BE CREATIVE / DO SOMETHING NEW

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When you make new choices, things automatically get more interesting. Even boring things - eating breakfast, picking a Pandora station, watching tv - become opportunities for new experiences. While this may be annoying to some (ahem my boyfriend... understandably so, I get it), it's blowing my mind at how much fun I'm having just because I'm trying new things.

While I'm not doing new things all day everyday, I am trying at least one new thing each day. It's such a small change, but maybe that's the brilliance of it. If it's a small change, it's easier to stick to it. If branching out and trying the carne asada street tacos instead of my usual chicken tacos makes the experience 3x better and more memorable, then heck yeah, friends! This could be my new lifestyle.

This month is about something bigger than simply trying a new breakfast item or saying yes to a coffee date. It's about being open to receiving new information... and by receiving new information, you create the conditions for new ideas and more creativity to emerge. You never know what the universe is trying to offer you. I had a crazy moment of coincidence last week, I really think there's something to this... so say yes to the new, k?

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So far this month, I've tried a few headstands (I'm embarrassingly bad at them... but I'm gonna keep trying), I've gone to a hockey game, a comedy show, and several hangout seshes with some old + new friends... I've learned SO much from all of these experiences... mainly that even though I think I'd rather stay at home in my jams, it's SO good for me to try new things. I'm always glad I went... and I always leave with new wisdom, information, or a renewed connection with someone I love. And that's better than jams (sorry, super comfortable pajamas).

So I've learned a ton about the importance of being open, but am I more creative? I have had a lot of ideas for the coming months - like starting a society6 shop as a creative outlet for my arty thoughts + ideas, writing an ebook about being a blogging maven in your first year, and several ridiculous photo shoots (the above shoot included where I'm upside-down... in a dress). So, honestly, I'd say it seems to be working... but not in the way I expected. It's subtle. I wanted the big EUREKA! moments like in the movies... is that just in the movies?

I do think that meditation + trying new things is increasing my awareness of the BIGGER PICTURE. Instead of feverishly typing posts and photoshopping cool shtuff with a narrow focus on my blog, the last two months have made me step away from the computer a bit, reach out to new people, and dare to bring some of my bigger ideas to life. Now that I'm seeing the bigger picture, I want to live in the bigger picture... there's a lot of new + exciting stuff over here, and you know I'm down for that.

I've started February with the small changes... now it's time to take things up a notch. Wednesday I'll be attending a self-reflexology class through Dabble... why? Because it's something I'd never normally try. Eep! Get some sneak peeks at my adventures over on twitter and instagram (@heyartsocial)!

What's on the Be Creative agenda? Well...

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BE CREATIVE / 05

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Oh my, February is gonna get interesting. This month for the Be Creative project, I'm trying different things... to the extreme. Like, no one should try so many new things in one month.

From what I can tell from my research, when it comes to prompting creativity few things are as important as cross-pollination with fields outside your area of expertise and having more diverse experiences. Guys, I really like my area of expertise... it's comfortable, I feel smart & safe there. This month is gonna be tough.

I'm saying peace out to all of my usual sources of inspiration and, in fact, many of my usual habits. In February, I will be increasing the diversity of information to which I am exposed by embracing the new, the different, and the totally weird. What does this mean? Welp, let me walk you through a few of my rules/goals for this month:

+ Eat differently. I have to order something new when I go out to eat. Guys, I have the most boring taste ever. I'd be happy eating oatmeal and various breads until the end of time. This rule is proving to be quite difficult.

+ Headstands. Stand on my head (or attempt to) twice each week. My girl Kristiina says this is amaazing... I'm determined to try it.

+ Learn something. Take classes on subjects I know nothing about. I'll be teaming up with Dabble to make this happen - Self-reflexology and Baking 101, here I come.

+ Branch the eff out. Find inspiration from different sources. No more looking at the same few blogs or pinterest boards I know I like.

+ Celebrate differently. Do something completely different for my birthday. I'm currently exploring foreign birthday traditions... cake in my face might need to happen.

+ Sleep differently. Try the 2nd sleep method... :/

+ Listen differently. Listen to new music - specifically baroque music. Oh man. You guys know I love music like this... so baroque music? All month long? Uggghhhh. Why baroque? Welllll:

"Baroque music - such as Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' and Pachbel's 'Canon' - has been shown to synchronize brain waves at about 60 cycles per second, a frequency associated with increased alpha waves. In turn, alpha is a frequency of mind associated with enhanced creativity." (source)

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So, there you go. I must admit, taking even the tiniest of risks - like ordering something new at a restaurant - has been surprisingly liberating. Crazy how the smallest shifts in bravery can feel so exciting. You know that feeling of uncertainty + excitement when you're in another country and basically everything is new? That's kinda how I feel...

I didn't realize what kind of ruts I'd created for myself. My familiar routines and habits are comfortable and reliable... but I'm wondering if underneath that is just fear. Fear of trying something new, of looking stupid, of making a mistake. I don't want to be scared of fish tacos. I tried them last night after not eating them for nearly 20 years... and they were pretty good! I wonder what else I've eliminated as "not for me" just because I didn't like them when I was younger...

Being scared to branch out is not the way to tap into my creativity. Willingness will take you far... and this month I'm willing to try new things.

Have a creativity-boosting idea for me? Tell me in the comments! I'm srsly trying it all this month... I'll probably do it.

Get a sneak peek of my Be Creative adventures on instagram (@heyartsocial) and catch up on last month's Be Creative challenges here!

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IN LOVE: THE CUPCAKE KID

the-cupcake-kid Happy February, friends. This month is one of my favsies. Yes, I'm one of those annoying people who really loves Valentine's Day... but that's not why it's my favorite. This month is also my birthday month! Yeeah boi.

As I start to officially become an adult, I really want to have an adult apartment. I want it to reflect my style in my 27th year, ya feel me? That probably means no longer buying all of my home goods at Target and Ikea. Okay, I can do this...deep breaths.

It's time to start building up my collection of awesome + original finds... one of a kind stuff no one else has. These vintage goodies and handmade ceramics by The Cupcake Kid are (a) perfect for Febs and (b) they'd really class up this joint aka my apartment.

AND guess what? The Cupcake Kid is offering all of you 10% off through February with the code MYVALENTINE!! Yeeah boi, again!

Oh I lurrve the idea of decorating with vintage letterpress type... which item is your favorite?

 

Featured goodies: 1. clay tag 2. xoxo dish 3. polka dot mugs 4. brass mouse 5. love handmade dish 6. stoneware creamer 7. kiss letterpress type

This post is sponsored by The Cupcake Kid. All opinions are my own.