I enjoyed visiting some of the 2013 participants in 31 Days and as the 2014 participants are linking up, I’ve started visiting them as well. To my pleasant surprise, one of the 2014 participants I visited happened to be one that I browsed nearly all of her 2013 entries for 31 Days!
As I left a note for her, I nearly said:
I hope you are even more successful with 2014 than you were with 2013!
Sheesh. What a mistake. Thankfully, I did NOT write that. Instead, I wrote:
I’d like to say I hope 2014 is as awesome, but that’s not fair. You don’t want the trap of trying to top each year, you want to relax and enjoy wherever the ride takes you.
And she loved it! But it wasn’t just for her sake that I wrote this, it was for mine also.
It’s about having fun, not about being perfect. It’s about enjoying what I’m doing to be creative, not trying to be as good or better than all the wonderful things I see out there and that I think I could do just as well, if only I tried harder.
I need my own style, my own eye, and mostly, I need to smile and laugh more.
Interestingly, my word for 2014 is “remember” as in “remember to smile”. My notebook has a Post-It on the front that says:
I’ve been taking a class from Ali Edwards called “One Little Word“. At the beginning of each month, I get a short handout and video, with a challenge to make sure I’m benefiting from my word. In September, the challenge was a) what is the story I’m telling myself about my word; b) is the story accurate; and c) what is the real story.
I started the year with good intentions and did remember to smile, laugh and be more joyful. But as the year has gone on, I’m not. It’s been a bunch of things, from the layoffs at work to being tired (a common theme for me) to just not being mindful that I can be happier if I want.
So the story to myself to nurture my creativity is not let everything get me down so badly. Have fun!! Enjoy floundering around as I try out new things, whether photography related or not. Be curious, be adventurous, stay flexible, and just relax into my wonderful and blessed life.
You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
― William W. Purkey
Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.
― Mark Twain
To see everything I’m doing with my 31 Days of Nurturing My Creativity, click here.