Setting Intentions and Showing up
This week I've focused on my creativity and making myself show up. Do you do this?
As you know, I read each and every single one of your comments and try my best to visit your space if you have one. Some of you are avid knitters and some of you are wannabes. Some of you are creative and some of you want to be creative. All of us have felt something along the creativity spectrum and this is what I want to talk about.
Part of being creative is setting intentions. I have set many goals for myself - rarely do I carry them out immediately. I have sat on writing goals for more than a year before I wrote on a blank page. I've done the same with spiritual intentions, knitting aspirations and lately sketching intentions.
For a year I've wished to draw and yet did not DO it, I thought about it, dreamed about it and fantasized about it. I've learned this is my creative process. It's the beginning of something wonderful.
Some of you wish to be knitters. I say, dream about it, fantasize about it. Find blogs or sites that inspire you. Create a Pinterest page and clip away for a rainy day. Seek out a local yarn store, I guarantee you will find helpful people who will give you confidence and instructions on knitting. You Tube is a fantastic place to find video tutorials.
As you can guess, this is what I did for sketching goals. I researched, I Pinterested (is that a word?) and I planned my creative journey.
I've watched many of you set sewing goals and you have made beautiful garments proudly worn!
I've watched some of you embroider freestyle and had me in awe of your colorful talents
I've watched you urban sketch
I've watched you teach yourself archery
I've watched you scale back on social media to find your creative voice
I've watched you create for others
I've watched you take breaks from your blogs for self care
I've watched you start knitting or crocheting
I've watched you buy a new camera or a new lens and brought beauty to your blog space
You get the where I'm going right?
Your pursuits inspire my pursuits.
Sometimes we purchase LOTS of 'stuff' to support our endeavors. I never feel guilty about any purchases and I do spend money on yarns and lately art supplies. I find that expanding my tools and resources makes me happy and it keeps local businesses in business.
I have wool that has been in my stash for years and years. Will I knit with it? I probably will but maybe not now.
I guess what I'm saying is don't feel guilty if you try a craft and you take a break or you decide it's not for you. I have tons of cross stitch supplies in a box in my room that hasn't seen the light of day. I have sewing supplies as well. I favor my original kit lens to my camera instead of the one I bought. Sometimes I use my phone for photography and leave the big camera at home because I do not want to lug it around.
So back to me, I've been showing up. I've been focusing on being creative with my photography, drawing, knitting and my blog space. Maybe it's the spring weather because I have loads of new ideas.
Do you set intentions?
How do you show up?
What is stopping you from showing up?