Wow, friends, our 12 weeks of Achievable Bite-sized Creativity is finally at an end!
Throughout these weeks, you’ve given yourself lots of little gifts:
The gift of beautifying your space, remembering how to play, and using your creativity to spread kindness.
You’re going to give yourself one more gift this week: the gift of 15 minutes doing something you love.
Now, granted, technically that is what all of these challenges have been about:
Giving yourself the gift of time.
Time spent nurturing yourself. Time spent in self care.
But you were drawn to this series because you wanted to feel…and be…more creative.
So we’ve nurtured your creative soul this summer. We’ve reminded you to get out and enjoy the arts, knowing this can be done for cheap or free! We’ve even played some fun games to free our brains up to be more creative.
Throughout this summer, we’ve had fun. But for most of these challenges, we haven’t really created much. (With the exception of using our talents to spread kindness.)
Why is that?
Well, because I wanted to remind you that creativity isn’t so much a product to be made, as a way of being.
We tend to think of “creative” as a way the world may or may not look at us.
Instead, it’s a way we look at the world.
You see, sometimes I think when we want to be creative, we get so caught up in whatever product we’re making, and whether it’s “good” enough.
Whether we’re “creative” enough.
But when we do that, we’re not only putting the cart before the horse, but we’re shooting ourselves in the foot.
Because you can’t possibly be truly creative if one half of your brain is busy judging you.
I believe that every single person is born a creative person. That’s what makes us the same.
What makes us different, and special, is the way that creativity manifests itself.
Don’t you owe it to yourself to explore that creative part of you, whatever it is?
You owe it to yourself to spend 15 minutes encouraging your creativity.
The 15-minute Creative Blast
I want you to pick something that is important to you, or interesting to you, or just seems fun. I have a list of ideas below if nothing is jumping out at you.
Then I want you to gather your supplies, tune out distractions, and set your timer for 15 minutes.
Yes, that’s right, I said set your timer.
I know for the other challenges, I encouraged you to take as much time as you desired.
But now, I only want you to do this for 15 minutes (you can go back and do more later if you are inspired!)
Because you can’t possibly create anything “finished” and “perfect” in 15 minutes.
The goal here is not to create a masterpiece.
The goal here is to create a “blast”! A flurry of inspiration. A flash of fun. And yes, to have a “blast” doing it 😉
It’s to get lost in something you love for just long enough to make you remember how much you love it.
And see that even though it’s definitely not perfect (in 15 minutes it can’t be!), it’s still pretty cool.
It’s still pretty cool what you can do creatively, if you just give yourself a chance to do it.
Remember! No cheating! This is a practice, not a finished product.
Getting started with the 15-minute Creative Blast:
To get you started, I’ve given you a list of possible projects, and a list of possible subjects.
By all means, use your own idea if you have something you’d like to do.
But if you have no idea where to get started, pick an activity from List 1, and a subject from List 2, and go to town.
Don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what you’re going to do before you do it. Just pick two things, set the timer, and go!
List 1: Activities/Mediums
- Write a poem/haiku/short story/mini memoir
- If you’re a musician, pick three chords and challenge yourself to come up with as much of a song as you can in 15 minutes.
- If you’re a crafter, go through your fabric stash quickly and lay out fabric in a quilt block or applique that is inspired by something from List 2.
- Choose a favorite photo and write, draw, or paint something to accompany it.
- If you have a flower garden, make an arrangement inspired by something from List 2
- Create a drawing/painting inspired by something from List 2
- Borrow your child’s play-dough or modeling clay and make a sculpture!
List 2: Inspiration
- A favorite place
- The Middle of things
- This morning
- Your clearest memory
- Your favorite season
- Your favorite holiday
- Someone you miss
- The last person you hugged
- The last person you kissed
- The last person you fought with
- Your perfect day
My friends, you did it! Did you have a “blast”? I would love to know what you came up with! Please do share, either in the comments below or on Adventures in Artistry’s Facebook page.
The Creative Blast with kiddos:
I think this would be a really fun thing to do with kids! Both young and old would have fun with this same project, just processing it at different levels.
I think using the timer would really turn this into a game and put a fun twist on “usual” arts and crafts time. Maybe pull this one out now that it’s August and the whole summer free time novelty may be wearing off. 🙂
(For young kids, maybe don’t give them a choice, or at least so many choices. That might be overwhelming for them. Just say, we’re gonna take 15 minutes to make a painting about your favorite season! Ready? Go!)
If you’re journaling – or into the whole introspection thing 🙂 – here are some questions for you to think about:
- Was it easy or hard for me not to judge myself while I was creating?
- How did I feel when the timer went off? Ready for more? Happy with my progress? Frustrated?
- How might I feel if I did something like this every week? (not necessarily this specific challenge, but spending a little time doing something I loved?)
Friends, I’m so happy you’ve chosen to spend these past 12 weeks with me investing in your creativity.
I will be back next week to do a little recap of our ABC challenge, and talk about what’s next for the blog!
In the meantime, be sure to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page with what you did this week, or any thoughts you have about our summer of Achievable Bite-sized Creativity!
Until next time!