So here's the plan: A little bit here and a little bit there, we're going to get our physical spaces and mental landscapes into better shape for creating.
We're going to tidy, arrange, rearrange and clean. We're going to make lists, take inventory, purge and organize. We're going to invite ourselves to make things we really want to make, and we're going to let go of projects and fantasies that are dragging us down.
Every Monday and Thursday I'll post a task. Not a daunting one. Not an expensive one. Not one that will be taxing in terms of time or emotion. Simply a thing to do. We'll all do it, so none of us will be in this alone.
We'll use the comments here and also in the Facebook group, since that's the best place for posting photos. (Oh, we'll be posting photos.)
The best way to start any big project is to identify the first baby step to take. After that baby step, it'll start to feel like we can actually maybe accomplish this thing!
So today, identify the one place where you spend the majority of your creative time.
Could be the couch, the dining room table, a workshop. For me, it's my desk – I don't just work there, I also make a ton of stuff there.
Now take a good look at this one area (don't turn your head and look at the bookshelf, don't turn around and look at the mess behind you).
Take a photo of it. This is the "before" photo. It's entirely for you, to look at later once you've taken an "after" photo, but if you want to share it, please do (in fact, I urge you to share it – it's the best way to get rid of the shame you feel – we all feel it – about your messes [or your furniture, or your terrible photo, or whatever]).
Over the next couple of days, think about what you want to accomplish in this space. Maybe it's peace and meditation while you stitch. Maybe it's writing a novel. Maybe it's learning how to paint. Maybe it's making products to sell. Probably it's a bunch of different things. Whatever it is, write it down. Write down what, in a totally perfect world, you would accomplish here.
Have the list ready on Thursday, for Day 2!