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Early to Rise Challenge: Find the Artist in You

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

Find the Artist in You

Okay, so I have to be completely honest here: I’m not sure of the correlation between rising early and creating and “shipping” something that Andy makes in the Day 8 reading from the Early to Rise book. And I would have loved for him to unpack that a little more in what he wrote.

But regardless, I’m a big fan of creating art and shipping things. That is, I think everyone should be creating in some form or fashion. But our creations shouldn’t be kept behind closed doors; we need to “ship it” by sharing our art with the world.

And just about now, you might be thinking, “But I’m not an artist!” Well, if you’re talking about the paints and canvas sort of artist, than neither am I.

However, all of us have art in us: whether it’s decorating rooms, baking cakes, brainstorming marketing ideas, writing, speaking, singing, photographing… we all are artists in one form or another. And for us to keep those gifts hidden not only stifles our creativity, but it hinders us from many opportunities to bless others.

Yes, it’s work to make art and put it out there. You’re going to probably experience set backs and criticism along the way. But if you just keep doing it, I promise that you’ll find so much fulfillment in the process!

What kind of artist are you? I want you to dig down deep — if need be — and comment and tell us where your art gift lies. You have one. And if you don’t think you do, I want you to text or call some people close to you today and ask them to help you figure out what kind of artist you are.

Secondly, I want you to tell me one small thing you are going to do to make art in the next two weeks. It can be as simple as saying you are going to photograph something or someone and frame it. Or you’re going to sing for some small event. Or you’re going to write and submit an article on a certain subject to a certain publication. Or you’re going to make a throw pillow for your living room.

Don’t keep your gifts hidden! Bless the world with them — and you’ll be blessed and inspired in return!

In case you wonder what “art project” I’ve got up my sleeve: I’m working on creating five well-structured and inspiring presentations that I’ll be giving at two different conferences over the next two weeks. As I’m learning from much more experienced speakers, writing a presentation and delivering it is a craft. Viewing it as such has totally changed my perspective on public speaking — and fired me up with new passion to work on polishing and honing that craft!

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

Me? I got up at 6:19 a.m. this morning — without an alarm clock!

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!


Other posts in the Early to Rise Challenge series

  1. The 30-Day Early to Rise Challenge Begins on Friday (grab your ebook for just $4.99!)
  2. Early to Rise Challenge: Day 1 (Your Mindset Matters)
  3. Early to Rise Challenge: Wake Up With a Plan for Your Day
  4. Early to Rise Challenge: It's Not Always Easy (and am I the only one who thinks drinking coffee black is crazy??)
  5. 15 Things You Can Do Each Morning to Make Your Day More Successful
  6. Early to Rise Challenge: Adjust Your Attitude
  7. 11 Things to Do Tonight to Set You Up for Success Tomorrow
  8. Early to Rise Challenge: Change Your Life By Taking One Small Step at a Time
  9. Early to Rise Challenge: Find the Artist in You
  10. Early to Rise Challenge: "It's Your World, So Change It"
  11. Early to Rise Challenge: Swim Upstream
  12. Early to Rise Challenge: Focus on Other People
  13. 5 Steps to Start Your Day With a Better Attitude
  14. Early to Rise Challenge: Find What Motivates You
  15. Early to Rise Challenge: The Halfway Mark!
  16. Early to Rise Challenge: Choose Who You Will Be Today
  17. Free printable: 17 Ways to Set Your Morning Up for Success
  18. Early to Rise Challenge: Don't Live Today on Accident
  19. Early to Rise Challenge: Be Quiet
  20. Early to Rise Challenge: Face Your Day With a Smile
  21. Early to Rise Challenge: Find an Accountability Partner
  22. Early to Rise: Share Your Success (and why I have a new crazy-early wake-up time!)
  23. 11 Things You Can Do Tonight to Set You Up for Success Tomorrow (free printable)
  24. Early to Rise Challenge: You're Not Alone
  25. 5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity with a Newborn
  26. Early to Rise Challenge: Begin Your Day With Prayer
  27. Early to Rise Challenge: Don't Settle for Average!

