Monday, April 30, 2012

This post says it all, so I am republishing it, in case you missed it last year.  The only difference, is that I've traveled so much this January-April, I'm questioning if I've gotten enough done in my planning/writing phase...

I've been living a creative life long enough to recognize some patterns. My year is divided distinctly into three phases. I'm not sure if it is really right brain vs left, but it definitely uses different strengths at different times.

January - April: Analysis, Planning, Writing, Organizing

May-September: Creating, Designing, Photography

October-December: Tradition, Memories, Baking

I spend so much of Jan/Feb/March/April writing articles, blog posts, planning promotions and generally thinking. I brainstorm book ideas and talk a lot about the future, while I organize everything.

When the first blooms of May open, I am "shocked" into my creation phase, where everything is time sensitive. Each blossom (tulips, weeping cherry, marsh marigold, lilac, iris) will only be at peak for a few days (and if the sun is out, you'd better grab it!), the sunset is right now, the festival is this weekend only. So you see what I mean? I have to be camera-ready all the time to capture the ever-changing world of delight. I feel most creative during this time of year and bounce between making jewelry, taking pictures and sewing/taping/knitting/serging/threading/painting etc. It is so much fun.

And then by the Fall, I end up putting aside all business design ideas in lieu of the "what I can make for the house" ideas. I like to revive memories with a certain recipe. I like to fill the house with beautiful Christmas vignettes. I want to attend (and host!) the holiday parties and events that bring people together. I love it all.

And then it is suddenly after New Years, I'm exhausted and I settle down to think, write and reflect.

Does your year have a distinct pattern? As I look out the window, the roses are telling me that I am about to embark on my creative phase. Wish me luck!


MmeBenaut said...

It is autumn (fall) here right now and yes, nature and the garden give my life structure. Since I don't have your creative bent, I spend most of my time outside and then do catch up things inside when it is evening or too cold to be outside. But we don't have snow and while our winters are wet, it is usually a pleasant temperature outside. In summer I collect branches and box them, ready for burning in winter. This is really a year round task because usually a tree or two comes down during the year and I like to keep the property "bushfire ready". Right now I've overused my hands and wrists and arthritis is painful but I can't stop because there is just so much leaf composting to do. Chainsaws are whirring outside, birds are singing, it's a perfect autumn day for working in the garden.

Anne Reeves said...

Sounds wonderful, Madame! Yes, that makes sense that the garden keeps you moving through the phases of the year. Take care of those hands and wrists! I am glad you took time to share your glorious autumn day with us - enjoy!