The creative challenge:
Take a picture of something pretty or inspiring every day for 30 days and post it to instagram. That simple.
To fuel creative energy of course!
A creative challenge isn't my original idea. I've read variations on this theme before. Once I read an idea about texting a picture of something representative of your day, to keep in touch with a friend who's moved to another city or state. The idea was to communicate every day in a way that was meaningful instead of letting weeks pass by because you didn't have time to write a long email. One of my closest friends moved far away a few years ago and we tried this for a while. It's not a perfect system...sometimes all we could think to send was a picture of morning coffee or evening beer or a messy desk at work. And yet, it was communication and we were giving each other at least a glimpse of what we were doing. It's the same effect of having meaningful conversation for a few minutes everyday, or most days, with your child's teacher or an employee or neighbor, and seeing that the communication over time becomes far more meaningful than if you have a lengthy conversation every month or two.
My thinking behind this challenge is to continue to look for ways to keep the creative brain active, even when a hectic work schedule or routine chores are in charge of my day. Often I get to the end of Friday and feel estranged from things of beauty and creative energy...argh! Taking a quick picture of something in the world that is beautiful or inspires me I hope will be kind of like setting an intention at the beginning of yoga...something I can go back to when my experience-in-that-particular-moment is anything but beautiful or inspirational. And, maybe, some of those pictures will be the basis for a cool jewelry design or upcycling project...
Here is the link to my instagram feed if you want to see how I do. Join me? Post your pictures of beauty and inspiration in the comment section or in your own instagram feed, but don't forget to post a link to it in the comment section of this post!
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Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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