Ignite Your Creativity | Spark 4: The CRAZIES

pf_crazyheadSo I’m behind on my Ignite Your Creativity series… BUT… lucky YOU, because now you’ll get two “Sparks” in one week! Yahoo!
See how I did that? I just turned lemons into lemonade. So satisfying.

The last several weeks have been pretty crazy with the end of school, work and preparation for our two week jaunt across the country. I am so looking forward to traveling, sleeping in and just doing whatever the heck I want while my kids run barefoot in the backyard and the grandparents dote on them from morning till bedtime. One of the things I plan to do is blog more, that is, if I have enough time.

Rut roh. There is that crazy voice again. (Crazy voice: you suck.)

Which brings me to Carrie Bloomston’s book, The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity. I am highlighting a way, or “Spark”, each week for 30 weeks, and this is week 4 (well really 5 because I’m a little tardy.) The fourth “Spark” Carrie mentions is what she calls “The Crazies”, or rather, the letting go of them.

You know when you get a really good, creative idea and you start to work on it/implement it/explore it and halfway through you start saying to yourself, “Why am I doing this?” or “This isn’t good enough.” or “I could be doing something more practical right now like grocery shopping or dusting the blinds.” Well, all of these things are barriers to the creative process. Sylvia Plath said “The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.”

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And we all do it, don’t we? So, what should we do? Carrie has a nifty idea. She recommends writing these self-limiting thoughts down on paper so they become physical objects that you can see and touch. Each time you have a case of “The Crazies”, write it down and store it in a container on your desk or work table. Then, the moment you have a sparkly, creative session reach in there, tear up a piece of “crazy paper” and watch how they slowly disappear. Crazies gone forever. Creative You, here to stay.

So I did just that. It’s a wonderful exercise in mindfulness as well. Only when you truly pay attention and reflect on what you are thinking do you realize how much you are thinking about something! And as my yoga teacher says… “Where the mind goes, energy flows.” Ponder THAT today.

See you this weekend… On the Road.

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Ignite Your Creativity | Spark 3: Take a Class!

pf_strawberriestHappy holiday weekend, friends. It’s been a whole week since I last wrote! The end of school year craziness has taken off and we are all super excited for summer break. We’ll be driving across the country in early June and stopping along the way at some new vacation spots. Once back in Colorado, summer camps will commence as well as our ‘summer checklist’ of fun things to do. Typically this includes short road trips, new parks, new coffee shops (my favorite) and outdoor gardening/DIY projects. I can’t wait! pf_doubleberry I also can’t wait to start Spark 3 of Carrie Bloomston’s book, The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite your Creativity which is Take a Class. I have been putting this off for years… Why? I don’t know. So I’ve done it. I signed up for an Illustration/Picture Book class on Craftsy.com. Have you ever taken a class here? Craftsy offers super affordable online classes ranging from cake decorating to weaving to gardening. And, if the curriculum structure for all the classes is similar to mine, it includes seven, 20-40 minute video lessons that can be downloaded and viewed whenever/wherever convenient. My class was only $35! Lately, my biggest creative urge is to draw + write, so I think building up my illustration chops will feel really good. In addition to an online class, I’m looking at a class that takes me to a studio or classroom. Right now I’m trying to decide between Mixed Media Art Boot Camp or Poetry. What would you do? Or maybe I’ll just go and draw naked people once a week at drop-in life drawing class. If you’ve never done this before, I highly recommend it, and not just because there’s naked people. pf_maxfruit Oh, and the strawberries… another little project I’m trying is to #DrawEveryday, if even just a little bit. Particularly with my kids for relaxation time or for mommy wine time. I’ve come up with the idea for all of us to draw the same subject matter and share with you our different interpretations. This could get good. Last week I pulled out some week-old strawberries, explained what a still life was to two eager kiddos, then went to town. I had only 15 minutes while I was cooking, but it was so fun to just grab whatever materials (crayons, chalk pen, ink, colored pencil) were available and do it. As you can see, my son is super-advanced and has taken strawberry drawing to an abstract level that even art critics would admire. Have a great rest of your weekend and let me know if you’ve got any classes lined up!