Creative Organization, Planning, and Gratitude for the New Year

Creative Organization
Do you have a drawer or closet or shelf that looks like this?

junk drawerIf you are like me, there are probably several spots in your home that could use a little organization. Nina, a friend of ours has put together a Facebook group called Organized in 2014 to encourage others to do a little organizing in the month of January. She has posted a calendar for the month with a prompt for a space to organize each day. Then you can post pictures of what you did to the group page to help encourage others in their efforts to get organized. You just might find some new creative ideas for your home. At the end, Nina plans to do a drawing for a gift card for all those who participate. Even though the month has already started, you can still jump right in and participate. Nina is the owner of Lexamae Fancies n Frills.

Creative Planning
The ladies at Art to the 5th blog have launched a project called The Documented Life Project that is free to participate in and will help encourage you in your creative pursuits. You start with a daily/weekly planner that you buy or make yourself and add an extra page to the end of each week for a small creative project.

“Starting January 1, 2014, we will issue a weekly challenge on ways to use and decorate your planner to make it uniquely yours.  Interpret the challenge in any way you desire or be inspired by our artists.  Yes, this is free and open to everyone – artists, scrapbookers, calendar keepers, organization lovers, art journalers- yes, YOU!”

You can join their Facebook group and post your creations or just be inspired by the creations and encouragement of other in the comments. Some of the participants are using the weekly challenges for art journals, scrapbooking, or whatever suites their creativity. Get started now for a full year of creative planning!

Creative Gratitude
If you like photography and want to express your creativity through this medium, you may be interested in the 365 Grateful Project. Hailey Bartholomew is putting together a documentary about…

“uncovering what happens when ordinary people unlock the remarkable powers of gratitude.

This documentary was born out of a project created by Hailey – the ‘365 Grateful Project’. In early 2008, in an effort to fight depression, Hailey started a year long photographic project which involved taking one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Initially this was a chore but eventually it became a delight.

The discipline of having to look for the good things that happened every day changed her life in so many ways. Hailey found not only her marriage, spiritual life and health improved, but this project accidentally, wondrously spread and affected the lives of many others.”

Read about what she did, watch the video and start your own creative project focused on gratitude. If you want to become involved, you can upload your project on her site.

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