The continuing influence of index card a day.
Creating art every day makes you happy!
If you know me outside of blogland or have followed this blog then you know that I am the kind of person who doesn't wake up in a cheerful mood every day. All my life I have fought with my moods, melancholy and even a few times, full on depression. I have also written in the past year that I am probably the happiest now than I have ever been but I still battle with feeling down for no reason or letting little things send me spiraling into bad moods that can last for hours or even days.
Yesterday was the last day of creating an index card a day for 61 days. Now I confess I didn't do art EVERY day. I did art almost every day, sometimes doing many cards on one day and then skipping a day when I was very busy (or caught up in a great book!) If I didn't pick up a pen or brush one day, I certainly looked at art, commented on it and thought about art, so for the sake of this discussion, though, lets say I did art every day. I knew a few days into it that creating index cards I was in a great mood every day...maybe creating art was making me happy.
Now back to yesterday when I was thinking about my 2 months of ICAD's. I was answering Tammy's questions on Daisy Yellow so I was really thinking about the impact of creating all these cards. The overwhelming feeling about my ICAD experience was not just how fun and rewarding it was but it really made me happy.
As I was scrolling through my blog reading list yesterday I happened upon this cute post from Heather at Rose Hills Design called "the Secret to a Happy Life." Check out her blog, her are is to cute! Heather said she never stops dreaming, learning, loving, believing and living...and then she invites the reader to add their own secret. Without hesitation I said "creating art."
By afternoon I had finished my last card and ICAD Roundup post. It wasn't long before I got a comment from the very talented Cindy at The Slumbering Herd. If you haven't checked out her blog, go now! She is amazing. She told me that my post was "the happiest and most upbeat blog post I have seen in ages!"
And that was it. What had been floating around my head for days and weeks culminated in that moment...it's true!
Art makes me happy!