To keep me focused in the month of December, I’m participating in December Reflections! I’ll be using the photo prompts to dive into reflections on my life as December unravels into the start of 2015.
I’m continuing to skip around in the December Reflection festivities and found my way over to Day 16 which provided me with the prompt, on my table. This prompt got me thinking about what has been on my table literally and figuratively over the past year. I was especially intrigued by the idea of using this as an opportunity to reflect on my creativity in 2014.
2014 has been an amazing creative year for me. I rediscovered my passion for creative outlets. I started getting serious about what truly fuels my soul and spirit. I experimented with a lot of creative projects and I gave myself permission to be inconsistent and just try things out. Because of this I have experienced some great successes and some great failures but all of them have taught me valuable lessons that I hope I can use to guide me into even more success and possibly fewer failures next year.
First, let’s start with the failures just to get them out of the way:
- Consistency in sticking to a creative habit
- Morning pages
- Blogging was a bit of touch and go this year
- DNF: Susannah Conway‘s e-courses (Blogging from the Heart and Journal Your Life)
Now, let’s consider my successes:
- One Little Word 2014 (Vigor!)
- Melanie Biehle‘s Jump Start Your Creative Spark Program
- August Break / December Reflections
- Chakra Drawings
- Started Project Life book
- Started creative dream journaling (a kind of collaging of sorts)
And what exactly has all of this taught me?
- Knowing and understanding my process is vital. I work best in the morning. I need consistent discipline and ritual. I need to carve in set times to get my creative work done or else I’ll neglect it.
I am eager to achieve but terrified of failure. But failure is part of the creative process. This is a step I can’t skip over. I need to take more risks and embrace my failures to get to stronger products. I need to create more to increase my chances of success. I need to practice consistently without beating myself up over small failings.
I need to publish more. My blog is an outlet that I don’t utilize enough for my creative endeavors. I need to share more of my work on here not just occasional musings about creative work.
I should continue experimenting with different mediums. I’ve been doing scrapbooking, collaging, photographing, and I even delved into some light painting and drawing this year. I want to continue expanding my creative horizons because I thrive the most when I’m giving myself permission to release into different realms creation. Basically, when I get stuck in one area, I need to give myself the opportunity to let go in another realm until I can find my way back to my preferred medium (writing).
Helper habits are a must: I need to keep up my running and yoga practice to compliment my creative aspirations.
I need to be more careful and clear about what creative projects I take on. I need to really think before I say yes or sign up for something because the projects needs to fit in with bigger goals; I need to make sure that the project really matters to me other wise I tend to cut out of the project midway through. I don’t want to be a flaky creator. I want to be a creator that follows through when I say I will. I want to be more organized, set clearer deadlines, and finish more projects in 2015.
Accountability really matters in creative endeavors. I’ve loved watching Crystal Moody work through her creative habit because she used her blog and instagram as a form of accountability. I’m hoping to model her a bit in 2015 as I work on writing more consistently and producing higher quality pieces to share on my blog.
I’ll be working over the next couple of days to make a concrete list of goals for 2015 (based a lot on what I have posted here) and I’ll also be revealing my word for 2015. Stay tuned!