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Good morning, Zox fam! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today, I want to discuss creativity with you all.
As we all know – and you're probably sick of me saying – I'm a writer. Creativity is kind of my lifeline.
However, I believe that creativity comes to each person differently. For me, it's through writing. For Chelsea, it's through illustration and art. For my mom, it's through party planning/throwing. For my friend back home, it's through creating lesson plans for her students.
See? There are all kinds of things you can do creatively.
"Oh, you write? I could never do that. I'm not creative." Yes, you are! We're all creative with something. Sure, your brain might not focus primarily on being creative, but it's in there somewhere.
I'm sure you've heard about the right-brain, left-brain characterization of people. If not, if you're "left-brained," you're known to be more detail-oriented, analytical thinkers. If you're "right-brained," you're known to be more creative, free-thinking individuals.
There's a huge debate on whether or not the science behind the right/left-brain categorization is correct, but the important part is: we all have a little creativity inside of us.
Where are we most creative, you ask? With ourselves.
Also known as:
If you've ever kept a journal on your bedside, used a planner to keep track of things, or committed to doing one thing for three weeks to change your patterns, you've indulged in working on yourself.
Everyone does it. Ever heard a friend say, "I just need to work on myself first"? That's being creative with yourself.
We all go through periods, some of us continually, where we work on who we are inside. We're a constant art project that is experiencing additions, removals, and updates.
Allow me to put this concept into a new perspective.
Most likely, we've all worked on a project for school at one point in time.
What steps did you take to ensure it was the best version of itself before submitting it for grading?
Let's see... Probably:
Now that I've taken you back in time a bit, let me bring you back to speed.
Apply those steps to who you are right now. Didn't you do at least one of those things to get to where you are now or are you currently immersed in one of those steps, approaching where you want to be?
We may not be at step 4 yet, but one day, we will be.
As I mentioned before, we're a constant work in progress.
This brings me to the Spotlight release today. Artist Nicole Timminscreated the beautiful, Paint Your Mind.
Here's a note from Nicole:
I have only been in the Zox community for a little under a year, and I am floored that I was one of the designs voted top 3 for "Artist Spotlight". I am forever grateful. I knew Zox Idea Factory existed, and my friend Amanda had been pushing me for months to join and try to design a strap. I didn't think I had it in me until one day after a round of paintings I made, I thought, this would be really cool on a strap.That is how "Paint Your Mind" was born. I played with several different paintings, but the one I went with spoke to me the most (I also have a bias towards teal/green). I got good feedback from the beginning, and it really encouraged me to push forward.It does look slightly different than the design photo. This is because we wanted to have as crisp of a picture as possible, which is why you can see the texture of the canvas. I think that's what makes it extra special.
It's hard to believe I only started this hobby a little over a year ago. I am so happy to be able to share this piece of my art with you. I know some of you have received my artwork, and I'm thrilled even more that you can wear it on your wrist. This is a big accomplishment that I will forever be proud of.Edward Hopper once said, "If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint". I think that statement is the epitome of what I was trying to achieve. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity. And a HUGE THANK YOU to Amanda LSB, Julie, Lexi, Lonnie, Amanda L, Caille, Noora, and my mom Robin for pushing and encouraging me every step of the way. As well as many other Zox friends. Thank you so much.🧡
The card text "You're the greatest project you'll ever work on" gives me such a thrill because it's so true. We're always going to be working on ourselves, putting whatever measurement of creativity we have into our self-improvements.
We're all still working on ourselves, and it's not a journey you have to take alone. Remember group projects? They're still a thing. And this family you have here is your group.
I hope this strap reminds you that you're a masterpiece – a work-in-progress constantly getting better and better.
Every wristband made is a limited edition work of art for your wrists. ZOX are reversible with a design on one side and a positive message on the inside. Every ZOX is individually laser cut with a serial number to ensure authenticity.