Saturday, April 28, 2012

Year 3 Half Time Report

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."~ T.S Eliot

 This post marks the half way point in Year 3 of this Campaign.  I really feel like I've come a long way.  I also feel like there is so much further to go.  For the most part I enjoy that feeling.  I'm always amazed at myself and the discoveries I make.  The items I find to create.  I've always known that creativity is endless, limitless and boundless.  As vast as the universe itself.   I'm testing that knowledge.  I'm yet to say, "Well, I've crafted everything I can here.  I've created everything I can."  It's looking like it will be a long time, if ever, before I say that.
Another thing that I'm finding amazing is that, I'm changing in my approach to the world, in general. Attitudes, beliefs and world views change.  It's a lighter feeling.  I like it.  A lot.
I keep meeting more amazing people.  I keep connecting with the folks in my life at a deeper level.  I'm creating a life I sort thought was possible, but was afraid to go after fully.   This moment never looked so good.

When I started this Campaign and when I really wanted to go for Year 3, I kept thinking that this was really going a little too far for me.  What I've discovered, is that I haven't gone far enough, yet.
Thank you for being on this ride with me.  Now, let's...
Create to feel great!

26 weeks complete!  26 to go!

I like to celebrate with flowers.   This week it's Kanzashi flowers.   Folded fabric.  I can not stop making them.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Role Model

This week, I met the most amazing and creative person.   We got connected through a mutual friend.  When this creative woman called to ask me if I would like to come over and take a look at some fabric she was giving away, I could not resist.   Free designer fabric.  Yeehaw!  I'm so there.  What I didn't know is that I was going to be in for a great afternoon and full of insights around the creative process.

The house she lives in is a testamony to creativity.  I've rarely met anyone, who like myself dabbles in everything and I do mean everything.   Creativity oozed out of her.  She shined like a bright bright beacon. Now I think I have a lot of energy, at 71, this woman made me look like a slug.  She said that it is the creativity that pumps her up.  In our brief time together I learned and was reminded of some key life points.
Some the highlights were:

Stay curious.  Always ask questions and don't be afraid to ask the deep ones, and this goes for asking those questions to yourself.   Then shut up and listen for the answer.

Positive creatation is as important as food, water, light and air.  Don't ever go a day without creating something.  No matter how small.

Laugh and play.  The best way to do that is to stay curious and in the moment.

Make mistakes and make them often.  There's magic in them.

Try something new, all the time.

Something can be made out of what looks like nothing. 

Don't be afraid to tell you story and share it with the world.
That last point was important for me to hear.    She gave me a ton of fabric, of which I know not what I'm going to make out of it.  More importantly, she gave me reminders of power of positive creating can bring to ones life.  Her attitude embodied what I want to do with this Campaign.  To infuse positive thoughts and creative actions into not only myself but the world.  In the hopes others would do the same.
I wanted to share.

Until next week...create to feel great!

25 projects complete!  27 to go!

This week's project is something new...Button Fairies.   They are made with a mix of paper images and buttons.  The buttons make a tail and the fairies have to have a loop for hanging.  Who doesn't love a fairy?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

All In The Amazingly Awesome Mind

I know I write a lot about how we can change and create our lives.  It is a reminder to myself more than anything.  This week I've been thinking a lot about how to create.  How to create my life to be even stronger, more peaceful and more fulfilling.  Time to think, dream and create are becoming more and more important to me.  It is the soil to grow great ideas, discover our passions, uncover our purpose and live a fantastic life.

Everything really begins and ends in our minds.  Those crazy wildly often negative but more times positive minds.
We create our world first in our minds.  Even when we are physically in the world, we carry with us what we have created the world to be in our minds.  It can be a set up for surprise, disappointment, delight, joy or heartache.  That is all up to us and how we use our minds to create in the moment.  Our minds are very powerful and they do get wasted all the time.  Wasted in what I call "useless creating".   We worry over and fear the unknown.   We sit on the throne of being right, we just know how it is all going to go down.  We use our talents to pick fights or disconnect from people we say we care about.  The list goes on.

Imagine, and I know you can imagine, because you do it all the time, some amazingly awesome happening to you.  Every time negativity in all it's forms pops into your mind, use your mind to either imagine that amazingly awesome happening happening to you OR use your mind to figure out a way to move one step closer to creating that amazingly awesome happening.  Making to happen.
Try it for a day.  When your day is over check in with you.  What are you noticing?   Try it for another day.
Wake up in the morning with the first being about that amazingly awesome happening.  Keep tuning your thoughts to that.   Keep checking in with yourself.  Keep focusing on the amazingly awesome happening.

I think this is creating in it's purest form.  I'd love to know what happens for you.  I know it will be amazingly awesome!
Until next week...create to feel great!
24 projects complete!  28 to go!

This week's project- the house needed a wreath to celebrate Spring.  The bright colors make me smile even on the rainiest of an April day.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

In Praise Of The Little Steps

"Practice yourself in little things; and thence proceed to greater." ~ Epictetus

 Little things really do mean a lot.   Working on little things add up to bigger things.  We start out crawling and learn to walk, run and jump.  Step by step it all adds up.  Along the way we have to allow ourselves the option of failure.  It's important in order to get the bigger things.   Where my frustration, negativity and anger sometimes lives is in the fact I want to be good at something or successful at something the minute the idea hits me.  I have often not wanted to attempted something new because I just knew it would a) be way to much work to master, b) afraid of failing or c) another easier idea comes into place.  

Now I'm all for easy.  I really am.  I'm sort of a lazy person at my core.  I have over the years gathered a lot of value by being lazy.  It is okay for me to like things to be easy. As Tom Hank's character said In A League Of Their Own, "if it was easy everyone would do it.  It's the hard that makes it great."   So, how do I resolve my need for things being easy and my desire to proceed to the great things in life?  Enter my creative process.

I use my creative process to stream line my big ideas.  Thus reducing or eliminating the frustration, negativity and fear in my big ideas.  Using my creative process to assess what it is I want to do or create breaks down the idea into small steps.  Those steps add on each other (sometimes get tweaked along the way) until I've each the end product.  It is pretty sweet for a self proclaimed lazy person.

This weeks project is my testimony to this creative process.  It is my raised bed garden!  I love fresh vegetables.  Gardening is way too much work for me, yet I really wanted to grow more of my own food.  I turned this into an art project.   Yes, getting this garden up and running was a lot of work, but it was fun.  I have all sort of creative touches and I allowed myself to play and design.   When it got challenging for me, like lugging pounds and pounds of dirt in the pouring rain, I looked for the opportunity to create and have fun.
I'm proud of the results.  I currently have peas, beets, carrots, radishes, parsley, onions and chives growing.  I  built pea trellis, bore holes for a soaker hose, made netted covers and I have an array of helpers from frogs, gnomes, angels and pinwheels.  Given my past luck with plants, I have no idea if any of this will grow.  I'll keep you posted.  Bottom line here, I challenged myself to do something new.  It feels like a small step towards the greater.
What would be your small step towards the greater?

Until next week...create to feel great!

23 projects complete! 29 to go!