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81 Comments

  • Dee Wolters says:

    Up at 5:30 to do farm chores then head to town to attend the County Farm/ City Breakfast. Great time honoring county farmers, we are always so honored to attend. Saw friends we don’t usually see durng the winter, as most farmers are stuck at home working.

  • Lora C says:

    I got up at 5:15, worked out and got to work.

    I am a day ahead in the Early to Rise series so I read day 8 yesterday and have been thinking about it since then. I have felt that I have a book to write and this inspired me to start on it. In the meantime, I have been blogging on my SparkPage on SparkPeople–free website for weight loss. I am still new to blogging, but I have gotten some extremely favorable response. The response to my first blog overwhelmed me and brought tears to my eyes. Others connected with my blogs and even commented that I shed light on something they had not thought about. I suppose that is why “shipping” is so important.

  • I got up at 5:50 today. Still hoping to get closer to 5:30 by next week.

    My gifts . . . hmmm, I do come up with an awful lot of ideas! I am working on a new eBook and am hoping to complete it by the end of this challenge.

  • Susan says:

    Alarm set for 6:30 AM. Was awake at 4:30 AM, so got up then. I have been awakening earlier naturally since I started going to bed earlier.

    • Crystal says:

      It’s amazing how going to bed earlier truly helps with that isn’t it?! 🙂

      • Susan says:

        You are right about that, Crystal. It would be interesting to find out how these times would be impacted by increased daily exercise. As for art, I have been working on the mending pile, which involves hand-sewing. That’s about it.

  • Amber says:

    My day off and I was up at 5:00 am. Drank a nice cup of tea along with reading my passage in Proverbs and Andy’s Day 8. I’ve typed up Day 7 blog entry and taken some chicken out for lunch, cuddled the cat, listened to NPR, and just kind of day dreamed a bit.

    As for the artist thing.. Ah, I’ll get back with ya on that one.

  • Shelly says:

    I got up the same time as you today, well at least at pacific time. I was up by 6:19 and I even woke up at 6:02 but I decided to wait until my alarm to get up.

    I think right now my art is taking old items and recycling them into new things. My daughter and myself recently took a fulled sweater and turned it into a new dog sweater for our little dog is getting up there in age and needs to stay warm.

    I would like to get an ebook written which may be my next project as I have been pondering the idea for over a year now. I think it will take me more than a few weeks but if I start it will eventually get done if I work a little each day.

  • Mel says:

    I think Andy is building on the idea that this extra time we’re creating by getting up earlier allows us to create art and he’s encouraging us to share it. That’s what I got out of today’s chapter.

    My artistic endeavors are varied – writing, photographing, scrapbooking, organizing, decorating, baking, cooking, fashion, crafting, throwing parties… This week I’ve been focusing a little more on some of those areas that have been lacking. So far I’ve created 2 scrapbook pages and finished a felt “busy bag” project that I started several months ago. I also made scones with my sister-in-law for the first time.

    Up at 7:19 this morning. I set my alarm for 7AM, trying to gradually work to 6AM, but must have turned it off in my sleep. Still, that’s earlier than I got up last Friday!

  • What a great day for this challenge. I have so many things swimming in my head and I just need to get them out. I need to share my art… where to start. I think it is organizing them. Spending time with a time line, paper and to do list.
    🙂

  • Shannon says:

    I woke up at 5:40 a.m., enjoyed my coffee and read the first three chapters of What If God Designed Marriage To Make Us Holy More Than To Make Us Happy? This also led to referencing passages in my Bible which was new to me. I was just thinking about this shipping and delivering topic and I think for me doing more reading lately is leading me back to writing which I have always had a passion for. I never thought about writing for others outside of my family so maybe I am wondering if it is my time to do so.

  • Sarah says:

    Got out of bed at 6:58am before my alarm went off at 7am! Had a wonderful morning with time to make coffee, unload the dishwasher, get my son ready for school and pack my husbands lunch all before going to the gym. Getting up earlier is making my days go so much more smoothly.

