December Reflection: Day 16

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.

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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:

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!

December Reflections: Day 11

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.

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I’ve started to skip around a bit in the December reflections catalogue to hone in on the prompts that really speak to me.  Today I feel like writing about prompt #11: Favorite Photo of 2014.  Brian’s mom took this photo of Brian, Zuko, and me on Thanksgiving Day.  I love how perfectly this picture captures all the joy and good fortune we have had this year.  I’m not trying to brag or anything; I just want to say how incredibly grateful I am for my boys and all the happiness they bring me.  I must also admit that I’m lucky to have a picture with the three of us all smiling!

 

December Reflections Days 5 – 8

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.

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Friday’s topic was leaves.  And this time of year, leaves are literally everywhere.  The leaves are falling and overing every inch of pavement around my housing complex.  Due to some much needed rain the leaves around here aren’t all that crunchy.  They’re damp and sticky but they mean that Winter is here and I’m enjoying the excuse to build a fire at night for warmth and comfort.  Definitely makes my evening writing sessions more cozy.

Saturday’s topic was T is for … TEACHER.  I have no picture of this one.  I do however have the humbling experience of teaching my very first mini yoga class.  And like most of my teaching experiences, I’m going to respect the privacy of my students’ experiences by not taking pictures or sharing too many details.  Just know that I was nearly brought to tears by the magic I was able to help guide people into.

Sunday’s topic was Best Book of 2014.  I’m going to have to go with:

I just had such a great experience listening to this book this summer.  Tina Fey was perceptive and inspiring while also being funny and entertaining.  I must also give honorable mention to Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl.

Monday’s topic (making it back to today!): Sunset.  I got sunrise instead of sunset but still a gorgeous, colorful, breathtaking view.  Definitely what you want to see on a Monday morning.

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And with that I’m mostly back on track.  Happy Monday readers; hope you all have a fantastic week.

December Reflections Day 4

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.

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Today’s prompt is red.  I snapped this while stuck in some rainy morning traffic.  I just love the contrasting colors of the sky and the red lights all around.  The experience, the photo, and reading about Samantha Reynolds and the poetry on her blog inspired me to write a poem for this particular reflection.

Red.
You’re in the red.
Savor it.
Savor that fleeting feeling.
That dancing heartbeat.
The knowledge that this matters.
Now.
Here.
The grit.
The challenge.
The stress.
You’re in it.
You’re living
your life.
A grown up
with responsibility
to be a model
to be productive
to be perfect
as often as you can
to be well
to be heard
to matter
to work
more
and more.
The expectations
fill the days.
And before you know it
you’re there.
Somewhere else
unexpected
or maybe just
exactly where you should be.
You’re in the red.

December Reflections Day 3

To keep me focused in the month of December, I’m participating inDecember Reflections!  I’ll be using the photo prompts to dive into reflections on my life as December unravels into the start of 2015.

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Today’s prompt is the best day of 2014.  Getting this little guy was definitely a highlight to my 2014.  Picking him up was essentially the start to my New Year.  Brian and I picked him up on January 3rd and he was definitely the cutest puppy I had ever laid eyes on. He has become such an integral part of my life; I’m not sure how I ever felt whole without him.  I love how much personality and sass he has.  He has earned many nicknames; my personal favorite is Grumpelstiltskin.

Since it’s Wordless Wednesday I’m going to just leave you with that.