As you can see my desk is really neat and clean which leads me in a round about way to my coaching tip which is, When you need to take a break - take it. There are many principles of creativity which are important but I consider self-care one of the most important. We all live in a very busy world. It's natural for us to take care of others but so often we forget to take care of ourselves. I had a wonderful weekend. We were busy doing lots of fun things with our grandsons but yesterday I was tired. I had planned to get out my pastels and begin a new painting but decided to take a day off and just enjoy my clean desk and the painting I created last week.
When I create something new I really like to enjoy the process. If I'm tired, I can't do that so I am learning to take a break and step back for a minute or two when my body signals it needs a rest. My original plan for Monday was to create something new for Summer of Color. This week's colors are lime green and purple. When I took my picture for WOYWW, I realized that there was a lot of lime green in my painting, that the perfume bottle that I always keep on my desk is purple, and that the parrot on my special cup is a beautiful lime green. Just the colors that are part of this week's challenge. So without having to do a thing everything I needed was on my desk just waiting to be noticed. It always amazes me how the universe provides just what I need if I take the time to be still and notice what is right in front of me.
I still plan on painting something special using lime green and purple but because I have taken the advice I so often give to others, I will enjoy what I am doing. So once again (I think it is worth repeating) Be kind to yourself. Nurture yourself as you would others. When you need a break take it. You will be so glad you did!
When you share your dreams and talents with the world, magic happens. Let the magic begin.