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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Uh-oh. Maybe I didn't think this through...

It's so easy to decide you're going to take on a project. "I'm a creative person. This is going to be a breeze." Then you start to consider the minutiae.

So I went back to the introduction of the book.

One of the first suggestions:

So this got me thinking. What can I stick with? I get bored fairly easily. (Oh look, a squirrel!) That's part of this challenge for me. Commit, stick with it. Commit, stick with it. "Lather, rinse, repeat and lather, rinse, repeat and lather, rinse, repeat. As needed."

My gut instinct is to maybe give myself a different subject or medium each week or month. That way I explore and try different ways of messing with it without feeling like I'm tied to it.

I'm feeling a huge sense of excitement and  I'm already worried I'm going to let myself down. I start to think about what i need to do to motivate myself. Then I remember outside forces have always been my greatest encouragement.

So, back to the book. See this part about accountability? That's what I need from you.

Check in with me. If I haven't posted for a day or two, light a fire under my backside. Believe me, I'll thank you for it later.

So tomorrow, it begins. I know it's contrived to start on New Year's Day, but I need a formality to this project, and opening a new year seems a good way to get that. And hopefully I'll be coming off a sports fan high when my beloved OSU Buckeyes (hopefully) beat the pants off the Clemson whatever-they're-called tonight. (They have a paw print in their logo. I'm going to assume it's Clemson Kittens.)

Until tomorrow...

Friday, December 30, 2016

And so it begins...

In October 2016, I attempted the #creativesprint challenge. It started more out of boredom than anything. A friend posted she was going to participate, and on a whim, I joined up. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I also tend to be fairly optimistic, so I figured I could keep up.

What is Creative Sprint, you may wonder? Creative Sprint is global art game that anyone can play. It engages a diverse groups of individuals, businesses, schools and community organizations in 30 consecutive days of making and sharing. (

A daily prompt is sent out to thousands of people all over the world. Participants respond to each day's prompt in whatever creative way they want and then share a photo of what they did by using the #CreativeSprint hashtag on social media.

I thought "How hard could it be?" After the first 30-day challenge, I realized it wasn't difficult at all. I realized I started to look forward to the few minutes I put aside for the project each day. And what I came up with surprised me too. I didn't know what I was capable of.

The prompts were simple enough. Here are some samples from my first #creativesprint.

Day 1-Make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the materials in your immediate environment. Pen on Ohio shaped post-it.

Day 12-Make something in a box. This is my favorite fictional box, inside my first origami box I've ever made. It's bigger on the inside. (This box is 2"x2".)

Day 18-Go for a walk outdoors and create something out of what you find.

This project led me to purchasing the book, 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin.

After reading the introduction, I knew I needed to come up with a way to organize everything. I also saw it as an opportunity to start stretching the creative muscles. I've toyed with the idea of a blog in the past, and thought this might be a great reason to dive in. 

So, that's where this tale begins. Can she keep up with it? Will the juices keep flowing? Will she jump all over the place exploring mediums and subjects? Will this be like her diary at 13 which she promised to write in every day and made it it to January 3? 

I guess you'll have to check back in to know for sure!