A Creative Journey

Happy Thursday bedsidesigners! I missed posting last week in the Be Happy linkup. But I promise I had a super good reason to skip a week. Don't believe me? Here's some proof. We're going to pick up where I left off on creativity and continue that conversation. You know - this month I'm supposed to be getting some learnin' done in a creative outlet? Well that started and boy, oh boy am I happy to share my minuscule progress.

I signed up for the I Still Love Calligraphy course - and it's AWESOME. Think, learn at your own pace, and send in assignments to get critiqued? I'm all about that. I want to be a better _____ [everything] so I welcome instructive criticism. I'll be honest though, I was a little worried to make it known what I am working on. Why? Because of all the what ifs floating around in my crazy-haired head. What if I hate it? What if I suck? What if I get frustrated? What if I fail? And the last one is the biggie. Some of you who have followed this blog from way-back-when may remember that I signed up for another design class almost a year ago. It was unrelated to calligraphy but it was awful. I was so defeated. How can I broadcast my failures on my blog? What if this happens all over again?



[photo by bedsidesign]

I'm happy to say that I am really enjoying the course. I think I found something that is relaxing, inspiring, fun, and creative. It is very rare for me to realize that I'm focusing in on one thing. My brain is wired in a way that likes to bounce all around. The second night of working on my lettering I looked up at the clock and realized almost two hours disappeared. I couldn't believe it. I checked all the clocks and it was true. I was lost in concentration and creativity. [insert my victory dance here].

I'm NOwhere near perfect. I use too much ink one day, or not enough the next. I smudge my paper. I spill ink on my table - even though I have a million sheets of paper on top to cover the surface and have a mini panic attack. But ultimately, what I'm the most happy about is I think I found something to really go the long haul with.

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000-hour rule in his book Outliers. This may be a familiar concept - especially if you listen to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis because they totally name-drop this concept in their song Ten Thousand Hours. If you haven't heard about it, here is the Christie-version summary. It takes a long time to truly "master" something. Whether it is painting, blogging, photography, music, calligraphy or ____ <---you fill in the blank - you are most likely not going to master it overnight. There's a process of learning, practicing and dedication that needs to be intentionally invested in the skill you are trying to master. It is said that to truly master a skill you need to invest 10,000 hours of time into it. Just make sure it's quality practice too.

What do a rapper and a writer have to do with my story? Well after a few days of practice I am able to put all my feelings about my new creative endeavor into words..."I'd spend 10,000 hours mastering this."


What do you want to invest your time in to master?