Create Something Beautiful!

20130108-204746.jpgA new year is a time to take on a bold new endeavor. It is a time to push yourself and challenge your mind to grow and expand in a new direction. As you continue on the quest to map out a bold set of new goals and challenges for yourself in 2013, don’t be afraid to unleash that inner creative genius!  This year, create something truly beautiful.

It doesn’t have to be some super crafty Pinterest sort of project that looms a little ‘Stepford Wife’ creepy. Which, by the way, I read the other day somewhere is what is happening… All these wickedly creative projects being photographed and pinned on that site is making folks a little on edge. If you are one of those who is starting to feel a little insecure because you don’t bejewel and sparkle your home for every holiday with 47 different unique projects that are worthy of a thousand “repins”, let me clue you in on a little secret.

The amateurs are being overrun by corporate America. The number of business accounts and professional memberships are growing at an alarming rate. Don’t beat yourself up thinking Suzy Homemaker is crafting all that nifty stuff on her dining room table.

I’m not saying there aren’t some unbelievably amazing and fantastic ideas on that site; there are some mind-blowing ideas that are truly inspiring! But just like Martha Stewart has an army of assistants, designers, food stylists, photographers, etc., to make her projects picture-perfect, the same can be said for an increasing amount of the boards and ideas emerging on Pinterest.

But I digress…

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Creating something beautiful can be as simple as designing and planting a beautiful vegetable garden, teaching yourself how to cook a new dish or taking a fun class to learn a new craft. Try your hand at making a piece of pottery or learning how to turn found objects into art. Maybe you want to learn a new language or dig into your family tree and map your ancestors…do it!

This is the year that you need to chart new waters and explore the depth of your creative talents. The stress release, the sense of accomplishment and the sheer joy that comes from creating is, alone, worth the experience!

“People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”    –Selma Hayek

I’ve started my list of things my family has been discussing we’re going to tackle.  We’ve been toying with them, collecting ideas and planning some of them for far too long.  In some cases, we’ve already begun and in others, we have big plans for how we will reward ourselves for achieving our goal.  Big or small, the projects will challenge us, be fun along the way and yield long-lasting and memorable results on the other side!  Our short list includes:

1.  Remodel our master bathroom (finally!)

2.  Learn French together and then plan a trip to Paris as a family

3.  Master sushi making

4.  Take a mother/daughter digital photography course

5.  Build a treehouse with a zipline escape route

Do you have a list?  Jot down your top five!  Go on, pick some things that are truly really special and beautiful in your eyes.  This is your year to step into a bigger box (I don’t believe in stepping outside of the box) and make it happen!

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