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Gaining Creative Confidence : Our Creative May

This past month of May, I again hosted a creative challenge called Our Creative May with the participation of some of my creative cohorts and Our Creative Selves contributors on Instagram. I’d done the same back in September of 2016 with great results and while I felt I struggled a little this time with my expectations around creating marvelous pieces and making creative strides, I knew this was not all there was to this month of creating. And I’ve sat quietly since gaining an understanding of really what it was that I need to acknowledge.Gaining Creative Confidence ; Our Creative May on Shalavee.com

First and foremost I want to herald the efforts and the people who participated in the challenge with me. People who want to support me and themselves in doing this creative thing and finding out who we are and translating what we see and feel daily. It’s really creative truth searching. And it’s also courageous. A few of my participants had never given daily artistic devotion a try and they were so proud of themselves afterwards. I know all about that weird doubtful feeling as I’ve been there once (or twice).

And what I have also been ruminating on is this power of creativity and connection that these challenges provide. It’s basic and it’s so very good for our esteems and spirits. These connections with fellow creatives are giving me hope and courage in myself and my world like I never had before. We’re all wearing the same dream hats on our heads and we see ourselves in each other. And that is what being a part of humanity and community means to me.Gaining Creative Confidence ; Our Creative May on Shalavee.com

If creating and connecting gives me hope and courage than it is the very thing that I need to continue to do. It is not about the results. No I didn’t really come up with anything mind-blowing in May. But as I rolled into June and continued to create daily with other people’s challenges, it became clear that it’s all fluid as a way to just stay connected with myself and my fellow creative people. And I’m standing here taking great relief and encouragement from that concept. And thinking hard about the fact that if I need this, other people need it too. Enjoy a smattering of the 322 posts that were offered up for Our Creative May. Amazing all!

I feel kinda gushy seeing these images. Proud and grateful. Click on one and you can scroll through the thumbnails at your leisure. If you’d like to see the first post from the beginning of the month on Our Creative May, go here. The second post is here.

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Our Creative May

Our Creative May has started off with a bang. This was a month-long creativity challenge that I decided I needed to put into my life because if I’m not intentional about arting sometimes, I won’t actively engage in making it.

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The idea was spawned last September when I challenged myself to create every day for the month of September. It was hash-tagged #MyCreativeSeptember and was a complete success in allowing my inner child to not only play every day, but trust me that I’d take care of her play needs. It was a big deal.

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And during and after the challenge, other people asked that we create a hashtag that would carry on. And so #OurCreativeSelves was created. I am blessed and blown away by all the sweet and talented people who wanted to join in on these endeavors alongside of me. Because truth is, you are never ever alone. There is someone else close by or far away who needs the same stuff you do. Creativity, inspiration, encouragement, and community. And that’s what life is all about to me.

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So please join in for a day or a week if you are intrigued. You only need to post a picture of your art/craft/creative endeavor on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag it with #OurCreativeMay and you will be instantly connected with some lovely swell people. Tag me and you’ll get my attention quicker too. 26 more days to go in May. Pushing beyond my comfort zone just a little is good for my soul.

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Our Creative Selves Challenge Continues

Sometimes, I need an excuse to just mindlessly stand at my craft table holding scissors and glue in my hands for an entire week. And that’s what I’ve done here by creating this Our Creative Selves Challenge. And I invited a few friends to the party. Because I believe in the healing power of creativity especially in community. Find the introduction to my challenge post here.

The first day’s prompt was exploration and boy, there was such inspiration out in the wide world for this prompt. It was the best way to start with an excuse to play.our creative selves challenge day one on Shalavee.com

I chose to make a paper flower in honor of the woman who gave me a most exquisite paper flower making book. It was satisfying. Other participants grabbed oil pastels and brayers and clay and enjoyed the excuse to play. our creative selves challenge my exploration on Shalavee.com

The second day’s prompt was circle. And oh the loveliness that’s filling my eyes. There was knitting, paper clay making, puff paint, and prisma markers. And that each person made sure to take time out of their day to indulge their inner children, that is the good stuff right there.our creative selves challenge day one on Shalavee.com

This is what I said at the end of my Instagram post in which my circle art was posted.

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“Create with abandon. Create with permission.

Steal the supplies, steal the time, and notice all worries fall away,

at least for a short time, as you find out what you make of your world.”

 

Here’s to Five more days of making! Hope you get a chance to create today just because you can. No really, you can. I’ll lend you the permission.

