This is what I learned this Winter 2018 – 2019. Lessons learnt through living this creative life. Maybe they’ll help you too.
Small things add up
Doing small things consistently adds up. This is true for most forms of creativity. This Winter I took part in a writing challenge on Instagram. Writing every day just a longer Instagram caption than normal on a one-word prompt helped to increase my writing in other areas. I also loved it. I found myself pondering on the word across the day and what I could write about.
If you need some writing prompts I have a workbook of them available in my free gifts store. You can get them here.
Treating exercise like a treat not a task
Winter is a hard season for me, it’s hard and cold and I feel run down a lot of the time. Picking up pilates again is getting me moving and I love it and the sense of having some control over my body again. One thing that helps me exercise is thinking about it as a treat rather than an item on the to-do list. I treat myself to a Pilates class. If I think otherwis, exercise is kind of sadistic right? After
Winter is long and Spring is so welcome
That is all. I am grateful that Spring has started to appear even if a little early.
Goals don’t have to be scary
That I can set goals and not be scared of them. Well less scared of them. In January I set some 90 day goals for myself and they are helping to keep me on track with the main things I want to focus on.
Creativity doesn’t mean lots of clutter
I wrote a post on Instagram about how one weekend I was creating space by tidying up and clearing out for an upcoming move. Also, that I was creating time to spend with those I loved. A friend mentioned that she had considered creating as adding more clutter but that I had made her think another way about it.
I knew that creativity doesn’t mean lots of clutter but have re-learned this winter that I can tidy up and call it creative. That I can slimline and call it creative. That to be creative doesn’t have to mean lots of craft items and materials but it’s more a state of mind and soul.
Letting go to move on
Essentialism by Greg McKeown and the Marie Kondo show on Netflix have both helped me as I’m getting rid of things at home.
I’ve been holding on to some things that I needed to let go of. Holding onto things because I had invested time into what they represented, but I no longer needed the actual items. Getting rid of things by thanking them for their service but letting go of them has helped. It has helped me
Life is editing
We are always in a process of editing don’t you think?
We select the best, take out the non-essential, think of a better way to do it, remove what doesn’t work, move parts around to get a clearer picture. Or is that just me?
Editing is not something that is easy for me, I’m more of a curator. But I’m learning and improving.
I’m not sure what the key is to successful editing. I think it might be a relentless pursuit of the main idea, the central part that holds it all together.
So life, much like finished writing, is editing.
Write without editing
I’d heard the term s***** first draft that came from Anne Lamott and thought yes the first draft is always rubbish.
But it wasn’t until something my friend said that I
It has been a game changer for my writing to just continue writing in the flow. Not stopping even to cross out words or choose a different one. I just write, change direction
Writing and editing are two different things.
I’m writing more and publishing less these days.
Sometimes the decisions come so easily it’s a surprise
I think that over the years a lack of confidence has shifted my decision mode into ‘slight procrastinator’. It’s amazing what being a mum, having depression and anxiety, and taking a few knocks in life will do to your decision-making skills.
Just recently we made a decision, a fairly life-changing decision and it seemed that all the reasons to say yes to it were amazing and just right. (This is rare) It was so easy to make and happened so quickly that I was surprised. I don’t expect large decisions to always come so easily but it’s making me a little bolder to be more decisive on things.