    As for my art….I guess I’d have to say I have a talent for cooking/baking and I love to share the things that I’ve made in my kitchen with my family and friends.

  • kristi says:

    2yo came into bed at 4am…and didn’t exactly go back to sleep so neither did I. We got up and out of bed around 5:15-ish (I forgot to look at the exact time). Somehow late out the door despite the early wake up. Pretty sure I was waaay late getting in the shower as well. I think I was on time for work.
    Time seems to be kind of a subjective word for me today :-/

    …..Nothing I can do that I would label “artistic” comes to mind at the moment. Unless you consider being ignorant of “time” an artistic talent LOL!

  • Michele says:

    I got up at 5:09. I am feeling very accomplished. My gifts??? I love to bake, but don’t always have the time or energy. After two weeks of waking up early I now have more energy. I am going to bake something this weekend and bring in to share with my co-workers on Monday.

  • Wow, challenge is right. I love to paint and also to do scrapbooking (the paper kind), but I haven’t done either one in soooo long. I’ve really been missing it too. I actually have today off work and was thinking about busting out the paint set. 🙂 Easier said than done, though, sometimes…

  • I got up this morning at 6:31. Had time to snuggle with the hubby before the morning race to get ready began. It was a great time that my husband and I enjoyed. Thank you for this series! As for my kind of art. I am a praise leader at church. Singing is my passion! I also love to crochet. I only once a month for church so maybe I can work more on crocheting during my new found early morning time 🙂 Thanks again Crystal and team!

  • Amber S says:

    Finally made it our of bed at 4:00 again. It’s so much harder to do in the winter! I had plenty of time for a shower, cup of tea with my Bible reading, and even got to sneak in a few chapters of Karen Kingsbury’s new book before the kids got up! I do love early mornings, which are usually very productive for me!

  • I got out of bed at 4:30 this morning. I didn’t blog about the challenge today, because I decided to write about CHOCOLATE instead. (See, I shipped! ;)) I’ve been using the extra morning time (after my daily devotions) to work on two grant proposals. I’m looking forward to finishing those next week, so I can move on to something else… something a little more aligned with creating art! Thanks, Crystal, for challenging us all!

  • Amy says:

    I recently made a couple small mixed media canvases for two families who were having adoption fundraisers. They turned out really great and they brought it more money for the families than I was expecting!

  • Connie C. says:

    5:40 am. Goal was 5:30. I did change my plans because I was going to work out, but Hubs wanted to chat before he left for work so we did that. Then I laid down for a bit. But I was off to the paid gig on time so I count it all as a resounding success!

  • Andie says:

    up at 6:15.

    from my other posts i bet some have noticed im going thru a medical ‘thang’ right now. During last summer this issue started and to help cope with severe stress I started making handbags, totes, etc… it is something that brings me great joy and I dont stink at it which was a bonus for me. The reason why I am doing the early to rise challenge is to open an etsy shop and sell them. so my goal is to get up early and get all of my chores and have to’s done so i can guilt free make my bags and enjoy myself

  • Connie C. says:

    And the art thing? Wow. Definitely need to change my mindset on that. I spent some time this morning putting together a healthy living binder – I’m trying to build a healthier life so this has recipes, inspirational stories, etc in sections. I will count that as my art. Not sure how I will ship it though, because it’s really just for me.

  • Siné says:

    I was up at 5. In terms of “art”, I have been spending my early mornings knitting a sweater for my nephew. It feels so good to have the time to create and not feel rushed by other tasks that need doing.

  • Gina says:

    Does it count that I woke up at 3:30 with a headache and never fell back to sleep? Got up at 5:10, pretty normal, but skipped my workout. Got started on my “art” – organizing! As in organizing a fundraiser dinner for 150 tomorrow night and organizing a book writing project for my kids’ elementary school! Lots accomplished, but much more to go before the day is over!

