Honor your creativity. She said now is the time to begin again. Have you forgotten your goal?
Maybe I have. What was it?
Honor your creativity.
That sounds rather lofty. Who is this “she” telling me what I should do.
She is me. You. Yourself.
OK, I am “listening”… more like processing…..
She said I still have more to accomplish, saying “You want to achieve your goals, don’t you?”
Honor my creativity? To begin again? Yes, sure, but beginning again is a bit triggering. And it’s a loaded phrase. Maybe I’m making it loaded because it makes me feel like I didn’t hit my mark. It makes me feel like I have failed a little bit. Bruce says I’m too hard on myself about this failure thing but it’s a balance, isn’t it? I must be hard enough on myself to get a move on but not so hard on myself so as to figuratively crawl under the covers to hide from it all on a gloomy winter day. Or literally. Depending.
Begin Again Since When?
Years ago I set a goal about blogging. I wanted to self-host a blog and use it as a vehicle to express myself. Guess what. In order to express myself I have to a) create and maintain a website or websites, b) actually do things, and c) market it some.
And what’s the best way to do that? Plan for it. Set goals, little ones if necessary, and revisit them often. That’s how shit gets done.
know your strengths and weaknesses and plan for them and around them
As a creative woman I owe this to myself: Honor my creativity, my creative freedom, with the gift of planning for it.
I’ve read back through 11 ideas that help define deliberate creativity … and Number 8 really speaks to me:
A deliberate creative accepts challenges as a way to enhance life and empower themselves.”
OK. There you have it.
Guess what. I DID hit my mark! Life is a balance… a little of this, then a little of that, back and forth or symbiotically to keep growing. So friends, in the zig-zagginess we call life, let’s do it, shall we?Honor your creativity with the gift of planning for it. Doing so will enhance your life and empower you.
Where to start? Make a plan!
I really do love to plan and to come up with processes… sort of like logistics to get things done. Then I loose interest in actually DOING the things that I set about to plan for.
Do you have a planner? They are all over the internet. And all over the calendar displays at stores like Target and Staples. This year I just couldn’t find the right combination of features, readability, size and price.
There is little in my life that requires an hour-by-hour plan. I tried that last year. Before 2 months had passed I realized that the highly scheduled days of a busy family and busy everything else are a thing of the past and so is any need for a detailed scheduler. Off you go!
The typeface in so many is too light. Not enough contrast against the paper and I have trouble seeing. Blame old eyes/cataracts. Give me contrast, please.
Because I use my calendar app on my phone, I don’t need a large monthly set up. A planner/calendar to help me with blogging about my art, and a place to jot down ideas and an easy way to keep my goals front and center would be much more helpful. There’s something to be said about having everything in one place.
I made my own planner from a really nice little blank book
It is sort of like a bullet journal. For a number of years I didn’t see the value of bullet journalling. Now I do because it is so customizable … but first identify your needs before you fill in the entire year. Take it slow. Allow the changes in your needs be opportunity for growth (and that is Number 4 from my What’s a Deliberate Creative post.)
Having started with December, sort of followed through on my January plan (which has newsletter topics…. I’ve yet to send out a newsletter because apparently I’d rather plan for it than actually do it?) I will show you my February planner pages.
-Honor your creativity.
-Make a plan.
-Repeat as needed.
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