Since February was all about becoming inspired, it only seemed natural that the next goal in my Happiness Project would be to channel that inspiration into getting creative. As someone who is lucky enough to be creative in my day job in marketing and on this little blog, I tried to challenge myself to be creative in areas that were a little outside the book. The result was one of my favorite months so far in my Happiness Project journey. By the end of March, I truly found myself bursting with creative energy and much, much happier.
Goals for March
Be an artist
Write a children's book
Design my next tattoo
Beautify my home
1. Be an artist. I have never been artistically inclined. I (for some unfathomable reason) took advanced art in high school (which I had no business attending) and my first boyfriend ended up doing some of my assignments for me because I was in way over my head. But this month I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and give art, specifically painting, a try.
I went to Michael's where I scored some very inexpensive canvases, paintbrushes, and acrylic paint. Inspired by this DIY abstract art tutorial I found on Pinterest, I went to work creating artwork with the intention of putting them on my mantle in my living room. The process was way more fun and creatively rewarding than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed getting lost in the process of creating and it was so cool to see my art come to life. It was a total creative high and I totally understand why artists do what they do.
Here are the finished products!
I'm pretty proud of how my art pieces turned out. The Walt Whitman quote from the first painting is one of my favorite quotes of all time and I love seeing it everyday. The second painting has a great mixture of color and texture that complements the rest of the decor in the room. If you are looking for a cheap way to not only channel your creative energy but also decorate your home, it doesn't get much better than creating your own work of art!
2. Write a children's book. Yeah. This didn't happen. I've had the idea for my children's book for years and just need to put pen to paper. So the kid's book didn't happen but I did come up with the basic story for...a fiction novel! The idea came to me in a dream and when I woke up, I couldn't get it out of my head. I let it marinate for a few days and then spilled the details to my husband. He think it's a great idea and I do too! Who knows when I'll actually get around to writing it, but I'd like to think it could come to fruition one day!
3. Design my next tattoo. I have two tattoos (one is here) and I've been itching for a third one. I know I want my favorite saying and I know I want it in a script font, but I have no idea of the placement or the specific look of the font. So I scoured Pinterest for tattoo inspiration and stumbled across some amazing looking ink. I now have a better idea of what I want, but still need to figure out a lot more details before I take the plunge.
4. Beautify my home. March marked one year since we moved into our first house and I decided it was time to spruce things up. My art project turned out to kill two birds with one stone as far as decorating my living room, so my focus shifted to my sad and neglected dining room. We have a tiny dining room that we barely use, but it is the first thing you see when you walk into the house so I knew that I should make it a little more aesthetically pleasing.
The first step was investing in adult-looking table settings including new place mats, napkins, napkin rings (all from Pier 1), and even dishes (Ikea). The next step was putting together a simple, yet beautiful centerpiece. Thanks to a Pottery Barn gift card, I got a fabulous tray (on clearance!). On top of the tray are gold napkins I got from the grocery store, a candle I stole from my mom, and a thrifted vase. Hello, savings!
After the dining table was complete, I added a little flair by styling a vintage bar cart I got as a gift over the holidays. Lucky for me, bar carts are super trendy right now so the Pinterest inspiration was abundant. The great thing about styling bar carts is that they can almost exclusively be decorated with items you already have. I already had the alcohol, shaker, ice bucket, shot glasses, picture frame, mini mason jar, and decorative items. The only thing I bought were the straws, napkins, and plastic drink cups. (Oh and that cute Cheers print is free from Aubrey at The Kinch Life.) I love the end result and love that it was such an inexpensive way to decorate my small dining room.
After those few changes, the room really came to life and now I'm proud when people walk in and see it.
My month of creativity went so well and I really do feel so much joy from expending so much creative energy. But the last few months have been very inward focused. As I am now in the last three months of my Happiness Project (ah!), I am spending this last quarter more focused on becoming happier by focusing outward. To kick this off, April's happiness theme is Justice.
Goals for April
Try fair trade
Amplify other voices
Justice has always been an important value in my life and I'm excited to dive deeper into what it means to live a life pursuing justice. I know that happiness doesn't come solely from focusing on myself, so I'm sure my life will be enriched through seeking justice.
As always, thanks for following along and the next Happiness Project recap will be up next month!