Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post celebrates my third day of the 90-day post challenge called the Gratitude Project 2012.
90 Day Gratitude challenge with my focus on Creative Thankfulness
During the 90-day challenge, I will be happily reflecting on my day to stop and appreciate what I am thankful for. For me, this idea is to gain humble aspects and count my blessings. Three times a week for this Club Creative Studio blog, I will focus on how I am thankful for creativity. There will be many times that I can document the celebration of creative thoughts with thankfulness.
I had thought about how I wanted to document my expressions, through making a keep-sake journal. And to stay with this theme it is of course a low-cost idea. It is nice that there is a Facebook group set up for many to post for this challenge. It is also nice that we can share our posts on our personal Facebook walls. I wanted to take this a step further and include my blog and my theme about creativity. Good luck in creating your own daily reflective space.
As a means to document my posts in a tangible manner, I made a simple, yet colorful painted sheet of paper that I will copy and compile later into a small flip book. Each page will be filled in with the numbered day and my hand-written declaration of thankfulness for that day across each colored stripe section. The day numbered will be written to the far left on the sheet and the black line will divide the section where I will write my thoughts of thankfulness.
Club Creative Studio flip sheets for daily journal.
The pages were copied and resized from one larger quick painting of colorful stripes painted across paper. I decided to make my whole book pocket-sized so I reduced my original sheet by 50% when I printed it out. That method also saved some of my computer ink.
You can create your own artful single sheet and copy it just as I did. I could have made this elaborate and with mixed media but I will save that effort for the “cover” of my flip-book.
If you want to copy and paste this image below of my single sheet. I have included it as a larger photo and you can copy and paste it to your computer.
For more information on the 90-Day Gratitude Challenge please check the recent Club Creative Studio Facebook page.
Club Creative Studio is proud to take steps in posting public gratitude by taking part in a new posting challenge. Inspired by blogging friend, Nicole Bandes, her 90 day challenge is a time for all to express gratitude of any level in our life. Adding to today’s low-cost creative idea theme: Two-Cent Tuesday post, this idea IS low-cost and a great personal challenge.
Thankful for CREATIVITY!
Adding my own twist to this challenge, I feel that it is going to be a delightful journey to report daily how I am appreciative of CREATIVITY in my life. I’ll be answering daily questions of what am I thankful for in creativity as well as what I appreciate artistically. These will be the focus points in my daily posts. You can write and post about gratitude in any manner you wish to. For the most part, my posts will be brief and hopefully inspirational to creative others as well. Please feel free to comment and share your gratitude thoughts here for art on the post theme. I look forward to sharing more creative ideas and educational information with a bit of insight as to why CREATIVITY plays such an important role in my thankfulness. I am looking forward to expressing gratitude in this manner, I hope that it is an uplifting addition to your day as well.
90 Day Gratitude Challenge with my focus on creative thankfulness/artistic appreciation.
More about MY THANKFULNESS CHALLENGE:
90 days of Gratitude
Starting on August 26th and ending on Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A), 2012.
“What would happen in your life if you spent 90 days showing gratitude? When this project starts there will be 90 days till Thanksgiving Day in the United States. What if you found just one thing to be grateful for every day for the next 90 days? What if you helped to spread this message to all those you knew and got them expressing more gratitude? Could that change the world? In 2009, Nicole Bandes started posting her gratitude daily on Facebook starting in the beginning of November. She did this consistently for the remainder of the month and liked the results so much she never stopped. Gratitude can change your life. Gratitude WILL change your life if you let it. It is such an incredibly simple thing to do. And, while many things are simple but not easy, this is also easy. It takes very little time to record one thing for which to be grateful each day.”
~ Nicole Bandes, Coach, Speaker, Author of The You Coach
Are you planning to take this 90 day Gratitude Challenge?
- Gratitude Quotes (grumpajoesplace.com)
I started out 2012 with a mantra and theme word for my new year business creations. The word I have a focus on is EXPLORE.
E is for Explore. The letter topic for the A to Z blog challenge continues. To help me maintain a visual focus on my mantra word explore, I created a vision board for my new year resolution for 2012. It is a small board but it’s packed with journal inspiration and visual prompts for me to stick to my goals and aspirations. So far, so good. Visual reminders can be valuable in helping one stick to set goals and daily tasks needed to reach those goals in the first place. Here is a photo of my vision board 2012.
Place your vision board where you will see it often.
The word EXPLORE has particular meaning to me as an artist and personally as well. It is a word that has reminded me to take the steps to stay out of “routine”, and try new techniques, methods, materials, and approaches. Exploring to me means to not be afraid and try what is not along the beaten path. The idea of the word gives me permission to fail and not be too bummed about a flopped outcome. Art gives me the freedom to make and accept mistakes on a daily basis. Exploring what is unknown also gives me the strength to push ahead and see what process, or outcome is yet to be. Adding key “buzz” words to your board will help keep you focused at a quick glance. I have included phrases and words like: reasons to smile, momentum, oomph, drop your jaw, and oh, yes I can!
Many of the areas on my vision board this year have a space for adding written sections. Along with word prompts in decorative fonts cut from magazines collage-style, I have spaces by which I added my own hand-written words. This gave me ownership of the words and re-visiting the poster daily gives me the visual reminders of what I want to be accomplishing. Visualizing means making it happen in our minds first the rest is still up to us to act upon how to make it a reality in the real word scenario.
On the back of my poster, I did something different. I have used the blank back space as a running tab of added information. I have written really small, milestone accomplishments so that I can re-read them and attest to progress made throughout the year. Documenting and measuring your growth by goals accomplished is very satisfying and make room for steps to remain productive. This is a method of “patting yourself on the back”, after all not everyone knows all of your intentions, dreams and goals. Explore your potential, explore the possibilities you have and explore your strengths and weakness so that you can grow to be the better YOU that you want and hope to be. What will you do to explore your capabilities today?
- E is for Explore (clubcreativestudio.wordpress.com)
- Create a Vision Board (dailyplanit.wordpress.com)