Thank you, Ms. Lauryn Hill, for the title. 🙂
If there’s anything I hope I’ve conveyed in the last three months (!) of doing this blog, it’s that I firmly believe a person who is creative in one way opens their mind to the possibility of being creative in ways they’d never before considered. My main goal is become a published author. I enjoy many other aspects of creativity aside from writing, though, which I feel makes me a better writer and, honestly, a better person overall.
Example: This weekend I went to a painting class on assignment for work. (Pause to appreciate the coolness of my job… Yes, I am a lucky gal.) The painting we did was based on a photo of the River Walk. I followed the instructor’s directions and advice, and yet my painting was coming out like a weird, weak version of the original. Before my Type-A frustration bubbled to the surface (it was close call, guys), I remembered that 1) I can make it look however I want because 2) art is individual.
Once I embraced that, I had much more fun. Check it out (photos were all taken with my phone, hence the quality. Sorry.):
I have paints at home so I want to embellish that random light green part in the center a bit since we ran out of time in class. When it’s all done, I know exactly where it’s going — to my BFF Sam in New York City who has been away far too long, has a new apartment to furnish and could use something to remind him of home. (I hadn’t told him about this yet. Surprise Sam!) 🙂
My other weekend project was to spiff up my Creativity Corner. I’d gone through and organized my filing cabinet a couple of weeks ago and realized how horrifically ugly it is. My dad helped me give it a makeover:
How awesome does that filing cabinet look? I love it! I also took down the shelf that was attached to the desk/collecting junk, which allows me to use the cabinet’s surface to give myself more space to work.
The point of showing you all this is that being creative in these ways gave me the push I needed to start writing my draft’s new chapter. 🙂 Little things, y’all. They make big differences.