Camp Counselor for Grownups
About the instructor
I'm a writer and craft instructor, and I did my first Year of Making – making something every single day for a year – back in 2014. That project changed my life (not to be too dramatic about it) and I've kept up my daily making habit ever since. During that first year, I went from feeling pretty timid about my creative chops – even though I worked in the crafts industry and wrote books about making stuff, and even about how to battle creative demons – to feeling like I can make anything if I commit to paying attention to it and practicing enough. I went from seeing myself as a yarn crafter to seeing myself as a right and proper Maker of Anything. Generally speaking, I got over thinking I wasn't very creative and embraced the amazing feeling I get, and the fun I have, when I make things with my hands.
There are so many great reasons to establish a daily creative practice.
- Maybe you want to give yourself permission to experiment. To try new things or stick with the things you love most.
- Maybe you want to connect with other people who want to explore and experiment and, above all, just make stuff.
- Maybe you want to finish the projects you’ve got piled up in the corner.
- Maybe you want to take that class you’ve been eyeing.
- Maybe you don’t make anything at all yet, but you want to start.
Whether you want to take on a full year of daily making, commit yourself to 100 days, or even just use this guided adventure as a two-week trial to see how it goes, this course will help get you started. Instead of staring at a blank calendar begging to be filled with nothing short of brilliant creative acts, you'll start with daily prompts, tips, tasks, options and directions. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
The Jumpstart is for any kind of making – it's designed so you can apply the lessons to whatever you want to make, regardless of the medium, from painting to photography to crocheting to cooking.
I'll ask you questions I wish I'd asked myself when I first committed to make something every day (back in 2014, and I've been at it ever since!). It took me months to see the potential in what I was doing, and I don't want you to wait that long. I'll help you get in touch with why you make stuff, why you want to make stuff, and I'll help you explore your whole creative experience in a way that helps you have more fun with it.
What You Get
- Access to the lessons and course material forever, so you can work at your own pace.
- All the lessons at once, but I encourage you to complete only one per day (or week, or month).
- For the first 14 days after you register, you'll receive an email reminding you to check back in, and nudging you to keep at it.
- An invitation to the private Daily Making Jumpstart Facebook group, where you can get to know and support other people who are also starting (or continuing) a daily creative practice.
- A copy of the Year of Making ebook (a $12 value), for further exploration of a long-term daily project, with worksheets, links and ideas.
Who Is This For?
The Daily Making Jumpstart is for you if:
- you're a crafter or artist and want to reinvigorate your practice by regularly dedicating time to creating.
- you don't consider yourself a capital-C Crafter or capital-A Artist, but you want to feel creative as a part of who you are. (It doesn't matter if you feel like you have talent or not. It doesn't matter if you feel like you're totally not creative. All that matters is that you want to be and feel creative.)
- you want to make creativity a priority in your life – even if you're pretty sure you'll make utterly awful stuff, but you want to have fun trying anyway.
- you want to discover – or rediscover – the fun you can have when you make stuff.
- you want to prioritize your creativity in a way that doesn't stress you out or otherwise overwhelm you.
The Jumpstart is probably not for you if you have no interest in challenging yourself creatively, if you have no interest in making stuff, if you're uninterested in having fun with art or craft, or if you've never wondered what it would be like to truly and properly see yourself as a creative person.
By the End of the Course
- You'll know which aspects of your creativity you want to explore further, which skills you want to learn, which kinds of making make you feel good and which kinds make you miserable.
- You'll have some great strategies to rely on during times when you feel stuck or blocked or hear the siren song of procrastination or, even worse, defeat.
- You'll know what it feels like to meet your own personal creative challenges.
- You'll have a taste of the potential a long-term daily making project holds for you.
Follow the lessons every day, or spread them out over weeks or even months – it's totally up to you. You'll have access to the course material forever.