During the Creative Process
Loving that it’s October! I’m heading to the cottage to paint but before I do— I’ve got an idea I want to share with you.
I know for myself it gets easy this time of year to begin putting things off until the first of the year. With Thanksgiving next month and Christmas quickly following it seems crazy to start anything new.
Dreams and creativity or plans to exercise and take better care of ourselves start getting added to some imaginary January list.
And so we wait.
I’m gonna suggest something crazy though. How ‘bout we do it before we are ready? Before things ‘slow down’ (which never happens—what a sneaky thought that one is!)
I’m not suggesting taking on the whole enchilada at once because that rarely works out (personally remembering all those big goals/New Year’s resolutions and mentally shaking my head :-))
What I am looking at here though is this…taking small steps towards the things we really do want.
What might be on our list?
Books we want to read
Paintings we wish to make
Walks we’ve been waiting to take
What if we began with these small steps?
Reading 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at night
(Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, takes an average of 3 hours to read. At 20 minutes a day you could read it in just a little over a week/ 9 days). Which leads me to think—how many books could be read between now and January!??
Painting small works in either oil or watercolor. Oils need approximately a 1-2 hour time commitment and watercolors 1/2 -1 hour. (Fitting this in just 1x a week means that by January you would have about 12 new little pieces of artwork in your collection).
Taking a 10-minute walk every other day. Walking loosens up both body and mind. You can either take in your surroundings or listen to great music, books on audio, or informative podcasts. Double win!!
What might we be feeling come January?
Instead of heading into a new year feeling defeated by having ‘lost’ three months, we will arrive ready to build and grow on the previous small steps.
It cannot be overstated how much a sense of accomplishment leads to momentum in our lives. Just imagine what new inspiration each of us might find by taking small steps starting now.
Let’s do it before we are ready.
You with me?
Let me know some small steps you can begin doing this week towards your personal goals. Inspire me and others by leaving a comment!
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now.
~ Hugh Laurie, English actor, musician, and comedian