the 21 challenge

In February of 2006, I had some goals in my mind that I really wanted to work on, but they were difficult ones. Things I wanted to change, but I knew it would not be easy. I was reminded that it takes 21 days to create a habit. I had some good habits I wanted to create; along with some bad habits I wanted to leave behind. But, I needed some kind of push, some kind of motivation that would really help me in this journey. I thought about it for a few days.
One morning, I woke up from a dream with this idea in my head:
combine 3 things:

1. The 21 days of habit with
2. Art journaling I love and

3. Have daily motivational quotes that will kick me in gear.

THEN, I thought: Why not push it a little further & include those people/friends on my blog…the ones I’ve met from all over the world!
This was IT! This was one of those moments that I got goosebumps when this idea flashed in my mind… I was so excited.
So, I searched through all of my favorite quotes & came across this one by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
from 'A Return To Love'

This was just what I needed to kick me in the pants! I loved it! It spoke to me & I immediately sat down & started to formulate The {21} Challenge. I started creating art combined with these quotes & each day as I did, the ‘change’ I wanted to see in myself was happening. It was so encouraging!

As I shared it with others on my blog, amazing things started to happen. I started getting emails from people all over the word who were feeling the same uplifting courage and seeing wonderful things happen inside of them. Their art was speaking to them. Their creative juices were flowing WHILE they were creating new habits or breaking old ones.

Each day, I would look forward to the time I had to create & really let go with my art & creativity. The art journaling helped all of us move beyond words & encouraged our own daily creative ‘play’, ‘practice’ & ‘exploration’. And I was able to finish developing a whole slew of creativity exercises that I do faithfully everyday to help keep things flowing!

Each time I do another round (I'm on no. 47 as of 3.2013) of The {21} Challenge, I encourage others to remember; it's an incredible creative journey. **It's evolved as the years have gone by & with iPhones, Instagram, Pinterest & other social media, this has become my favorite way of cReating on the go! (think: mobile art journaling!)** It will be difficult and it will be rewarding. But, it will kick your creativity up to a level that will surprise you! 
So...HOW do you join in?

1. Pick ONE habit to make or break. 
It can be a physical, emotional, spiritual, mental goal...something that YOU feel you want to improve in your life. 

2. Pick a way to document it. You can scrapbook it. art journal it. photograph it. use your phone. (which is what I'm doing) or write it down in a notebook. whatever will help to solidify this new habit. for YOU. tailor it to YOU.

3. Commit to it for 21 days straight.  This is when the success comes in. It takes 21 days or 3 weeks for your body, muscles, brain to all come together & make or break this habit.
It can be done. 
**I've done round after round & not only do I feel better about myself, gain more confidence, see the changes I want to see, but I get more creative!!!! works hand in hand with the 100 Creativity Exercises...I LOVE it!

I will post the recent round of The {21} Challenge. Until then....Here are the archives to brush up on the challenge & even do it yourself if needed! enjoy your process!

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