I was somewhat unsure and leery of how I would complete each task when I began the Creative Sprint. I think I felt this way because the challenge required that I use a skill I normally do not use…my imagination. However, after a few days, I got into the rhythm as I became more confident in my creative-self.
I found I could spend time with my family as well as accomplish a creative task. I told my family about the Creative Sprint challenge and asked that they give me their input on Day 18- take a walk outdoors and create something using exclusively the material you find along the way. To help get everyone’s creative juices flowing, we went for an evening walk and I explained to them what I was looking for. Everyone was excited and we collected various objects that we found interesting. After walking for an hour, we gathered around in the garage and analyzed everything that we collected. After careful thought and two hours of hard work, we had a picture. I could not have done all of this by myself, it was a team effort. We had created something wonderful and everyone was happy. We decided that we would continue to do similar fun projects together as a family. Now instead of watching a movie on Netflix, we engage in these type of activities which binds our family closer together.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that the kitchen is not my favorite place to hang out. When I opened my email on Day 20 and saw the challenge of the day, create using only materials you find in a kitchen, I was completely unsure how I was going to complete it. As I frantically searched through the refrigerator and cabinets, I received a text which contained an emoji. At that moment, I was pulling out a box of rice and setting it on the counter when it hit me! I knew what I was going to do. I decided to create emojis out of food products (e.g., rice, lentils). I would have never imagined that something like this could have been done if not for the Creative Sprint challenge.
The Creative Sprint, awakened a part of me that I did not know I had, with so much energy and zeal. Now, when I feel tired or frustrated, I start working on a creative activity which allows me to relax. It makes feel as though a lot of weight has been taken off of me. Who knew that I could put my imagination to such good use just by giving me a daily task?
EMBA Student, Senior Manager for Capital One in Commercial Banking
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