I heard someone on the way into work today say, “I’m just dog-tired from all the work I did this weekend.”
I can relate! We decorated the house, did chores, ran errands, not to mention watched a football game or two. On top of everything else I worked on, I also put together some crafts for the Groupie Craft Fair. Just for fun. And you know what? It was fun! I came to work energized today, excited and ready to face the week. And I really think part of that energy came from spending so much time creating just for fun.
So often, I spend all my time (I do mean ALL my time) being productive. Working in the office. Writing. Reading. Working around the house. And if I do slow down, my mind continues with all the things I should be “doing.” I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. It’s as if we can’t shut down our brains long enough to relax. The more we have on our plates, the more difficult this is.
In his book, The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry introduced me to the idea of “unnecessary creating.” This is creating you do that is, well, unnecessary. There is no pressure to perform. No quota to fill. You just create for creating sake. It’s the type of activity where you get in the flow and time seems to stand still. It could be crafting, woodworking, gardening, quilting, or whatever activity you enjoy. This type of unnecessary creating gives your brain a break.
I challenge you this week…find something you can do, just for fun. Things like:
Make a wreath.
Sing Christmas songs.
Bake some brownies.
Play the guitar.
Do something that brings you joy. December is a busy month, and this simple practice will set you up to be happier, more energized, and even refreshed.
I’d love to hear how it goes and what you decide to create. Let’s share on the Facebook page…I’ll go first.
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