Last year I began a weekly practice (morphed from the practice of Teresa Robinson) of creating a card for the week using a playing card as the base. I’d include words and highlights of the week on one side and then choose my favorite photo of the week from my selfie practice for the other side. I enjoyed that practice – until I didn’t. I think it’s really important to pay attention to when things don’t feel supportive and wonderful and exciting anymore and be willing to let them go. I believe the conscious part of that decision is what’s important – we can all let things slide because we have an interruption or can’t find time and then they never happen again. But that’s not consciously letting something go. So it kind of hangs there nagging at you to get back to it; to find the level of engagement you once had but can’t find again. If instead you pay attention to letting things go, you’ve consciously freed up space for something else to flow in. I’ve been all about paying attention to the flow lately.
And I’ve been feeling called to find a new creative practice this summer to document and highlight my week. After all I’ve declared I’m embracing a summer project I’m calling my Creativity Cauldron Ecstatic Practice Me-Full-Out. One of the gifts of a big immersion project is that lots can happen and I fully expect in three months I’ll be in a different place than I am now. But also one of the things that happens, at least for me with big projects, is that I can lose the details of how things progress.
This week Kristen of Twinkle, Twinkle blog kicked off her annual play-along-party The Summer of Color 4: Smudge, Splash & Pop! The invitation is to create something (anything) each week using the provided color combination prompt. And then link and peek at what others have created. I played along last summer and had lots of fun and I’m playing along this year as well. Do consider joining in yourself, and be sure to check out what everyone else is creating as well.
I’ve decided this is the perfect format for my weekly documentation, so each week I’m going to create a little mini journal. This week’s color prompt was Aqua Blue & Yellow with a pop of Hot Pink. And here’s my journal:
And here’s a peek of me in a pop of Hot Pink:
While summer doesn’t officially begin until next Saturday, I say I’m already on the right track with color. What about you? Are you playing in the SOC challenge? Have a favorite color that shouts summer to you? Do you have a practice to keep track of your days/weeks/projects? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
Hi Deborah! I am playing along with the SOC again this year! Looks like you have an amazing start. I love your mini-journal – such a good idea! And I also love the peek of you in hot pink!!!!
How fun we get to hang out in color this summer!
Oh…your card is so pretty as are you my sweet! Summer colors, for me, are anything vivid and bright!
LOL – thanks Debbie. And may your summer be filled with bright vivid wonderfulness!
So beautiful….perfect for SOC.
Thanks and happy SOC!
Thank you, it’s beautiful! xo!
Thanks to you Kristin for hosting SOC- what fun.
Oh that’s fabulous!
Thanks – and I appreciate you visiting. Happy SOC.
Your journal is looks so lovely with the SOC colours, beautiful work!
Thanks – and I’m delighted you stopped by. Happy SOC.
I love the color … so much. and I love to see what you are creating … always. and I love that I gave myself permission NOT to create … this is huge for me. I want to do ALL the things; think that I HAVE to do all the things. When it actually just feels WONDERFUL to appreciate others for what they are doing. Thank you for this little lesson for today. Much love my friend!
I love, love, love that you’re giving yourself that permission Cynthia! Yay you!
Love the journal! Such a great way to start this journey! And such a fun project! Thanks for sharing!
So much color to celebrate in summer isn’t there?
So this is my first visit to your lovely blog and I will be back.
Thanks. That’s a big part of the fun of SOC isn’t it – traveling around and finding fun places to visit.
Oh this struck a chord Deborah. I need to learn to consciously let go instead of plodding on when I’ve lost all interest and my mind is elsewhere. Very thought provoking post and I love your little journal too. What a great idea.
Thank you for stopping by my week 1 and for your lovely words 🙂
So glad you stopped by Carmen! Happy SOC.
I love yellow and turquoise. Looks like you have a lot on your plate this Spring, Deborah! 🙂
LOL – lots of delicious stuff on my plate Amy!