Back in November, I wrote about changing gears - giving myself permission to try new things, to stretch, to push into the uncharted territory. And so I've done it. Though working with clay scratches a creative itch unlike any I've ever had, I've finally broken down and given myself until the end of March to pursue my writing. I'm not going to lie - it's been a little weird, because I was in such a ceramics groove the latter part of 2012. I found myself going from working with clay six/seven days a week, doing five shows between September and end of December - to basically halting production. Talk about weird! Talk about scary!
It feels right to talk about this in my 99th post here. (99...Phew!) Two milestones this week: I have hit 99 blog postings counting this one...c'mon...#100!! And I have officially written 25,000 consecutive words. (Flu, included.)
I've written this blog since 2009. I am really grateful that I've kept at it. It documents a lot of my creative journey, and it is really gratifying to have a record of where I've been, of what's inspired me. The ritual, the habit of writing this, along with all the work, learning, and growing that I've done with Mudstar, has taught me:
1) Rome was not built in a day.
2) 90% of creating something good is just showing up and doing the work.
3) Making/writing/building/doing creative things makes me feel alive and whole.
4) If the task feels difficult, or even impossible, yet you still feel drawn to do it, and you feel this weird compulsion and propulsion, then it's probably the right thing to pursue. Go for it. Just start chipping away. Just begin.
p.s. Stay tuned for my 100th blog posting! A giveaway is on the horizon for a lucky reader...:)