Life Under the Apple Tree

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Over-the-Top Blog Award

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I got up this morning to find an Over-the-Top Blog award from Lisa at Random Veracity, just when I needed a shot of hope. Thank you, Lisa! Yesterday was such a “puttery” day, spent thinking a lot about art and creativity, but not really accomplishing much. I worked on a project, but it didn’t come to anything like a satisfying completion. I have to remind myself that part of Art Every Day Month involves a simple choice — to focus on daily creativity, in whatever way, shape, or form that may take. It’s a simple shift that is so important for me because I’ve spent so many years avoiding creativity in fear of failure. How crazy is that? (It’s pretty common, actually.) I mean, creativity is the basis of humanity. Everything that humanity has ever been and everything that it will ever be is the result of individual creativity. It is how we express ourselves, and how we become fully ourselves.

“Creativity is a way of thinking, of being. It doesn’t mean you have to be an artist or writer. It means you approach life with the ability to be open, to solve challenges in new ways and try new things.” ~Ren Allen

Today I resolve, in spite of my fears, to keep going — keep trying new things.

There are two “rules” (bah, rules) for accepting this reward. One is that I provide one-word answers for the following questions. The other is that I pass the award on to five other bloggers (and post on their blogs letting them know). How exciting to have the opportunity to pass on my appreciation to a few of those who have inspired me in the last couple of weeks. The choices were not easy. (I have no idea where this award originated, or who has yet received it!)

1. Where is your cell phone?… Purse
2. Your hair?… Short
3. Your mother?… Working?
4. Your father?… Same?
5. Your favorite food?… Vegetables
6. Your dream last night?… Forgotten
7. Your favorite drink?… Coffee
8. Your dream/goal?… Joy
9. What room are you in?… Living
10. Your hobby?… Playing
11. Your fear?… Fear
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Creating
13. Where were you last night?… Shopping
14. Something that you aren’t?… Bossy
15. Muffins?… Yum
16. Wish list item?… Paints
17. Where did you grow up?… New York
18. Last thing you did?… Wrote
19. What are you wearing?… Pajamas
20. Your TV?… Off
21. Your Pets?… Eight
22. Friends?… Blessings
23. Your life?… Quiet
24. Your mood?… Hopeful
25. Missing Someone?… Yes
26. Vehicle?… Subaru
27. Something you’re not wearing?… Earrings
28. Your favorite store?… Blick
29. Your favorite colour?… Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed?…Yesterday
31. Last time you cried?… Recently
32. Your best friend?… Solitude
33. One place that I go to over and over?… Thoughts
34. Facebook?… Sometimes
35. Favorite place to eat?… Home

My nominations, of course, include Lisa, and I want to include everyone that I follow, but these people are really “over the top”:

  • Cheryl — Who has inspired with her journal pages and comments on the Blissfully Art Journaling Yahoo list
  • Messyfish — Who shares both her successes and her failures while creating with a little one
  • Tortagialla — Whose courage inspires me to be more courageous
  • Tea With Ren — Who inspired me to make the very first mark on the blank page
  • Stitch, Stitch, Stitch — Of whose clothing designs I’d like to see more, more!

Written by cherapple

16 November, 2009 at 11:17 am

Posted in Award, In response, Thoughts

6 Responses

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  1. I keep having to remind myself these things too, to keep trying things to move past the fears. Good for you for moving forward despite the fears you have. It’s not easy, but it feels so fabulous when you do!


    16 November, 2009 at 11:28 am

  2. Thank you, Leah!


    16 November, 2009 at 1:50 pm

  3. thanks for the award!!!


    16 November, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  4. Wow…thanks for the award. 🙂 I may or may not get around to the proper method of passing it along but I wanted you to know I appreciate the mention!


    17 November, 2009 at 1:15 am

  5. It is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


    20 November, 2009 at 7:40 pm

  6. Inspiring and beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing


    20 November, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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