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Tomorrow begins the 100 Day Challenge 2020

I am a firm believer that creativity builds self-trust and thwarts anxiety. I spent a lot of time studying the inverse relationship between creativity and anxiety. So much so that I have deemed myself an Ambassador to Creativity. As such, I am always wanting to create ways that we can create together. And participating in the #100 Day Project has been one of those ways.

I have completed the project two years in a row. I was very pleased with my results from the first year when I validated my suspicion that I could draw with pastels and pencils. As a study in mindfulness, I drew an object from my life or my household or my past daily. See the wrap up post for 2018’s project HERE . The second year, I just did collages on postcards which also doubled as my contribution to the ICAD (index card a day) challenge. See the Wrap up for 2019’s project HERE and all the links within for the posts prior.

The trick to this challenge is always to put yourself to something daily that won’t take anymore than 15 to 30 minutes. I’ve seen people do haikus and quick embroidered quilt squares. You have to be able to actually do it. Because in the first couple weeks, it’s easy to give up. But there’s a point when the creating becomes a habit, a need, and a sort of religious-like discipline.

The 100 day challenge starts tomorrow and I am still not exactly sure what I’m choosing to do but I do know that there has truly never been a better time to take on this sort of creative challenge than right now. And I look forward to connecting with other like creative minds and cheer them on as they create a positive memory in a time that feels more than a little negative.

Feel free to get in touch with me via any of my social media platforms listed below. I love connecting with people.

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Our First Weekend of Viral Staycation

As you know, we here on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA are in a two week lockdown for the rest of the month of March in an attempt to keep the Covid 19 virus from taking out our feeble dear ones. I’m good with all of the restrictions and not feeling terribly worried about myself catching this. I just have to run my household for these two weeks without losing my mind.

So in an attempt to record this time, I thought to post my captivity pictures, which don’t look too much differently from a regular weekend off of school.

I hope you are all keeping yourselves happily occupied during your self-imposed distancing. The suggested activities to hold your anxiety at bay are Creativity, Cozying and Curling up, and Communing. As you can see, we are actively doing those here at my house. Click on a picture to scroll through them. 

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First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

As I explained thoroughly in this post, A Creativity Challenge For March 2020, I’ve hosted month long creative challenges before but it’s been a while. And this time, I was asked to provide some prompts for the writers and poets to use. But mostly, I just encouraged people to join in with whatever they were creating that day.

A Creativity Challenge For March '20 on Shalavee.com

And this is what I posted today to reinforce my intentions for this challenge:

I urge you, remind you to honor yourself as one of those things of beauty each day of this month of March. Recognize your gifts to yourself through your creativity. Honor them, as small a la they may be. These are so necessary and these steps what #OurCreativeMarch is all about. This is what creative community is here for. This is what we’re here for.

Ps. The prompts were just if you needed inspo. They are not a reason to not create. Nor is the fact that you can’t come daily, come weekly to honor your creativity. Our muse welcomes yours.”

 

 

I take a walk and I’m open

To the cold breeze burning my face

To the love songs of birds in the trees

To whatever the muse might be offering me

to see, to be, to make, to believe today.

Tantalizing tidbits, clues to the muse

Lie everywhere within, without

I’m open to the grab and go
Of my creativity here, then,

Whenever is all I have. . .

 

 

 

Day 3 #OurCreativeMarch — Stillness– .

In the place where there’s no distraction, no anxious ball bouncing around my head. The cool quiet stillness of thoughts flowing towards creative destinations. This thought for that place and that thought for the future. . Mindful meditative delicious unproductivity.

