Yesterday, I embarked on a 40 day creativity journey. This idea was initially sparked by a podcast from Jennifer Bailey, about the importance of setting up a daily “alignment (good mood) practice,” which I’ve been doing in a very unstructured way for a while now. Then the other day, I came upon a Gabby Bernstein YouTube about enhancing creativity, which helped me to see the idea from a new perspective.
After melding the two approaches and changing things up to suit my style, here’s what I came up with:
(0. Before I get started with anything, I meditate, for 15 minutes. This has been in place for over a year and a half now, so I’m not counting as part of the new thing. )
- Have a “single task” cup of coffee. This means forgoing my usual habit of being on the computer or doing something else while drinking my coffee. I just sit and drink it with out adding distractions, although I am of course still having thoughts.
- Next, to draw “stream-of-consciousness” for 20 to 30 minutes.
- To meditate again for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Finally, to act on any inspirations that come out of this or during the day. (This blog post was one of those – yay!)
Gabby’s promise is that if one does this for 30 days, something creative, such as an idea for a new project, will come through it. I love that! And, TBH, good things are already coming through. I chose to do it for 40 days because, when I went to write down my plan, that’s what seemed right.
At the top of the post are my drawings, sketches really, from the first two days. On the first day, I was wowed by the outcome and wrote on the side ‘It’s as if my creativity is saying, “Hello, we’re right here!”‘ More goodness on the second day and “Alignment first.” I’m pleased by these results and I also know that I have to be OK with some days resulting in sh*t drawings.
My purpose in this post is to share just a little bit of my own “truth.” And it’s also to inspire others to their own version of a “creativity journey.” If it’s something of interest to you, I encourage you to change it up to fit your style (and time constraints, if necessary) and go for it! I would love to read about your ideas in the comments.
As always, thanks for stopping by.