From dainty pearls to geometric gold, it's time to upgrade your ear candy.
For the last few years, I have implemented creative writing exercises into my morning routine. These take about 15-20 minutes and really kickstart my mind and creativity. When forced-lockdown began and more of us were inside with more time up our sleeves, I decided to share this routine online everyday. I was overwhelmed at the response and so touched by how many people of all walks of life (parents, kids, creatives, musicians, novelists etc) not only participated but felt they'd really tapped into something they thought they'd lost (or had never found!). From there, I decided making something a little more professional was needed, and from that The Cultivating Creative was born!
I think the perspective exercises are my favourite. I love writing from other points of view - whether it's an object or a person. I love pretending to be another character. I also love looking at an art work and creating a story from it. Art is so subjective, and what we each see and take is so different. And I love that, that we can be looking at the exact same thing, and yet be seeing something completely contrasting.
I think we are taught to lose it. We grow up in a system that's designed to make us think of success in terms of status, money, jobs, etc. The act of play is an afterthought for so many and yet it's so important. I'm lucky in that I had parents who are both intelligent and silly. They raised me with their own child-like wonder, and I've always held onto that.
You can do the course however you'd like - for what best fits you and your lifestyle. If that means doing the exercises 2 or 3 times a week instead of 5, so be it. To be honest though, I would recommend doing the exercises daily, and if that's not possible, at least consistently on your chosen day/s. The Cultivating Creative is meant to create a routine in your life that you'll keep. It's such a good tool for creativity, but also for mindfulness and release.
What's been most surprising to me is just how we (as humans) can normalise anything so quickly. We adapt and can get used to anything, and that's pretty amazing to me.
Run on the beach and jump in that water!
I think rest. Rest and moments to reflect is important. We make ourselves so busy, and there's no need.
As well as PJ's, I think they are worn really well as an outfit! With the shirt tucked in and the shorts tied, the set looks like a jumpsuit. I'd also wear the shirt tucked into high-waisted jeans, it's a perfect cut!