20 Minute Club Minutes #3 & The R & D Squad


Whew! What. A. Week. Stick a fork in me, etc., etc.

AND, I’ve been wrestling with GMail ALL DAY today–hence the lateness of this post. Really. Who knew Google could be so difficult?

But before I get to my 20 Minute Experiences for this week, I thought I’d invite you all to my new discussion group!

The R & D Squad!

I’m looking for a select group of people to be part of my new Creative Breakthroughs R & D Squad (Research and Development) as I develop my workshops, kits, and classes that support and nourish creative expression and growth for busy artistic people everywhere.

Would you  be interested in joining?

Let me tell you what would be involved.

I will regularly email you with questions about project and product ideas in order to get feedback from you. My goal is to make them be the best they can be and really make sure I’m providing what will most help people.

Sometimes I’ll email you once a week, sometimes less and very occasionally more. I’ll also be looking for people from the R & D squad who would be interested in helping me beta test some online experiences as well.

All you have to do is send me back your response, thoughts, ideas and/or suggestions. This won’t take you very long at all, but your unique wisdom and experience will really help me execute my mission to help artistic people re-engage and stay engaged with their creativity!

Yesterday I asked The Creative Women of Facebook group for their help and the response was overwhelmingly generous and positive, so it looks like it’s going to be a great group. (Please feel free to join the Creative Women of Facebook if you’re on Facebook and if you’re already in that group, sorry that you’re reading this invitation twice!)

So it basically involves getting an email once a week or so from me. Once I saw how many folks were psyched to participate, I decided I better create a discussion group pronto (on wiggio.com) so people will be able to keep track of and follow the discussions more naturally (and get to know each other as well).

To thank you for your participation, everyone in my R & D squad will get 20% off all my products and classes for as long as you are an active member of the squad. Also, starting in August, I’ll put all squad member’s names in a hat once a month and draw a name to win a free project kit! I think it’s going to be fun.

If you’re interested, please email me soon at sarah@makegreatstuff.com as the group is filling up fast.

20 Minutes

This week, my 20 minute sessions helped me push around a corner with my stuck drawing. I’m not saying I’ve solved it all or anything, but I worked on it two more times and had a mini-revelation or two.

I can’t quite figure out if that bodes well for this particular drawing, but it bodes well for future ones.

And that was interesting for me. Because as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I want to dig deeper with this series of drawings rather than just move on, which is my tendency.

(And in the spirit of being brave, I’ve decided I should set an example and share my work-in-progress here in the left–even though I feel completely self-conscious about sharing it in its unfinished/unresolved state.)

During each 20 minute session these last couple of weeks, as I’ve felt my way along in the darkness of not-knowing-what-to-do-for-this-drawing, I just kept layering my images which is finally, slowly starting to work, or at least work better.

I’ve also been having trouble figuring out how to insert my text (my weather reports–click here to view the other ones) but I think I figured that out too–I’ve got them lolling on the seas in the middle–I haven’t fleshed out the letters yet, so it’s a little hard to see see here. (You can see  more clearly if you click on it.)

But this lolling text feels good–so if this drawing doesn’t get resolved, I’ll use it on my next one. Or somewhere on something.

But, most importantly this progress only happened because I slogged through several 20 minute sessions having no idea what I was doing!

Things didn’t improve because I had a sudden revelation while watching TV or something, things improved because I just continued to engage with no resolution in sight–20 minutes at a time. It’s not romantic, but it works.

And it feels good to have made progress.

Your Turn

Okay, now you. How’d it go for you this week? Good? Bad? Somewhere in between? Timer? 20 Minutes? 5? 10? Please share, I’d love to hear!

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  1. [...] Speaking of honored, I’m also blown away by the great response I got from everyone about joining my R & D Squad. [...]

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