Sometimes I sit down to my desk and have no idea what I want to create but I have a tangible feeling, or rather; urge, to create something. There have been countless times that what I create is of no aesthetic value and gets crumpled into the trash in frustration OR donated to my daughter’s growing pile of mommy discards (at lease I will always have one unconditional and loyal fan!). And sometimes I actually like what comes from it.
Sometimes I go into this urge with a plan. I know that I want to create a certain image or I know I want to paint or I know I want to doodle nothingness while I mostly watch Netflix! But MOST often I get the urge to create something and I have zero inclination as to what it should or will be. I sit down to an empty desk and start thinking.
First I think, how much time do I have? A few hours?! Not likely! I have three kids and I work from home and my sweet dedicated husband is working hard at work.
Second, how much mess do I want to make, AKA, how messy is the desk right now and do I have to clean it up before getting started on a new project?! Ugh! Maybe I will ignore the urge today!
Third, what has been inspiring me lately. Browsing hashtags on Instagram or pinning images on flowers on Pinterest or maybe a you tube video I watched on a media I would like to try my hand at.
Fourth, do I have any projects I want to make for someone?! A personalized baby shower gift? An inspirational quote for an upcoming event at church?
An lastly, do I have any priority projects and paying customers waiting for draft updates or finished projects?
Once I have assembled my mental answers to my mental questions I get started. I make a mess, spread my project all over my desk and spend time getting my hands dirty!
Like I said, I often don’t like what I make, but that’s ok! I have learned over the years that it is better to make something everyday and like a small percentage of it than to not make anything at all!
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