So I’ve been rather missing around here and it’s weird to sit and try to write the first blog post in a long while.
It’s not like my life was wildly interesting during my break. Mostly I decluttered the house (in a big, big way), cooked, and read.
I lost 40 pounds. Woohoo!!! Which is a big reason why I spend so much time cooking. I’d gotten away from it the last few years. My favorite boy toy went onto his own diet last fall and lost weight, and I did so as well.
As for the reading, I have been missing that the last few years. My writing and photography, while fun, took time away from a lot of other things. As I looked over my goal ideas for 2014, I wanted to read a great more again. Everything is a trade-off and I knew that when I started to blog. But I enjoyed the blogging, the new friends that I made, and having a show case for my writing and photography. But this year, I wanted time for other things as well.
I started a class with Kim Klassen called “Be Still – Fifty Two“. It’s a year long creativity / photography class. Kim does some lovely and creative work (you can see it at http://www.kimklassencafe.com/). I was intrigued by what she would share over the course of a year. From what I’d seen of a similar course she did in 2012, it appeared to be moderately paced so that I could keep up with it.
Week 6 was working with a preset called “Dark Mood” that she provided. I was pleased with how the lilies above turned out. Below is how they originally looked, which is also very nice. They just aren’t as moody. I don’t know that I’d alter too many of my photographs with this preset, but it was fun to play with.
The question for Week 6 was what do we do to nurture our creativity? My initial reaction was, not much. But as I wrote this, I realized that I am:
- Writing daily in my journal. It’s short paragraph using a Moleskine 12 month-weekly notebook, but it is usually daily.
- At least once and sometimes more in a week, I write a much lengthier entry in my regular notebook journal. It might be about something I read and want to explore more or an event I want to record in more detail. But at least once a week, I write more than just a daily paragraph.
- I’ve started taking Lynda.com courses again (click here for a review on Lynda.com). This is because I recently upgraded both Lightroom and Photoshop to the latest versions and have no idea what the changes are. I also don’t remember how to do much in Photoshop anymore as I’m not using it enough.
Does my reading nurture my creativity? I would say it does. It inspires me, relaxes me, and often gives me things to think about and write about. It’s a welcome break in my day and far better than watching television, even if I do read trashy romances or too many murder mysteries. Of course, after doing corporate taxes all day, my brain is too fried to read anything much more complicated than that! But I read more than fiction. I recently finished Creativity: The Perfect Crime by Phillippe Petit (he walked the high wire between the Twin Towers of World Trade Center in 1974) and very much enjoyed it.
Is that enough nurturing of my creativity? I have to think about that more. On a daily basis, I’m not doing much. Often, I’m too tired after work to get much done, so my creativity happens in starts and fits on the weekend, after chores and errands are done, assuming I still have anything left over for extra endeavors. If it sounds like I’m whining, I am. Which is not right. My life is good. But as always, I have more I’d like to do than I have time to do it.
Gratitude, gratitude. I need to keep practicing that.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.