Friday, June 25, 2010

Your Kick In The Pants

Do you know what the best part of giveaways are?

Announcing the winners!!! :)

Congratulations to:

Gay and Tracey

I’ll be emailing both of you with your codes for the free Don’t Blink class... and remember, if you didn’t win you can still get the class at a 20% discount by using the code blogblink at the checkout.

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Your comments about how many of you feel too overwhelmed to start your projects gave me an idea.

We need to give ourselves the freedom to be creative.

Some of you aren’t doing your scrapbooks because you’ve convinced yourselves there are better things you could be doing with your time... like the 743rd load of laundry for the week. But sitting down and doing something you really want to do is as important for your mental health as having clean jeans is to your wardrobe.

Some of you aren’t being creative because you’re overwhelmed by there being SO MUCH to do. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your projects don’t need to be finished in one, either. We need a way for you to start, but give you the freedom from the pressure.

I know, for me, my health and physical capabilities are in the way. This past month I have been sick, in a lot of pain and exhausted. My nurse came today, looked at me and said, “You look like someone ran you over.”

It’s true. I’m not cute when life beats me up.

But when I’m laying here and life is having its way with me, accomplishing something – anything – gives my spirit a much needed lift. I know I have been afraid of setting any sort of goal this past year because every time I have, life beats me up and I end up not meeting them. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that some of us just need an attainable goal so we can feel like we’ve accomplished something, even when life is beating us up.

Here’s where my idea comes in.

What if we all did it together?

It doesn’t matter what your project is. It could be that scrapbook. You may be a songwriter and need the incentive to get the tune in your head down on paper. Maybe you crochet or paint on canvases or write poetry. Maybe you sew pillows or purses or want to paint the chairs on your patio. I don’t care what it is...

... I want you to do it. Accomplish it. Put your energy into something that’s for YOU. Give yourself a break so you can remember that you have creativity inside of you.

Do you want to be creative with me?

I’m thinking that we could all do one thing a week. Just one. One scrapbook layout. One song. One poem. One sewing project. Whatever it is that tickles your fancy. Just once a week you make something that is just for you.

And then you show it to me. :)

I could set aside Thursdays [I’ll come up with a fabulous name if we decide to do this] and you can come here and link to your project for that week. If you have a blog, link us to a post that has a photo of your masterpiece. If you don’t have a blog, upload a photo of your project to a free Flickr account and link us to that.

It would give us all the kick in the pants we need to get started. And it’s only one layout or song or sewing project... so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by a whole book or album or wardrobe. It’s a no pressure option that keeps us motivated and moving. And seeing other people’s creative projects may give you new inspiration for your own.

What do you think?

Yay or Nay?

Are you ready for a little summer motivation? You know you wanna.

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