2016: The Year of Creative YES
This is Your Year of Creative YES.
Yes, your year.
Yes is such a powerful word. Artists and thinkers of all kinds have written about the power of YES, from SARK, to business leaders, to ABC executive producer and writer, Shonda Rhimes in her book, Year of Yes. When we decide to open ourselves to new opportunities and the idea that we CAN, things happen.
I want this year to be that for you.
YES to painting.
YES to creative writing.
YES to expressive dancing.
YES to making that short film with your iPhone.
YES to doodling.
YES to sewing.
YES to creating with abandon.
YES to showing up in your creative life regardless of the outcome.
What Gets in the Way of Saying YES to Your Art
I know you that as you read this, your mind is filling up with your to do list, and all the other “reasons” you don’t have time for art. I’m not going to mince words here though, not because I want to be unkind or harsh, but because I want to help, and sometimes we all need a little reality check. (Trust me, I include myself in this statement!) The new year is about making a fresh start and new intentions, and I want to make sure I help you be really honest with yourself. So here’s what I want you to hear, take into your heart, and really consider:
The only thing that’s getting in the way of you making art is you.
It’s not your laundry,
Or your lack of supplies, (talk about making something from nothing)
Or your demanding schedule,
Or your shaky hands, (check this out)
Or your (so-called) lack of talent.
It’s you allowing everything else to have more importance in your life than spending even 5 minutes doing something creative.
When you are 85, and you look back on your life and what you did with the time you had, how will you feel about not taking that dance class, and never writing that novel or finishing that painting? You didn’t have time to dance, to write, or to paint because you were cleaning, snooping on your ex on Facebook, or organizing your sock drawer. Will you be satisfied with what you made a priority? What you chose to do by default? Will you be happy that you let fear of not being “good enough” get in your way of creating?
What if you stopped putting off your creative dreams, large and small?
Clearing Creative Obstacles and Making Creative Opportunities
If there were no obstacles, what would you be saying YES to? Don’t just sit there and read this, my friend. Let’s get out a paper and pen and write down a list. What are the things you wish you could do in your creative life? If you were to be totally bold and daring in 2016, what would you create? Take a chance, write it down.
Share your list here in the comments, and your comment will give you a chance to win a beautiful art journal. Let me know how I can help you reach these goals. What supports do you need? What inspiration is lacking? What sort of organizational help do you need?
Comment for a chance to win! (CONTEST CLOSED in 2016)
If you share your list of creative aspirations for 2016 in the comments, I will enter you in a random drawing to win this gorgeous tan-paged art journal. Comment by Friday, January 8th at 9 am EST for a chance to win. *See official rules below.
***And the randomly drawn winner is: Shelley Gregg! Congratulations Shelley!***
How We Can Make Your Creative Dreams a Reality in 2016
This year I will be rolling out a lot of content aimed at helping you kickstart your art, overcome your artistic blocks, and realize your creative dreams. There will be an email course on living your creative life, more free, live art workshops, and lots of inspiring links to ideas and helpful resources on art journaling.
You can always tap into my free art tutorials, affordable e-book on all the basics of starting an art journal, and my video course on intuitive art journaling. My private Facebook group, Creative Self-Care is a well-spring of creative inspiration and support. Join me on Instagram @amymaricle to see what I’m working on and my process. Be sure to get on the mailing list to get weekly posts, resources, and special inspiring messages and tools.
If you are feeling that hunger for your art, but need more hands-on support and guidance to get started or to overcome your creative blocks, I’m now offering Creative Development services, click the link to learn more, or contact me and let me know how you are hoping I might help.
OFFICIAL RULES: Comment by Friday Jan. 8, 9 am EST for your chance to win. No purchase necessary. You must be at least 18 to enter. You can live anywhere in the world, be male or female, and be any shape, size, gender, color, religion, etc. Void where prohibited. One winner will be randomly chosen from all the commenters, and receive a Strathmore Toned Tan, 128-page art journal, worth $10. The winner will be contacted individually via e-mail and their name will be shared on the blog.
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