Books and stories have been on my mind lately as I’ve decided to pursue a long-held dream, that of writing a book. I am still at the very beginning of my writing but just being once again in the middle of the creative process is exciting and very satisfying. Through all my various experiments with creative ventures (I ran a digital magazine and an online marketplace for a few years while continuing with my writing and I learned a lot of interesting skills), there is one big takeaway – always enjoy exactly where you are. Sure, there are times when that’s not possible. In that case, take action, but beyond that, just enjoy the journey. Because sometimes you arrive at your intended destination and find out it isn’t what you expected or even wanted. I am currently enjoying making up a good story for my proposed book. I am also enjoying finding out if I can actually write! Which brings us to today’s creative exercise: what is your story? (Day 111) If you use 5-10 sentences, what story will you make up about yourself? Write it quickly. Once you are done, see what character you play in your story. Always remember Nora Ephron’s words,”Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Have a wonderful day! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 111 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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