Starting 2012 with a Creative Bang

Happy New Year! I hope all is well with you and your family. By now most of you are back in the swing of your normal schedule.  Many of you may have made resolutions for the new year and may be trying hard to keep them. Some of you may have already broken your resolutions and given up. Many people don’t make resolutions because they do not want to fail or feel guilty. They put too much pressure on themselves.

I don’t make resolutions for others to hear, but I do make some mental wishes that I try to follow through on. Some of those wishes involve getting healthier mentally and spiritually, exercising more, reading my Bible every day and losing weight. Sound familiar?

Am I always going to eat healthier? No, so when I have a day where it just doesn’t happen should I throw in the towel and give up? No. I will try to remember the words of Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind.  Scarlet said,  “For Tomorrow is another day”.

Some of you may be like me and want to start 2012 with a creative bang. If that is the case, make those desires known. If you want to be more creative and to create more often, add those desires to your mental wish list. Or for added support  share the experience with someone else. You may need that added support to follow through.

What are some things you can do to start 2012 with a creative bang?

1. Sign up for an art class.

2. Buy the art book you’ve always wanted but never got around to purchasing.

3. Create an area in your home just for your art work so you can leave supplies and projects out.

4. Go to an art supply store to see what supplies grab your attention and desire. You can also do this by going to art supply stores online or through a catalog.

5. Go to the library and check out art books or art instructional DVDs.

6. Keep a sketchbook and pencil next to the spot where you watch television. Doodle or draw while watching your shows.

7. Start an altered book. You can read more about this here.

8. Find an art group online where you can share your art work.

9. Visit a museum or art gallery.

I could go on and on but I won’t. I think you get the idea. Inspiration for creativity often comes from the simplest of activities. The main thing is to have the desire. Start out trying to be creative once a month, then once every two weeks, then once a week, then once a day. It may not come naturally. You may have to work at it.  Don’t kick yourself if you postpone your creativity, for tomorrow is another day.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative 2012. I would love to hear some of the things you are going to do this year to be more creative.

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