I drink decaf and I shop for groceries a lot. I am a mom and I play the violin and I don't consider myself a writer and I definitely don't consider myself a visual artist. I have a husband, two goats and two human kids all of whom make me mostly happy, but sometimes piss me off, which I'm pretty sure is normal. I love to hike and camp and be on vacation doing these things, which happens sometimes, but not that often.
And the thing is, I really like to buy coffee at the grocery or anywhere, for that matter. So one day, I actually looked in the garbage can after tossing the 5th disposable coffee cup that week, and I got really freaked out. There were so many coffee cups in there. It was like a sea of coffee cups. An entire ocean of cups just waiting there to get dumped into the actual ocean.
That day when I got home, I looked in my cup cabinet, and there was a reusable coffee cup with a lid. I looked at if for a while, and I swear, it spoke to me. It said, "use me, and write about it." I know, weird, because I'm not a writer, and I'm not sure if writing about it is the point. I've been using it along with a couple of other cups my husband brought home from work ever since. I'm not sure how long ago that was.
I love the cup. It reminds me that there is hope for the future. That maybe the coffee cup sea is a tiny bit smaller because of it. And if I forget the cup at home, I am despondent until I can get home and make my own cup of decaf.
And something else happened, too. I accidentally bought a book. Its called A Daily Creativity Journal, 365, Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life. I was at an art store with an artist friend of mine who was giving me advice about what art supplies to buy for my kids, and I picked up this book absent mindedly. I carried it around the store absent mindedly and bought it along with the other supplies I was holding in my hand. So there it was. I had this book and decided to read it, and now I'm doing a 3x5 water color every day. I'm on day three. And I'm fully expecting for my life to change.
I have no idea what else is going to happen, but I'm going to work hard at three things every day for one year:
1)At all costs, refrain from buying a disposable coffee cup or grocery bag
2)apply water color paint to a 3x5 piece of paper
3)write a daily paragraph, a sentence or a word or two about 1) and 2)
Here's today's water color: