Monday I started another creative challenge again.
The challenge: Start your own radical self love bible
What was difficult?
In a way this challenge was somewhat more confronting and personal than most of my creative challenges. I did experience it as a ‘good kind of difficult’ though, if that makes sense.
What was fun?
I had a lot of fun with this challenge. Using collage as a medium is much faster than drawing, which makes you feel like you have results immediately. It feels quite gratifying. The pages I finished so far give me a happy vibe and started functioning as a good reminder already. There are many things about ourselves we know to be true in theory, but which are hard to experience all the time in practice. These pages make me feel good about myself, and I can’t wait to creatively capture other aspects I am struggling with. I also love that each page or spread has a theme of its own. One reminds me that it is OK to listen to my needs and relax a bit more (even though I feel like I must be productive 100% of the time if I ever want to achieve my dreams). Another one reminds me that just because others don’t always see my vibrance or beauty, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. As an introvert I sometimes feel scared that people won’t be able to see all the wonderful things about me that I feel hesitant to share with them al first. I also put in a beautiful letter I received and a card that makes me feel good about myself. You might also recognise my ‘rejection chart‘. For every rejection I faced in the past months I coloured in one ‘no’. This way I tried to celebrate my courage and encourage failure for the sake of growth. I love how each page speaks to a different part of me that needs to hear some encouragement every now and then.
What did I learn?
Although settings time and quantity for challenges helps to push myself, it can also feel like another commitment. For example my ‘illustrate your love history’ challenge felt more forced time wise, compared to the normally relaxed state I feel in when drawing. So for this week I consciously didn’t set a number of pages I needed to finish or amount of time I needed to spend on it. This decision resulted in a more fun and relaxed way of working, which I think a challenge (especially this one) deserves. I do think that pushing yourself can help to overcome your normal excuses and obstacles, but it shouldn’t feel like another chore. Balance is the key, as always.
One last thing: just a quick reminder that if you want to participate in my Creative Kindness Month Link-up, you need to hurry because March is almost over!
What loving message should you tell yourself more often?