While I don’t have a favorite Mr. Darcy as no matter who plays the role, in the end, Jane Austen’s story will bring me around to the same conclusion as Elizabeth Bennet. I too love Mr. Darcy. I’ve watched every version or homage made, from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to the classic BBC version with Colin Firth. The latter I watch at least a few times every year, but I’ve learned never to start watching it after 9 pm.
The mini-series is 327 minutes, or just over five and a half hours. And even though it may be my twentieth viewing, once I start watching I don’t stop until it’s done. While I’m sure the allure of Mr. Darcy has a great deal to do with it, in reality the reason I’ll stay up way too late is that I’m a night owl and when fully engaged, whether with a classic like Pride and Prejudice or more typically on a craft project, I just don’t want to stop. All of my senses come awake.
For my One Little Word® project, each month we’re given a prompt and activities around our word. They are usually a combination of writing prompts along with artistic, or creative components.
Our February prompt was to create a vision board. Vision boards help to bring focus to our word. It’s always interesting to see the final result and the things you end up highlighting, which you may not have even realized were important to you. It’s a great prompt but I don’t have any place to display a full vision board, so instead I focused on creating a fold out version that could go directly in my book.
This is the type of creative project that can be done quickly or may stretch out for hours. Finding the images and words you want to use for the project can take a long time. I knew this, so I started working on the project in the afternoon, allowing for plenty of time. As expected, I got so invested in the task that it was at least 11 pm before I forced myself to stop.
I’ve come to learn that evening is when I’m at my most creative. The challenge is that I will often become lost in a project and lose track of time, which itself is another one of my definitions of bliss. Being so engaged that time melts away.
Glancing at the clock now, as I edit this blog post, I see that it is almost midnight. Still, I’m awake and energized and could continue working on my posts for many more hours, if I didn’t need to get up for work in the morning. Being a night owl doesn’t always align well with the real world, but I no longer fight against it.
Why does this bring me bliss? I think that understanding your own unique, individual rhythms and leaning into them are important. Realizing when I am at my most creative is a big part of finding my bliss.
When do you feel most creative?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2020. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Bliss. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.