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12 New Year Rituals, Day 9 :: CREATIVITY

{no.9 in a 12-part series on new year's rituals, inspired by this MindBodyGreen article}

ritual for january 08: creativity

Doing something new builds new brain cells, so experiment with something you would normally consider "out of the box." (original article)

I have a jam packed day (thankfully full of creative tasks and time with friends) and so I'm keeping it easy breezy with today's ritual. I painted. Poorly and nonsensically. On a tiny canvas. For about 12 minutes in total. And it felt great. I went through a phase where I painted every day, for hours at a time on some weekends, with a measure of actual skill and intention. Now my little artiste studio (ie a folding table in my home office) sadly collects dusts. Not today!

Stuffed in my second bedroom / home office practically on top of grad school files, yoga blocks, washi tape, and crap I need to (finally) donate...an oasis. Lesson: It doesn't have to be epic. 

Stuffed in my second bedroom / home office practically on top of grad school files, yoga blocks, washi tape, and crap I need to (finally) donate...an oasis. Lesson: It doesn't have to be epic. 

In keeping with the It Doesn't Have To Be Epic lesson: I didn't even edit and filter my quick and dirty phone pics. The horror. Don't worry though, my shame won't allow these on Instagram.

In keeping with the It Doesn't Have To Be Epic lesson: I didn't even edit and filter my quick and dirty phone pics. The horror. Don't worry though, my shame won't allow these on Instagram.

Gold glitter puff paint. Naturally. Because the 80s. 

Gold glitter puff paint. Naturally. Because the 80s. 

As a creative person I naturally make any artistic-ish undertaking into a magnum opus. But guess what? I spent 12 minutes painting some hot pink mess, threw some 3D glitter on it, and bam. Synapses are firing. My relentless rhythm of 24/7 Desire Map business building is broken in all the right ways. Now I'm off to spend the rest of the day / night with friends. See? Easy breezy.

Lesson learned for 2015: There is always time. If you're a creative person and your soul needs artsy moxie to thrive, you have the time to honor that.

Love + puff paint,
gail

P.S. Do you consider yourself creative? What does that word mean to you? How can you foster  greater sense of creativity? Let's chat...

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