At the end of the summer (mid-August for me), I was not yet ready to go back to work. Although I am blessed to work in a profession that grants its workers a summer vacation, I felt far from rested or relaxed. I stewed a bit about my sorry state… and then it came to me, this most gorgeous idea! I decided that I would live every day like a vacation! To make time for play and joyful pursuits. To inject more fun into my work. To get to know the kids better. To laugh more often. To stop living for the weekends.
It sounds utterly simplistic but, eight weeks later, I can report that my little plan is working. I am happier and – here’s the kicker – way more creative. I have initiated a couple of cool projects at school, the 14 Lenses photoblog is up and humming and I’m gearing up to participate, for the second year, in NaNo WriMo. (That’s right… I’m going to write another novel and this one is going to win the Giller Prize!)
These little events are connected… creative acts lead to more amazing creative acts. Thinking about my own creative explosion led me to thinking about all the people who read this blog (hello sweet readers!) and whose blogs I visit and all of the cool things that we are doing and making and creating in our own little corners of the world – both real and virtual.
Ta dum! The Creativity Project was born. My challenge to you is simple; it is time to bust out the creativity. If you’ve had a cool idea for decorating your dining room, October is the month. Considering signing up to write your first novel with NaNo WriMo? Do it! I know you can. (I’ll help you!) Have an idea for a series of photos? Take them… snap, snap, snap. Always wanted to start a blog but felt like you had no idea what you would write? Write about that perfect shade of paint you found… or about your brand new novel and how crazy-wonderful it feels to actually be writing it after so many years of planning. I think too much planning is overrated. October is a “DO” month. Play. Experiment. Be a little decadent. Take a risk.
Then, write about it here. You can leave a comment to this post or you can write a post on your own blog and leave a little link here (those virtual bread crumbs) so that we can check out your Creativity Project. On Friday, October 31st, I will write a post featuring your Creativity Projects with links to your blogs. There is no idea too big or too small!
Finally, there is the prize. (Oh yes, there is one!) On Thursday October 30th, at midnight in Barcelona (that’s 6:00 p.m. in New York), I will draw one name from the people who have commented about their Creativity Project or shared a link to their Creativity Project on their own blog. The winner gets an Amazon.com gift certificate for 25 US dollars. From me. To say thanks for sharing.
What amazingly creative things are you going to get up to this month?