Day 7 Create Something Every Day Challenge: Live Passionately Every Day– See It Because You Believe It!

Day 7 Create Something Every Day Challenge: Live Passionately Every Day– See It Because You Believe It!

Today’s the final day of this Challenge, and if you’ve made it this far, you can congratulate yourself for hanging in there, because if you followed all of the exercises and reflections, then you probably discovered some interesting things about yourself creatively and maybe in other more unexpected ways. My goal was to push us to new places and get out of the usual patterns.

Today’s Challenge topic is all about living passionately every day and how to set yourself up to really make that happen. It does take some work on your part, because if you want to see change, you MUST be the change you seek.

Create daily affirmations.

Here are two big things you can do to create this mindset instantly:

  • Fill your mind with positive “brain candy” in the form of affirmations. You do become what you think. Read this post, and you’ll become a believer! You can also try a simple reflection to cultivate this  mindset.
  • Begin your day by expressing gratitude. Just writing a list about what you’re grateful for softens you and gets you out of your own head. You’ll begin to see all the abundance you already have, instead of focusing on what you lack. If you always focus on what’s missing, then you’ll get more of that, so stop it!

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You CAN turn your mind to being positive and peaceful, even during the most turbulent times. If you don’t believe me, then give these things a try. You can only learn from your own wisdom. You are the only one who can steer your ship.

The Morning Cool Down – Daily Inspiration
Today’s episode: “You See It Because You Believe It.”

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1. My Facebook page, where you can post your images and join the discussion on the Day 7 “Official Post.
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Day 6: Create Something Every Day Challenge: Do One Scary Thing Today. Learn from What Keeps Showing Up.

Day 6: Create Something Every Day Challenge: Do One Scary Thing Today. Learn from What Keeps Showing Up.

As I wind down from each previous day’s Challenge topic, I let the next one begin to marinate and try to find examples in my day to use as nuggets of wisdom, and lately lots of nuggets have been showing up in my life.

Today’s topic is about doing that scary thing creatively, which can expose some veins and vulnerabilities. Oh, how we love our little safety zones, don’t we? It initially feels so good to be safe, nice and comfy. When the ground falls from beneath us and we lose the safety net, it can be both uncomfortable and liberating at the same time.

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But ask yourself the question– is there something valuable I’m missing if I don’t do that ONE thing that I know will have an impact in my life right now?

Without hesitation, I can say YES because as soon as I get too comfortable, I begin to can see patterns of resistance.

I personally associate the idea of something scary as risky and that by doing that “thing,” it will inevitably lead me to making a mistake. My habitual tendency is to view mistakes as black and white, good or bad and something that must be avoided at all costs.

It’s the fear of being criticized for our actions and it’s the side of us that’s not OK with that because it will expose a fatal flaw. “What will others think of me?” is the resounding thought that we share, but why do we care so much? I aspire to be among the few who do not!

What lessons that can be learned by taking an uninhibited risk in our work and view the possibility of making a mistake as favorable? How can we use them as a way to propel growth? It can be especially difficult when someone else points them out–someone who has our best interests in mind. We are given a moment to step back instead of react, and view the situation from their perspective, but this can be one of the hardest things to do.

Mistakes can be clues about how you’re showing up in the world each day.

Do certain things show up often in your life? Can you see a pattern? If so, this might be a clue about how you’re showing up in the world each day.

The answers are not always obvious or easy.

I personally believe that if we are able to identify, then we have the power to change the pattern. If we mess up, we mess up. The trick is to keep a positive and happy mind, move on and not become reactive…or else that THING we don’t want will keep on showing up.

I try to remember that mistakes are not road blocks. They are opportunities. They can be clues that something is a little or a lot off, and that maybe there’s some learning that needs to be done. There are amazing chunks of wisdom that we can collect if we’re willing to take an honest look.

Now ask yourself this question that you can carry with you today and keep top-of-mind when you pick up your knitting needles, pen or paintbrush:  How can doing ONE scary thing be translated into how I show up in the world today through my creative expression?  

The Morning Cool Down – Daily Inspiration
Today’s episode: “Go Ahead, Make a Mistake Today.”

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Let’s regroup and share what we made today! Here are the places you can chime in and share:

1. My Facebook page, where you can post your images and join the discussion on the Day 6 “Official Post.
2. You can also share on Instagram, by clicking here and use the hashtag #createsomethingeverydaychallenge.

