Lucky me! Play is one of my favorite words when it comes to creativity. In fact, I call my classes “playshops.” My talk gives people permission to play creatively and my classes remind people how to play. Childlike creative play is my goal when I’m in my studio. Little kids don’t judge themselves at every turn and they surrender to the process. It’s a joy to watch a child hard at play. They are totally focused on the moment, not thinking about anything else but the task at hand. Today, think about being hard at play. That means letting go of the outcome and completely immersing yourself in the process. Don’t waste your creative energy worrying about the outcome. It will take care of itself if you are present for the process. Give it a try. It’s kind of magical how it works. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it FLOW: being fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process. If flow is your goal, the outcome will always be pleasing. Go ahead, PLAY today. When asked how she does art a six year old replied, I think. Then I draw a line around my think. It’s not an exact quote and I wish I could credit where I read it, but I thought it was worth sharing. Draw, or stitch, or paint, or sculpt, or dance, or sing, or cook a line around your think today.