  • Jillian Kay says:

    I got up at 4:42 (used my alarm today) to wok. I’m going to plant my garden tomorrow, which I’m counting as art!

  • Margery H. says:

    Well, I got up at 5:28, two minutes before my alarm.

    I’m a very analytical and efficiency- minded person, and I don’t consider myself very artistic, but …. I made an Athena costume for my 5th grade daughter this week, all with materials we had on hand (except one purchased roll of trim for the skirt, and I used a coupon). It involved a fair amount of sewing and lots of ingenuity. It’s beautiful, so maybe I am creative. She will wear her costume next Thursday night at a “Faces of History” event with our homeschool group.

  • CJ says:

    4:00am, early day at work 🙁 I am not artistic at all, unless you count taking photos of my grocery shopping deals 🙂

  • Angela says:

    Up at 5:37 this morning. Not.good.at.all. My alarm goes off at 4:15 and hubby is supposed to be at work by 5:30! But I was able to get him up and out the door by 5:45. Thank God for automatic coffee makers! 🙂 Somehow He, I and all four kids got out on time and were in good spirits. I think it will be a good day after all.
    As for art, I love to bake. I use it as stress relief, but have been sharing lately, taking cupcakes to my son’s teachers. I’m actually thinking about trying to start a cake business.

  • Jessica says:

    I’m creative in many ways! I taught myself how to crochet when I was 8 or 9, from a library book, after I was inspired by my (late) aunt, who was a nun and also self-taught. I crochet everything from toy foods (pop-tarts, Oreos, fruit, veggies, cookies) to king-sized afghans and everything between.

    In the past I’ve also:
    *latch-hooked
    *beaded
    *cross-stitched
    *stamped/made cards and scrapbooks
    *weaved
    *made candles
    *made soap
    *done ceramics

    I also:
    garden
    bake, from scratch, creating my own recipes. I don’t believe in measuring cups either! 🙂
    do crafts with my oldest. Our most recent project was painting metal washers with nail polish then glossing them with modge-podge and using them as pendants for necklaces.

    I want to:
    learn how to knit. Specifically, I want to knit socks and scarves. I love crazy socks and would like to make my own someday!

  • Jo Lynn says:

    Hmm…I like those questions you asked us today! I really enjoy writing and a few people have told me they enjoy what I write. I feel one of my gifts is writing (aah its sort of challenging for me to admit I think I’m gifted at it, I’ll have to examine why that is a bit more.) Anyway, I hope one to do parlay that into communicating throuh public speaking as well! But with writing there is nothing I can describe that comes close to how I feel during the process and after I’ve completed something. And sharing it has been huge for me to. This past week I wrote about how the word “retarded” needs to stop being used and shared it on my personal facebook page and my blog. It made me cry the response I got on my personal facebook page (not many are reading my blog quite yet, but I’m getting pretty serious about it now so hopefully that will soon change : ) It felt amazing, empowering, and purposeful to use my voice through written word to be an advocate. I felt I was doing what I am supposed to be doing. I am so looking foward to exploring this “gift” more and also the “shipping” part of it too and to seeing how it all pans out. Thank you so much for asking these questions. It feels really good to share this. Thank you!

  • Up at 5:27 am! Getting ready for my 4th grade class!

  • Marie says:

    So because of cramps I was up at 4am and stayed up! I will feel it later but that’s ok. I was able to enjoy some reading and quiet time and made lunches before everyone woke.

  • I got up at 8 am, and that is a big deal for me. I’ve been dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome and hypothyroidism for the last 18 months, and I need 10 – 12 hours of sleep at night to be able to function. Sometimes I sleep till 10 or 11 am, so I’m very happy when I can get up at 9 or earlier. I look forward to the day when I can get up at 5 or 6 again!

    My husband and I were blessed to create some art in the form of a CD. We professionally recorded Christ-honoring music to be used to bless Christian families.

    If anyone is interested in conservative Christian music, you can check out our recording. 100% of the proceeds will be put toward more Christ-honoring music projects.

