It's day 19! How's the art challenge going? Is it harder or easier than you thought it would be? I consider myself an artistic person, and even I feel intimidated when I sit down to do the challenge. All these worries pop in my head about whether I'll manifest wrong if the art is off, or if I'll be able to express on paper what I'm feeling inside. So if you're experiencing the same thing, you're not crazy and you're definitely not alone.
In fact, today I decided to do the photo collage method but was in a huge hurry to find a magazine and just picked one off the shelf at Target while I was running errands. I was worried that I wasn't able to browse through it and make sure that it was the right one. What if I didn't find anything in the magazine that resonated?!
In fact, I was so worried about this that I actually put off making the collage for several hours. But once I did sit down and do it, I was super surprised by how many things resonated with me! Here's my final product:
I'm a words person, so a couple of quotes really popped out for me:
"Now there's a truly compelling reason to put creative pursuits you enjoy in your downtime much higher on your priority list. A growing body of research shows that hands-on activities—from knitting to sculpting to cooking—can boost your mental and emotional well-being for life. To keep calm (and much more), craft on."
I loved this one because one of the reasons why I'm so terrible with my money is because I'm BORED and I forget that I have hobbies and so instead I just online shop or browse through Instagram until I see something that I just have to have and then I buy it. I've been trying to spend less time on my phone and more time cultivating my hobbies, so this quote really stuck out to me.
"One of the most rewarding parts of the job was creating something you were personally passionate about and seeing it manifested in the pages of the magazine."
Okay so this was HELLA COOL cause first of all, my manifestation literally DID turn up in this magazine and also it tied back into doing things that I'm passionate about.
"One tenet in collecting was that it couldn't be a fetish. It had to have a purpose."
Okay so I do this A LOT. I have so many antiques and stuff or just random crap that I find that I think is cool but it has NO PURPOSE and I've been telling myself that I don't need something just to have it. Just knowing that that thing exists is cool enough. It's gotta have a purpose for me to buy it now.
"We had this phrase, 'Turning dreamers into doers.' We wanted to show the really beautiful, but there always had to be a takeaway, an element of empowerment. You might not be able to grow the entire glossary, but you can grow one variety—and here's how to do that."
I really really REALLY liked this quote because I get very overwhelmed by all the things I feel like I have to master, but this quote really reassured me that I only need to focus on this one thing right now, and I have the glossary to help me learn it.
For the pictures, I tried to pick ones that caught my eye but also had some sort of purpose behind them. They all took time and are crafted in a way that's super meaningful, and that's something I'm trying to cultivate. Part of my problem is that I'm not intentional with things. I do what's easy and what's fast and what's there and I don't think things through. This is something I'm fixing through my manifestations. Being intentional is so important, and that's what I liked about a lot of those pictures.
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