Today, 15th September, is International Dot Day. It is based on the children's picture book by Peter H. Reynolds called The Dot, in which a teacher encourages a child to use their creativity to build their confidence. You can read all about International Dot Day, here.
I think this is a wonderful idea. Clearly it is mostly aimed at teachers but the idea behind it is inspiring for everyone.
I love the idea that creativity is used to encourage and develop self-esteem. There is a spirit of creativity in us all, it just needs to be nurtured.
My daughters are all grown up now and I love the way they have developed their own individual styles of creativity. But being creative is a life long journey. Even as adults we can still be brave and challenge ourselves to extend our creativity.
I have a journal that the girls gave me for my birthday. I've been saving it up as I wanted to use it for something special.
Today, I'm going to start using this journal. Belatedly I've come across the Documented Life Project. Each week there is a new idea to be incorporated in your journal.
I'm going to use the ideas from this challenge to fill my journal with drawings and collages. I don't feel confident in my drawing skills but every drawing starts with a dot, and if you don't try it you'll never know how good you could be.
So go on, it's International Dot Day, unleash the spirit of creativity in yourself and others.