There are few things in this world that I enjoy more than turning on some great music, cranking it really loud, gathering all my supplies, and MAKING something.
There is something divine in that act of bringing an object into physical form that was only a vision in my mind - of creating something with my imagination and my own two hands.
I've been doing this my whole entire life. It's part of who I am like the fact that I have brown eyes, or I'm 5'-10" tall. It's just what I do.
I sometimes forget that not everyone does this. Not everyone has saved every art and crafting supply since high school. Not everyone has an entire room dedicated to their creativity. Not everyone can spend a blissful evening organizing their Prismacolor marker collection.
Is this odd? Maybe. But I don't care. I love it. Always have and always will.
But over the years, I have to admit that I've been doing this less and less. I am busy building my career. I'm busy trying to start a family. I've discovered a new passion with my writing, so I've been spending most of my free time exploring it. But nothing else that I do brings me quite the same simple joy as making things.
So I've decided to start doing more making.
As in: I plan to make something EVERY WEEK.
I want to engage in something each and every week in order to stay in touch with my creative side and keep the juices flowing. It doesn't have to be something grand or amazing. In fact, I'm excited to see how I can think outside the box with this goal. Maybe it will be decorating a cake one week, and making jewelry the next. Or completing a pencil sketch or planting some herbs or cooking a new meal. There are endless ways to express our creativity, and I intend to explore as many as possible.
But this isn't intended to bring more stress into my life. It is intended to bring more joy. So if it becomes overwhelming, I'll re-assess, and figure out how to make it joyful again. But for now the plan is to make something every week.
Starting this week.
So here it is, this weeks creation.
My music selection: the Chris Stapleton Pandora station. So fun!
And... the result! I got to make a fun baby shower cake for a sweet mom-to-be, and bring some more joy into my life at the same time. Win-win.
And there may have been some dancing and icing-bag microphone action involved.
There is a reason why I taught cake decorating classes for so many years. And why so many grown women showed up each week to play with frosting and fondant. Because it is FUN! That's really it. Nothing more, nothing less. There was something magical about those classes, and the experience of coming together with a small group of women with no other agenda than to MAKE something beautiful (and yummy). Everything else just kind of went away during those hours. Oh, the memories.
Stay tuned for more fun creative projects in the weeks to come. I'll share some of my creations on the blog, but mostly in my newsletter. So if you haven't already, be sure to sign up for weekly Fearless Friday newsletters. You'll be glad you did!
Till next time,
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