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The First Our Creative Selves Challenge Begins

Today is the first day of a week-long creativity challenge I am hosting on Instagram running from February 13th through February 19th, 2017. If you have followed along with my creative endeavors since last year, you may remember the September Creative Challenge I gave myself where I made art a non-negotiable. Read the wrap up here. By committing to practicing my creativity daily and posting my results every day in September with the hashtag #mycreativeseptember, I was able to indulge my inner six year-old with enough playtime to trust me again. As many people who had joined me throughout the month wanted a way to continue being creative together, I created the hashtag #ourcreativeselves to continue our creative connection.#ourcreativeselves challenge on Shalavee.com

A hashtag conveniently puts every post that includes that hashtagged word onto one page. So in this case, the creative endeavors of everyone who’s participating will show up on this Our Creative Selves page when they add #ourcreativeselves to their post. This way, we can visit other participants pages and cheer each other on. That is what a challenge is all about. To hold yourself responsible to do something because you said you would and then feel great about it when you follow through and get such lovely feedback from other people. Balm for the creative soul I can tell you.our creative selves on Shalavee.com

The prompts were chosen from a bunch of words thrown into a virtual hat. And the idea is to take inspiration from them or use them as an excuse to do something daring. Any creativity is welcome. It could be writing or knitting or creative spitting if you are so moved. There isn’t such thing as perfect. All creative efforts made are a wondrous joyous thing. It’s all so good.

Thank you dear readers for all of your support in my creative endeavors! Hope you enjoy your week and I’ll keep you posted with my/our progress.

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Gratitude For 2016

For this month of December, 2016, I again chose to participate in an Instagram project hosted by Anna Lovind called 24 Moments of Gratitude . In my last few days of the challenge now, were you not an Instagram or Facebook follower of mine. I thought you dear reader might like to read a few of them. And that they may spark you to realize you are also grateful for something today.

 

Day 11 : Biggest Lesson of 2016 is also my greatest gratitude. l learned that I have the power, the tools, the awareness, and the chance to change my thoughts. . And in doing so, this is the year I kicked my anxieties to the curb. I learned that I truly had no business trying to make others think anything. And that my inner child needed me to support her in creating not just more art, but a life philosophy that supported my values. That kept her safely playing. . I learned being true to You, your happiness, however unworthy you feel you are of it, is still the only way you can authentically navigate your life. And I have given myself my hope back by owning my thoughts. . Immensely grateful to me for this work. Because it feels easier and more fun to be me. . PS We got our tree yesterday. But Fiona refused to pose with the tree guy and the tree. So he took this picture for me. Hysterical! . #decemberreflections2016 #24momentsofgratitude #fionamariepeach #christmastree #tistheseason #falalalala #soul_selfie #selfdiscovery #blogger

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A grateful day is everyday and any day that I can sit and think and write. First the permission to sit and do nothing else. Then the space to clear my head. To see what is in front of me. What is important to me. What needs care. What needs dropping. . The best book of this year is the book my life is writing. The book this year I finally claimed I would write. I didn’t want to want to write it. But I will have to. My journal, my blog, and Instagram catch pieces of this book to be. On my heart, it is half written. And I kinda can’t wait to find out what I discover when I write it. . (Ooh and click on my blog link in my profile. I have a juicy post there on trusting my inner adult.) #24daysofgratitude #decemberreflections2016 #taleswithfriends #FionaMariePeach #liveauthentically #writelife #ontheblog

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Oh how reading this post from May brought me back to a changing place I was a year ago. Grateful twofold . For the pain that grows and moves us onward. And for the community that holds us and witnesses us while we endure and process these lessons. . A year ago, as my post below recounts, I had something really hard happen to me. It threatened to crush me but it grew me instead. I became stronger, valued myself and my talents more than before. And my friends all encircled me and supported me. #24momentsofgratitude . My daughter is often the subject of my candid portraiture and this is soooo one of my favorite pictures from 2016. And finding it reminded me of my gratitude so Win win ! #decemberreflections2016 💜👇ORIGINAL POST BELOW👇💜 (Soul Selfie Challenge Day) SEVEN — Like a car crash I hadn’t seen coming , Christmas 2015 delivered one final lesson. I did the shoulda woulda couldas for days, mulling over and tossing about that which couldn’t be changed. I craved Ease at the start of this year. In January, I picked the word #Release to deliver me there. The thoughts were a skipping stylus on a record as my brain tried to go back, change it, and then I yelled, “Release”. Again. And again. And then I released it. Knowing that however much it had sucked, this was meant to happen to me so that I may move me forward. Embrace the discomfort and you will be free. Thanks to my word of the year Release, I could create the soul selfie challenge releasing some of my penned up thoughts and fears, offering others a chance to accompany me on my soul searching journey. I thank you again and again for joining in to the challenge and adding your unique thoughts to this soup pot. I’m brimming with gratitude and joy. I am not alone and neither are you. Thank You ❕🌸❕🌸❕🌸❕ #soul_selfie #release #challenge #grateful #taleswithfriends #FionaMariePeach

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Merry Christmas to all of you out there who have stopped by for a looksee who are devoted readers. I have such immense gratitude for you all and would not be who I am and about to go where I’m going if it weren’t for you enthusiastic support and sincere compliments. Big things are coming for all of us surely but definitely for me and Shalavee!

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 orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

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