On top of everything, I decided to assign myself a month-long creative challenge – assembling a simple collaged daily “mantra” or inspiration from each day’s junk mail or newspaper. Actually, this challenge initially began as a very simple collage of any sort, but within the first week, I noticed I was always incorporating a word or phrase into each piece, so the challenge evolved into an uplifting collaged message each day. If I skipped a day or two (or three), then I caught up on the missed days whenever I could make time to do so. I was practicing discipline and flexibility simultaneously! On some days, ideas flowed easily, while other days required more effort depending on what I found in the mailbox. In the end, I created a collection of 31 small, but mighty reminders of how to live each day with inspiration, creativity, mindfulness and gratitude. I owe author, blogger and artist, Valerie Storey, a thank you as her blog post about mini-projects prompted me to finally take action on my own challenge when I realized a "mini" approach would be more easily achievable and likely much more rewarding than a grandiose plan.
I rose to the creative challenge, exercised my creative "muscle" and found the hidden meanings in junk mail (and the Sunday paper!) Here's the first week...
#1 "Passage To Blue"
envelope lining + Anthropologie catalog
find your pathway to relaxation
Bounty ad in Sunday paper
new growth is always possible (inspired by
new growth observed in nature during Spring hikes)
#3 "Bright Life"
Provident credit union offer
life is brighter with a colorful, creative perspective
#4 "Create Joy"
we can bring joy to ourselves and others through creativity
seek and discover new experiences, adventures
#6 "Building Blocks"
when we build our life on a solid foundation of values,
we can rely on our inner strength and stability as we grow
#7 "Start Today"
envelope lining from Delta Dental statement
take a step any day, start today
Do you enjoy challenging yourself creatively? Have you ever completed a daily challenge within a specified time frame - one month, quarterly, year long? I hope you'll share here!