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Create all the things.

Hey blog world! I’ve been alive and well on social media this past year… and pretty darn silent in the blog world. Let’s just say I hibernated from the blog world for a while.

But I’m here, guys (at least for this blog post). I can’t make any promises. But I thought I’d make an appearance. This blog didn’t die. It just slept for a while. My life has been all over the place this past year and I haven’t really made sense of it all; all I could do was just live it out and hope for the best… and, well, I’m still here, so that’s gotta count for something.

Anyway, my blog post title is a play on a satirical “vlog” (aka video log, like a video blog…) where this British guy named Adrian Bliss ends his vlog (Vlogvember) with something inspirational to say; he says, “Always remember, keep on believing, make ALL the things, and have fun during the day.” and then signs off with a floppy dolphin hand motion straight into the lens of the camera. I laugh every time. His vlog is a joke, making good fun of other vlogger friends of his who come up with some catchy phrase to say at the end of every video.

I just had to laugh because “make all the things” is so generic, but somehow it’s stuck with me.

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This year, my “one word” is “CREATE”. Choosing one word replaces the need to make many new year’s resolutions, and allows you to have something simple to inspire you for the year. I chose the word “CREATE” because I wanted something to encourage me to put my hand to the plow, so to speak, and make things. Make anything, just make things. Create art, create food concoctions, create letters to send others, create my future, create good times, create new friendships, create good conversation, create dialogue, create colourful colouring book pages. Create anything, really. As Adrian Bliss says, “Make all the things”. So I don’t need to focus on any of those things being particularly wonderful or perfect. Just make things. Focus on creating and producing things, rather than waiting until I have the perfect idea, the perfect vision, the perfect game plan, the perfect supplies and materials, the perfect skill and talent.

JUST FRICKIN’ MAKE THINGS, ALI!!

Somehow, this encourages me.

So far, this January, I’ve made a bunch of home made cards and fridge cards (which is a normal card you’ve made and then put dollar store magnet tape on it which is a magnet that has sticky adhesive on one side) and, voila, you have a “fridge card”. I’ve also coloured in some adult colouring books. I’m going to say that counts. I’m colouring! And that’s creating a more colourful world! I’m cooking and that’s creating. I’m organizing and simplifying and sorting and tidying (that’s creating order). I’m creating fun times with friends and family. I’m coming up with some future ideas. I’m creating conversation with many people that I meet as I do my volunteer driving job, which in turn creates new and varied relationships. No matter how small it is, if it’s somehow ‘making something’, then I’m going to say it counts. I’m creating!

I’d also really like to get some wool and get back to crocheting. I haven’t done that in quite a few years. Some friends of mine are posting their crochet creations online and it’s inspiring me.

And here I am creating a blog post, after a long hiatus.

Here’s my logo for the year, which I’ve posted on social media outlets. It just further inspires me to “Make all the things”.

So, I’m not really going to edit this, because I have a problem with waiting until things seem perfectly ready before I publish them, and then I often keep them in unpublished draft form for weeks, which turn into months, and now I’ve got a bunch sitting there from a year ago, unpublished and now seemingly out of date.

So, BOOM, I’m pressing PUBLISH!

Here’s to a year of “creating all the things” and creating my future, creating my life one day at a time… one moment at a time…

If you want to come up with a word, here’s the website that could inspire you and I’m happy to create a logo for you if you contact me on the Contact page or comment below.

  • Katrin

    so cool Ali and inspiring! Thanks for sharing! :) Yes, letting go of perfectionism and have a go – good encouragement for me too! Blessings!

    • Glad you enjoyed the post and it’s inspired you! Yes, a lot of life is all about letting go of perfectionism. It really is an enemy of creativity. You’ve gotta be an imperfectionist to be creative! Hope you have a great, creative year, Katrin!