Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – Week 1

Christmas Tree

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Or if you didn’t (I haven’t always been a Christmas person myself), I hope you find peace in the New Year.

I completely overestimated how much I could get done during the holidays.  So today – a few days late and without a video – I bring you the final creativity tip for the Creativity Countdown.

There are only 5 more days until Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts and registration closes.  I run this class only once or twice a year.  So give yourself the gift of a very creative start to the New Year and take Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.

Now, onto our final creativity tip for the Creativity Countdown.

Week 1:  Let it Rest

Sometimes I’ll be working on a creative project, let’s say it’s a complicated necklace, and I’ll get stuck where I’m going or what I want to do next.

I find myself getting frustrated and I try to keep going, only to make it worse.

Have you been in this situation?

No matter how hard you try you either can’t figure it out or else you make it even worse, get frustrated and abandon the project altogether.

Instead of trying to push through let it rest.  Put that project to the side and come back to it tomorrow.

“Why is it I get my best ideas in the morning while I’m shaving?” ~Albert Einstein

Maybe for you, it’s the shower.

Come back when you’re fresh and have had some time and space away from the project and see what new ideas you have.

I hope you have gotten some little tips from the Creativity Countdown.

Here are links to the other Creativity Countdown posts:

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

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Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – Week 2

It’s just two weeks to the start of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse and I’m counting down with creativity tips!

Week 2:  Coloring!

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Here are links to the other Creativity Countdown posts:

Week 4

Week 3

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Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – Week 3

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse starts on January 4th (you can still sign up here!) and I’m counting down the weeks until we start!

Each week I’ll be sharing a tiny little tip to help with your creativity.

For last week’s tip, click here:  Week 4

Since we’re counting down this is . . .

Week 3:  Drifting.

Spend some time this week just drifting.

What is drifting?

Just wander around without any plan or end result in mind.  Walk around and see what you come across and make notes in your journal.

You may want to take a car ride or road trip and stop anywhere interesting along the way.

If you’re immobile, then you can drift across the internet.

You can place a time limit like an hour or something similar if you don’t have time to just wander aimlessly for an entire day.  (And really who does?  But if you do, then wander around for an afternoon or a day.)

See what creative ideas come your way while you’re drifting.

Your Challenge:  Choose a time to drift around without any plans or end results in mind and then do it!

Remember to jot down any ideas that you have along the way!

For extra accountability, write in the “reply” box below what you did.  (Don’t be shy!)  (And you can even add photo of what you’re working on!)

I’ll see you on Monday with another tip.

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Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – 4

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse starts on January 4th (you can still sign up here!) and I’m counting down the weeks until we start!

Each week I’ll be sharing a tiny little tip to help with your creativity.

Since we’re counting down this is . . .

Week 4:  Arbitrary Rules.

In order to boost your creativity, set up an arbitrary rule to help you.  There really isn’t a rule that you have to be creative for a certain amount of time or even at all, so that’s why it’s arbitrary.

You might set a rule that you’ll do a creative activity for 15 minutes every day this week or after dinner you’ll make a pair of earrings.

Your challenge:  For 15 minutes each day for the rest of the week do some sort of creative activity.

Step #1

In order to do this, right now think about a project you’d like to work on.  It could be a few small projects that you can complete in 15 minutes or working on a larger project.

Right now I’m making jewelry to wear to my husband’s company Christmas party.  I can’t complete it all in 15 minutes, but when you add up the 15 minutes each day I’ll eventually get it done.

Some ideas for creative projects:

Step #2

Decide when you will do this.  When can you carve out 15 minutes in your day?  Is it right after dinner?  Can you wake up 15 minutes earlier in the morning?  Decide now so that you can get straight to work when it’s your creative time.

For extra accountability, write in the “reply” box below what you did.  (Don’t be shy!)  (And you can even add photo of what you’re working on!)

I’ll see you on Monday with another tip.

