Keeping it Simple

I believe in fate, and sometimes things happen because the timing is just right; things are just meant to be.

With my life feeling more like an ongoing game of Tetris, I’ve decided I need to simplify.  I feel like I’m at that point in the game where you’re a few levels in and you’re just about managing to maintain some control, but those blocks keep appearing and stacking up around you.  Imagine those little blocks are the things you want to spend time doing, and the longer you go on the more they stack up and although those stacks keep going up and down you never quite clear all of them.

Over the past two years my (almost) weekly blog posts have helped me identify my real and imagined obstacles, and led me to make some remarkable changes.  But catching up with my resolutions last week, I realised I’ve spent more time writing blog posts than I have being prolifically creative.  So, in order to simplify things I’ll be posting here on a monthly basis.  For now anyway.

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Now We Are Two

Happy 2nd Birthday Filbert and Smudge!

The start of a fresh new blogging year is the perfect time for me to reflect on my ‘New Year Resolutions’, and set my goals for the next year of my life, too.

For the past two years I set out to: i) overhaul my wardrobe, and ii) become prolifically creative.  And, unlike last year, I’ve made some great progress.

Wardrobe Architect/Overhaul – Finished?

Over the past year I’ve completely reorganised my wardrobe with feng shui, I’ve parted with a few items and added a few as well.  I may not be down on quantity just yet, but now I’m conscious of the stuff I don’t tend to wear, we may be parting company soon.  My wardrobe project is still in progress, but it won’t be my focus for this new year.

Prolific Creativity

When I resolved to be prolifically creative, I intended to draw more often.  Two years’ on and I’m well aware of my own real and imagined obstacles, so this one is coming with me for another outing.

I’m undecided what my resolutions will be for the next 12 months, but as soon as I’ve decided you’ll be the first to know.

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Thoughts

Sorry for my absence last week; I was still here in spirit.

As my blog approaches its second birthday I’m reviewing my own advice, and considering how I’d like me and my little niche of cyber space to evolve over the next year.  Two things I’m currently focusing on are the benefits of To Do lists, and working to a timer to quicken my pace and get more done.  Nearly two years’ on and I feel like I’m heading back to square one

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Finding the Words

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If this was an illustration or drawing brief I’d be distracting myself with time fillers.  But it’s not, and (despite my lack of experience) it doesn’t seem at all scary.

I’ve just started a creative writing course – a free Open University one on FutureLearn.com, and this exercise appears halfway through Week One.  So, what is it about writing that feels just slightly daunting but doable, yet if we were tasked with drawing the very same we’d make our excuses not to (or in my case, keep putting off until I’d plucked up enough courage just to open my sketchbook, then spend longer criticising the results than I spent crafting my sketch).

But that’s the point of a beginners’ course, isn’t it?  To have a go, make mistakes as we learn something new, accepting every stumble and fall as a necessary part of the learning curve.  Yet, with drawing, whether we’re starting out, starting over or beginning to find our feet it’s harder to accept the very same stumbles and falls.

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Creative Space

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Chaos in my mind (before feng shui, 2017).

When was the last time you showed your creative space some TLC?

Since rearranging my own studio last year, I took it for granted that all would be well in my creative world. And it was for a few months.  With it almost tidy and organised it felt like a breath of fresh air, and inspiration had room to play.

At the moment, my own messy studio is a reflection of me – a chaos of ideas I want to cling onto, just in case. Fabric and yarn donations that I’ve welcomed with open arms, just in case.  They’re stored on the floor because I haven’t found space for them.  And boxes.  Good sturdy cardboard boxes, just in case.

But, as much as we should take care of ourselves, we should take care of our creative space. Show we appreciate it supporting us through peaks and troughs, and it will continue to provide the breathing space for our crazy ideas and inspired thoughts.  If we keep the path clear we might even get to see the next stage of our journey, too.

WordPress prompt: Messy

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