Tomorrow…

Day #7: Live Passionately Every Day


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Create Something Every Day Challenge Day 5: Culitvate Not Knowing

Create Something Every Day Challenge Day 5: Culitvate Not Knowing

The first time I heard these three words, they gave me comfort. I found the word “cultivate” very empowering because it was about training in not expecting to have answers and to find comfort within that space.

Rest in the space of knowing that the next step will be revealed exactly at the moment you need it!

It’s so hard not knowing what’s coming up next! We want to plan our day and map out every detail, but we really don’t know what’s coming. We can plan, and work through our goals, as we should. However, we cannot be attached to them. Otherwise, when the events of the day and other’s agendas take over, we might resist and then feel a little dejected.Today, we can do things a little bit differently and “cultivate not knowing,” and rest in that space of allowing, not expecting. This can make us feel a little vulnerable and feeling as if we’re setting out on a river without an oar.Venturing into unknown waters from time to time to cultivate not knowing what will come next is a great exercise in patience. The more you’re able to practice this in your creative life, the more you’re able to realize that this can become your most important asset.

I like to leave you with one of my favorite poems, which reminds us to let go and remain unattached. These four lines essentially tell us to enjoy and experience what comes our way, and then release them happily.

 

He who binds himself to a joy

does the winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

-William Blake

The Morning Cool Down – Daily Inspiration
Today’s episode: “It’s OK if You Can’t See the Whole Staircase. Just Take the First Step!”

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Let’s regroup and share what we made today! Here are the places you can chime in and share:

1. My Facebook page, where you can post your images and join the discussion on the Day 5 “Official Post.”
2. You can also share on Instagram, by clicking here and use the hashtag #createsomethingeverydaychallenge.

 

Tomorrow…

Day #6: Do One Scary Thing Today


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Create Something Every Day Challenge Day 4: Take a New Road

Create Something Every Day Challenge Day 4: Take a New Road

Today’s Challenge topic is about going down a new road of discovery by doing something different than you did yesterday. A good  friend once said: “Kara, if you want to learn something new and get out of a limiting habit, do the “opposite” of what you normally do.” This advice always stuck with me, because she’s so right. When I feel stuck at any point in my life creatively or psychologically, I take this sage advice. 

As I write these words, my plan is to get outside right before the sun rises so I can witness the colors that paint the sky. I know this experience will ignite creative ideas and positive energy for the day ahead. So how will you do the opposite today? 

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Create Something Every Day Challenge Day 3: Let Go. Open Up to the Beginner’s Mind

Create Something Every Day Challenge Day 3: Let Go. Open Up to the Beginner’s Mind

Let go of your grip!

Today’s Challenge topic for the Create Something Every Challenge is about letting go in both the creative sense, but also of your expectations. Decide today to allow yourself to remain open, and explore something called “a beginner’s mind.” Why not take a chance today and see what might happen if you explore a new medium? 

I’ve been really excited about diving into some  new territory, but I’m still a little like a fish out of water and my tendency is to stick with what I know best– knitting. However, I’ve been enjoying the new world I found by creating free-form collages in my mini moleskin.

Going into unknown places with no real objective,  has been both liberating and a little scary too because it is the complete opposite of my usual approach to design, which is black and white and has a clean-cut end destination, as with the case of designing a knitting pattern.

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This way of free-from expression is the training ground for learning and making a few mistakes, but why not look at them as “experiments” instead?

Experiments don’t always pan out, but the only way to know is to try. Holding back because we’re afraid of making a mistake is a human condition that we all suffer from. Funny, isn’t it? We run so fast in the opposite direction so we don’t make a mistake, and and cause resistance in the process.

Life can actually be a little sweeter if we we’re able to let go of our pride and venture into those scary places from time to time and ask ourselves the question– what am I really afraid of?

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.” 
― Shunryu Suzuki

Think of the analogy of a holding a coin: Do you see that if you hold it with your hand facing to the sky, it’s pretty effortless? You don’t even have to make a fist to clutch it. You can allow it to remain in your hand–but you have no grip on it. Now, turn you hand so your palm faces the ground. This is quite different because now you have to hold a fist to grasp the coin, or it will quickly fall out of your hand.

By turning our hand up, the coin is free– we are free. No grasping, no gripping.

 


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