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I don’t generally share personal stories here, but I thought this might apply to some of you who’ve been doing the weekly catalysts so I wanted to share how I plan to do my catalysts in 2009.
2009 Promises to be a busy year for me. I have long list of important deliverables at work in the first three months of the year. And then our little baby is due on the fourth month of the year which, I am sure, will make the next few months a blur. Not to mention a possible move. Knowing all this, I don’t want to make too many commitments for myself for next year because I hate letting myself down and I don’t want to set myself up to fail.
But creative therapy isn’t something I am willing to give. So I needed something creative for 2009.
1. I loved doing the December Daily album this year. The restrictions of the precut pages was liberating and gave me more creativity. But I knew there’s no way I could do it all year round and I’ve been searching for a way to continue the magic.
2. I wanted to use up some of my paper stash that’s been building. I have a lot of “old” paper I love and I don’t want to keep buying and never use these.
3. Like 2008, I wanted to make sure I do each week’s creative therapy prompt. The other artists do them on a schedule but I’ve done every single one so far and I really wanted to find a way to continue that in 2009. I love the therapeutic aspect of CT but the pregnancy took away all my mojo and between that and the baby, I was worried there was no way I was going to get to them all. I needed a simpler solution.
So this week, I decided to combine all three. I made a 7×8 minibook that is prefilled with a lot of the “old” papers I love. Cut and placed in random order. This is my 2009 Creative Therapy book. Each page will be one catalyst. I’ll do the catalyst on one side and print out the date, topic, and my thoughts that go on the site to adhere on the other side. This restricts me to a 7×8 page and pre-chosen paper.
I know it’s working because I’ve already completed four catalysts today! This might mean my pages aren’t as varied next year but I am ok with that and I reserve the right to change my mind. So far so good.
So if you like doing the catalysts as much as I do, but don’t want to overcommit, feel free to join me in this new approach!
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