Getting back into the studio hasn't been the problem as has trying to just create something beautiful that I can be proud of. The joy just hasn't been there. Maybe you understand. I just had a bit of a creative slump a few weeks ago and now I am right back there.
Heidi Swapp says often, "Create your own joy." I read a quote recently that helped me understand what that really meant:
"Joy is essential to spiritual life. When we are not joyful, our thoughts and words cannot bear fruit. Joy is not the same as happiness. We can be unhappy about many things, buy joy can still be there because it comes from the knowledge of God's love for us. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have chosen joy and keep choosing it every day." - Here and Now, J.W. Nowen
So, that's what I am doing. I am stepping into my creative space and choosing to create joy. That's when this layout happened. I chose to take the time to hold a paint brush again. Meaningless strokes of color that brought me joy.
You can see the details on this layout and what is behind the photo on Heidi Swapp's blog here.
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Create Well: Choose joy.