Grace Mendez ICAD 43

Mandala Monday

Sometimes in the process of a challenge, whether self-imposed or as a group participant I want to quit.

I think:

  • Why bother?
  • Who cares?
  • This is taking too long.
  • No one likes my work. Everyone else’s work is much better.
  • I could be doing something else.
  • This is boring.
  • It doesn’t look anything like I want it to.

It sounds like a bunch of whining, doesn’t it?

The truth is, sometimes I do quit.

But mostly I keep going.

It feels so much better to finish. Even if at the end, the result is not what I expected. My reward is that I completed the thing, regardless of the physical results.

It feels great to cross that finish line.

There are only 10 more mandalas for me to complete in the 2015 Index Card A Day Challenge .

I found that the secret (for me) to finishing is to make sure that I will have the time to participate. Intention to participate is wonderful and all but if you don’t make the time for it, it’s not going to happen. I realized during this particular challenge, I didn’t have a lot of doubt that sometimes creeps in because the cards didn’t take a lot of time to create. I kept the materials simple and limited myself to making each one into a mandala. Having a set parameter helped me through the process.

Here are #43 – #49:

What helps you get through a creative challenge?