Crazy Idea No. 6: Daily Practice

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Some of my crazy ideas turn into crazy goals. Like the idea to post daily on this blog for the remainder of October. It sounds exciting and fun for the first few days, and then the ideas dry up like a puddle on a sunny day. Crazy.

And then you write posts like this one, where you rant about how unrealistic your crazy idea was in the first place, but the crazy goal won’t let you go to bed without fulfilling your promise to it.

So, here I am typing away just before bed to tell you about my daily creative practice. I can’t remember exactly how my interest in art journaling started, but I liked it so much that I watched many You-Tube tutorials, took on-line courses, and bought books on the topic. And now share my passion with other creative souls.

Art journaling is more than a hobby for me, it is a journey of expanding and expressing my created self. Committing to a daily creative practice nourishes my soul. In 2016, I started with a blank canvas and added one type of art medium each day. And this year I have been making mini-collages in a small day planner. (To see photos, check out my Instagram feed)

My intention is to work on one a page a day. My secret is to catch up, when I miss several days. My goal is to complete all the pages by December 31, 2017. I hope to make a video of the culmination of the project. (I had a similar hope with the canvas project last year, and the video/slide show awaits my attention.) The whole crazy point of having a daily practice is to show up and do the work of my intention.

I could set a less than daily intention, but for me that would be counterproductive. The daily target is what keeps me going. The resulting action and enjoyment of the process improves my artistic skills and increases my happiness.

What do you think about setting a daily intention? Does it motivate you or frustrate you? If you set a daily intention, what would you choose to practice?

 

Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.

(Proverbs 8:34 NIV)

3 thoughts on “Crazy Idea No. 6: Daily Practice

  1. Kel, I am resonating with this post 100%!

    This quote: “the process of adapting to change and loss takes energy.” Seems like a no-brainer when I see the words, but the thought is a whack on the side of the head today, helping me zero in on recent feelings and now, resolving to tend them.

    I used to rearrange the house with each seasonal change, relishing the challenge of not repeating myself, delighting to really “see” our stuff afresh (and gratefully!) in its new location and updated palette. I’ve been perusing Christmas mags this week, thinking up ways to fit in The Big Blue Recliner we bought for my husband’s recovery. I’m aware when I reconfigure the house I need to feel control (or at least, the illusion of it, ha ha). But pleasure comes in the process and on its heels, and something in the soul heals.

    1. Beautiful reflections here, Laurie! I do agree rearranging gives a sense of that illusive control you mention, but also room for soul healing at the same time. So glad your are looking for ways to enjoy your space and prepare for the holiday season. I’m longing for gatherings to happen here this season. My empty nest feels…well… empty 😉

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