You are your own best friend and know what need better than anyone else. Press delete on those preconceived ideas that keep you from reaching your goals because you may think, I’m too old, it’s never been done, that’s crazy, and the list goes on.
When you engage in something you love, it gives energy. This is a reminder that you are absolutely on the right path! When something makes us happy, we can often dismiss it by thinking it’s not realistic. It’s a “fun idea, but…”
Follow your own path, create the blueprint that is you.
Today, I want to encourage you go in the direction of your dreams and remember that if you have that dream to make something a reality, and you have that fire within, then it’s TOTALLY up to you to make it happen. Advice and help from others is good, but you are your own best counselor, and if you do not have all the answers right now, then there is a reason. You are not ready to receive them and the most important thing you can do is be patient and move forward in the direction of what sets you on fire and focus on that straight path until success.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Don’t try to do everything at once. “Chunk it down.” Take a deep breath, then put one foot in front of the other and keep moving.
This Challenge is all about discovery and just taking steps each day, even if they are small and they allow us to express our deepest desires.
*commit, create. Rep from *
If you’re just stumbling up on this and you’re not signed up for my Monthly Insights, you can get connected by clicking here, because each morning of the Create Something Every Day Challenge, you’ll receive a special email with the daily topic and some inspiration.
Today kicks off Day 1 of the Create Something Every Day Challenge, which is all about really allowing yourself to get lost lost in an activity and the present moment. It really doesn’t matter what that is, but today’s the day to set up that space for making this happen.
We can all connect to a time when hours had past, when it seemed only like minutes. It’s in these special moments that we’re able to witness our “sacred self.”
Wouldn’t it be nice to capture this feeling in a bottle so you could remember exactly how and what you did to feel like this? Getting so absorbed in your craft and forgetting or caring about time or what should come next? Well today, let’s get that feeling back!
Be spontaneous…look for some magic.
What if… you started your day without a single care? Give yourself permission to do whatever comes natural right now. Loosen your grip just a little today on your agenda because you decided to spend some time on the thing you love the most. Carve out that time to make it happen.
Why do we spend so much time away from what is happening right now when the opportunities are ripe in this very moment? This is the only time that we can actually act. Thinking of the present in this way is empowering because it gives you control. Anxious and uncomfortable feelings arise about the past or future because we can’t take action on them, so it becomes apparent how useless it is to dwell on them.
Now go make something happen, and let’s regroup and share what we did with the world on this “official” sharing post on my Facebook page so we can share and connect what we created, a work in progress, or the beginnings of an idea. Let’s make this fun and see you later today!
*commit, create. Rep from *
If you’re just stumbling up on this and you’re not signed up for my Monthly Insights, you can get connected by clicking here, because each morning of the Create Something Every Day Challenge, you’ll receive a special email with the daily topic and some inspiration to get moving!
Tomorrow marks the first day of this event and if you haven’t signed up, you can do that here. It’s easy and fun, and best of all free. It’s my way of wanting to connect with kindred spirits and like-minded “makers.”
Once the Challenge begins, I will send you a daily topic. I suggest keeping a hard copy journal or sketch book so you can keep written notes about the process. I like to keep a visual journal, because I enjoy creating collages about what I was knitting that day, or about something new that popped up in my garden. Free form thoughts and ideas tend to flow easily in your own private journal because you can let go and express yourself in an uninhibited way.
If you really want to stay fully connected and reminded about the Challenge each day, you have the option of signing up for my newsletter, which will give you access to the following for all 7 days:
Set the Table
Make creating a sacred act. Find a space that is designated just for this. It is said that if you have a routine where you work in the same place each day, your mind goes there and knows–it’s time to create something.
Set the Intention
Get clear on your goals. What will you create each day? Will you write, draw, dance, knit, or sew? Maybe a mashup of them all? Set your intention for what your day looks like and carve out time for when creating fits into it.
Reflect, Go Within
You will receive a daily reflection topic that you can use to sit and go within for just a few minutes at the start of each day and use this time to express gratitude for the passion you have for creating.
There will be a link to share what you’ve created so we can come together to connect, and share what we’ve put out to the world. This is also a great way to network, and meet other maker/designer/crafters like you!
The Daily Topics
Day #1: Connect with Your Purpose
Place focus on what feels good, and trust this is the universe reminding you that you are doing the right thing!
Day #2: You Don’t Need Permission
Follow your own voice, your own blueprint.
Day #3: Letting Go
Allow yourself to be vulnerable, and let go of expectations. If you only have a few minutes to commit, make peace with that and make the most of the time you do have.
Day 4: Take a New Road
Do the opposite of what you normally do. Try a new process, a new medium. Pick up a paintbrush, play with some clay. Get your hands dirty! Vomit words on a page. Don’t think. Just do.
Day #5: Cultivate Not Knowing
It’s really OK if you can’t see the full staircase. Take the first step in faith!
Day #6: Do One Scary Thing Today
Doing something new feels like the ground has fallen from beneath us, but it’s a chance for self-discovery.
Day #7: Live Passionately Every Day
Make the commitment to yourself that you will keep passion alive in your heart each day and make future goals to keep this challenge going!
*commit, create. Rep from *
If all you have is five minutes a day, then make it the best five minutes you’ve got! No excuses! Let’s make this fun and come together and share even what you wished you created.
This challenge is about self-discovery, making mistakes and maybe even being a little bit vulnerable, so if’ you’re ready, then let’s go!
So far this Sunday morning hasn’t been “flowing” the way I had hoped for. The words just would not come as easily as they usually do, and I couldn’t quite get my point across while recording my daily Morning Cool Down. I started getting more and more uneasy because I didn’t meet my “quota.”
I didn’t ship what I intended, but I fought through it.
As I was sitting, squirming and struggling to come up with some meaningful content to share, my son and husband awoke and joined me for the morning, which means– time to stop writing. When this happens, I get this little feeling like I’ve failed to meet the goal I set. I didn’t ship what I had intended, but I decided to fight through it anyway. I just started writing. It didn’t matter what it was. I was just going to write.
Allowing the ebb and flow of every day. Letting go of the carefully constructed agendas.
I actually got into a little groove, but then mid-way through the first sentence, my husband reminded me to head out to the garden because more strawberries had ripened and if I don’t get them soon, the birds will peck at them and I’ll lose my chance.
At first I was tense and uptight because he shattered my thought and I just wanted to finish! But it was actually in that moment I released and relaxed. I surrendered and let the the tension go.
I hold so tightly to my agenda at times, and I’m not always willing to allow the regular things in life to ebb and flow. Logically, I know I have to sway and bend like a reed, but my heart just doesn’t get it yet.
Life is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. Remaining curious and open is what will allow our hearts to expand. Unexpected discoveries might also come about, like picking these delicious berries that I’m going to enjoy…right now.