5 Day Creativity Challenge Wrap Up

5 Day Creativity Challenge

So how did you do this week on the creativity challenge?

I know that some of you were very successful and some of you emailed me to tell me you were having trouble getting started.

But that’s the whole point of it really, the getting started.

It doesn’t particularly even matter what you do as long as it’s something that makes you feel creative.

Here are a few things I worked on during the creativity challenge:

Rose Bangle Bracelet

A new bangle bracelet for myself.

Bracelet

This bracelet that seemed like a good idea – but it’s not particularly working out when I’m wearing it – so I will be working on the design more.

And the other days I worked on my wedding scrapbook.

Scrapbooking

I think this has had the biggest impact for me.  I had started this scrapbook over 2 years ago.  I got married May 19, 2012.  I love scrapbooking, but I haven’t done it regularly for many years.  I knew I wanted to make an actual physical scrapbook for my wedding.

(Truth be told, I also want to do a digital version that I can have made into a book as well….but one step at a time.)

With the scrapbooking I am now motivated to continue working on this book and complete it!  I’m excited, energized and enthusiastic about it!

So for me this 5 Day Creativity Challenge has been a big success!

Other people shared that they were knitting, doing digital art, painting their nails, making jewelry, writing, among other things.

Here’s the final video:

If you would like to work with me further on your creativity, I have this great 6 week eCourse called Rediscover Your Creativity Through Making Jewelry.

Each week for six weeks you get a creativity booster, jewelry making lessons and jewelry projects.

People new to jewelry making have taken the eCourse and had their creativity energized and I have had professional jewelry makers take the course and get a lot out of the creativity parts.

Get $50 off for a limited time.  It’s normally $89, but I wanted to offer it to you for just $39 so you can keep the creativity going!

If you have not gotten started on the challenge, then this will help you with specific creativity boosters to do.

If you have done the challenge and want to keep going, this will help you, too.

Use the code:  CreativityChallenge50

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You have until Sunday, August 24th at midnight and then this discount will no longer be available, so act now.  Don’t wait!

Learn more about the eCourse by clicking here.  And please do not hesitate to contact me to ask any questions you may have.

Creativity Challenge Begins!

5 Day Creativity Challenge

Today is Day 1 of the Creatively Challenge!  Yay!

What is the Creativity Challenge?

Well, there has been a couple of questions, so I’ll just clear them up right here.

Just do something creative for 15 minutes daily for the next 5 days.

That’s it really!

You can do whatever you like.  You can make jewelry, you can write, you can paint, you can take photos, you can write a song, etc.  Anything at all.  Just make a conscious effort to carve out 15 minutes in your day to do it.

Where does it take place?

Wherever you are!  🙂

I’ll have a post on my Facebook page each morning where you can check in.  You can comment with “done” or what you did or even better yet a photo of what you’re doing!

I know some of you don’t have Facebook, and that’s fine.  You can do the challenge without checking in.

Do I have to do every day?

Nope, do whatever feels right to you.  I challenge you to make an effort to do something creative every day for the next 5 days, but if you can’t pull it off, don’t beat yourself up about it.

There’s no winners or losers in this challenge.  Just a group of people trying to be more creative each day.

Can I only do 15 minutes?

Of course not!  If you feel like you want to keep going, please do!

This is a free flowing and low key creativity-a-long!  I’m providing a place for you to check in to keep you motivated and focused, but use it how you feel it best suits you!

To get started, I invite you to like my Facebook page so you will see my check in post.

When you complete your 15 minutes of creativity, come to the page and comment on the daily post.

Have fun! Pile of Beads Ready to be made into jewelry.

To get the most out of the challenge:

  • It might help you to have a general idea of what you might work on so that you are ready each day and don’t have any extra excuses.  So for example, you might want to work on a new necklace this week or maybe you will be knitting or maybe you want to make a painting.
  • Get the supplies you’ll need together in one spot you can access easily so when you have 15 minutes you can just grab them and start working.  So, if you are making a necklace you may want to gather the beads you’ll need, the tools, wire, etc.  If you want to scrapbook maybe gather up the photos, papers, adhesives and embellishments you would use.
  • Try to think about the time that would best work for your creativity time.  Is it easier for you to get up 15 minutes earlier or set aside time after dinner or maybe after the kids are in bed.  If you schedule it in now, you’ll be more likely to do it.  (If you’re not the scheduling type, you don’t have to set a time like 8:00 p.m. I will start.  Just think more like “after dinner” or something similar.)
  • Even though I’ve told you to plan it out, be flexible.  Things do come up.  That’s why I’m having this challenge in the first place.  But try to make this a priority just for these next 5 days in your life.

If you don’t have time:

Yep, I get it!  See that last bullet point there?  That’s why we’re doing this.  We’re just committing to the next 5 days.  Think of where you might waste 15 minutes of time in your day or where you might recapture it.  Maybe it’s TV, Facebook or maybe you just need to stay up a bit later or get up a bit earlier.  Most likely you do have 15 minutes somewhere.

If you truly don’t have time I want you to think if creativity is really a priority for you.  If it’s not, it’s fine.  But if it is you may just need to re-prioritize things or delegate or loosen up your normal routine.  You may find a better routine.  Or you might just go back to your normal routine after these 5 days.

Have any fears around creativity?  Check out this post on transforming creative fears to help.

Are you ready?!?

Go do something creative for 15 minutes and then check in at the Facebook check in post!  See you there!

