So I didn't even realize until today that the date was 8.8.08. Wow, that's kind of cool! :) Stacy Julian posted a really neat challenge related to this on her blog. First, I was to watch this 4 min. video called The Harvest. Very interesting! Next I am to take another few minutes to think about how I'm harvesting my own creativity. What is working, what is holding me back, what do I wish I could do and why am I NOT doing it?
Hmmmm...lets see. I've been much better this year about harvesting my creativity in that I'm creating more art and creating more often than I have been for a very long time. Back in January I found Ali Edward's One Little Word challenge and my word for this year has been CREATE. I've actually made it a priority and I'm creating on a more regular basis. I wish I could say that daily I was getting in some painting, scrapbooking or other creativity, but at least it is happening much more often that it used to! I really feel God created me to be creative, to share my passion for art with others and ultimately to glorify Him with my work. He has opened so many doors for me just in the past 6 months. I can't wait to see what He has in store for me and my work in the future.
So, what is working as far as harvesting my creativity? Again, making it a priority. Scheduling time for my art, sharing it with others, not being afraid to take chances and step out there to see what will happen. The worst thing that can happen is someone says no thanks, and I move on to the next open door.
What is holding me back? Time definitely! Wouldn't it be awesome if I could paint all day and not worry about cleaning my house, doing laundry or cooking dinner. Okay, so I am thankful I have a family to do these things for, but it sure would be great to have more creative time! I am so thankful for the support and encouragement my family gives me to pursue my artistic dreams!
What do I wish I could do and why am I not doing it? I guess my wish is that my art could be my ministry. That I could create and sell my work to make a little extra income for my family. That I could teach others who want to learn more about art. That I could inspire others with my story that God has a unique plan for each of our lives, different from anyone else's. Why am I not doing it? I'm not there yet, but I am taking steps and getting closer!
Now, Stacy says to "grab your camera and take 8 pictures that are evidence of your personal creativity. Anything that is flourishing because of your unique blend of spiritual gifts, skills and talent (yes,this includes children) can be seen as the result of your creative process, so photograph these things today and use this opportunity to realize just what a difference you make. You, like today's date will NEVER happen again." Very cool! I think I'll just give this a try!
Off to take photos! I'll try to post what I come up with soon! :)