“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”
― Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
I can’t deny it any longer. I love to draw. I love to take my markers and swirl and swirl and swirl.. I love to create… Bold colors, bright yellows, showy oranges, passionate red, dark deep blue… My spirit is smiling just thinking about grabbing my doodle pad!
I love the way the pen feels in my hand, and the focus my eyes have on the paper. I love, when I finish a drawing, when I stand back and look at the finished product. YET!! What I love more, is the process.. really truly amazingly!
Just like writing comes naturally for me, so does doodling… It is an art, for now, I do not want to part with…
Which explains my excessive desire to buy MORE cool markers!
Although, to tell you the truth, my first doodles started with a marker I had at home and an urge to just make lines going different ways. As I rummaged through my kids pencil cases to find more, and doodled more, I decided to take a trip to the $ store. I couldn’t afford much.
4 packs of markers (fine point and regular) and 1 pack of cardboard later, I came home and drew spirals spiralling everywhere! I also used one of the journals Syda Howery from Kreative Notions sent me as a gift. Just to play around and then… something magical happened.
I created art! As I was showing my progress to my online friends, their love for what I was creating made me want to create more.
There is nothing wrong with Validation!
Friends started to send me makers, paper, encouragement and hoorays!
I was open to receive…. and accept my limitations.. to create a platform of self-loving acts!
… and the more I love myself, the more I give myself…the more I receive what I need to create…
There are so many things we can create in our lives: Time, abundance, memories, art, space, beauty….
Buying new clothes, making dinner (even if no one is home), getting out for a walk, hanging with my teens, or just the present of “presence” are all gifts.. Taking the time to do them and doing them are giving and receiving.. and even though my anxiety keeps me close to home, I can now see it’s benefit in a million ways.
Get it?! 🙂
Doodling started as a way to ease the angst.. and turned into something fierce and amazing.
Which led to another…
One thing! One little thing after another came as I started to do what made me happy. Not long after that, Tracie Nichols declared she was starting this challenge June 8th, and I decided to join her!
All along the way, even before the challenge, I was practicing self-love, but now, as I journey through the details of actually doing it. As I write my challenges and my accomplishments daily and share them with you. I actually FEEL what is happening.
Breakthrough after breakthrough…
What is your self-love challenge today? Tell me about it. I may just implement them in my practice or next blog!
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham