Another journaling exercise I found recently was to list my Creative Companions...the things that inspire creativity in me...
FAMILY...I know it's so generic to say that my family inspires my creativity, but it's just plain true. The people I live with every day inspire me to write and be creative. Of course, it helps that my family and my life are a little unusual. It's never dull or slow around here. I live in a house of perpetual motion, constant E-motion, events, studies, conversation, music...
COFFEE...I resisted coffee for a long time. All through college the only time I drank coffee was when Mango & I went out together. I don't think I actually used a coffee pot at home until after Mane was born. Then coffee became my creative companion. I love a good cup of coffee and a blank sheet of paper.
CRISIS...Yup, it's true. Crisis inspires creativity. Maybe crisis force us to think outside the box. Or maybe everything is suddenly sharper and clearer in a crisis. In any case, there's always something to say when I'm in crisis.
THE DARK...I can hear myself think better in the dark. If you read my comments on early mornings, you know I have a sort of romantic attachment to late nights.
WATER...Water is so healing, so powerful, so necessary, so ordinary. I used to get through homework by sitting myself down with a big glass of ice water. I got through childbirth in a big tub of hot water. Maybe it's something primal. Water is my creative friend.
FRIENDS...I have so many beautiful friends who challenge me to think, by their lives, by our conversation, by questions, by comments and criticism. They inspire me by their own creativity. ...friends from high school, from college, from Bible study, from GCM, from my neighborhood, and from my own family. ...But I already mentioned family.
MUSIC...OF course, who isn't inspired by music?
Languages, culture, photographs, camping, road trips, rocks, my garden...All of these have been creative companions at one time or another.
And my own writing...because as I sit here I am reminding myself of all the things to be mindful of...
OK, blog readers, it's your turn to leave your own list!