What to Pack on Your Creative Journey #AtoZ
This is my second run at the A to Z Challenge — 26 blog posts in a month, one for each letter of the alphabet. In 2018, I published an A to Z of British and Ireland posts. That was fun!
This year, my theme is: What to Pack on Your Creative Journey.
When I picked that theme several weeks ago, I didn’t know how appropriate it was going to be. With less travel, for a while, this is a great time for a metaphorical vacation. If more of us are spending time at home, a deep dive into creativity will be just the thing to reduce stress and increase vitality.
I shared the article 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety in my post yesterday, where I talked about how strategies #1 and #2 are working for me, including my process for handling anxiety.
Creative projects are a terrific method for Strategy #6, strengthen self-care.
I’m looking forward to the month of April when I’ll encourage every one to engage in creative work as a way to take control of something when there’s so much uncertainty. We will all be mentally and emotionally healthier if we can sustain some creativity at this time.
Write a poem or screenplay or novel. Doodle flowers or paint with oils. Choreograph a dance. Put on a show and record it for YouTube. Sing a song or compose one.
Let’s take a creative journey in April. I’ll provide the packing list.
Since some of us are going to want to start our creative journeys today, I’m going to jump in with a head start and some resources.
First, a graphic of creative ideas from Australia.
Next, some resources to get started on a creative project:
- Your local library e-resources. If you have a St. Louis County Library card, the library’s courses page features Creativebug (1000 art & craft video classes), a variety of online courses for career and academic advancement, and Mango Languages for learning another language.
- YouTube, Pinterest, and TED Talks — just remember that browsing about a creative project and doing a creative project are two different activities. The second one is more fun, once you get into it.
- Paper and pens and pencils. This is a good time to experience some unplugged time and let your brain pour out its thoughts. Try writing lists, making mind maps, or freewriting
What can you add to that list of resources to push people onto a creative path, right now?
What a lovely choice for a theme, and, as you said, so topical at the moment. Hope all your prep is going well.
I have a whole list of useful free image sites etc that might be useful for people creating digital art or even practical art if they need references or images to print out: https://tashasthinkings.blogspot.com/p/resources-for_3.html
Tasha’s Thinkings & Virginia’s Parlour
I really enjoyed your challenge last year. I’m ready for a new adventure!
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Oh sounds exciting! I love this information poster you have as well!
Quite a timely theme indeed! I look forward to your posts, and to having a creative April.
Great theme! I’m looking forward to joining you and getting back in touch with my neglected creativity!
A hot topic at the moment. I believe you will have a lot of visitors. Good luck Joy 🙂
Do check out if my theme interests you: http://www.rightpurchasing.com/a2zchallenge/
I really appreciate these suggestions! Currently working through a coloring book right now!