I am sure you have heard the sayings… Say what you mean, and do what you say. I try to live by that. Honesty and accountability can get you far in life. But I think these ideas must be tempered with…don’t be afraid to take a detour.
This space has been filled with detour signs, and until today, the announcement of a detour would make me feel like bowing my head in resignation. I would hear my inner critic whisper…you just don’t do follow-thru. And on some level I would believe it. Fortunately, the part of myself in charge of self-care has a stronger voice than the inner critic and so, detours happen.
But today, as I have begun to face the deflation of my big plans for giving away lots of art stuff to lots of people, I found the need for another detour. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not sitting on the other side of the computer screen with sad eyes and a broken heart. I am simply realizing that the water is not quite as deep here as I thought it might be, so my plans for having a drawing don’t quite work.
So you know what that means, right? I pack up my toys and go home. No, absolutely not.
Reframing the Creative Process
Just as with any creative project that isn’t going the way I thought it might in the beginning, I adjust, edit, redesign, rehearse, and keep on keeping on. Blogging is the same way. This space is a work of art. It is where ideas and meanings are crafted.
My life as a blogger is developing. My eyes are sometimes bigger than my audience, though. This venue is visited by a small but robust group of individuals. I sometimes mistake the enthusiastic quality of the few for the presence of quantity. And although the gathering of Creatives is growing, it is still a very intimate circle. This is a blessing now. As I find my way as a blogstress and craft this wild space I do it in the safety of a core tribe. That security will lend itself to more a more rigorous discovery process. And to me that means the process and the product will be steeped in opportunity.
I am going to continue this week of daily posts as I intended. This is my way of celebrating the end of my first year of blogging. But, instead of continuing to post an offering every day, I am going to encourage anyone who might like to be included in the give-away to post a comment on the Labyrinth Touch Drawing, the Fairy Paper Doll, and/or up-coming July 7th blog where I will giving away one of my wire cuffs. The give-away will be open until July 14th.
Where Art Thou Going?
So a detour suggests a different direction. In this case, that would be spot-on correct. I have really enjoyed what I started calling Power Blogging. A blog a day keeps this girl happy…for now. So for as long as it serves me… knowing how I just might relish another detour… I am going to jump in on the 30 Days of Creativity bandwagon.
30 Days of Creativity is a social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June. And since the last two days have include spurts of creativity, I figure I am in good shape to start.