A Great Reply for “So…What’s New with You?”


It’s easy to undervalue our interests. We think we have to master a skill, have actual talent, in order to own it. That if we’re dabbling, playing with something — for fun! — our interest is not yet ready to be declared.
So​ ​here’s​ ​another​ ​creativity​ ​exercise​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​plasticity​ ​in​ ​our​ ​brains​ ​and​ ​the 
endorphins​ ​flooding​ ​our​ ​systems.​ ​And​ ​to​ ​help​ ​us​ ​step​ ​more​ ​fully​ ​into​ ​ourselves.​ ​It​ ​comes​ ​from  Pam​ ​Grout’s​ ​​Art​ ​&​ ​Soul,​ ​Reloaded. 
Design​ ​an​ ​elevator​ ​pitch​ ​for​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​project. 

You​ ​might​ ​recall​ ​that​ ​an​ ​elevator​ ​pitch​ ​is​ ​a​ ​brief​ ​description​ ​that​ ​is​ ​meant​ ​to​ ​capture​ ​interest.  It’s​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​a,​ ​“Hey,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​what​ ​I’ve​ ​got​ ​going​ ​on​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​really​ ​excited​ ​by​ ​that.”  
Personally,​ ​I​ ​get​ ​challenged​ ​by​ ​“brief.”​ ​That’s​ ​okay​ ​–​ ​this​ ​is​ ​about​ ​the​ ​creative​ ​exercise,​ ​not points​ ​for​ ​finishing​ ​properly.​ ​Just​ ​have​ ​fun​ ​with​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​see​ ​where​ ​it​ ​leads​ ​you. 
Let’s​ ​begin:​ ​Think​ ​of​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​project​ ​you’re​ ​currently​ ​playing​ ​with,​ ​or​ ​one​ ​that​ ​you​ ​might want​ ​to​ ​play​ ​with​ ​one​ ​day.  

Time​ ​Out. 

Think​ ​you’re​ ​not​ ​creative?​ ​You​ ​are.​ ​If​ ​it​ ​helps,​ ​go​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​take​ ​this​ ​short​ ​​creativity​ ​test​.

You​ ​are​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​person​ ​by​ ​default.​ ​Honestly. It comes with being human. You​ ​just​ ​might​ ​need​ ​a​ ​little​ ​guidance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​it​ ​that​ ​way, so​ ​here’s​ ​some​ ​help:​ ​

Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​pile​ ​of​ ​recipes​ ​you​ ​haven’t​ ​yet​ ​tried?​ ​How​ ​about​ ​a Pinterest​ ​board​ ​of​ ​any​ ​kind?​ ​Are​ ​you​ ​considering​ ​repainting​ ​your​ ​living​ ​room?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a pet​ ​or​ ​other​ ​living​ ​being​ ​that​ ​you​ ​physically​ ​care​ ​for?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​notice​ ​holiday​ ​decorations?​ ​​ ​Are you downsizing (or upsizing) your home? Have you​ ever ​forwarded​ ​emails​ ​with​ ​cartoons,​ ​memes,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​Ahas​ ​to​ ​your​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​family?​ ​Do​ ​you like​ ​music?​ ​Movies?​ ​Clothing? What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​collect​ ​and/or​ ​gather?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​like​ ​photographs?​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you have​ ​on​ ​your​ ​walls?​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​do​ ​for​ ​exercise​ ​and/or​ ​movement?​ ​For​ ​prayer​ ​and/or meditation? 

Creativity​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only​ ​your​ ​output;​ ​it’s​ ​also​ ​where​ ​you​ ​go​ ​for​ ​input. 

Okay,​ ​Time​ ​In. 

With​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​project​ ​in​ ​mind,​ ​now​ ​play​ ​with​ ​that​ ​elevator​ ​pitch.​ ​Just​ ​think​ ​of​ ​how​ ​much fun​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​when​ ​someone​ ​asks​ ​you,​ ​“So…what’s​ ​new?” 
Here’s​ ​some​ ​of​ ​my​ ​creative​ ​play​ ​with​ ​this: 

I’m​ ​preparing​ ​for​ ​our​ ​bathroom​ ​remodel,​ ​and​ ​am​ ​learning​ ​about​ ​the​ ​pros​ ​and​ ​cons​ ​of 

different​ ​shower​ door ​styles. 
I​ ​found​ ​a​ ​starter​ ​kit​ ​on​ ​Amazon,​ ​and​ ​am ​teaching ​myself​ ​to​ ​play​ ​the​ ​violin as a Christmas present.
I​ ​brew​ ​kombucha,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​recently​ ​started​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​kefir.
I​ ​make​ ​homemade​ ​dog​ ​food​ ​for​ ​my​ ​German​ ​Shepherd. 
I​ ​made​ ​venison​ ​jerky​ ​in​ ​the​ ​oven for the first time.

I write weekly about transforming ourselves through ease and joy.
Now​ ​over​ ​to​ ​you:​ ​what’s​ ​something​ ​you’ve​ ​been​ ​up​ ​to,​ ​or​ ​thinking​ ​about​ ​being​ ​up​ ​to?  I’m already excited to read these in the comments, below!

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