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The Creative Challenge.

I have always fancied myself a creative person but ever since I went back to work I have struggled to find that part of myself.  I sat down with my daughter to paint the other day and I was blank.  I couldn’t find a single stroke to put on the canvas.  Madison looked at me and asked why I wasn’t painting.  “I have nothing” I told her.  “As much as I want to paint I simple can’t find any inspiration to put onto the canvas.”

“That is because you have forgotten how to dream” she responded.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Well ever since you went back to work you have your head filled with work stuff.  All you think about is work and bills, and the house.  When you fill your head with that there isn’t any room for dreaming.  If you can’t dream, you can’t create.”

You know I really don’t remember the last time I had a dream.  Such wisdom from a young mind.

So now it is time for me to find my creativity again.  It is a part of me that I love and don’t wish to lose.  I am challenging myself to do something creative everyday for the next 365 days!  It doesn’t have to be something phenomenal it just has to be something.

So today is the first day of my challenge.  Do you think coloring my hair would be considered creative? Okay I may be stretching it a little.  So instead I have baked today.  A coffee cake and brownies…creativity in the kitchen.  It isn’t much but it’s a start.

As for tomorrow let’s see what I can come up with.

I challenge you to join me in the creative challenge.  Get in touch with your creative side and share your accomplishment with me.  Don’t let the best part of you get lost.  You know the famous saying….use it or lose it!

Who knows….maybe I can even start dreaming again!

 

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Toot Your Own Horn

Daily Prompt:  Toot your own horn.  Most of us are excellent at self-depreciating, and not so good at the opposite.  Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.

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Wow this is a tough one.  Is it my inability to see what is good or is it the apprehension of “tooting my horn that holds me back?”

Okay I am going to give myself one minute to write as many positive things about myself as I can.

1..2..3..go:

  1. kind
  2. good mother
  3. smart
  4. creative
  5. good friend
  6. efficient

stop!

Okay not such a good effort but at least something to start with.  Out of these six traits which is my favorite?  I would have to say my creativity.  Most of my positive traits have to do with how I am with others and translate into how I make others feel.  Don’t get me wrong being a kind, good mother and friend makes me feel good too, but my creativity is just for me.  When I sit down with a paintbrush I am pleasing no-one but myself.  I don’t care if the end product is pleasing to anyone else.  Sometimes I don’t even like it myself but I have enjoyed the process of creating.  When I create a piece of jewelry I am proud of myself and feel good about myself and again I am not trying to please anyone but myself.

Hmmm maybe I better revisit my opinion about the modern art at the MOMA.  Maybe these artists where feeling similar to me when they created their art.  I still contend that it needed an R rating but who am I to judge what someone else wants to create.  Then again I have never claimed to be an artist and I would not ever expect to hang my work in a gallery.

This was a fun exercise you should try it.  Take one minute to write down as many positive attributes about yourself as you can and then decide which is your favorite and why.  I’d love it if you would share it with me but if you prefer to keep it private I get it.  After all it isn’t easy to “toot our own horn.”