Michelle Ward's 61st Crusade is about restraint. It was sad for me to discover that there's going to be a Crusade hiatus, despite the fact that I haven't been very active since moving from Germany.
There was no way I was going to let this one slide, so I went into my closet and found my chipboard journal, which I call my "Ward Boards." I started thinking about a lot of things... like how restraint is also thought of as "breathing room." Leave it to Michelle to find an exercise that's fitting and clever and meaningful!
I started thinking about words I came up with at the beginning of 2012 that ironically all started with "re." Reinvention, redefine, real, results, re-organization, refresh, resourceful, regular exercise. I was so burned out from blogging and our international move, I can't believe I hadn't thought of "restraint!"
So I was happy for this chance to try and make something a little more simple, a little more muted, a little more calm. It wasn't easy! I had to paint over the whole board when my initial attempt was way too bright and zippy. I'm happy with the result though, and it's a perfect "last" page to my journal.
There's still room in the middle of my little book to go and rediscover past exercises I wasn't a part of. All of it is still out there. I sometimes wonder if there are others like myself who would go back and work through all of that together. We could revisit what we missed! I didn't become a part of the Street Team until the Crusades were already in the 40's... imagine how much there is still out there to do...
For now, a big thanks to Michelle for bringing the creative community together, month after month for years. Personally, I'm so grateful to all the cool people and sites I've discovered through the challenges I was a small part of. I'm going to go cherish plugging away through her comments and visiting all the other participants this round, knowing it will be awhile before it happens again.