I think I gave you bad advice.
Remember that bit about “there are no rules” in a Creative Energy Journaling practice”? Specifically, the part about “you don’t have to journal every day . . . journal only when you want, and when it feels right to you” . . .
Recently, it occurred to me that I made that “anti-rule” after I had a pretty solid journaling routine established. Maybe it wasn’t the best advice for getting started.
With the new year—and New Years’ resolutions—approaching, I’ve been thinking about those of you who’ve expressed frustration over not finding as much time as you’d like for your own creative exploration. Me, too.
So, I’ve been thinking about some things we might do as a group that would help us all establish a solid, regular routine of unleashed creativity.
I know we can succeed at establishing the creative routines we want. Just the fact that we’re here makes us different from most people.
We’re looking for ways to keep your creative spirit alive and well. We honoring art and creativity as a valuable part of our lives and our communities. We’re a voice for being and believing and loving and hoping, instead of just mindlessly “getting things done”.
That’s large and important work, no matter how much or how little we actually put on the page!
But still, I want to do better at making space for creativity in my life, don’t you?
I know it’s a little early to be thinking about New Year’s resolutions, but I have been thinking over some ideas we might try in 2015, and I want to make sure I have time to hear back from you and set things up so we’re set to go when January 1 rolls around.
Please use the comments box at the bottom of the page to let me know which of these ideas YOU would like to try in 2015, and to share any ideas you’d like to explore together.
If we choose to do this, I will set up a page where we can commit to posting our daily doodles, and I will offer some sort of fun prize for everyone who completes the whole 30 days. Maybe also a drawing for a bigger prize?
For this activity, everyone who wants to participate would sign up with a snail mail address. I would collate the addresses and send each participant the address of the person assigned to be their “next link”. On the starting date, each person would start a page with a “creative seed” and mails it to their “next link”. At the same time, you’d be receiving a seed from the person who was assigned you as their “next link”. You’d add whatever you like to the page you receive and then mail it on to your “next link”. Eventually, your page would come back to you with some addition from each person in the chain. (We’d need to commit to a time frame for mailing things on; something to discuss with everyone who signs up, but probably within 2-3 days if we want to use it to establish a routine.)
Creative Coffee Circles
We could gather as a group with our journals at a local coffee shop to work together, keep each other motivated, share interesting prompts or techniques. Could be once a week, could be 3 times a week, could be every morning—up to the people involved. (Obviously, I could only coordinate this for people near me, but YOU can certainly organize one of your own, and I will help you use our Facebook page and the blog to connect with others in your area.)
I would be willing to send short daily journaling prompts or reminders to those who request it (via email, text message or Facebook messenger). Something like “Put down some color(s) that expresses how you are feeling right now,” or “Start with three squares,” or “If you had a magical power, what would it be?” or “Take a significant (or totally ordinary) event in your life and re-tell it as a fanciful illustrated children’s story. Take as many creative liberties with the facts as you wish.”
So, tell me, do any of these ideas appeal to you (as they are, or with some modification)?
Is there something else I could do to help you establish a solid Creative Energy Journaling routine?
Please share your thoughts in the comments (and comment on each other’s comments, too!).
p.s. By the way, if you didn’t see the article by James Clear that I posted this week to our Facebook page (about focusing on systems rather than goals when you are seeking to make positive changes in your life), it’s well worth reading..