Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Sifting :: Sunday O' Bliss

I started this beautiful Sunday morning exhausted. I poured myself a cuppa as my husband and daughter headed out the door to play tennis, after which, I stepped outside to a refreshing, cool, summer breeze. It felt fabulous as it flowed over my face. I was ready for the day and as it turned out, it ended with magical rays of light streaming from behind the clouds as the sun set beyond the confines of our backyard.

Over the past week I’ve been extremely energized by creative play; a little fiber paste and a little bit of Fearless Painting in Abstract Adventures with Connie as part of the 21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop. (I’ll share details about that experience over on my Creative Tickles page on Kreative Notions Tuesday.) I was rockin’ and rollin’. Painting, playing, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom, hyped up, excited and e-n-e-r-g-i-z-e-d I even enjoyed washing the car! That all began to change on Friday afternoon when I decided to purge and reorganize my studio-without-a-name to make a permanent home for my easel (and prepare for Inside Out with Shannon).

So the task began…er…continued.

Purging is a process that I practice repeatedly. Each time I make the choice to let go of even more clutter; both that of my physical space and that of my mental and emotional space. I continually go through my stuff again…and again, each time letting go of a little bit more and a little bit more. I still struggle letting some things go, but every time I allow myself to release “the stuff,” it opens me up a little more and a little more.

After staying up until the wee hours of the night (for two nights) sorting, donating, trashing, and prioritizing my mission was finally accomplished. I’d emptied several containers.

I’m delighted with the lighter and leaner results of my creative space…but

Then it hit me…duh!

Playing and learning new techniques, practicing, letting go, getting lost in the creative zone does much more than bring me joY…it really energizes me. When I am energized, I am (more) focused, inspired, productive, relaxed and happier. Being creative brings out the best in me.

What energizes you? Is it being creative in a studio, a kitchen, on a sports field, or at a desk? What brings out the best in you?

1 comment:

  1. I have found lately, working on a quilt has energized me a little. I'm going to try take up painting also and the though alone does that. I also noticed that I like being able to create things like making jam or baking from scratch. I'm getting a lot of good ideas. Those around me seem to be the ones to bring out the best. Well, those creative ones. You all inspire me to find what I am good at and that in turn gives me energy because of the warm and happiness that I find in that niche.


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