A few weeks ago I launched a new blog feature (#CreativityForDays) and added another post to my weekly posting schedule so that I would be posting twice a week: Mondays and Fridays. I then successfully posted two weeks of #creativityfordays and then stopped. Truthfully I wasn’t creating every day and I didn’t want to fake it. So here’s a very honest report of what I’ve been creating. Saturday started a new week (I’m starting my creativity challenge weeks on Saturdays since I publish the weekly review on Fridays, usually). I plan to kick into creativity gear so I won’t be skipping creativity summaries any more.
Instead of “faking it until you make it” and fudging what I created and when, I decided to be really forthcoming (because really who am I cheating except myself if I “fudge” the truth). So here’s a very honest and sparse summary of what I’ve created since my last #CreativityForDays summary post.
January 11, 2020: Painting 🖼
I attended a watercolor painting community education class with my Mom and we learned how to watercolor (kind of). It piqued my interest so I will definitely do more.
January 12, 2020: Blogging 💻
I worked on this blog and one I do for an organization I volunteer for.
January 13, 2020: Blogging 💻
I finished my Monday post for January 13th and posted that. I watched the announcement of the Oscar nominations live (@ 7:30. am CST) and blogged my reaction.
January 14, 2020- January 19, 2020 Blogging/Graphic Design 💻
I worked on my all-consuming Oscar ballot. It takes me a while to construct this. That’s honestly why I fell behind on creating.
Some Creative Writing (January 14- January 19, 2020)
During this time that I was working on the Oscar ballot (and where to watch the nominees) I did intermittent creative writing and ended up FINALLY hitting my 50,000 words goal for my memoir (only 6 months late).
January 20-21, 2020 Not Creating 🚫 🎨 ✍🏻
I was reading Ronan Farrow’s nonfiction book on reporting on the Harvey Weinstein case called “Catch and Kill.” Honestly I’m not sure I really said this in my review but I found the book so gripping and all-consuming that I had a hard time doing anything creative while reading it. I think this was a new reaction because of my severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) because I never used to be that way.
January 23, 2020 Blogging 💻
I wrote an essay for this blog I’m quite proud of called “The Two Moviegoers” about what’s it been like for me watching and being a movie fan both before and after my severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
January 24 – 31, 2020 Blogging 💻
I continued blogging and graphic designing for the organization I volunteer for (sporadically during these days… it wasn’t nonstop). I also started to read a novel by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby (I wrote a blog post about him months ago). It’s called “Juliet, Naked” and was released a few years ago. It’s the perfect antidote to the intensity of Ronan Farrow’s nonfiction book.
I do plan to keep creating everyday and trying to keep track of it. I’ll reassess that promise if I fall behind again.