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20 Minutes Of Creating Challenge

Join the fun challenge of creating for the sake of fun! No pressure, just supportive creatives cheering you on to keep practicing your craft. Click through for more details.

Painting and collaging and playing with my supplies have been my favorite thing to do for a looong time now.  In my down time, it’s always been such a great way to unwind and get lost in my thoughts, just playing around and seeing what shows up.

Then I had a baby.  Whoa nelly!  My down time totally disappeared + it’s been quite hard to get back to that relaxed state of creating.   I kind of lost myself in the time when I was adjusting to motherhood and trying to figure out the new version of who I was.  I know a lot of new mothers feel this way, and frankly it probably applies to a lot of life adjustments–divorce, new job, etc–so I know I am not alone in trying to get a grip on the new reality.

I wanted to figure out a way to start creating art everyday, even if it was just for a small period of time.  Because I was putting too much pressure on myself to make something substantial each time I sat down and that scared me into not trying at all.  I had lost the fun part of creating just to create.  Can you relate?

Then I thought of the challenge:  How you + I could get creative together and not worry about what the end product is. Let’s have fun with our supplies for 20 minutes a day and see what we can come up with.  Screw the feeling of making it sellable or perfect for viewers on every platform, let’s get back to the feeling of reckless abandon for the pure act of creating.

And you can share what you create in my private Facebook group made up of other creatives.  (Join here!)  You can also use the hashtag on Instagram so everyone can see what you’re working on: #20minutesofcreating

Yes!  Let’s do this!  We can inspire each other to get back in the saddle of creating consistently.  The best part is: it’s for fun.  Can’t make it everyday?  No problem! Post when you can so we can cheer you on.  No pressure, just fun.

The challenge starts June 5th and goes until July 5th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Love, Steph

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Testing Your Limits vs. Honoring Them. {What Bootcamp Taught Me.}

Last week I was coerced by the manager of my gym to try a new group workout; it was a bootcamp of sorts but with less people and it was run by a personal trainer.  My workout routine is pretty predictable, so trying this class was a wild departure for me.

Just to set the record straight–I love a good workout.  I love to sweat out the day’s stress and feel that physical tiredness.  So, even though I wanted to be excited for my adventurous workout choice, my internal dialogue sounded like this: “This is a bad idea, I don’t do well in these classes!  I’ll feel so uncoordinated and awkward, I’m probably going to hurt myself”. 

smooth seaThat wasn’t a proud moment for me–I was taking on a new challenge and I was immediately admitting defeat.  I think it was because deep down I knew what was coming–I’ve peered through the window at those classes and I’ve seen things they do in them.  I knew that I would try too hard and push beyond what I knew was good for me, just to prove I could.

So on the night of the class, I walked into the room and saw  hanging contraptions, weights, those dreaded  jump boxes, and overall pain inflicting items; I panicked.

True to my expectations, within the first 5 minutes of class, we were doing deep squats with a 20 pound bar.  Next, we started rotating in pull ups (oh my GOD!)  It was my own private hell but I wanted to be brave, so I dug in.

There’s a difference between challenging your comfort zone and honoring your limits–only you know what that is.

As I awkwardly trudged through my third pull up, I pulled a muscle in my neck that ran down to my upper back.   That inner voice came roaring in saying, “I knew this was going to happen!” Part of me wanted to be tough and stick it out. I wanted to show them (and myself) that I could do new things, that I too, could be tough like them.  But I I had to stop–I was in so much pain that I couldn’t turn my head.

I was so annoyed for ignoring what I knew to be true: that my body and mind don’t do well with these kind of workouts.

It was then that I realized the only person I was trying to prove something to, was myself.  No one else cared if I did the squats or the pull-ups; the other participants didn’t even flinch when I walked out the door, they were too busy focusing on themselves.

The experience was a good reminder of the difference between challenging myself (which comes in a gentle nudge or whisper, with feelings of excitement) and pushing beyond my limits (which shows up as tightness, nervous mind talk and thoughts of worst-case-scenarios.)

We listen to our inner voice to gauge danger; it protects us in times of need–and never trusting that inner navigation creates anxiety and fear because it takes away comfort and stability.   Other times, we try new things to test our limits because it’s important for growth.   If we aren’t open to new experiences, we become stagnant and stuck.   Only you can determine when it’s a good time to test your limits and when it’s time to honor them.  

The key is to strike a balance between the two.  You may discover the balance in a boot camp class, but you won’t see me there.

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