Since we are at the beginning of a new year, and New Year's Resolutions are on many peoples' minds, I've been giving the concept some thought of my own.
Any day is a fresh beginning, a new start. However, in keeping with tradition, I'll give credit to the new year as being a good time for finding a way of a general "house cleaning" of my habits and routines and being able to make some changes.
I recently read this quote by Debbie Millman, Writer, Artist, Educator, and Radio Host. She said:
"Busy is a decision. We do the things we want
to do, period. If we say we are too busy,
it is just shorthand for the thing being
"not important enough" or "not a priority."
Now, I found that to be a truth that smacked me upside the head.
Next, I think I've recently read or heard on three different occasions the question: What did you enjoy doing as a child?
As a child, I was nearly obsessed making things with my hands. Drawing, painting, constructing paper mache dolls and animals, creating banners, drawing and cutting out different styles of letters and creating signs/sayings, making paper hats for different special occasions, making outfits for my paper dolls, designing clothes for my doll (which a loving aunt sewed for me), making party favors, name tags and place cards, greeting cards, elaborate paper chains, "sculpting" with clay, and on and on.
Lastly, I read but have lost track of where I saw this query (or to whom it should be attributed, sorry). The question posed was: What does success mean to you? The answer: To do something one is fulfilled and energized by.
Whoa, Nellie. To feel fulfilled and energized! Attainable? Pretty exciting to think about, to my mind.
whining saying for I-don't-know-how-many years that I don't have time to do all the creative things I want to do that would feed my soul which in turn would make me an all-'round better person.
Time to stop making excuses. Time to use my creativity, which I've known was a need of mine since childhood, to fulfill and energize me.
The new year of 2017 is going to be my Year of Creativity.