    • Teri Capshaw says:

      Nice job getting up! As difficult as I find it to drag myself from bed for no good reason at all I can’t imagine how difficult it must be in your situation! Praying for a full recovery for you.

  • Teri Capshaw says:

    With two little ones both teething right now I don’t necessarily get to art in the early morning, but I think getting my day off to solid start makes it more likely I’ll have time to practice the creative communication skills that in turn energize me.

    During this challenge I’m taking time to really develop themes for blog articles dealing with homemaking, politics, and Christianity. Certainly not art in a traditional sense, but I’m weird that way. Plus nobody wants to see me try to paint. 😉

  • nikki says:

    My two kids and I just started a “Scripture Doodle” notebook. We’re loosely following this idea: http://artbyerinleigh.blogspot.com/2012/09/31-days-of-scripture-art-journaling-day.html. I’m not at all a drawing kind of artist — I’d rather sew something! — but I am enjoying the doodling and the suggestions Erin Leigh gives. Today I found myself remembering my doodled verse several times throughout the day, and I think that’s the goal!

  • Melissa says:

    Today I was up at 5:15am. The ‘artist’ in me likes to make cards to send to people I care about. I haven’t made one in awhile. Within the next week I will make a St. Patrick’s Day card for my husband’s Mom and Dad and mail it to them.

    I also like to make jewelry. With Mother’s Day coming up in May, I may decide to make necklaces and/or earrings for my Mom and my husband’s Mom. Thankfully I have a two month deadline on that one, not two weeks. 🙂

  • sona says:

    As one with sleep difficulties, I am lucky to just get a few hours sleep at night, so not trying for EARLY wake up hours, but am following along here and doing what I can.

    Will be trying this week to make some sort of subway sign. Do not have photoshop or the word cutter thingy….so not sure how it will all play out, but I enjoy lots of crafting, sewing (just finished a tshirt quilt), and photography.

  • Two resources I find helpful regarding creativity are Austin Kleon’s “How to Steal Like an Artist” (there is a free online presentation of his ten tips that you can Google) and Todd Henry’s Ted talk on Creativity Under Pressure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWRva_sPeE).

    My thought on shipping creativity is that yes, it is important to share what you have with others, but sometimes that thought is overwhelming at the beginning, and it’s more important to just do it for yourself and give yourself the ability to make mistakes in private. I think Todd Henry refers to this as “Unnecessary Creating” and he notes that often the side projects that you are doing eventually turn into something, but taking the pressure off of yourself to do anything with it often gets the momentum going.

  • Today I was up just before 6:00. I had two little ones follow me at 6:05 and 6:15. Totally normal. I snuggled up with them on the couch and put on a favorite show for them (and got them some juice). I got on my computer and made my final revisions to the second half of my first eBook this morning. Yipee! That was my goal for this morning, and even with kids awake I was able to complete it. Now it’s off to some friends to edit and proof it!

    I love to teach. It is definitely my strongest gifting and an “art” form that I love. My most recent challenge has been to move beyond the typical types of teaching that I do-teaching my children, teaching kindergarten, teaching youth, various classes, etc. I have been blogging for two years and found that I love it! I’ve always wanted to write a book, but it just took a long time for the inspiration! I love it and hope it’s helpful to others! It’s a different way of “teaching” that I’m learning to do, and having so much fun doing it!

  • Lana says:

    I was up at 5:30 and have had a very productive day and all my chores were finished at 3 PM!

  • Sabrina says:

    Gotta admire how early some of you ladies rise! I am a night owl and feel most energized after 9PM so getting to bed early can be a problem…thus I’ve been sleep-deprived!

    Anyone who wants to pray for me there, please do! But this post inspires me to get to bed when I should so I can rise earlier.

    This is a great idea, to “ship” our art! My little art thing for this week will be working on some articles for Examiner, and catching up on my journaling for lent. And if I have extra time, finishing the baby hat I’m knitting…

    I would like to come up with more freelance article ideas…can anybody tell me if Fiverr is worth the trouble? I figure it could be a good way to make extra cash, via offering my skills to write brief online articles.

