For the month of March, we committed to setting aside more time for creative activities. This was tougher than we thought! Read how we did on our creativity goals:
Intention #1: Put aside one hour each week to create art.
Setting aside time and space to be creative was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I always seemed to find something more important to do than sit down and draw or paint or write. That’s what is so great about setting time-based goals and having you, our blog followers, to report back to!
While I did get in three creative sessions this month, I found that they happened more spontaneously than by schedule. For example, one night when I couldn’t fall asleep, I got out of bed and burned the midnight oil at the kitchen table creating two birthday cards for friends.
While I had wanted to try my hand at watercolor this month, setting out my art supplies and deciding what to paint proved to be too great an obstacle. Until I’m retired and have whole days to do what I want, I’m going to have to stick to a tried and true strategy – sign up for a class. As with exercise, I do much better in a class environment or scheduled event than doing it on my own at home. So, I’m happy to say that I registered for a watercolor class beginning next week. While it’s a big time commitment for me (Wednesdays from 9 am – Noon), I know that joining an art class is the only way that I’ll finally learn watercolor, something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while. I’m really looking forward to it!
By the way, I know that Jenna didn’t identify dance as a creative endeavor for March, but after seeing her dance Bhangra (Indian hip-hop) last week in a spectacular Wharton dance performance, my hat’s off to her in trying a creative endeavor in which she had very little experience. Jenna practiced with her dance group twice a week for 2 months to perfect their choreographed piece, and their performance was amazing! Take a look: Bhangra Video
Intention #1: Write a poem!
Well, I was fully prepared to report back and say that I just couldn’t get myself to sit down and write this month. Similar to my mom, I found it extremely difficult to carve out time to be creative when I always have a to-do list looming in the back of my head filled with group projects, club meetings, and errands to run.
However, late last night I decided to pull out my journal and write. I agree with my mom: the power of accountability and goal setting is truly powerful! I just didn’t like the feeling of failing to live up to my commitment. So I grabbed my pen and wrote probably the worst 8 lines of poetry that I have ever written in my life! No, it was not eloquent or profound, but it did feel great to write poems again. For me, the greatest challenge of writing Is just sitting down, working through the writer’s block, and allowing myself to let things flow. While I am not very pleased with what I wrote (or willing to share it!), I am really proud of myself for taking the time to write again – and not beating myself up with the results!
Joint-Intention: Write an e-book together about mother-daughter relationships.
We were together for two days last week in Philadelphia and we set aside a few hours in a coffee shop to figure out how we wanted to approach our e-book project. We decided to write an article, “Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Mother-Daughter Relationship,” where we will summarize what we learned about mother-daughter relationships after a year of blogging. We now have our “top ten” topics and decided to divide and conquer the writing. We’re excited about this project that is allowing us to be creative in a way that expands beyond our weekly posts – stay tuned!