20 Minute Club Minutes–Resolution


Every Friday I write the 20 Minute Club Minutes–because using a timer for what I call the 20 Minute Technique can keep your creative momentum going in your busy, time-crunched life–20 minutes at a pop.

Please join in and share your 20 Minute Experiences in the Comments–good/bad, it’s all fair game.

This week involved lots of short spurts spent trying to resolve this 36″ x 48″ collage I’ve been working on slowly over the past 2 months.

Because it just didn’t feel right.

At the end of the day yesterday, I made some changes I’d been debating all week–and suddenly I felt like I’d finally resolved it and any further additions will be small.

(Click here and here to see earlier versions of this piece and click on the image itself to see it bigger.)

I LOVE that feeling of resolving a design problem.


Loving to solve design problems is loving the process–a much more positive, comfortable mindset than getting fixated on whether the final piece is going to be good or not.

I don’t always manage this, but it’s nice when I do.

So even though I wasn’t sure it would ever be a piece I looked at and I liked, I still wanted to hang in there with it to the end–to finish it–for all the powerful good that happens from the integrity of that action.

And I did.

Being committed to the process is so liberating.

And it feels good to solve problems–design or otherwise. And you know, I think I do like it after all.


Appreciating yourself is an important part of the 20 Minute Club because it helps you keep your creative momentum going.

Carving out the time to create is not enough. Getting (and eventually staying) on your own side is a critical factor for helping you take bigger risks with your work, get yourself out of a creative rut, or just enjoy the process more.

Taking the time to remember to appreciate yourself and your efforts (big or small) is a powerful way to make this happen.

Here’s my five self-appreciations for this week:

  1. I appreciate that I’ve been much more forgiving of myself lately–a bit unusual and frankly, a nice change of pace.
  2. I appreciate that I sorted out new stuff about my tele-class and felt some confusion lifting. Phew.
  3. I appreciate the cool-headed time-juggling I managed on Tuesday which involved running around, carrying heavy things in fancy shoes, and prepping for a network event.
  4. I appreciate that I took the biggest risk with my presentation at my networking event and it went really well.
  5. I appreciate how much I love to create products and how much I enjoy designing my new notecards of my digital collages.

Your Turn!

How did your creative week go? What did you work on? Are you rolling along or feeling stuck? Please share–good, bad or ugly–it’s all a part of the on-going process.

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  1. This piece turned out great! I know what you mean about design problems though – I have had a few myself lately :-)

  2. Joyce Barham says:

    This week, I feel that I have resolved the issues I had on a wall hanging I am making.I feel very compassionate about finishing this one in a timely fashion. When I started it, I didn’t realize that the pattern was as hard as it is. So, this project stretched my creativity,, but I have stuck with it by doing one row at a time and fixing the mistakes as I went. I am currently working on the last 2 rows and am getting excited that I am close to finishing.

    I appreciate the stick-to-it-ness I have used in this wall hanging. It seems to have come up from within. I also appreciate that I embraced this.

    I appreciate the 20 minute technique and that I’m using it this summer while it seems so busy around me.

  3. Sarah says:

    @Mary Beth–thank you so much!–and good luck with your design problem solving this week!
    @Joyce –I think sometimes we luck out when patterns are harder than we realized because otherwise we might not have started them–I’ve been there so many times myself! Bravo for hanging in there and pushing past your comfort zone–and I LOVE that your stick-to-it-ness feels like it’s welled up from inside–you must have been ready for this challenge!

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