Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Allowing Creativity

It can be hard in a busy world to engage and embrace your creativity. It seems like I'm not happy unless I have a million different things to worry about (which speaks to my need to not live in the present, which is a whole 'nother Oprah), but what I really need is space to be creative.

I realized this morning (as I was trying to finish a project) that I allow for too many distractions to get in my way. From the whining, needy dog (she's perfectly happy but she knows that when all the other people leave, she can guilt me into giving her my undivided attention even if she's perfectly happy just napping for post of the day) to the incessant noise from the TV (I really don't care about what's on yet I feel compelled to leave it on). I find myself avoiding productive work and standing in front of the pantry looking for snacks I'm not hungry for or turning toward Candy Crush to drown my sorrows.

So when I muted the TV and told the dog to go to her room (where she immediately collapsed and fell asleep as is her way), set my phone aside and poured myself a fresh cup of coffee, I finished my project in record time. I just needed permission to free myself of the distractions.

Confession: I might be having a midlife crisis. I mean, I don't know what else to call it when you're standing in the middle of your life wondering when you got to this point, how you got to this point, and whether or not you can shape what you see into something more meaningful.

I'm not unhappy; just thinking that there should be more to this. So, yeah, call it a midlife crisis, call it a mom whose job of momming is changing because the kids are getting older, call it being in between jobs or preparing for a major life change and wanting to be prepared for that change—that's where I'm at.

When Blogging for Books offered up this book for review—Design the Life You Love: a step-by-step guide to building a meaningful future by Ayse Birsel, it was a matter of the right thing at the right time. I do want to be the designer of my future. I mean I think I do. So maybe a workbook is the right place to start?

When you want to re-design your life, you need
to learn to think like a designer.

The packaging is great—sturdy covers, an elastic band to hold it together and pages that demand doodling, note taking and marginalia in order to use the book properly. The author encourages the reader to think broad, consider how our own definitions of our lives are constraining us and to reconsider how it should all fit together. I like the playful writing style and the encouraging quotes and lists contained throughout the text. And there's a whole pile of pages toward the back in case you run out of room.

Practicing drawing the love of my life: coffee.

This will be a fun book to return to and work through as I go through this move. Plus, it gives me license to sit and color with my rainbow of PaperMate Flair pens. Who do I want to be when I grow up? Still working on that.

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are not for sale, and all opinions included in this post are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Aaaaaand putting that on my Christmas list.