AEDM is the brainchild of Leah Piken Kolidas, an artist who is one of my digital diva sheroes and a 2012 Digital Sister of the Year (Creativista). Leah launched AEDM in 2004 as a month-long challenge that happens every November to encourage creating in all forms. The rules are simple. You are free to make just one piece of art per week or just one for the whole month. Leah says, “The idea is to bring more creativity into your life, not to make you feel overwhelmed, pressured or guilt-stricken.”
She is also the founder of Creative Every Day Challenge, a challenge that was launched in 2008 to encourage individuals to add more creativity to their daily lives. Click here to learn more about the challenge.
I discovered AEDM in 2008 when I was in the midst of a serious writer’s block. Making art each day helped me recapture my joie de vivre! It also helped me surrender to the creative process of making art without any judgment. After a few weeks, I was able to return to my writing with more clarity and energy.
The AEDM community is nurturing and supportive. Through their daily posts on the AEDM blog and Flickr group, they taught me how to create art on the go and to leave the judgment behind. I was able to see the beauty and fun in making art just for the sake of making art. The community reminded me how essential art-making is to my spirit. That’s why I plan to join the AEDM challenge this November to celebrate its 10th anniversary. I hope you will join us too.
For AEDM newbies, be sure to check out the AEDM Survival Guide for tips on how to thrive throughout this 30 day adventure in daily art-making.
Today you get a three in one with the video countdown. Click on the video below that features my Next Chapter Book Blogging Group wrap up of The Joy Diet by Martha Beck, my final day of Art Every Day Month adventures, and day 2 of the That Which Awakens Me book release party countdown. Enjoy!
This week, I had a great time with my Art Every Day Month journal. Click here to learn more about Art Every Day Month: http://creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month. For the past two weeks, I collected leaves from my neighborhood walks. I used them in my journal collages. I have also been using my collages as a part of my life coaching homework assignment that involves releasing. After my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Discovery (http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000112557 and www.anandaleeke.com) became live, in color, and available for purchase on November 18, I felt this huge RELEASE. So I made some collages, practiced yoga, meditated, went running (yes I am back to running – my 30 day birthday countdown!), and planned some fun outings with friends! See my collages above. Let me know what you think about them.
For the past week I have been working on releasing habits, thoughts, behaviors, and things from my spirit, mind, heart, body, breath, and life that no longer serve my highest good. It is an assignment my life coach/yin yoga teacher Yael Flusberg of Y Elements (http://yelements.com) gave me during our last session. It is an assignment that I must do every day in some way.
I am also using rituals like smudging , meditations, and yoga poses and breathing exercises that focus on the yogic principle of aparigraha (http://www.yogaatsantosha.com/Inspirations_santosha_yoga/Entries/2009/6/1_Entry_1.html). Collaging has also been a great visual affirmation. That’s why I created a releasing dead dreams collage. What I am discovering with this visual affirmation is some new spaces of peace inside of my spirit. I am taking it slow. It is a life process. Lighting candles and incense in my home also help me set the tone for my releasing process.
Are you releasing anything from your life?
Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Releasing Energy,
Today I am celebrating my sorority Sigma Gamma Rho’s Founder’s Day (established in 1922 – www.sgrho1922.org) and the Charter for Compassion (http://charterforcompassion.org or http://twitter.com/thecharter). When I joined Sigma in 1983, I learned firsthand that in order to practice its motto of “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” I needed to have compassion in my heart. That’s why I am so excited about the Charter for Compassion. It is a reminder to give myself compassion so that I can share it with others through service.
My Art Every Day Month adventures this week have centered on collages and poems about compassion. Check out the video below which features my two collages. You can also hear me read two compassion poems. Enjoy!
This weekend I wanna sit in a comfy chair, drink some ginger and green tea, and read my Yoga Journal magazine, chapter 7 of The Joy Diet, parts of Junot Diaz’s Oscar Wao, and my friend’s manuscript. My collage ” A’s Comfy Chair” is a perfect weekend affirmation for me. I made the collage earlier this week during one of my Art Every Day Month journal moments.
The Business of Being You: A woman owning who she is/A woman blogging who she is/A woman becoming an entrepreneur who leads her life/ A woman designing her own destiny, a collage by Ananda Leeke – Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke
“The Business of Being You: A woman owning who she is/A woman blogging who she is/A woman becoming an entrepreneur who leads her life/ A woman designing her own destiny.”
Long title…. right? I had a lot to say. It will turn into an essay or poem later on. This collage really speaks to many of the creative ideas I have been having today about the 2010 focus of my Sisterhood, the Blog and next book, Sisterhood, the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century’s Women’s Online Revolution (Summer 2010). It is an affirmation of what’s coming next in my creative life. It is exciting to feel the new energy as I move into the new year a few weeks early.
My Next Chapter Book Blogging Group is reading Chapter 7 of The Joy Diet by Martha Beck this week. The theme is play. Click here to see what my fellow Next Chapter bloggers are experiencing: http://tnc-thejoydiet.blogspot.com/2009/11/joy-diet-play.html. I am still reading the play chapter. So far I have been exploring what play means in the collages I made for Art Every Day Month (http://creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month). Art Every Day Month is an annual creative challenge created by Leah Piken Kolidas (held in November like National Novel Writing Month).
Today I discovered that play means being BOLD. Here’s my definition of BOLD.
B stands for BE who you are.
O stands for OWN who you are.
L stands for LOVE who you are.
D stands for DECIDE to do these things every day!
It takes boldness to add PLAY to my daily life because it is so easy to get caught up in my to do lists.
Today I am celebrating the first anniversary of President Obama’s election with a collage that I made early this morning. It includes a statement at the bottom: pave a new road for us. This statement comes from indie music artist Eric Roberson’s Music Fan First CD. “Pave A New Road” is a song included on this amazing CD. Check out the video below. Enjoy!
Yesterday I read a blog post by my creative sistalove Jenn Lee of Life Unfolds blog: www.lifeunfoldsblog.com/2009/11/01/art-every-day-month-2009-begins. Jenn talked about purchasing a journal for her Art Every Day Month experience. I liked her idea. So I purchased a scratch pad from CVS and decorated the cover so that it reflected my personal touch. My decorating turned into a boho chic collage that I call “Be Shakti.” Check it out! Let me know what you think.
While I was in CVS, I also purchased crayons and magic markers. I keep all of my Art Every Day Month supplies in my purse so I can have a creative play moment at any point during my day! Many thanks to Jenn for the great idea!