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The Our Creative January Project Kicks Off

We are well into the “Our Creative January” project. Thought maybe it’s time to return home to my blog and begin a new year on this amazing creatives’ community foot. Such diversity, such enthusiasm, and such positivity.

I am co-hosting with Nina Spolar so we can continue to support a creative community together throughout the year. She’s focused on creativity’s positivity and raising the vibration of our world’s around us and I’m focusing on noticing and crediting ourselves with everything creative that we do daily.

All sorts of creativity and positivity has flooded the #ourcreativeselves hashtag, an original hashtag I made for the very first creative challenge. I feel like I wear a warm blanket of community when I see it all happening.The Our Creative January Project Kicks Off on Shalavee.com

Here’s my first 9 pieces in a grid collage I made. And below is a gallery of them.

I have set an intention for this year to bring me JOY, my word of the year. And creating to connect is a huge source of joy for me. Like some people love bookclubs or swim teams, I like a creative team because supporting our individuality and our creativity makes us feel good.

 

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Finished My 100 Day Project for 2020 : collages 76 through 100

Well I’ve done it again. I’ve finished the 100 Day Project for the third year in a row. Each and every lovin’ day since Mid-March, I’ve shown up in my craftroom and created one tiny collage on a 2 x 4 card.

I believe that showing up for yourself creatively is so important for developing self-esteem and a healthy relationship with yourself. It can also help decrease anxieties.

If you want to see the previous 75 pieces…

Go here to see pieces 1 through 25…

(You can also catch all the posts from 2019’s 100 Days of Shalagh at the bottom of this post as well.)

Go here to see pieces 26 through 50…

Go here to see pieces 51 through 75…

I’m glad to have finished and always feel the need to replace this lovely habit with another. Considering doing ten minute fit fat sessions in my parlor. Going to put extra effort back into writing and the blog so 2021 will look different here.

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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.

My Upcoming 2019 Soul Selfie Challenge

On December 1st, 2019, I will be hosting My third Soul Selfie Challenge online on Instagram. What the heck is that, you ask? This is what that is.

I am all about the deeper conversations. The ones we have that we say “Wow” during or after. Where we feel we have to take note of what we may have just learned. I am a deep soul explorer and I like to go there, especially in the company of like-minded people.

Using the prompts,

December 1st -Remember

Dec. 2nd – Kindness

Dec. 3rd – Soul-Searching

Dec. 4th – Solitude

Dec. 5th – Community

Dec. 6th – Hope

Dec. 7th – Forgiveness

we will talk about what we are feeling and thinking about our right now’s. The pictures don’t matter, and no, there’s no need for any actual selfies, unless you want to do so. What matters is that your truthful self shows up and speaks. And then you hear the other participants as they tell their truths. And you respond authentically.

We will be using the tag #SoulSelfie2019 to join together. Tag every post with this and then click on/follow the tag to see what other participants have posted. Our community is so small and so swell, it’s like spending time with family.

I look forward to connecting with you all on Sunday on Instagram. F you celebrated Thanksgiving, hope you had a lovely holiday!

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.

Why I’m OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop

If I had a dime for every time I heard, “Oh Shalagh you are so creative”, I’d at least have five bucks. This became one of those phrases that made me twitch perhaps because I didn’t think of myself as having any kind of creative superpowers which was obvious to them but not to me, until it finally was. I think perhaps what they meant was they wished they knew the secret creative permission spell too.Why I'm OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop on Shalavee.com

Fast forward to the past several years when I intentionally indulged myself in creative challenges to gain creative confidence. I followed many of my creative curiosities until I finally owned that I was an Uber-creative. And I am beginning to understand that I believe in creative living aka Creativism as a way of life, one that is at odds with the consume and destroy mode of existence I see all too much of.

So if there is a purpose to my life, one of the facets seems to be sharing my creativity with others so that they too have permission to create.  To this end, I am offering a creativity workshop locally this Fall because I believe that everyone can benefit, and perhaps heal, from increased creativity in their lives.Why I'm OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop on Shalavee.com

Each of us looks to understand ourselves based on our interaction with the world. The advertising propaganda would have us believe conformity and possession would be our best safe bet to easy existence. But in fact, we crave to understand our uniqueness through our interactions. We long to be carefree, to be unique and yet connected to our community at the same time. We want self-confidence that comes from owning our own uniqueness and perspective. Not only are these human needs, they are only a few of the many benefits of creativity.

Somehow, as we become older, we conform to the idea that creativity will get us outcast from the tribe. That we need to focus only on the earning of money and security for our family. My hope is that by opening up a conversation with people, and consequently they with themselves, the tantalizing benefits will begin to tickle people slightly out of their fear zones so that they may try creativity in small bursts in their lives. A little creativity in one’s life is better than none. And the money people can save by ceasing to try to find themselves by spending rather than creating will make it an even more enticing proposition.Why I'm OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop on Shalavee.com

My final realization is that I don’t have to be a “professional” artist to legitimize my knowledge and experience around creativity. I can be a small “a” artist. I only need to acknowledge that I am creative and share what I feel and know to be my truth around this process as it relates to my growth and development as a more rounded human being. I can honestly say that the permission I have given myself to create has created a better happier more confident me. And that is a completely good thing.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your email box. 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 In-touchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

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

 

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