    I love being creative and enjoy writing, designing and working with fiber–i.e yarn and fabric…But it’s fun to create in the kitchen too.

    I believe everybody is creative in a way–whether your thing is making cards, pies, or making people smile. Just do the thing God put in you that makes your heart sing. Don’t worry about how others do it…just do it unto the Lord and delight!

  • Christine says:

    up late this a.m. 6:30 and so wanted to stay in bed – woke with miserable head cold and 9″ of snow on top of the 3″ shoveled last night. i should have stayed home but trudged into work after dropping kids at daycare (no school). it’s days like this i wish i had a hubby to lean on! yes i’m very whiny today 🙂

  • I already shared above, but thought I’d add one more link for those who might be looking for some inspiration on a reason to make art. I just started a 4-week class on pottery-throwing on the wheel and already love it! My instructor told us about this man who made the most beautiful pottery – without hands. I went home and looked him up, and not only does he not have hands, he is blind. The video link below is of him throwing some pottery.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz1fK7nByn8

  • kriswithmany says:

    Up at 7am. An hour behind where I want to be. The real problem is that I have not gotten to bed early enough to be waking up at 6, like I would like to. I think next week is going to be really hard, with daylight savings over the weekend. :S

  • Marisa says:

    I would have loved to join this challenge but I just gave birth to our 4th child a week ago, so now is probably not the best time 🙂 I got up for the day at 6:45, when our other kiddos woke up.
    As far as creativity, I love to cook and try new recipes out on my family. My true passion though is to quilt and design my own patterns. My goal is to be able to one day publish some of my designs. For now, I just sew and quilt for friends and family. Right now, my goal is to finish a simple rag quilt I started for our daughter before she was born. I’m hoping to work on it in 15 min increments until it’s completed. Thank goodness I really don’t have far to go.

    • Crystal says:

      I think you’re making a wise choice. It sounds like you need to rest up and recover and enjoy your precious new bundle! Congratulations, by the way!

  • Shannon says:

    I wanted to check in a second time today to share that my elderly neighbor found out she has to have foot surgery on Monday morning and will be in the hospital. We are new in this neighborhood but I have really taken to checking in on her in the four months we’ve lived here. I decided to check my 2 basket stockpile and was so excited to gather some things for her to have at the hospital as well as some magazines while she is recovering. I placed them in a basket and used a clear bag to wrap it with and a ribbon. It didn’t look too bad and I hope she can use the lotion, lip balm, snacks, and other personal things. After I placed it at her door, I thought about my Mother In Law telling me that she loves getting baskets I make for her and the family. I never really thought of them as a gift but more just sharing things friends and family can hopefully use depending upon their situation at the time. Maybe I am a basket artist and didn’t know it 😉

  • Johanna says:

    I really love this Early to Rise Challenge we are doing! This topic is super timely especially because this week my ‘art’ has been working with my husband designing a logo and website for this incredible new ministry that goes hand in hand with the National Day of Prayer! Very excited about this: http://www.Repentance2013.com – Thanks for letting me share my ‘art’ with you all!

  • I had serious computer issues that kept me up very late last night (11:30 which is very late for me!) so I woke up much later than usual today, 8:30. Thankfully, my son slept in late, too!

    I think my creativity lies in writing and paper crafts (such as origami) but I don’t get much time to do either. This chapter is challenging me to find a way to fit them in – if not in the mornings than sometime during the day. 🙂

  • Katie says:

    5:52! But I didn’t take a picture until 6:17 when I’d showered and then gone hunting for the camera.

  • Sumitha says:

    I “snoozed” my alarm both yesterday (by 20 mins!) and today (10 mins) 🙁 And next week is spring break and my daughter (and I) will be home, so I’m turning off the alarm clock. At first I thought of “withdrawing” from the challenge, but then this is life, interruptions happen…. I will pick up the challenge again on 18th and run with it then…

    As for the art and ship challenge, I just got started on a free report to give away on my upcoming site. I will work on that the next two weeks.

