How To Make Creating Easy

Posted by on January 12, 2016

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I loooooove making New Year’s goals. I’ve got an entire workbook full of hopes and plans and intentions for 2016. In fact, you can read about some of those here! (By the way, I’ve been using Leonie Dawson’s Life workbooks for years and I love them!) 

While I enjoy coming up with tons of exciting goals, I also like the slightly more flexible practice of selecting a guiding word or theme for the new year.

My word for this year: Ease.

Part of me feels like this is lazy or passive, as in “taking the easy way out”, but my intention for the word “ease” is more about efficiency and conserving my energy for my priorities by streamlining the lower-priority things. It’s giving myself support so that I can create and thrive and show up as my best this year.

2015 was amazing, don’t get me wrong.

Even though I created some really cool things (I wrote a freaking BOOK), I feel like my creativity took backseat to other areas of my life. Creating was something I did when I had time, in those little pockets between other things.

2015 was busy, full of running around and trying to keep a zillion other things in order and making sure the throw pillows were straight and stressing out when the counters weren’t wiped down, or trying to please everyone.

It’s easy to burn out when you live that way.

Creating is necessary for renewal. If we want to be our best, we have to be rested and expressed.

Ease is more of a feeling than a set of rules or behaviors, because what feels like ease in one moment might feel wrong in another.

Ease is about asking myself “what is the easiest, most direct way to get the results I want?”

How this might look in real life:

  • Not trying to do all the housework at once or keep things spotless (because it doesn’t work anyway), but doing things when they feel right, when I really have energy. Maybe putting all dishes in the sink and dealing with them at the end of the day instead of doing it 6 times throughout the day.
  • Ask for help
  • Opt for easy meals when I plan meals. Fish, zoodles, crockpot chicken. Veggies I don’t have to prep for snacks, like baby bell peppers, carrots, and those mini cukes. Roast sweet potatoes whole instead of chopping and roasting them.
  • Letting go of “perfect”.
  • Only planning on/focusing on the next few steps.
  • Doing what feels good.
  • Trusting myself.
  • Stop guilting myself.
  • Don’t put up with something that’s truly a pain in the ass (burned out lightbulbs, uncomfortable clothes, etc.)
  • Buy two of everything so I’m less likely to completely run out (looking at you, dish soap)
  • Asking for what I want
  • Be honest
  • Ask myself, what will make the biggest impact? What is the best use of my energy?
  • Do the important things first.

So how has this helped me be more creative?

I always thought I wasn’t very creative in the winter because when my energy levels tank, I’d usually rather lay in bed with a book than paint.

The other night, I wanted to create something, but the idea of sitting in an actual chair, working with paint and a big canvas, then washing out brushes and cleaning up so I don’t find painty kitty prints later sounded like waaaaaay too much work.

Instead, I chose ease. 

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I took some dry medium that required no cleanup (like brush pens and oil pastel) and made art in bed. And it was glorious. My creativity flowed and it was so much fun!

I realized that even though it’s the dead of winter and sometimes I go days without stepping foot outside, I’m actually SUPER creative right now. I just needed to make it easy on myself.

So make it easy on yourself. What sounds too hard? What parts of creating don’t sound fun to you? Avoid those parts for now. Find a way around them. The important part is that you create and have fun doing it. Forget the rules.

What can you do it make it easy? 

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