I find that many people are looking for ways to get inspired and are curious about how other people find inspiration. To this point, I am going to start posting a new series that I will title, “JOIN ME FOR A CREATIVE JOURNEY! Tasks to help you get inspired!” I hope you join me and hope you share your experiences as we journey along. I anticipate it to be quite fun!
Day One: As we start our creative journey, it is important to begin with a clear mental state. So, for our first task, I am assigning this…Upon waking up each day, set aside 30 minutes to sit without distractions, with a writing utensil and a piece of paper. During those 30 minutes, write whatever comes to mind. Don’t worry about punctuation, or composition. Don’t worry if it’s disconnected, silly, emotional, senseless, or even if you are drawing blanks and you write, “blah, blah, blah.” JUST WRITE. And, write continuously, EVERY thought that comes into your head, as it comes, until those 30 minutes are up. It will be very important to prioritize this task, as you will find that not doing it will produce a whole different affect. So, what do I mean? Well, I’ll help you get your juices flowing. I’m going to free write and share an example:
“…so, I’m writing, and I’m not sure what I’m going to accomplish, but I’m writing. My fingers don’t want to type. I need to clean up the pencil container on my desk. I love that dog Anthony gave me…it’s so cute. He is so thoughtful. paper. ugh. have to find craft shows for the summer. maybe some local churches – got to look in the local Penny Saver that comes in the mail. I am looking forward to going home for a visit. Can’t wait for the retreat either. Should be fun. my coffee is getting cold. I need to pressure wash the porch today and have to get some calls made too. work stares me in the face. A woman’s work is never done. ha ha. I love taking pictures. I need a new phone. My phone is a dinosaur. At least it functions though….”
So, you get the point…JUST WRITE. FREE FLOW WITH IT. Clear your mind. Years ago, I started this practice when I began a creative journey for inspiration, and it totally works! I’ve since gotten out of the practice, but I’m going to start again. Join me! Do it daily, and if you are really diligent, do it twice daily – once in the morning and once before bed. Don’t think of it like a journal, per say, because it’s more like a dumping ground. Clear your head of all stress, thoughts, anxiety, worry and preoccupation.
In today’s society, it’s easy to become distracted with all that is going on around us. It’s not easy to get centered, to clear our minds, or to be available. When we “dump” all the “clutter,” it opens our minds up for a more productive day and invites creativity. Try it and see what happens. I’ll bet you’ll start seeing a difference after the first day. Go wherever you want to, to do your mental dump. When I started this practice, I was a teacher and I would write in the morning, while early students would eat breakfast. On weekends, I liked to go outside and be alone with the chirping birds. It’s whatever works for you and it can be different every day.
Please let me know if you plan to join in on this journey, and if you do, let me know when you have started to practice your “mental dumping” and, please share your experiences! I’m going to be posting new weekly tasks for you all to try, that will hopefully help you to jump start your creative juices! Looking forward to a great group project and creative journey! Hope it helps! Have a wonderful day! 🙂