For the next few weeks, I’m reading the book Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne.
Creative Thursday is a book about learning to make creativity a daily habit. Over the last few years, I have made creativity a priority, but just like any habit or practice, it requires consistent attention.
Chapter 4, Commitment, talks about committing to the practice of creativity and establishing it as a habit in your life. Marisa gives several ideas to help you towards that goal and towards setting accountability. The first suggestion was to write a blog. This made me chuckle because writing a blog is my number one accountability partner.
Chapter 5, Setting a Time Limit, was of particular interest to me because I’ve recently been hard on myself for not feeling motivated. Since I’m starting a new job, I’m expending a lot of energy focusing on learning my new position. I want to be gentle with myself, but I do realize that I can’t use that as an excuse. Even with what I perceive as less time to paint, I still have time. I’m working on this.
Chapter 6, Redefining the Role of Perfection, is a chapter that will strike home with many of us. At times, I’ve felt perfectionism is one of the biggest negatives in my life. Over the years, I’ve let go of a lot of my perfectionistic tendencies, but they are always lurking. This chapters strives to put the role of perfection into proper perspective. Marisa defines perfection as “a desire to create with excellence.” I like this definition. It lines up with her encouragement to “increase the self-love, decrease the self-judgment.”