Does anyone else have trouble coming back from a trip and getting back into a routine? I think the most creative thing that I did today was dream. I went back to bed on a grey rainy day as soon as I got the girls onto their school bus to catch up on some of the hours of sleep that I missed at the CreativFestival this weekend.
The day after the festival is usually a quiet one if I can help it, but today wasn’t all that quiet. Nick came home sick from work today. He and Erin seem to be coming down with a nasty cold that I am hoping Bethany and I can avoid catching! My main computer was also acting a bit wonky, so I had to run a check on it. I am sure that I am not alone in finding the transition back to reality a little abrupt by bedtime tonight! There must have been tired but happy stitchers, quilters, beaders and even exhibitors all trying to get back into the routine of their daily lives today.
The thing about a creative weekend is that you bring a bit of that magic along with you, in memories, inspiration and projects to work on until your next escape. I am learning how important and satisfying that daily search for creativity can be, even if it does seem buried under the laundry I had to do and the supplies I needed to get out of the suitcases and back into my office!
INHALE: We sometimes think that Creative projects have to be big and glorious, intricate and innovative. Little ways to add something creative you our daily lives can also be just as magical, especially if they are quick, easy and unexpected. Don’t always try to take on something hugely creative when something small will do just as well.
EXHALE: In the next few days, find tiny ways of being more Creative for someone ELSE in your life. Write a note on a napkin for your child’s lunch box, slip a note with a silly joke or nice compliment into your spouse’s briefcase or wallet so that they find when they least expect it or pin up a crazy Internet cartoon in the staff bathroom where you work. Giving other people a smile or brightening their day is not only Creative, it makes others feel better about themselves and this world.