Do you Allow Yourself to Get Creative and a Little Messy?

My niece recently slept over and I saw that she had a “Wreck this Journal” journal. I flipped through the pages and fell in love with the message. Have you seen them? I want one.

wreck this journal

The journal comes with a warning

wreck this journal warning

And the rules are simple


As you can see, my niece is allowing herself to get messy and “wreck the journal”.

When was the last time you allowed yourself to get messy?

I spoke to a colleague recently about her aversion to public speaking. “What’s stopping you?” I asked her. “Fear of the talk not being perfect”.

Audiences don’t want perfect. They want connection. They want solid information from a real human being. And human beings make mistakes.

I remember taking a ceramics class in high school. My art wasn’t the prettiest. Yet I had the best time molding the clay and tapping into my creative side. I also ruined a lot of clothes. Working with clay can be messy.

Life can be messy

Communication can be messy

Business can be messy

Relationships can be messy

Gardening can be messy

Take gardening for example. Look at what happens when you spend time getting your hands and knees dirty when you dig, cut, plant, water, compost. When I look at my backyard I enjoy the vibrant purple of the lilac, the patch of Lily of the Valley, and the broad leaf of the Hosta plant. All a result of getting creative and a little messy in the garden.

backyard garden


lily of the valley

I’m in a role right now that is very messy and challenging. It’s frustrating, yes! Yet, the amount I have learned about communication, leadership, relationships and business is invaluable.

I wouldn’t have gained the knowledge and new skills if I didn’t take a step into an unknown, messy territory.

Wreck this Journal offers permission and a practice opportunity to get messy. Have you given yourself the same permission in business, life, relationships, creative endeavors?

When was the last time you allowed yourself to get creative and a little messy. What was the result?

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  • Peggy Nolan

    Getting very messy as we speak :-)

  • Stacey Shipman

    Hi Peggy! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with all of your endeavors! I know they bring you a lot of joy.

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