  • Although I’d love to participate in the early-to-rise challenge, I’ve got a brand new 5-week-old so just getting enough sleep each night is a challenge for me. This week’s challenge has been moving her bassinet from our bedroom to our office. Thankfully, it’s going really well!

    With 3 kids, three years old and under, I don’t get much time for “art projects” although I do have a Master’s Degree in Art. I love to write, sing, cook, and keep my home looking attractive too.

    However, I have really been working on my freezer cooking skills recently. It’s the only way I can survive meal times! I’ve been freezing pancakes, waffles, spaghetti sauce, bean soup, burritos, chili, peanut butter chocolate chip energy bites, and chocolate chip cookies.

    As far as “shipping,” in the last few months I’ve started making some meals for other women in church who have recently had a baby or other life-shaking event. My church uses http://www.takethemameal.org/. I love getting to help someone else, and it’s fun getting to visit their home, meet their baby, prepare a gift, or offer a word of encouragement when we deliver the meal. 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      It sounds to me like you’re making a lot of art in your life right now — even just in your kitchen or by keeping your home looking attractive!

      Congratulations on your baby’s birth, by the way!

  • Koree says:

    My favorite creative pursuit is baking….I have had on my 10 goals for like 3 weeks to try making the morning glory muffins you always cook. This will happen soon!!

  • Melodie says:

    Not sure if my alarm turned off or maybe I slept through it…but woke up to my back up alarm at 6:30 :-/.
    I love to sew, crochet….anything ‘crafty’ really! Next weekend I have a spring craft show that I have to prep for so lots to do this week! And also a few pregnant friends to make stuff for 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    I got up at 6 am per normal with the much needed alarm as a debate with my husband over the current affairs of the country took me to about midnight before chores!

    I can’t say I’ve found that I can create anything I’d ever let leave my home. I’ll share on my blog or Facebook but nothing I’d ‘ship’. Still trying though running out of options lol I’ve tried everything from writing, speaking, modeling, acting to pottery, beading, sewing, crocheting, knitting, scrap booking, cooking, etc. none of which am I any good at. I’ll find something I can have personal pride in one of these days. At least I haven’t given up right?

  • WilliamB says:

    My artistry is food, I think.

    Today I woke up late – 5.30 am. Usually I wake up at 5.00 and am working toward 4.30 so I’ll have plenty of time to exercise before work.

  • Bethany says:

    I got up before the alarm at 5:38am. I was glad to read that I was not the only one to not get the connection between rising early and shipping!

  • Linda says:

    I love this challenge. Thanks for having it, and for letting us link up!

  • Anne says:

    “artist” reminds me of something I read in Seth Godin’s book “Lynchpin”. Become the best you can be at your gift. or something to that effect. Sounds like rewarding goal to me.

  • Amanda A says:

    Creating something comes easy to me. I love to be crafty. I love to write. Finding time to do these things is usually my issue since I work outside the home and have 3 kids & a husband. So the idea of using my early morning time to do some of this intrigues me. I plan on using my time to write more and post on my blog, which I’m trying to be more consistant and intentional about.

  • Nicole says:

    My art gift is in sewing. I love designing new items, and am currently working on adding sleeves for tablets and eReaders to my Etsy shop! I love how they are turning out…being an artist is a great job!! =)

  • Brooke says:

    I forgot to check in on Friday but I wanted to make sure I still sent in my time – 6:45. About 15 minutes later than what I had planned, but I was terrible about going to bed early enough last week.
    I agree with you Crystal – I wasn’t sure what the correlation was between early rising and individual art – but I guess it is something we can be working on in our early morning alone time. I love organizing and planning events – and my little 6 -year old cousin has been waiting on a heart and lung transplant. I have put together one fundraising event, and assisted with another, so it is time for another! So that is my art I plan on “shipping” in the next few weeks!

  • Kate says:

    I’ve gotten behind since I have been sick! And now with daylight savings time, this weekend was a doozy!!
    Kate

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