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Creativity Countdown Week 1: Gratitude

Creativity Countdown

This is the very last week of the Creativity Countdown.  We’ve counted down 8 weeks leading into the New York and to the Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  You can find all the weeks below.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

The price of the eCourse will be jumping up on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.  Also, as of the time I’m writing this there is one more spot leave to get a free Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry print book when you sign up.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, please click here.

Countdown weeks:

  • Week 8 can be found here.
  • Week 7 can be found here.
  • Week 6 can be found here.
  • Week 5 can be found here.
  • Week 4 can be found here.
  • Week 3 can be found here.
  • Week 2 can be found here.

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As we prepare for the New Year we often think about goals or things we’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year.  I know I set goals around all areas of my life including creativity.

Often we go full steam into the New Year without much thought about our past year and what we’ve accomplished.  Or we come up with a list of things we’d like without appreciating what we have.

While I do believe it’s important to have goals, I know that it’s also important to appreciate what you have and be grateful for the things in your life.

I have kept gratitude journals on and off over the years, but I’ve never been really consistent with it.  This year gratitude is a big goal of mine.

What does gratitude have to do with creativity?

Well, studies have shown that when you’re grateful for what you have, you are happier.  The kind of happiness I’m talking about is probably more accurately described as being content.  I’m not talking about happy, laughing all the time; it’s more a feeling of fulfillment and be content.

When you’re content, you have made a lasting, positive impact on your life and that affects all areas of your life, including creativity.

Gratitude lets us appreciate what we have instead of reaching for new things hoping that that new thing will finally make us happy.  It changes our focus to what we have instead of what we don’t have.

You may fake it at first, but eventually it will be engrained in you and your mental state will actually change.

Now, I know that we have all read or experienced that artists are bipolar or depressed and mentally ill.  I am bipolar and I have shared how creativity has helped me with that.  Being creative, and specifically making jewelry, has gotten me through a lot of difficult times to be sure.

I think that happiness can influence creativity at least as much, if not more.  When you feel content, you give yourself space and room to create.  And I think if sadness and negative things can be inspiring, so can positivity and happiness.

Entire books are written on this subject, but I want to give you some concrete things you can do to bring gratitude into your life.

gratitude journal

5 Ways to Bring Gratitude into Your Life:

1.  Keep a gratitude journal.  You can make one like I did in the picture above with paper bags or get a notebook or journal to record what you’re grateful for.

I liked my paper bag gratitude journal because I could place note cards in the little openings created each day with things I’m grateful for that day.

I have a tutorial to make a paper bag scrap book.  Click here.  (You’ll see links to Day 1, etc.  Start with Day 1 and work through.  They are PDFs.  At the end you’ll have a paper bag scrapbook.  When I created the tutorial it was “map week” on my blog, but you can use any paper you like to decorate!  Also, my website BBBellezza doesn’t really exist anymore.  It’s my old business name.)

2.  Keep a gratitude jar.  I might do this for 2015.  Get a mason jar (or really any jar) and each day write something you’re grateful for on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  Then on New Year’s Eve next year you can read them all!

You could decorate the jar or you don’t have to.  You could find a cool jar at a thrift store or use anything you have around.

Here’s my tutorial to make a decoupage jar or lantern.  It might be handy for you to hang it up, so you can see how to do it there.  Or leave that part off and just put it on a table.

I’m planning to pre-cut the strips that we’ll write what we’re grateful for on so that there’s never an excuse not to do it.

3.  Make a Garland of Gratitude.  I love this idea!  It doesn’t have to be for Thanksgiving.  I can be anytime.  Click here for how to make one.

4.  Send a thank you card or handwritten note to somebody.  Telling someone that you appreciate them is a great way to feel grateful.  It doesn’t have to be for anything specific.  It can be thank you for being you.

5.  Call and talk to someone and tell them you’re grateful for them.  (Don’t text or email them, actually call them.)

Do you have a gratitude practice?  Are you going to try one of these?

 

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