A Year of Quotes

A Conclusion

I created a quote a day in photoshop for a whole year: what did I learn?

When I started this project, last March, I was not sure I would have been able to keep it up. I did not know if I would get bored and quit. I am happy to say that I kept my promise, and I have learned quite a bit in the meantime.

These are my top 5 takeaways from this process.

Lesson 1:

Setting a concrete goal for yourself, is more powerful that I could imagine and it has more of a staying power. I often said: ” I want to do something creative, just for me, to stretch my imaginations” But no serious target, months and years passed by. Once I focused on something specific, I was able to challenge myself.

Lesson 2:

I enjoyed the process much more than I thought. I first started creating quotes a few years ago, during a dark time in my life. I have always been very sarcastic, and thought positive aphorisms were just ridiculous. However, once I added the fun, creative aspect, I started to really feel and apply these words in my life. As I noticed that more people were appreciating them, I thought about making it a daily habit

Lesson 3:

I became faster and faster in generating ideas. it is really true that the more you practice your creative muscle, the easier will be to be better at what you do. Also, I learned that sometimes, you have to force inspiration with discipline.

Lesson 4:

I have learned about a lot of really interesting people, living and deceased, and I want to keep on exploring . I have always been a big reader, but this process really inspire me to broaden my horizons in my choice of authors

Lesson 5:

I have been using photoshop since version 4 but I have learned so much more about the program and its possibilities. And I was able to put these learning to good use, in my classrooms, and in my clients’ work

So, all and all I feel it has been a very positive experience, and I am looking forward to challenge myself again with a new project…maybe a shorter one. Any suggestions?

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