5 Day Creativity Challenge

5 Day Creativity Challenge

This summer my routine has been way off.  I guess that’s part of summer – maybe even one of the best parts of summer.

But my creative practice has been way off.  I haven’t been creating every day like I want to.

So I’m challenging myself next week to be creative for at least 15 minutes every day for 5 days.  I’m hoping that I spend more than 15 minutes per day and that it continues on after the 5 days, but I’m committing to only 15 minutes per day for 5 days.

And I would love for you to join me.  I’ll check in on Facebook every day and then we can all have some accountability and share what we’re doing.

The details:

Commit to doing a creative activity for 15 minutes each day from August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014.  I’ll be doing my creative activity first thing in the morning so I know I have time.

To join in:

  • Like my Facebook page (that’s where we’ll be checking in at!)
  • Commit to any creative activity for 15 minutes a day from Monday, August 11th through Friday August 15th.
  • Do your creative activity each day.
  • Come and check in on Facebook on that day’s check in post.  You can just comment that you’re done or tell us what you did or even better yet, share a photo of what you did!

That’s it!  At the end of the 5 days I hope to be in a routine where I take at least 15 minutes a day to be creative!

You can do absolutely any creative thing that you want.  You can write, doodle, paint, sew, embroider, scapbook, collage, knit, make jewelry or absolutely anything other creative thing you can think of.

I suggest making at least a loose sort of plan so you can make sure that you have everything you need so you have no excuses next week!

I’m planning on scrapbooking mostly.  (I’m kind of sad to say that I still haven’t finished my wedding scrapbook and I’ve been married 2 and half years!  I’m hoping this is the kick in the pants I need to complete it!)

I’m sure that I might add in jewelry making in there as well!  Like I said, it’s a loose plan, you don’t have to plan out every single day.  Just make sure you have whatever supplies you could want readily available.

I also think it would be a good idea to sort of gather up what you need in one space.  If you don’t have a dedicated worktable or studio, maybe just get everything together in a basket or a bin so it’s easily to access.  (I have all my photos ready, papers ready and I’m already starting to come up with some great ideas for my scrapbooking!)

So get ready and make sure to check in over on my Facebook page on Monday, August 11th!

Focus Your Energy and Stretch Yourself

 

I recently found Kelly McCausey through a series of clicks and links that I will never remember.  Kelly is passionate about solopreneurs and has a variety of products that will blow the socks off your business.

I took her “The Power of a Focused Business” and it literally changed the focus of my business.  I’m still in the very, very beginning stages of it changing, but I know soon I will be owing her a big debt of gratitude.

I’m now taking another course from her, which is proving to be just as fantastic.

She’s the sort of teacher who kicks your butt, in the nicest way possible.  I feel motivated to do the work just because she told me to.  Also, because I know what she says works.  (And don’t get me wrong, she’s also kind and giving.)

The next Stretch Yourself Challenge is starting up at the beginning of May.  I haven’t taken this particular course (yet!) but I know anything that Kelly puts out is amazing, provides tons of education, and will kick your butt into motion.

And here’s the thing, right now it’s priced at $47.  The next time she does it (which will be in the fall) it will be $97.  (And once you pay for one of her courses, you never have to pay for it again.)

I think this is going to be great.  There are group coaching calls and a private accountability forum.

Click here to read all the details and to see if it’s right for you.

Are you going to join me?  Leave a comment below so I know to look for you!

Project Jewelry: Challenge 3 (March)

Project Jewelry

Learn More about Project Jewelry here.

Nature is probably my most favorite thing in the world.  That’s pretty vague, I know.  I love to be in nature, I love the mysteries of caves, the beauty of waterfalls, the gracefulness of trees.  I adore flowers.

Here in my neck of the woods it’s still pretty cold.  That makes it less attractive for me to actually stay out in nature for extended periods of time; however, I still do like taking short walks to the nearby park with a pretty stream and trees.  I love taking photos of the bare trees, even though I miss the all the leaves and greenery.

Spring

The Challenge:  This month we’re going to make 2 jewelry pieces based on nature.  This is broad, so be as creative as you want.  Go for a walk to get inspired (bundle up if it’s cold out!)  Even if it’s still winter there is plenty that can inspire you:  the way tree branches bend, the first little peeks of flowers pushing up, the beauty of snow geese flying above you.

You can be inspired by color or shape or anything else that catches your eye.

If you’re unable to get outside for any reason, just take a little “nature web surf” and see what you can find to inspire you!

Here’s something I posted to help you to get inspired even if you can’t get outside:  Nature Photography to Inspire.

OR:  If you want to get really creative, then pick up things you find along the way (stones, twigs, etc.) and make jewelry out of what you find.  Note:  Do not pick any live things, Mother Nature wouldn’t appreciate it!

Make 2 jewelry pieces.  Make any combination of necklace, bracelet, earrings, ring, brooch, anklet or other jewelry piece.  They can be a set or they do not have to be.

When you’re done, take a photo and upload to your blog, flickr, etc. and then add your link below.   (Click on the Mr. Linky link and follow the instructions.)  Or, if you don’t have a blog, etc. just email me your photo for the challenge:  kim@kimberliekohler.com

Prize:  I will chose a winner on April 1st (also when the next challenge will be presented).  This month’s winner will get a PDF of my very popular Scrabble Tile Pendant Tutorial!

Special Note:  This is a no judgment zone.  If you are just starting, please feel free to join in, even if it’s your first attempt!  Everyone has different tastes and skills levels.  Even though I’m picking a winner, I’m choosing randomly!

Click here to add your link:

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