Each week I set myself a creative challenge. This week’s challenge was:

The challenge: Be an explorer of the world: observe the world around you, collect useless objects, wander around and live by the rule that everything is interesting. 

I went outside to wander around, I collected things I found or that were intriguing to me, I collected paint chips and started mapping those colors to real world colors, observed my surroundings more closely and noticed many small interesting details and had fun doing so.

The start of a ‘fascinating object collection’

What was fun?
Going out filled me with a bit of a thrill and a feeling of ‘going on adventure’ (I was making up stories in my head where I coincidently would walk into a random acquaintance who would ask me what I was up to and I would casually but in a semi-cool voice answer ‘I’m going on adventure’. Of course all of this only happened in my head). I discovered some new things (like an entire playground nearby I never saw before) and it was fun to really look at my surroundings and notice things I would normally pass by. I also started a ‘fascinating object collection’ that is inspiring to me.

What was difficult?
At first I felt slightly uncomfortable with randomly wandering my neighborhood while collecting bits and pieces from the sidewalk. I had the idea that everyone was suspiciously looking at the weird girl who was picking leaves from the ground and examining them.

What did I learn?
Nobody cares about the weird girl on the street collecting feathers. I should not worry about hypothetical judgments people have of me. 1. I do not know what they are thinking; it might be good or bad. 2 They might think nothing at all. 3. If they do have negative thoughts I shouldn’t care because they do not know me and shouldn’t judge me. Also, only when we allow ourselves to feel a little uncomfortable every now and then (by stepping out of our daily routine and not knowing exactly what to expect) we will discover interesting new things.


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    November 6, 2011 at 18:12

    great idea! and I love the mushroom pic, very cute :)

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    November 6, 2011 at 22:21

    absolutely agree with your thoughts on what you learned – who cares what others think :)
    verrrry pretty pictures, the gate one is my favorite!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my post!


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    November 7, 2011 at 09:01

    I love your photos!
    Being an explorer is great ;)

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    Emmett Katherine

    November 7, 2011 at 12:04

    I like the idea of giving yourself a weekly challenge, it’s something I think I should start doing. I love the pix of the mushrooms in the woods :)

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    Ida May Bueno

    November 7, 2011 at 14:19

    I love it when you said, ” I should not worry about hypothetical judgments people have of me”. We should not worry about what others think because they don’t know us. We should not let them become a hindrance to what we love to do. :-)


    I finished my week 1 of creative challenge – keep an illustration journal. hope you can take a look at it and let me know what you think. :-) i would really appreciate it.


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    November 7, 2011 at 15:31

    Hi Marielle! Thanks for the comment. I was glad to find your blog and I agree with Bibi! That picture of the gate took my breath away! I love your adventurous spirit. :)

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    November 7, 2011 at 18:38

    This seems like such a beneficial thing to do and quite a wonderful adventure. You’re right, most people really don’t care what us strange gals are doing, and if they do, so what? Right? I really love the idea of matching paint chips with colors in nature. That would be such a fun challenge.


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    Magical Day Dream

    November 9, 2011 at 18:56

    @ Paula: Thanks. I saw so many mushrooms! many more than I showed on my blog :)

    @ Bibi: Yes but it is always easier to say and realize than to live by. But taking little steps like this one should help me in the good direction :)

    @ Eva: it is!

    @ Emmett Katherine: Only you can start! It’s really just a matter of committing or making a decision.. :)

    @Ida: I took a look and it looks amazing! I think it is so exciting and fun to see fellow bloggers joining in on my challenges! Thanks a lot for sharing Ida!

    @Ruthiey: Haha I do not know if I’m really an adventurous spirit but I do like to push myself.. :)

    @Sara: Yes I got that idea from Keri smith’s ‘How to be an explorer of the world’. I love it too :)


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    November 10, 2011 at 11:11

    hi there! Glad you liked my Mad Cow face :) I really like the lessons you learned from this project. Wise words, indeed.

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    November 11, 2011 at 13:30

    I love the treasures you found! Also love your beautiful photographs of them. :)

    Loulou @ Loulou Downtown


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