Like most of you, a lot happened for me in 2014. But it hasn’t been one of those years that I can’t get away from quick enough, or that I need to shout from the rooftops (or more like Facebook) my LOVE for it. Nope, it was just a normal year. One of growth, loss, change, and well…life. Regardless of what type of year it was, it’s that time of year where we look back over what happened, how it changed us, and look ahead with hope and goals for the new year.
One of the more fortuitous happenings for me this year was reading Kim Piper Werker’s book Make It Mighty Ugly. I read the book while spending a week on Cape Cod early in the summer in preparation for an interview with Kim on my podcast. The book is about vanquishing creative demons, and learning to just push through when those voices in your head tell you not to. I was really unprepared for the realizations it would awaken in me. I learned a lot about my own assumptions around failure and my own unrealistic expectations about my own creativity. It was incredible, and it really helped me to approach creating much differently. (You can listen to me chatting about these awakenings with Kim on my podcast here.)
Kim and I became fast Internet friends, and I followed her everywhere on social media. Something I was really taken with and inspired by Kim was her commitment to a #YearOfMaking in 2014. She started it after being inspired by Miriam Felton, who began it as a way to stop over consumption (listen to Kim and Miriam talk about what a Year of Making looks like here on Kim’s excellent podcast, Compulsory) in 2013.
Kim has talked and shared a lot about her year of making online, and has been so open and honest about it. It’s truly been wonderful to watch. She’s been so unabashedly herself, and shared things even when they didn’t pan out the way she had hoped. This was so inspiring to watch, especially in the ever curated social media feeds we live in.
Often times my idea of creating is work related: podcasts, blog posts, etc. I can get very workaholic around my career, which in turn can relate to exhaustion and lack of self care, which leaves my brain open to depression. (I also learned this year that something I was once proud of – workaholism – is in fact the opposite of productive.) I thought a #YearOfMaking would be a perfect way for me to engage in creativity, discover new things, make things I’ve always wanted to, and keep my brain active. Because there is never enough time it seems to make all that I want, I’ve decided to commit to a #YearOfMaking and make sure I have that time.
What I love about a #YearOfMaking is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be AMAZING. It is solely the act of committing oneself to creating and being within that moment. It can be dinner. It can be a doodle. It can be learning new software. It is what you make it. Literally.
I started this past Sunday, and I’m so excited because I have the next 2 weeks off, and I have so much planned! Kim is currently working on an ebook about it, that will offer tips, resources, and worksheets – which I plan on purchasing and will post about here, so stay tuned for that. I also hope to share here weekly some of my highlights on what I’m making. The one caveat I am hoping to stick to, is to not include things I make for work – unless, they’re something I’ve never made before. We’ll see if I can pull it off, regardless I’m really looking forward to this project!
What breakthroughs have you had this year? What are you thinking about mixing up come 2015? Would you consider doing a #YearOfMaking? I’d love to hear what you’re thinking.
Here’s to a new year, new experiences, and a year of making!
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