Creativity Rundown

Creative projects I’m currently working on

a magnifying glass sits on the open pages of an old dictionary.
Image by Pixabay

Preparing for a side hustle as a proofreader. Does this count as creative? I think it does. Entrepreneurship is always creative. I notice typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors all the time, so I might as well get paid for pointing them out. It’s a job I can do on my own schedule and from my own home. What I have to learn is the symbols used in proofreading, the usual practices, how to get gigs, and how much to charge. I’m excited about this.

Side view of a woman standing and wearing a maroon knit wrap.
image from www.mamainastitch.com

Knitting the Merlot Alpaca Wrap by Mama In A Stitch. It is absolutely gorgeous, and will probably take me until at least January to finish. I really love the patterns I’ve seen on her website, and can’t wait to do more.

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Designing and selling t-shirts. This is something I’m working on with my husband. It’s been taking a ton of time. There are lots of articles and podcasts that say you can get a t-shirt store up and running in a day or two. Maybe you can, if you know Photoshop; already have a shirt design, a store name, and a logo ready to go; and are fine working with the first t-shirt print-on-demand shop that Google shows you. None of that was the case for me. I’m learning Photoshop as I go, and luckily my first shirt designs were simple bits of text. My son designed our logo. We’ve done a lot of research on print-on-demand businesses. It’s surprisingly hard to find plus-size shirts, and we’re still working on finding a supplier of women’s sizes larger than 2x. We’ve had our shop up and running for about a week and have made our first sale. Check us out at www.ragsofgold.storenvy.com.

Learning to code JavaScript with the Grasshopper app. I saw it and figured, why not? It’s fun and easy so far, but I just started.

Creative projects that have fallen by the wayside

My bullet journal. I’ve been pressed for time and unenthusiastic, and I even went a couple weeks without using a planner at all, which was really difficult. If I don’t have things written down, my ADHD takes over, I feel completely discombobulated, and my anxiety level goes up. I finally bought a preprinted weekly insert for my traveler’s notebook. Much better. I’ll probably go back to bullet journaling at some point; it’s the planning method I keep returning to. But for now, being able to simply write my appointments and tasks down in a planner is what I need.

Inktober. I stuck with it for less than half the month, but it was longer than I’ve ever stuck with any daily prompt drawing project, so I’m considering it a win. Next year, I’ll stick with it longer.

Morning Pages. I have the hardest time keeping up with this habit, even though I know it’s probably the most helpful thing I can do for my writing and for my creativity as a whole. Maybe I can set a reminder on my phone.

 

So… I’m not perfect, and I definitely need to get better at keeping creative habits such as writing and drawing every day (not to mention blogging more often). But I’ve realized that I truly am always doing something creative, and I’m really happy about that.