“To retain the simple playfulness of childhood through one’s riper years is what opens a person up to the creative possibilities within a situation.”
– Denise Shekerjian
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
– Mary Lou Cook
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
– Ray Bradbury
Don’t forget, the “Permission to Play” creative challenge (basically, summer camp for your inner child) starts next week! The basic idea is this:
Once a week, every week, make the time to HAVE SOME CREATIVE FUN.
Then join me every Tuesday and for a little “show-and-tell” about your creative experiments and adventures. That’s all there is to it!
Whatever idea or project or medium seems to appeal to your inner child, simply go for it. ALL FORMS OF CREATIVITY ARE WELCOME. This is not about what gets created, but inspiring creativity on the purest, most uncomplicated level. This is all about PERMISSION TO PLAY.
I’ll be doing this for most of the summer, and I’d love it if you would join me.
So if you’re in, here’s what you do:
+ Drop by Bliss Habits on Tuesday (starting April 23rd) to check in and get the coming week’s Bliss Habit. Use the week’s Bliss Habit as a starting point, or as an inspiration, or not at all. Whatever works best for you.
+ Take time to have fun.
+ Write a blog post about it (or a Facebook post or a Flickr photo or an Instagram or whatever social media is your favorite…)
+ Come back here the following Tuesday (April 30th), ready for “show and tell”
Every Tuesday, I’ll host a little “show and tell”, kindergarten style, here on Bliss Habits. There will be a place for you to share your blog post and images about your “Permission to Play” time. If you don’t have any social media, you are more than welcome to use the comment space to share.
DON’T WORRY: because this challenge has been designed to give you permission to play and not worry about a finished product, you don’t have to share the *entire* result of your play time. You can share as much (or as little) as you like. For example, some weeks you might feel compelled to share detailed images of your entire project, and some weeks you might share just a quick snapshot of a little bit of your work. Whatever feels comfortable for you.
So we get started on April 29th, so you have over a month to get the creative ideas flowing. Here’s a schedule of the weekly Bliss Habits in case you are planning to go with the themes:
Joy-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 4/30
Order-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 5/7
Creativity-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 5/14
Passion-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 5/21
Whimsy-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 5/28
Serenity-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 6/4
Inquiry-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 6/11
Community-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 6/18
Romance-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 6/25
Gratitude-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 7/2
Moxie-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 7/9
Humility-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 7/16
Surprise-themed “show and tell” will be on Tuesday 7/23
Hope to see you next Tuesday!
Here’s a banner you can put on your blog if you are going to join me:
the code for this badge (just copy/paste into your own blog):
<a href=”http://blisshabits.com/tag/permission-to-play/”><img alt=”playchallenge” src=”http://blisshabits.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/playchallenge.jpg” width=”200″ height=”142″ /></a>
Chel Micheline is a mixed-media artist, curator, writer, and avid gardener/reader/swimmer who lives in Southwest Florida with her husband and daughter. When Chel’s not making art or pondering the Bliss Habits, she’s blogging at gingerblue.com (come say hi!) or posting new things in the gingerblue etsy shop.