I've been talking about this on social media for a couple of weeks, and you might have seen the link in my last couple of blog posts already, but in case you haven't - I'm hosting a new creative challenge!
The Creative Focus Challenge is all about taking one creative activity where you feel like you've run out of steam, and trying out a few simple ideas to get some motivation back, seek fresh inspiration, and fall back in love with whatever that creative thing is, whether it's a hobby, part of your work, or something new.
The inspiration for this project grew out of an article I was commissioned to write for Knitting magazine. Firstly, I need to take a moment and just acknowledge how utterly thrilling this is for me - the magazine's editor actually contacted me to ask if I would write a piece based on my previous Instagram challenge (Everyday Creative Moments back in March), but with ideas that would be specifically relevant to knitters. I can't tell you how exciting this was, to be asked to write for one of my favourite magazines that I've subscribed to for years! Anyway, because of the long lead times involved in the magazine publishing world, the article I submitted back in May has now been printed and is out there in the world for all to read!
If you'd like to see more of what I talk about, issue 172 of Knitting magazine is in shops here in the UK now, and my article starts on page 14. If you can't get hold of a copy, or you're in a different part of the world, you can buy single issues of the magazine in print or as a digital version from PocketMags - and I'll be completely flattered if you do!
So writing a list of creative suggestions for knitters got me thinking - and I realised that the basic principle of the ideas I'd come up with for knitters to try could fairly easily be applied to pretty much anything creative, whether it's handicrafts of any kind, cooking, writing, photography, exercise, home decorating... Honestly, I'm that convinced you could try out these ideas on anything and gain some renewed impetus and inspiration.
If you'd like to put this theory to the test with me (Oh dear, I could be setting myself up for trouble here...) I'd love for you to join me and a growing group of creative people for the challenge.
Starting on Monday 11th September, I'll be sending out daily emails with suggestions for different places to look for ideas, different ways to flex your creative muscles, and hopefully help you reignite a bit of the passion you previously felt for that creative pursuit.
It's completely free to join, and I'll be collating all of the content into an ebook which you'll get at the end of the two weeks of the challenge, so you can try out the tips and tricks with other creative activities whenever you feel in need of a bit of a jumpstart.
If you want to find out more, just head over here to read all the information about the Creative Focus Challenge, and to sign up quickly and easily with just your email address.
I can't wait for us to get started with this - I'll be hanging out on Instagram throughout the challenge and it would be wonderful to gather together there to share how you're getting on.
There's still time to join me for what I hope will be a fun two weeks, but if you have any other questions after reading the details, just drop me a message.
I hope you have a wonderfully creative week!