Posts Tagged ‘creativity

15
Jul
14

Do Something for the First Time

Today while I was looking at pins on Pinterest, I came across an interesting quote, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” When we get bogged down with the humdrum of daily living, doing the same old, same old, and it becomes a predictable routine. Where does that lead us to?

For the past several weeks, I have been inundated with new projects. On the surface, they looked easy. But having gone through the initial steps, I realised there was more than meets the eye. There were areas I needed to update and in other areas to learn new stuff.

I set upon looking out for relevant courses to attend since I am back in Melbourne where creativity is embraced. The classes fitted my schedule and there, off I went. One weekend was spent on an “Introduction to Drawing” class, something I have always wanted to do. At the start of the class, I was kind of anxious; my mind was filled with uncertainty. I did not know what to expect. I have never been properly taught how to draw and now is the time to pick that up. The art teacher was amazing and very encouraging, make learning a breeze. Using new media and playing with materials was liberating. By the end of the class, the progress made within that few hours was obvious … well, it was bad to start with in the first place! Both the teacher and I were pleased with the results and I walked out on cloud 9.

The second class was an evening workshop on bridal floristry. This was more like an update session for me. Filled with anticipation, I entered the class to be greeted by the owner of the shop. Her creativity was apparent in the way her shop was presented. We wasted no time getting started with warm up activities and then moved on to the more serious stuff. The techniques picked up in getting the floral arrangement together were great and before we knew it, by the end of the session, we had beautifully arranged a bridal bouquet, corsage and boutonniere. Everyone was in high spirits, having achieved the skills to make such pretty things. We were unabashed raving at our own creations.

As I reflected upon the past weeks, I was glad I went for the classes pushed on by necessity for the projects I was engaged to do as a consultant. It was time I did new things that broke the routine. It added value to me both professionally and personally. Two items to tick off my bucket list. For the next six months, I shall be looking at things to do for the first time, something new. It is a path untrodden and may bring uncertainties but well worth exploring. It means stepping out of my comfort zone.The experience releases a newness within and looking at things with fresh eyes. 

So when was the last time you did something for the first time?  Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone? Will you taking for first step to doing that soon?

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06
Jul
13

A Working Saturday

The sun beckons me to be outdoors on a glorious winter Saturday. I looked and am tempted. But there is still work to be done and deadlines to meet. Goodness, it’ a Saturday, I told myself.

First things first, review what needs to be done, then prioritise for the day. As it is a Saturday, the aim was to keep the work as light as possible and easy enough, almost like a non-work situation. That cheered me up with my favourite music in the background.

The stuff I embarked on are really preparation work required for my training classes. That included cutting out templates of colour swatches for a visual styling class, looking through the magazines, filing the tear sheets, scanning in pictures and taking photographs of objects. Now that does not sound like work, does it? Yet, they still have to be done.

Guess what? I worked through the few projects with gusto and enjoyed every minute of it, doing what I love most in the creativity department. The sunny day will wait for a while and when I am through, I head for the outdoors.

So working on a sunny Saturday is not that bad after all. Keeping the light stuff for a rainy day, no I mean for a sunny play day. In fact it was therapeutic, working with my hands to complete some tasks and letting the light in to warm up the room.  : )