I’m sure you’ve seen the Native American Dreamcatchers adorned with feathers and netting intended to guide good dreams through the web while protecting sleeping individuals from nightmares. An Idea Catcher is similar in that you chronicle all your ideas as they occur to you and do not allow yourself to edit, reject, criticize, philosophize, or chastise. Record your ideas in a small spiral notebook, on 3 x 5 index cards, on your computer, on your smart phone, on a digital recorder, even on your home answering machine. Of course, you could write them on the calendar hanging on your wall, but it could be unmanageable when you go to review them. Small rectangles of pink, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange colored sticky notes cover my office closet door. Each sticky note is an idea or project which caught my attention and curiosity enough to write it down. It may be a single word, or a phrase. Some of the stickies might contain a possible book title, a line of poetry, a writing prompt, or a secret wish. It may be a destination, problem, or prayer. I can cluster them, or spread them around giving them breathing space. My sea of colored stickies is alive and a reflection of my imagination and creativity. What does your Idea Catcher look like?
Visiting a vintage clothing store gives you the chance to try on more than just garments, but to imagine who you could be in those clothes. The great thing about fashion today is that you are in charge of deciding what’s the perfect fit for you and creating a fabulous look for YOU. It’s your choice according to your body type, style, color preference, occupation, and activity. The fashion magazines always carry glamorous back-to-school spreads this time of year featuring the latest hemline and neckline in hues, which sound good enough to eat like eggplant and cotton candy. I love looking at the layouts imaging myself in the different styles and various scenarios: elegant and sophisticated, or whimsical and playful. What’s your story and style?