Making creativity a habit takes time.

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People like to tell you that it takes 30 days to turn an act into a habit. After those 30 days, they tell you that you'll stick with it because it's not hard anymore. You do it because that's what you do at that time of day.

I don't have a Swedish research department (yet) who can conduct that study for me and see if those people are correct, but I do agree with the first part: that acquiring a habit takes time.

This year, I've been pushing myself to step away from the day to day tasks of Studio MME and step into more artistic tasks like painting and writing. It's been so hard!!!! I can come up with literally any excuse not to sit down and paint. Recent examples include:

  • It's cloudy; my desk is too dark.
  • It's sunny; I want to be outside!
  • My toe hurts.
  • I'm hungry.
  • I drank too much water. How can I paint when I'm doing the potty dance?
  • The cat wants attention and I don't want to scar her emotionally by ignoring her cries for affection. (Prime example of why I can't have children. If I worry this much about screwing up a cat who probably already has mental damage, just think what I'd be like with humans.)
I struggled with this for 8.5 months this year. Yep, until just two weeks ago when my husband came up with the simplest idea to solve my problem. (I want it noted that he was having exactly the same issue except for the drinking too much water part.)

Make art at the same time every day!

For the past two weeks, rain or shine, whiny cat or kitty loaf, I'm at my painting easel for two hours every day. It's the first thing I do in the morning and when I'm done, Studio MME opens its doors.

At this point you're probably wondering what this has to do with you. Well, I know that you will soon be making a list of possible New Year's Resolutions and that 'Making more stuff' will likely be on that list. Instead of waiting until 2018, why not start now? Then by the time January 1st rolls around, putting aside time for creativity and crafting will already be a habit.

Don't know what to make? Or want a little help keeping on track? Why not join the Super Stitchers' Club? You can get patterns monthly or quarterly, depending on your preference. Since everything you need comes to your door, you won't have to put it off till the next trip to the store. 

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