A happy dance is underway over here! Hitting “publish” every day since January 1, 2012 has been a fear-conquering endeavor and honest labor of love.
I have a boatload of admiration for you, my dear and faithful readers. Thank you for your kind comments and lovely emails. I am grateful for your patience – especially during those times when I had to publish a couple posts in a row to “catch up”. I am incredibly grateful! If you have no real interest in whatever I am creating but you still followed along – well, I just adore you! Humbly and wholeheartedly grateful.
When I dreamed up this blog idea last year I launched with one clear purpose – one that I haven’t publicly shared with all of you. So, what is this big purpose I speak of??? Well, its simple really. I set out to write a book for the girls! My intent on January 1, 2012 and every day since was to secretly document the year in a way they could one day reference to provide sparks of inspiration and gently nudge their own creative path.
So the labor of love phrase in my first sentence is the essence of this blog. I am working with a vendor to convert 2012 into a book for my daughters.
I discovered along the way that since this is a book I am writing for them, I could sprinkle it with my own philosophies (for example the importance of random acts of kindness and volunteering). I also realized that I am not done. The next chapter, 2013, won’t include everyday posts (good thing its Ordinary Creative not Everyday Creative) but it will be regular and ongoing. I need a bit of structure and beacon goals!
Please, please, please hang around and encourage anyone you know that might want to join our circle of creativity. I am working on a little blog makeover! Next up: my one little word reveal for 2013. It showed up like magic! Stay tuned….
Observations from 2012…
1. Creating makes my heart sing. My one little word (create) brought a boatload of joy into our house.
2. This Jenny Doh quote pretty much sums 2012 best… “Through the creative process, we not only find happiness, but also meaning, hope and a way to connect to ourselves and to others.”
3. Some of the most heartfelt conversations developed during this year of creating and running. With the girls engaged in their creative tasks I found they revealed themselves in our quiet conversations. The connections deepened. During our marathon training runs…it was the same magical effect.
4. It isn’t the outcome that brings the real joy – it’s the process of creating. The excitement of letting my ideas breathe! This observation doesn’t apply to moving. Seriously.
5. I also discovered that through the process of blogging “for them” – I found gifts for me.
6. An everyday creative endeavor is totally realistic. Everyone can weave in a little creativity and play into every day.
7. If I am having a bad string of moments or an officially bad day, my camera is like a life vest. It buoys me. It never fails to provide a new outlook which usually leads to a new attitude or a new way to see things.
8. “When I say be creative, I don’t mean you should all become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting – let your life be your poem.” Osho
9. Inspired quotes rock. I mean seriously… check this out:
“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.”Ansel Adams
10. Patti Digh is right. Creative is a Verb.
Thank you my kind-hearted and supportive friends. Cheers to you and your one little word. Join me in 2013!