A quick summary of 2017 to date: I painted my bedroom Lost Atlantis blue. I started relearning piano and can now play the first half of "Go the Distance" from Hercules. I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, which are vastly different but equally fantastic. I sent handwritten letters to friends and ordered cute, unnecessary things from Etsy and Disney. I continued the process of decluttering my life (aka digging through the mountains of school papers, art projects, and various creative pieces I've saved since childhood) and stumbled upon the above picture that a) made me realize my interests haven't changed all that much since 2002, and b) rekindled my love for Paper Mario. I attempted to go dairy and social media free for Lent, one of which has been successful (hint: the one that forbids me from eating cheese and chocolate has not). I worked on a couple of personal writing endeavors, including submitting a short story to a fan zine and having it published (!) I shelved lots of books and taught a few students and probably spent too much on caffeinated drinks.
...Yup, that about sums it up for me! What new and exciting things have you tried this year?
"A creative life is an amplified life. It's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner - continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you - is a fine art, in and of itself."
Elizabeth Gilbert || Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear