I’m always kicking ideas of creative projects in my head…very few of which actually manifest (and usually live somewhere on my Pinterest or scribbled in my day planner). One thing that has been proven to kick-start a creative habit (I’m reading Twila Tharp’s book the Creative Habit currently), are routines and constructing a day plan conducive to creativity.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is another one of my favorite authors, who writes on the psychology of creativity and flow. He emphasizes being completely engaged in the details and moments of your life to find flow- that elusive quality of life where time doesn’t exist as we are so fully immersed in what we are doing. A few quotes from his books:
Try to be inspired by something every day. Try to inspire at least one person every day.
The first step is to develop the habit of doing whatever needs to be done with concentrated attention, with skill rather than inertia. Even the most routine tasks, like washing dishes, dressing, or mowing the lawn become more rewarding if we approach them with the care it would take to make a work of art. The next step is to transfer some psychic energy each day from tasks that we don’t like doing, or from passive leisure, into something we never did before, or something we enjoy doing but don’t do often enough because it seems too much trouble. There are literally millions of potentially interesting things in the world to see, to do, to learn about. But they don’t become actually interesting until we devote attention to them.”
Entropy is the normal state of consciousness – a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.
It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.
Wednesdays or Thursdays are generally when I have some free time and space- the perfect blank canvas for creative projects- and this blog the perfect outlet for accountability and for motivation to create (vs. simply passively watching others create)! I’d also like to start writing more frequently on this blog on topics that interest me- primarily focusing on my life as a 30s girl with a professional career (after way too many years of school) and a passion for health & fitness, natural beauty, literature & the arts. I’m the happiest when I’m surrounded by the people I love, my dog, engaged in a creative idea that is flowing (whether it’s a new recipe or a new painting), outdoors near the ocean and in the sunshine, or in an incredible yoga class or tennis game. My idea is to focus on those things that light me up, and document them.
The projects that I’d like to highlight include:
Easy, healthy & beautifully presented recipes using wholefoods ingredients (no refined sugar or grains)
Gift-giving and hostessing. Documenting weekly Sunday dinners with friends.
Art projects: painting, pastels, sketches, watercolor, jewelry
Other posts to include:
Daily Inspiration: Favorite excerpts, and quotes from literature & media, etc.
Balancing a professional career & a fulfilling personal life
Yoga diary & fitness/wellness habits
Personal life moments & photos
Natural beauty, self & home care