I desperately needed an easy challenge to make up for the fact that I’d been sleeping on the floor for the past five days, so I decided to go with something simple. Each day, I took thirty minutes and did something creative. My tool was the pen, and my canvas a blank sheet of paper.

It was awesome.

Not only did I get to relax, but starting the day with a bout of creativity allowed me to reconnect with my inner artist. Though daily doodles were part of my daily routine, I hadn’t taken the time to draw anything substantial in years. As any artist knows, thirty minutes isn’t a lot of time, but it was more than enough for me.

Here are the results of the challenge:

Note: I messed up halfway through my third drawing, but I chose not to start over because that would have been cheating.

DAY 1

A close up of a map

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DAY 2

A close up of a device

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DAY 3

DAY 4

A picture containing drawing

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DAY 5

As you can see, the results were satisfactory—at least, in my opinion. But the final product was irrelevant. The point of this challenge was to allow me to get in touch with my creativity and start my day on a positive note. In that regard, it was a smashing success. In fact, I encourage you to try it. Not everyone is a talented artist, but drawing is only one of the many forms creativity can take. Just pick a medium and go for it. You may well surprise yourself.