that little thread of creative work

"Courage begins with the decision to face the ultimate truth about existence: the dirty little secret that we are free. It requires an understanding of free will at the archetypal level -- an understanding that we are free to define who we are at every moment. We are not what society and randomness have made us; we are what we have chosen to be from the depth of our being. We are product of our will. We are self-made in the deepest sense."
Peter Koestenbaum

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Where does your creative work FIT into the delicate balance, into the pie chart, the components, of your day-to-day life? Do you feel better when the week includes creative work? Is it a help or hindrance? What if you SKIP creative stuff for a week or two?

Invent an equation and fill in the variables. 
Well then, now you have your answer.

Follow-thru, my friends.

Your creative work makes a difference in your life, right?
Then don't pretend that it doesn't.

Do what you need to do to incorporate that creative work into your days. Schedule it. Trade something for it. Take online challenges. Invent your own self-challenges. Make cute little check boxes to fill-in. Start a journal just for lettering practice. Put art on your to-do list. Or stick a note on your fridge with washi tape. Leave a small stash of art materials in an inviting {magnetizing} configuration on your desk. Whatever it takes.

Explore

a. A lovely series called Tools & Talismans by Liz Kallach, described as "a personal painting project where I document {in watercolor} the tools and talismans of 100 different women — creators and healers, thinkers and makers, wordsmiths and visionaries"
b. From Koosje Koene Who are You Doing it For?
c. Trick Your Inner Perfectionist and Become an Art Journalist.
d. The Creativity Matters Podcast [try Episode #249: Bazooka Joe & Setting & Sharing Creative Goals]
e. Make a Tiny Scrap Notebook with Hanna Andersson
f. Cindy shares her final ICAD Wrap-Up at Pink Bird Studio
g. Julie Balzer talks about her 100 Faces painting project, "Practice really does make a difference. As much as I want to quit this project, I can't. Because I can see the improvement in my faces. I can see it. It's undeniable. Doing this every single day has made me better."