Hey there. Today I am so excited to share with you something that I have been working on for awhile. I hope you will love it as much as I do!
Check Your Creativity
All right, so what is Check your Creativity? Check Your Creativity is a year-long creative challenge, starting September 1, 2016 and finishing up on August 31, 2017. Hold on. A year long? I know that sounds like a long time for one challenge, even a little crazy. Normally I would agree, but Check Your Creativity is a year long challenge broken down into 12, month long challenges. The best part? You have 100% control over it. You get to decide what each of your challenges is. The only guideline (not even a rule, but a guideline) is that each month you must challenge yourself creatively in some way.
Why should i Participate?
By participating in Check Your Creativity, you will:
- learn new skills by challenging yourself in different ways each month.
- be inspired by your own creativity and the creativity of others.
- allow yourself time to create.
Sounds perfect, right?
How Do I Participate?
In order to participate in Check Your Creativity, you need to sign up here. When you receive the confirmation email, download and print the calendar. As you can see below, the Check Your Creativity calendar looks very similar to a one line a day calendar.
Each month you will fill in your creative focus for the month. Throughout that month, whenever you practice that particular creative venture, check the box for the day (Check Your Creativity, get it???) and you jot down a brief description of what you accomplished. By the end of the month, your calendar will look something like this:
As you can see from my example, I did not practice visual thinking every single day. This does not mean I failed – pretty much the complete opposite. By the end of the month (I actually did this in June), I was so much better at visual thinking than I was at the beginning of the month. Now without “making myself” practice visual thinking as a part of a challenge, it is something I just do on my own. I don’t do it every day, but often enough that I continue to get better at it. #winning
No matter what you are better off at the end of the month than when you started. Check Your Creativity is not about being perfect, it’s about making progress.
Each month you will pick a new creative focus. Your choice of creative focus can build off the previous month or be completely separate – it’s up to you!
I encourage you to try something new each month as opposed to picking the exact same creative focus for the entire year. This will not make you an expert at 12 different creative ventures, rather it will help you to expand your creative thinking and perhaps even find something new that you like. You don’t have to pick 12 creative ventures ahead of time. Your first few projects might determine where the rest of your year is headed. For example, if I choose photography in October and I get hooked, other months throughout the year might have a photographic focus (i.e. nature photos, get better at taking portraits, etc.).
I Need Ideas for My Creative Focus for Each Month!
It is only crucial for you to come up with your creative focus for September now. However, if you are like me, you might be getting excited and want to plan the whole year out now. That’s totally fine, just be opening to allowing yourself to change your mind if you feel like it. When you download the calendar for Check Your Creativity, one of the pages is the graphic below, a place to brainstorm what your creative focus is going to be for each month.
Below you can see how I filled out mine. These are just the ideas I have now. Most likely, many of these will have changed by the end of the year. If you read through them, you will notice that some topics are very broad, such as visual thinking, and other times I wrote a very specific description of what I want to accomplish: knitting – finish the projects that I already currently have started. It’s probably better to have a specific goal, however you can choose those at the beginning of each month.
Here are some more ideas you can use (but are definitely not limited to:
- visual thinking
- working out
- take a photo of my kids
- learn to code
- go on a walk/hike
- each month could be a Pin that you saved on Pinterest and have never made yet
- each month could be a different project you have started and not finished: baby books, a half-knitted sweater, etc.
- your creative focus could be personal or have a family component: do a craft project together, read before bed every night, go for a walk together, etc.
- your creative focus could be personal or be completed with a significant other, with your kids, with a friend that lives near or far.
Here are some of my past posts that may help you find a creative focus for each month:
- Take Action: Join a Challenge Today
- Find Your CREATIVE SPARK Adventure – free 5 day email course
- Daily Acts of Creativity: 10 Ways to Inject Creativity Into Your Daily Life
How Can I Be Successful With Check Your Creativity?
There are a few steps that you need in order to be successful with Check Your Creativity:
- Join in – Don’t just observe the challenge, sign up and be a part of it. When you sign up, you will get your calendar to download. Print it right away. (You can sign up by clicking here.)
- Hang your calendar somewhere where you will see it every single day (or add it to your digital calendar). Actually check the box when you practice your creative venture.
- Make a plan for each month. It is not enough to say, “my creative focus for September is knitting.” This will not get you anywhere. You need to actually create a plan so that you follow through. Are you going to watch YouTube videos to teach yourself to knit? Are you going to set up a date with your neighbor for a time when she is going to teach you to knit. What materials will you need? If you need help creating a plan, click here to read about a post I wrote about it.
I’m so excited for Check Your Creativity to start September 1st. To join, click here now. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates throughout the next year!
To join in on Twitter and Instagram, use #checkyourcreativity.