2019 Guiding Word :: Creativity

A few weeks ago I started to share my goals for this year. This year I decided to ditch writing out things I want to do, and instead choose guiding words that I want to manifest throughout 2019. It’s basically just like choosing your theme or themes for the year. My words for 2019 are simplify and creativity. Today I’m focused on the word creativity.

What does it mean to have creativity as a guiding word? For me, its living a more creative life. Growing up, I was always super creative – I especially loved creating things – arts and crafts. In college I studied art. Following that, I worked in the art world for 12 years and had a custom greeting card business at one time. I used to love knitting and sewing and creating new things. I feel like that creativity has started to fade in my life, and I want it back!

Here are some ways I’m going to lead a more creative life this year…

Cooking – I think cooking is such a great way to be creative. One way I will be more creative with cooking this year is baking more. I rarely bake, but I want to get back into making homemade breads, crackers, bars and “healthy” cookies. I’m studying Ayurveda, so I will also be experimenting and creating Ayurvedic recipes.

Movement – One way I express creativity is by creating new yoga sequences to practice and teach. And also by taking different types of classes – both within yoga and outside of yoga. Lately I’ve been taking yoga classes that teach a different alignment of the spine, and I would like to take more nidra and kundalini classes. I would also like to learn and practice tai chi more. And dance more!

Shake Up Your Routine – I think keeping a regular routine is important, but you gotta mix it up sometimes and be spontaneous! Leaving my mindset open to the idea of putting work aside for the night and going out to dinner, live music or even just to chill out is what will be happening this year. Travel is also a great way to break up your routine, and I’ve got some travel planned for 2019.

How do you cultivate creativity in your life? I would love to hear!

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2019 Goals

I thought I would share here my goals for 2019 (you know, accountability). This year I decided to ditch writing out things I want to do, and instead choose guiding words that I want to manifest throughout 2019. It’s basically just like choosing your theme or themes for the year. My words for 2019 are simplify and creativity. I’ll be writing a future blog post on creativity, this one is about what simplify means to me.

Simplify means to reduce to basic essentials, streamline and clarify. For me, this means to focus on one thing at time, stay organized and clear on what I’m doing and why and to keep my material possessions decluttered.

Here are some actionable things around simplifying I will be doing this year:

  • Decluttering – I started a major decluttering of my belongings last spring that I am just finishing up now – so I am starting off with a clean slate. I went through my office items, books and clothing and kept only the items that I love and truly use. If you want more information on how to do this, I recommend reading “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo if you haven’t already. What I want to work on for 2019 is being strict with what items I bring into my house, and buying sustainably made, quality goods.
  • Keeping a Daily Routine – Having a daily routine is a huge part of Ayurveda, which I am currently studying – in Ayurveda it’s called Dinacharya. Having a daily routine where you wake up, eat and go do bed (and more) at the same time everyday helps simplify your life by taking out all of the choices on how to spend your time. It is also essential for good health, as your body loves having a regular eating and sleeping time every day. I’ll be writing a blog post on Dinacharya soon, but until then, here is a good article to get you started. I’ve already incorporated this into my life, but I need to get back on track with this, especially being in bed by 9:30 pm.

  • Organizing – I’m naturally a pretty organized person, but there are a few areas of my life where I could use some help. Those are finances, scheduling, and keeping track of tasks. I’ve decided to try keeping a bullet journal this year, which should help with the scheduling and keeping track of tasks. If you’ve never heard of bullet journaling, you can find many videos on YouTube. I’ve also noted in my journal a day during the week that I balance my accounts. I know it seems strange that just keeping a planner would help simplify, but I have an irregular schedule that is a cause of stress in my life.

Anyhow, I hope you found this interesting! Do you have guiding words for 2019? If so, please leave a comment with your guiding words.


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Happy New Year!

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I wish you all a healthy and happy new year! Next week I’ll be sharing my guiding words for 2019.