Have an original moment today.

Have you ever seen tne movie Garden State? It has one of my all-time favorite scenes. Check it out:

Are you thinking, “Huh?”. Ok, lemme explain.

Every time my spirit gets weighted down with stupid news headlines, domestic stress or just when my brain feels as useful as a bowl of day old oatmeal – I think of this scene and force myself to have an original moment to get motivated. I don’t exactly do a spastic dance in my bedroom (OK, sometimes), but I do try to release it other ways.

This post is dedicated to original moments and how to have one – I’m talking creativity here. Here are some of my ideas, and do us all a favor and share one of yours too – they will come in handy!

1. Design a flower.
Get a piece of paper, a pencil, an eraser and a picture of some flowers (any kind: real, plastic, pictures, illustrations, any!). Take your favorite elements from each of them and combine them into one flower that is all your own. I got this idea last week in New York City, when I was bored, but too tired to go anywhere. I sat in my hotel room by the window and sketched. I came up with a flower that had hearts for pedals! One you finish drawing your flower (nothing fancy, just a silly sketch) – own it. Whip it out everytime you write a note or when you are doodling. Draw it enough times so it becomes your little signature flower. Give it a name and a little story! Not into florals? Then create your own bug, saint, heart, creature, animal, etc.

2. Come up with a three-word catch phrase.
Choose three of your favorite nouns and combine them into your personal salutation. I always use “Peace, love and glitter!” or “Crafts, drama and glitter!”. Use them when you send your emails, or leave messages or comments for people.

3. Embellish something you never thought you would.
Take a boring, ordinary, overlooked but quite useful object in your house and give it some crafty love. Like the office or kitchen phone. Lord knows you depend on it for everything, give it some sparkle! Maybe it’s adding squeeze paint to your pooch’s leash, or stitching trim on a pair of white tube socks. Or other items: a nightgown, your laundry hamper, the TV set or your computer mouse. We have to see these things day in and day out, why not make them happy?

4. Make a MySpace friend a real friend.
Go through your friends list and randomly click on one you don’t know very well or haven’t connected with in a long time. Read their blog or page and leave them a comment. Not to promote your business, but to show appreciation for them as a person. Chances are they will be thrilled and then come do the same for you! Bingo – new friend!

5. Change your look today.
Do the opposite of what you normally do. Part your hair in the middle, wear a chunky barrette, a cheerleader ponytail, a scarf, a pair of spiky heels or sneakers. Put rings on all your fingers or take them all off. Wear bright lipstick (or in my case, don’t).

OK, those are a few off the top of my head. Now share yours!!! As for this crafty chica, I’m off to go design some decorative papers that will be sold in stores all over the country next year. More on that next week 🙂

Have a safe and happy weekend!
Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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