make your creativity about {you}

[rest] sketched January 27, 2014

When creativity strikes, go ahead and follow it without fear of failing or looking silly. Practice saying yes to creativity and you’ll find yourself being more inspired. It’s okay to try something and decide it doesn’t work. It’s okay to put your best effort into something that no one will ever see. Remember, creativity can be just for you, so don’t be afraid to foster your creativity through a project that no one else knows about. -Samantha Mabe

★ [how I am making an aspect of my creative practice about me] …

[rest] sketched April 7, 2017

I crossed over a new threshold of acceptance regarding my physical realities (due to MS) this week.

  • The sparkly part of that: more bed-rest days shall now be reframed as more days to practice sketching!

[my witness] sketched April 14, 2017

In fact I even sketched my “witness” for that epiphany and personal declaration in a small journal I resumed using this week. (This page also includes a handwritten book list for my sketching practice.)

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done…you are fierce with reality. -Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days

I have “explored” sketching for a good long while now. In that time I have been able to overcome my hesitations:

  1. sometimes my sketches are not even a remote likenesses of what I am sketching (and that is okay; it is my unique artist style)
  2. why bother? what would I do with my sketches? (why: because I have wanted to do so for as long as I can remember; and sketching shall be for me because I want to!) ♥
  3. when? how? (because I have books but … well, I need visuals and incremental lessons or I will wander away from it again; and I want new pens …)

The happy coincidence is that these past two weeks have “demanded” I become more committed to how I want to live with the chronic realities of MS. Namely, acceptance of what I cannot change regarding my pain levels and energy requiring longer periods of bed-rest — without excessive whining.

Because what you may or may not know is that there are daily limits and physical challenges that require I alter and adapt my schedule to accommodate. And some days I am whiny … 😉

[bicycle] sketched November 16, 2014

Acceptance requires I engage in anti-ruminative activities.

  • Read: I need something to focus on; something that is meaningful to me and sometimes something that is unfamiliar — requiring new skills be learned and practiced.

Sketching is something that doesn’t come easily for me; it feels wonky each time I begin. And yet, allowing it to become what I do when I am immobile reframes it as a strong positive! Inviting ease and an eagerness!

  • In what ways would you benefit from making an aspect of your creativity about {you}, Braveheart?


Braveheart, I believe art heals — and that art is as simple as abiding outdoors with the morning sky or jotting lists or having a favorite color. I created Right Brain Planner® because I needed a "planner" that offered space but didn't trigger my daily expectations. I needed a planner that was a journal — a place to creatively document my {living} + collect my blurts and random collage. Perhaps you are in need of the same? If so, I hope you will join me via our shared online connections. ♥