A BRAVE NEW YOU
I love the hustle + bustle about the New Year, glitz + parties, self reflection, and thoughtful intentions set for the next 365 days with tactical resolve, that is the idea anyway. For most of my life I have been an avid list maker and organizer, but when it comes to setting goals, my palms get a little sweaty and butterflies ensue, getting a little dreamy eyed about all the things I want to do, followed by a pinch of panic that I might fail to accomplish some of my newly set goals. So let’s do something a tiny bit different, something fun!
But First, a history lesson:
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, from the 1950s made a unique observation in his practice of plastic surgery, it would take 21 days for patients to adjust to their new face, or stop sensing a phantom limb from an amputation. He later published a blockbuster hit of a book, Psycho-Cybernetics, and one of his quotes became all the craze, "These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell." There is one tiny little problem, society eventually took out the “minimum of 21 days,” part, and rephrased it to, “It takes 21 days to form a new habit." Whoops! It is important to understand habit formation is different for every soul, and we wanted to emphasize the “minimum” part before we invited you to join us for our divine little challenge. Read more about habit formation Here.
To christen the site and really get this New Year started off properly, we thought it best to be Brave and enter with an explosion of new creations, and we wanted to invite the world (that is you) to join us for 21 days of being brave, exploring something new, and start down the path of forming a habit you might enjoy. We are taking on the minimum days of habit formation, so please feel to take it further if it tickles your fancy!
Self Create seemed fitting as this is about you and allows expansion in any capacity you desire! This means, you can choose anything to work on for 21 days, and the kicker is, you can do this anytime, not just the beginning of the New Year. Our team is kicking off our 21 day challenge together, and you may join us anytime you like; however, I vote nowish!
So take a moment and think about what you want to explore, perhaps try your hand at a 15 minute watercoloring session each day, wake up a little earlier and jot down your first thoughts of the day, add a little spinach to your diet, run for 10 minutes each day, embrace something that helps you relax, the possibilities are endless, because you are infinite.
a few things we will be doing @ Brave Forest
Mandy Booth’s #21daysofbrave
For my 21 days of Brave I have decided to combine my desire to practice hand lettering and expand my vocabulary. I totally have a thing for the alphabet. There's something amazing about how a set of random shapes can be combined to form countless words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, short stories, novellas, novels, and communicate anything and everything in the languages of the world. Letters are so versatile and abstract, but at the same time extremely structured. I love the idea of how letters and words can easily transition from serving an everyday purpose, to becoming an art form. So over the next 21 days I am going to pick a new word from the english language, and not only learn the definition, but remember the word's meaning by putting thought and time into turning that word into a simple sketch.
TITTYNOPE: n. – a small quantity of something left over
Jordan Huntington’s #21daysofbrave
For a long while, I have wanted to embrace video work, and learn the ins and outs of adobe premiere. I would like to challenge myself, to film something each day, and put together a compilation of my experience filming, and share it with you. I am all about the process, so I am not set on specific content, and I am just going to go with the flow, and film what inspires me, and we shall see what happens!
Here is a small taste of video love I am growing into:
Jessica Peterson's #21daysofbrave
I would like to a "brave" photo everyday, something that takes me out of my comfort zone.
Kyle Muir's #21daysofbrave
I have been wanting to better understand contemporary society relative to those in times past. So, I grabbed a two volume book set, Culture + Values: A Survey of the Humanities, from my college days to begin a study on culture and values. My 21 day challenge will be focused on spending 15-30 minutes daily surveying humanities and meditating on applications in my life and those around me.
IT IS SIMPLE IF YOU FOLLOW OUR THREE STEP PROCESS
THIS IS WHERE YOU BRAINSTORM ABOUT YOUR DREAMS AND GOALS AND DEVELOP A PLAN OF EXECUTION.
NOW YOU YOU GET TO START YOUR PROJECT, AND DEDICATE 21 DAYS TO TRYING SOMETHING FUN AND NEW.
MY FAVORITE PART, THE FEEDBACK, REFLECTING ON THE PROCESS, AND SHARING IT WITH OTHERS.
DREAM IT, CREATE IT AND SHARE IT.
Be sure to Share it with us by hash-tagging #21daysofbrave + mention us @braveforestcreative to enter giveaways each Friday for the month of January, and a few others each month! Here is to New Year with wild dreams, and simplified expectations. Have fun with your challenge, trying means improving, and that is what matters! Good Luck, May the Force be with You.