 

First Week of Our Creative March 2020 on Shalavee.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Day 6 of the #OurCreativeMarch … . I spent all day creating a mermaid party motif in my house. Gosh I hate crepe paper streamers. I spent the other half of my day cooking crustless quiche, german potato salad, and chicken noodles soup for my son who has a sneezy cold today. Plus all of the laundry. My body is exhausted from all the creating but I am pleased she’ll have her birthday party at home. It’s not clean but it’s too distracting to notice. Tomarrow morning, I’ll make the homemade chocolate cake too. . #ourcreativeselves #creativityfound #innerartist #createeveryday #creativemamas #creativepractice #alifeofintention #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #arthealsthesoul #creativechallenge #createdaily #taleswithfriends

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Day 10 of #OurCreativeMarch. “It’s a memory kind of sky” -REM- .

First two Week of Our Creative March 2020 on Shalavee.com

 

Day 11 of #OurCreativeMarch … Silence .

On my walk to the gym, I took pictures that reflected silence to me. And after editing them, thought perhaps there was a movie app I could use. And there was. And I did. Created in a whole new way today. Hey! And then it wouldn’t upload! Facebook was fine but not IG. No. Booooo! I am sad but here are the pictures. Technology, grumble grumble.

There was a birthday party in the middle of all of this and that counted for a major amount of creating. I decorated lots, made a pin the tail on the mermaid, and some food including the cake.

Crediting ourselves for the efforts we make to create a life worth living, that’s what I am getting at with this challenge. And beyond March comes the 100 day challenge in April.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Monday Gratitude Journal Post

I feel so fortunate this week. Let me name you the reasons why.

  • My blog is on it’s way to being a big girl’s site. Read about how I was feeling in February.
  • I created beautiful pictures that I am proud of and are so ME to use in the redesign.
  • I wrote and edited the heck out of a piece for International Women’s Day on self-bullying that was the best I could write. It’ll be published on another site to link back to me! That’s what bloggers do, you see.
  • My anxiety is at bay. No more swirling vortex episodes in over a year.
  • I am hosting a creativity challenge and am so happy to be in community with all these lovely people! I am a rich woman in my soul.
  • My daughter Fiona is turning 7 this week. She is happy and beautiful and a blessing to everyone she meets.
  • My son is so talented and engaged in using his talents, it’s all I ever want for kids his age, especially him.
  • I am moving forward, not stalled and frozen, in so many ways.

That concludes my Monday gratitude journal post. I hope everyone is feeling the hope of Spring or Fall in your own worlds. And you sleep well this evening.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

A Creativity Challenge For March ’20

I began my creative RE-awakening in October of 2015 when I joined a group online for a “Creativity Bootcamp” Challenge. I had become aware that my inner creative, aka inner child, was in need of some expression, or else. And what would follow was creative momentum and community that I have come to cherish.

I am about to host another creativity challenge for March ’20. Using the hashtag #OurCreativeMarch on Instagram (and Facebook), we’ll share what we create every day of March. Creating is a whole lotta fun when you do it in a group.

And when I say create, I mean any form of creating. Creativity can encompass decorating, painting, poetry, photography, cooking, or even just an interesting post to talk about the word prompt. Almost all of the prompts were offered up by the community that will be participating.

A Creativity Challenge For March '20 on Shalavee.com

 

In case you need some inspiration for your creativity, review the five keys to flow below. And read my article Non-negotiable Creative Soul Living .

Five Keys To Flow

Ritual – Create a mood or environment that’s conducive to creativity

Solitude and Enough Time

Focus – Plan ahead of time what you’ll be doing specifically

You can’t command creativity – The cat under the bed will move further back if it doesn’t want to come out.

Trust and Welcome whatever comes forth/out

 

I thought to look into how I’d chronicled the challenges I’d been in and hosted and was surprised to see all of these. There were also Soul Selfie Challenges. 

Read about the First Creativity Bootcamp in October 2015 here and  here and here

Read about the second Creativity Bootcamp February ’16 here and here

Summer Madness Creativity Bootcamp session June ’16 here

My Our Creative September ’16 challenge here and here

Our Creative Selves Challenge Feb ’17 is here

See Our Creative May ’17 here and here and here .

And  Our Creative June ’18 here

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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