My friend, musician Emma Smith, wrote a lovely blog recently called ‘How to Deal with Overwhelm’. Link here
It inspired me to do my take on her idea and to finish off this year with a brain storm of all the thoughts, inspirations, ideas, intentions, goals and wishes I have for my artwork moving forward and write them individually on a piece of paper and put them in a jar. As my blue glass jar filled up I wondered if it would be empty next year or in fact be twice as full as ideas do seem to inspire more ideas!
One of Emma’s suggestions for the days when you feel a bit lost, overwhelmed or unsure how to proceed, is to pick out one of the pieces of paper and see what ‘chance’ wants you to do, which might be meditate or go for a walk. As mine is an arty jar I decided to add wild cards too such as go on an art date or lie in semi supine for twenty minutes and let go and let inspiration come to me . Link to Body Magic here
However for me the main benefit of this magic jar is to get all my ideas stored in one place. I have a tendency to write ideas on scraps of paper or in different note books or on my phone, but collating everything in this way in a physical place feels really helpful and very heart pleasing.
It doesn’t so much feel like a ‘to do’ list or a bucket list but more a kind of sweetie jar of passion or a cauldron of possibilities and a beacon drawing me forward into the new year.
I am sure this idea can be adjusted for any passion such as blogging or health and fitness …
Wishing you much love and happy creativity as the year comes to an end.