Yesterday wrapped up #CreateShare2015. It was my first time hosting a challenge on social media, and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to co-host it with Veronica and Anna.
I have had some time to reflect on it and here a a few thoughts:
It is so awesome to “meet” new people and see the awesome work they do. More than anything else, this challenge provided me the opportunity to extend the circle of people I follow on social media or of blogs I read. I am extremely grateful for that.
For a week, creativity was constantly on my mind. Some for good reasons and some not so good.
First, the good:
It is called a challenge for a reason. Over the course of the seven days, I found myself looking for more pockets of time to accomplish some creative projects that I had been putting off for months because I felt like I did not have enough time. But, when I had something driving me to get it done, I found that some of the projects took a lot less time than I had thought. I had been making them into a bigger deal in my head than they actually were.
In addition, I made time to reflect on all of the small, not so obvious ways that I was creative in my daily life in addition to the big projects I was doing. This was an informative exercise for me and opened my eyes to how creative we all and the many different forms creativity takes (more coming on that soon)!
The not so good:
At the beginning of the 7 days, I found myself stressing about making time to do a project so that I could share it. Now I know that I do not need to share something every single day, but as someone c0-hosting the project, I felt that I should. If this was just something I was participating in, I would not have felt the need to do that. A creative project should not bring stress into your life, in reality it should do the exact opposite.
So about half-way through the seven days, I had to stop and re-think this process. That is when I decided to look for the ways I was creative in a normal day instead of manufacturing creative moments.
In the end, I think it is good to have a nice balance of natural creative moments that come about in the ways we choose to live our lives, and then the big creative projects as well – as long as they are bringing you joy.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge. I hope to do another one in the future.