Happy New Year!
I started off the last new year intending to again document my daily making by posting a photo every day. I… didn’t really follow through with that.
2018 was my fifth Year of Making, and though I didn’t post very regularly about what I made, not a day passed when I wasn’t grateful for the habit I formed back in 2014.
Since I completed that first YoM, I’ve not ever felt like I wasn’t or couldn’t be creative. I’ve always known that even if I miss a day, it didn’t take away from my ability to create nor from the satisfaction I derive from making sure that creating is a priority in my life.
So throughout the last very eventful year â€“ during which I recovered and recuperated from an unexpected health mess, worked a day job, filmed a new class, taught at two conferences, and generally lived my life â€“ I rolled with the punches and never once lost sight of how important making things is to me.
Now that I’m healthy (knock wood) and back to freelancing while I work on my own writing and teaching, I’m committed to again keeping physical creativity at the fore of my 2019.
I’m thinking â€“ not promising, because that would be dumb â€“ that I’ll finally commit the time to learn how to hand-letter. And maybe do some more cooking even though I hate it.
Anyway. Are you with me?
Hereâ€™s what a Year of Making entails:
- Commit to making something â€“ anything â€“ even just for a few minutes, every single day for a year.Â (You get to decide what â€œmakingâ€ is. Does mac and cheese from a box count? Up to you!) (If you arenâ€™t reading this on January 1st, who cares? A year is a year no matter when you begin â€“ so just begin!) (And if you miss a day? Who cares? Just pick up where you left off.)
- Thatâ€™s itÂ .
Use the hashtagÂ #yearofmaking2019Â when you post about your progress. Especially if youâ€™re just starting out, I encourage you to post every single day â€“ even if your photo is blurry or poorly lit or your cat photobombs it. This is key to participating with everyone else â€“ this is where youâ€™ll find your cheering section, your gentle nudging, your partners in creative adventuring.
If you share on Instagram â€“ which, in my opinion, is a fabulous place to share a daily photo â€“ you can now follow hashtags in addition to people. When you openÂ this linkÂ in the app on your phone, youâ€™ll see an option to follow the hashtag (this doesnâ€™t seem to appear as an option yet if you open the link in a browser). (Iâ€™m on there, too, obviously!)
Join the Group
Though Iâ€™m a huge fan of publicly chronicling creative experiments, I also know that it can be incredibly liberating to share only in small places where I know I can feel safe and confident that people will be above-and-beyond supportive.
A grand gathering of fellow adventurers has formed over in my group, and I hope youâ€™ll join us there for sharing, for asking, for musing aloud, for celebrating and, when needed, for commiserating.
Just click the button to join and Iâ€™ll approve your request ASAP.