Dear Ones –

Every year around this time, I sit down with a bunch of magazines, some paste, and an hour of free time, and I start cutting things out with scissors.

Then I make a collage, about what I would like the next year of my life to feel like.

This isn't exactly a vision board (although I do think vision boards are a useful exercise.) It's a lot more random than that. It's not about calling in things or goals or dreams. It's more about how I want to FEEL, than about what I want to ACHIEVE. Mostly, it's just about colors and images that appeal to me for reasons that I do not overthink. I just start cutting and then I start gluing, and I trust the process.

When it's over, I have my visual/emotional wish for the New Year.

I love collage. Collage is the gift that God gave to those of us who cannot draw. You can make a pretty thing without, you know, actually having the ability to make a pretty thing.

I make a lot of collages in my life. I do one before every new project, and another at the end of every project. I do one for every big move, and every new chapter in my life. I do them when I'm sad and can't figure out why, and when I'm so happy that my emotions spill over and it all needs to be Modge-Podged in order to feel real.

These are not masterworks that I make. I don't need them to be GOOD. They are just a visual/emotional thumbprint of a moment in time. They always surprise me, and they always inform me. I keep them in a notebook that is something like a non-wordy diary. For somebody who is so verbal, it's restful for me to just play around with color and shape and image, and to see what that all has to teach me about where I am, and what I want.

Apparently, for 2015, I want to feel an explosion of color, some sense of lazy repose, some magic carpet-action, and the thrill of a whole lot of symbolic circus pony dancing.

Bring it on!

If you like this idea, don't hesitate to borrow it!

At some point this week, take an hour for yourself, grab some magazines, some glue, and some scissors —and see for yourself how you want your 2015 to feel.

It's fun and it's easy and it costs basically zero.

(And if anyone makes a 2015 collage today, and you're not too shy to share it, feel free to post a photo below!)



ps – Some of these images came from an art magazine, and the real artists sampled here (the ones who CAN make original art) are Janet Hill (https://ift.tt/1f76v96) and Jennifer Orkin Lewis (https://ift.tt/1EpzbvL)

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