I just finished up with the first month of a 3 month project. If you missed it (sorry if you didn’t and this is like the 14th time you have heard me mention it), I (with the help of some other creative ladies) started a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer. It is called BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. All it is is one creative prompt per month for June, July, and August. An easy way to make time for your creativity this summer.
After completing the first month of BYOC, something became very clear.
Why don’t we give ourselves more time/permission to do the stuff we love? It seems like it should be obvious but yet many (not all, but many) of us struggle with it. A few months ago I talked about creating a creative to do list because often our to do lists our filled with stuff we don’t want to do: get an oil change, make a dentist appointment, etc., so it makes sense that you should also make a list of things that you actually want to do and will make you happy and fulfilled.
Taking that one step further would be giving yourself time and permission to actually do the stuff you put on your creative to-do list. As I mentioned, we are only one month into BYOC, but I have found that it is the best project because I am giving myself permission to create and making it a priority to create.
So far I have planted a garden (with the help of my friend Tracy). No joke, this has been on my to do list for at least 4 years. Like everyone else I am busy, so I just never did. I thought it fit the June prompt of “summer” perfectly, so I made it a priority – done and done. It took just a couple of hours.
As soon as I finished, that, I thought what’s next? Not because BYOC is a competition to see who can create the most, but because doing something creative energizes me and leads to more creativity. Right away, I got started on a scarf (yes, even though it is about 90 degrees most days right now) that I have been wanting to work on for a few months.
So why now? I could do these creative activities anytime. So why are they actually getting done now? Because I gave myself permission to and made it a priority to take time to create. I know how happy and fulfilled it leaves me, so I decided to make it a priority.
It’s time for you to do the same. Need a little help getting started? Click here or the graphic below to download your creativity permission slip and figure out what you need to make your creativity a priority!