December Reflection (Part Two)

This blog is a bit personal, as I’m using examples from my own life, and it is also, a bit of a ramble. Hopefully you will get the idea that I’m still working through reflections of 2019, and thinking about goals for 2020. I really want to set up goals that challenge me, but are also achievable and creative. As you will see below I’ve started working on the issue of my commute, using some of the listing techniques I mentioned in last week’s blog. (My issue is whether to continue with my long journey each day to work, on…

December Reflection: (Part One)

December is a great month to start reflecting on the year. It’s also, in my experience, an extremely busy month, with more pressures on us than usual. There are often a lot of events to attend, work parties, and other end of year activities, plus any holidays or celebrations to participate in. So taking stock and spending some time amongst all this noise is actually very beneficial. For me, it is easy to become very passive in my life, to let the day to day activities drive my life rather than working to have control; this often looks like indecision….

The Mind needs to Create

Have you ever watched children play with Lego? Their minds are open to endless possibilities for what these square and rectangle primary colored blocks could become. It could be a skate-park, a moon-base, a sports stadium… whatever it is, their mind has travelled further than the limitations of those blocks. Their imaginations have filled in gaps, fixed potential failures and pushed the scope of Lego to ‘infinity and beyond’. When I’m teaching filmmaking to students, most, when they first arrive, want to know how exactly it is done. They want the steps, the process from A to B to Z…

7 days to get Creative

Monday Well, seven days of creativity have started. I wrote a poem today, not a great poem, just a poem. I made the task easier for myself as I decided to write it for someone, so that helped my motivation. It’s for my partner’s mother, as her birthday is coming up, so I will write it in her card. It was a really cute activity, and only took about 15 minutes in my lunch-break – I kinda feel happy about it – more than I expected. Not sure if this excitement is more to do with the whole week, or…

Without Photoshop

The last 4 weeks I have regularly uploaded my newly formed blog. All excitement! But then week 5 hit, and lacking in energy, stressed by work, time-poor, (all the things) – I thought possibly I wouldn’t get there. Nothing on my list of possible subjects jumped out at me. My week ahead was already full. I just sat at my desk immobilised at thought of making a decision. And, I guess it was this situation that gave me the idea for this post. Life is a strange thing, and we seem to live in very strange times. I, like most…

Life as Art

‘Life as Art’ – it is a statement we hear and see in social media a lot, but, what does that even mean? How can life be art? My life does not seem like art, (AT ALL)! Even if I tried, I don’t think my life could be art, or maybe I’m missing something- I guess I need to start by having a definition of ‘art’ that reflects life lived. So, what is art? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Here is an example of this statement discussed, which goes to show some genuine thoughts but also some…

Global vs Local

More and more news articles are discussing environmental anxiety, and I know that I’m more distressed about people and the planet than ever before. Linked here is an article from The Independent, really worth a read, yet it’s first sentences “Plummeting insect numbers. A sixth mass extinction. Thinning of ice sheets. Sea level rise. Wildfires in California. Thawing Arctic permafrost,” really points to why this anxiety is growing. How could it not? It feels like I’m in the opening sequences of Children of Men, where the population is facing extinction through infertility – different problem, same concern. It’s easy to…

Keeping a Diary

I have decided to try writing a diary for a week and then comment on the progress and how I felt about it. There is a lot of advice on keeping a diary and how they help us in our everyday lives. I have never been great at them and I think it is mostly because I can’t seem to keep consistent with things like this. But I wanted to give it another go and try and gain some perspective on where I can find time for creativity. So here goes: Monday Slept in a bit, fruit and yogurt for…

Creating… Because you have to

I didn’t initially know what to call this article, however, I did know that being a creative isn’t an option for me. I need to state I’m not talking about creating for work or a product, but just being creative for creativities sake. I believe that creating is part of who we are, we are a creative species. The thing is, we’ve got so caught up in product-driven creativity that something about the process has been lost. And, it’s such a shame.