collectivitea
Hello! So sorry to be missing in action. I’ve missed a week of the creativity challenge. It was just one of those times in life where certain things  (work commitments, people commitments, health, etc.) insisted on taking precedence over others. The question is what do we do after that? Do we abandon our efforts? Do we feel disappointed? Do we beat ourselves up? Or do we move forward? Life teaches us that small and large derailments occur on a fairly regular basis but it is what we learn from them and how we choose to respond to them that decides everything. So let’s move forward! Isn’t that’s what life is about? Moving. Changing. Learning. And then, more learning. What if we are not here to be comfortable, perfect, or doing our best all the time? What if we are here to just learn and grow? What do you think? Doesn’t life then become less of a challenge and more of an opportunity? When we miss a deadline or falter in a resolution, our options are one, to give up and say I couldn’t do it or two, to start where we are- accepting that no one is perfect and that we show up anyway. To bloom. Blossom. I am choosing the latter. In Leonard Cohen’s words, …Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.Present perfect/ Collectivitea

Which brings us to today’s (Day 108)  creative exercise. We are on the cusp of a change in seasons. Winter to spring in the Northern hemisphere and summer to fall in the Southern hemisphere. For today’s creative exercise, I am marking the change of seasons with a nature-related prompt. It’s also related to the theme of change, growth, and coming full circle that I was talking about earlier in the post. Just like the Before/After pictures of a fashion or makeup reveal, or a house design project, I am doing a Before/After for the change in seasons. Divide the page into 2 halves. On one side, draw the current season as Before (e.g. a snowy scene or barren trees for winter, the beach if it’s summer) and on the other side, the coming season as After (e.g. flowers for spring, falling leaves for fall etc.) Have fun with your drawing! As you can see from the pictures, spring is here in Northern California. I’ll see you tomorrow. -Priya

Present perfect/ Collectivitea


Background: Welcome! We are now at Days 101-107 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. – PriyaBackground: Welcome! We are now at Days 101-107 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

 

Background: Welcome! We are now at Days 101-107 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

Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 108 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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