The Recharge Challenge by RTS

Happy Monday loves!

Guess what?! I am participating in my first Instagram challenge, the Recharge Challenge, hosted by The Rising Tide Society.

I'm usually not very good at committing to these type of activities but I figured, as we countdown to the new year, now would be the perfect time to begin reflecting on my creative journey and planning for 2017. It's day 1 and I'm already thanking myself for joining in this mini movement.

As a warm up session, we were asked to research a few inspirational quotes and select one that will keep our business anchored in 2017. I selected one of my favorite scripture verses and it will anchor me in my professional pursuits and in my personal journey.

Let all that you do be done in love
— 1 Corinthians 16:14

If you're following me on Instagram you've gotten the quick 4-1-1 version on why I selected this particular quote and here's the full story!

  1. FEAR
    When I rang in 2016 with a boisterous 'HAPPY NEW YEAR', I was unaware that my year was locked and loaded with the worst kind of ammunition I could think of: FEAR. I celebrated the new year In Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a beautiful ball drop and fireworks affair which left me feeling mildly nostalgic and hopeful. Tennessee was my last-stop on my cross-country relocation trip from California to Maryland. Maryland awaited with more uncertainties than I cared to admit, but I approached the new year with a bring-it-on attitude. I wasn't ready (Kevin Hart voice-over lol). My determination and positive vibes were being depleted at a quicker rate than I could restore. What kept me going? My love for community and creativity surpassed my fear.
    In 2017 I will be implementing a few Created to Love initiatives. Yes I know, it's about time! My focus will be on enhancing the well-being of our fellow sisters and strengthening our sense of community. I want us to be more intentional with our expression of love for each other. Stay tuned for the details. 
  3. LOVE
    I love love. It's fuels me.

What about you? Do you have an anchor quote for 2017?

Welcome to my blog: Paint, Patterns & Pretty Things


I am Kirby-JC,  founder of ikamCreate and the creative mind behind this whimsical blog. Welcome to Paint, Patterns & Pretty Things, the inspiration journal of a blossoming creative.

Are you a creative?

Of course you are! In 5 Myths About Creativity We Should All Stop Believing, Kate (Food and Health Editor at The Huffington Post) said it best, "Contrary to popular belief, no one is born without a creative bone in his or her body, and not all creative types are starving artists." So yes, you are a creative and, yes, this blog is for you.

What should you expect?

In Paint, Patterns & Pretty Things, I will explore different types of creativity from art and photography to interior and fashion. I will feature specially-selected handmade treasures, and you'll have the chance to get up-close and personal with artisans near you! But that's not all! Be on the look out for your weekly fix of health-living tidbits, positive-thinking inspiration, creative hacks and my day-to-day fabulous discoveries as I navigate the world... one blossoming creative on a mission.

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Have a fabulous day lovely. 
I do whimsy, Kirby-JC