No doubt that creativity is an important part of all of us. It’s so easy to say, “I’m not creative; I’m not an artist; I’m not very good;” when what I really mean is “I’m afraid other people won’t like what I create, won’t find it appealing, and will pass that negative judgment onto not just my work but my Self.”
Typing out fears that basic makes them sound silly, doesn’t it? But I think sometimes we all feel that way—a basic human fear of being rejected and kicked out of the tribe if we don’t conform makes creativity a little scary for us once we are past childhood. For perfectionists like me, that can be paralyzing because while I am like a kid in a candy store at art supply shops, I often end up buying supplies and then admiring them sitting on my shelf, to hesitant to use them to create anything in case it is somehow less beautiful than the supplies themselves in unused form.
This makes Whimseybox perfect for someone like me. Every month since January, a brightly colored box has landed on my doorstep.
Inside is another neat, Velcro closure, label-able, reusable box.
It is presented like a little present, complete with satin ribbon and paper crinkles.
And inside is a project just for me. Already set up with everything I need to spend an hour with goodies like colored bakers’ twine and stamps and Japanese masking tape.
It’s just the nudge I need to actually get started on a small project.
And while none of the end results are super,
it still buys me an hour on one Sunday afternoon a month when my monkey mind stops swinging and focuses on that basic human urge to create. The boxes are designed just right so that the focus is on the experience rather than the small finished product. I know several people who are getting a Whimseybox subscription for their next birthday…
Posted on Thu, July 25, 2013
by Heidi Gilchrist filed under