Friday morning reflections. +creative routine

It’s another beautiful day, with snowflakes descending like feathers of baby birds- slowly, softly, carefully providing the world with the covering it so desperately needs.

I officially created my gallery wall yesterday and I love how it turned out! I haven’t filled all the frames yet, but they are up and hanging exactly where they are supposed to be. Here’s a sneak peak.

My gallery wall in progress.

I’m really beginning to feel so at home in this space. So much so that it almost makes me sad when I think of the fact that, come fall, I will leave, again. I will just have to bring as much of my room with me as I possibly can.

I have constantly had leaving on my mind when renovating though, so every item I’ve collected or made I’ve designed to join me wherever I end up next. Just so that, wherever I go, I can have something that feels like home. Like me. I’ve noticed how much my environment affects my mood, creativity and overall wellbeing, so for me it’s important. You learn from your mistakes.

I also created a ton of blackout poems yesterday. I hadn’t done that in a while. I’d missed it. Here’s one from my book. I’m currently working my way through chapter 9.

My brother is coming home from his military training today. Just for the weekend, but still. I look forward to having him here for a few days.

Now, today’s priorities are:

  • Journal ✔
  • Go for walk+listen to a The Connected Life podcast
  • Write blog post (on top of that, good job Hanna)
  • Buy bigger acrylic paint tubes
  • Paint commissioned painting
  • fill some of the frames on gallery wall
  • choose songs for tomorrow’s set+ practice
  • read
  • (extra) finish illustration for friend

One of my main goals for this gap year is to learn how to create a structure for myself that allows me to be as creative as I want to be. To learn how to properly motivate myself, without anyone else doing it for me. To trust myself with me, I guess.
it sounds very basic, I know, but I’ve really never had to do it to this extent before.
When we’re little our parents tell us what we can and can’t do, hence creating the structure for us, and then the school takes over for however many years. Then a workplace. You get the idea.
  I do have a job, but it is more of a side thing so I still have a lot of time on my hands to do whatever I want with.
And I want to learn how to properly use it to steward my creativity.

So, this is the thing that works best for me at the moment. Setting priorities for each day.
I don’t work well with strics scheduals and extensive to do lists paralyze me, but this I’ve found to be very helpful.
I guess it looks like a to do list, but the word “priorities” helps me look at it differently. This way, I can still take on which ever thing I feel like doing in the moment, without being tied to a strict time line. As long as I get to all the priorities, the order doesn’t really matter. And, I can still do other things too, if I feel inspired. I’ve realized I need that freedom. That sense of space in between, filled with possibilities. Anything too restrictive gives me the heebie-jeebies.

I’m not claiming to be a pro at this by any means, but it’s something I’m currently learning and working on so if you are too, maybe this tip could be helpful.
And- if you consider yourself a creative and have any tips or tricks when it comes to building yourself a structure, please shoot them my way! I would love to hear them.

Hope you have a wonderful day and, if you’re a fellow artist- create something honest. Something that feels like you.
Then, it’s bound to be beautiful.