Happy August! For the past two years I have done Susannah Conway's August break and here it is August again. It is a simple challenge where you use the prompt and take a photo for that day. That's it! No pressure, no expectations - just a chance to take the time to be in the moment. I also decided this year to use this as an opportunity to attempt to update my blog everyday for a month. So here's day 1.
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
It dawned on me this morning that I have committed to doing five daily challenges…yep you read that correctly…five!! In addition to daily handwriting and drawing I have added coloring, creative simplicity, and nourishing my creative soul/spirit with a little self love.
Here’s what's happening this month:
#RockYourHandWriting April - This is my third month of practicing my handwriting daily. I am challenging myself to get better with writing in cursive. Last month they also added a Facebook group but I prefer to keep posting on Instagram.
30 Days of Creative Simplicity - I am a little biased on this one as it is being run by my awesome, super talented sister Francine (I want to be just like you when I grow up sis). If you haven't as yet checked out her Creative Simplicity group on Facebook I urge you do do so now...yeah I mean like right now...stop whatever you are doing and go there now, you can come back to read the rest of my post after.
April Sketch-a-Day - Since January I have been doing the drawing challenges over on Creative Bug but this month I am changing it up a bit and following along with the prompts from the blog Recipe for Crazy. Francine told me about this one...see told you she was awesome. The fact that you also have a chance to win that awesome prize is just added incentive as far as I am concerned.
April Love - A Month of Love Letters - I just love Susannah Conway's classes and workshops. Last year I signed up for April Love and it was so inspirational that I just had to do it again. Where as last year's focus was on self-love and self-care, for 2016 Susannah has challenged us to "write" 30 Love Letters starting with one to Dear Love.
You can keep track of my crazy month over on Instagram.
What fun things have you found to challenge your creative side? I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Sponge and Ink done by me for Tinkerlab Sketch Challenge
...binge watching Orphan Black on amazon prime and AD: The Bible Continues on regular TV.
...listening to vinyl again on my recently acquired record player. Slowly building up my collection.
...doing April Love 2015 photo challenge from the wonderful Susannah Conway.
What are you up to?
The nice thing about being on vacation during the last and first weeks of the year is that I have the time to do some planning. And by planning I mean make lists, one of my favorite things to do.
I really want to get a lot more blogging, reading, and crafting in this year and if I don't have it mapped out in the first couple weeks of January then I know it will be all down hill from there.
Here's just a snap shot of the lists that I am working on. Some of these I had started last year but then completely forgot about them (hangs head in shame)!
I need to do a more detailed blog plan once I am back state side but I am still trying to find the best (for me) calendar/planner to do that.
I will be adding to these lists over the next few weeks as other books and projects come to mind but I also don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
How is your 2015 shaping up?
Doing Susannah Conway's five day workshop Find Your Word really helped me to decide on what my word for 2015 will be.
And after finding this article online I was 110% sure that this was the word for me. You can follow my Pinterest Self-Awareness board here. My plan is to keep adding to it throughout the year. I will also be blogging periodically about how my word is being integrated throughout my everyday life.
Have you found your one little word for the year?
I have had it!
I am officially breaking up with winter!
I refuse to participate any more (arms crossed, shaking head). I mean how could something this beautiful to look at be so damn annoying.
I am done with the shoveling, cleaning off my car, and salting.
I am done with the bundling up that adds at least 5 min to my daily routine.
I am done with the wearing of boots for warmth over style…just give me cute summer shoes.
I am done with the icy roads and sidewalks that make me look like I am a duck as I walk.
I am just done!!!! I think the bears have the right idea…just sleep through it all and wake me when it is spring.