I took a 6 week Improv Class a year or so ago and I found that what I learned in the class helped me be more creative and prolific in my scrapbooking process; I think that so many of the concepts from improvisational comedy can be applied to scrapbooking, life, goal setting, and really, anything else you are trying to do. I will be blogging about Scrapbook Improv every Thursday in 2013 and my goal is not to be funny but rather to try to explain how improvisational comedy concepts can be applied to your scrapbooking and your life.
I'm not the only one who thinks Improv can be applied to other areas of life, Tina Fey thinks so too; so hey, it must be true right? There is a great article called "Tina Fey's Rules for Improv and Your Career" about Tina Fey's book "Bossypants" on the Women 2.0 blog by Bryce Christensen. I think many of these Improv Rules can also be applied to your life and to your scrapbooking. Take Rule #4:
"Rule #4 — There Are No Mistakes… Only Opportunities
If I start a scene as what I think is very clearly a cop riding a bicycle, but you think I am a hamster in a hamster wheel, guess what?
Now I’m a hamster in a hamster wheel. I’m not going to stop everything to explain that it was really supposed to be a bike. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up being a police hamster who’s been put on “hamster wheel” duty because I’m “too much of a loose cannon” in the field.
In improv there are no mistakes, only beautiful happy accidents. And many of the world’s greatest discoveries have been by accident. I mean, look at the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or Botox.
Lesson: Stay Positive, Learn to Adapt
If you do work of any meaning, mistakes are going to happen. Imagine the difference one simple change in attitude like this can make on having a positive work environment.
Just like improv, not every project will go as planned. You can take the amateur approach; stop the scene, destroy the momentum, and start over. Or you can be a pro; adapt to the change, make it your own, and do something greater."
The lesson of staying positive and learning to adapt really speaks to me in my weight loss journey right now. A few years ago, I made a big declaration of weight loss: I wanted to lose 50 pounds. I got really close but then I fell of the weight loss wagon and I lost a lot of ground. So instead of becoming discouraged (or letting myself go too far down that road), I am trying to "be a pro, adapt to the change" and stay positive rather than stopping the effort and beating myself up about having to start over. I made a scrapbook page about making smaller goals in my weight loss journey.
Want more ideas for scrapbooking your goals? Check out the Get it Scrapped Blog Post "Ideas for Scrapbooking Your Goals".
Want more ideas for using improv concepts in your scrapbooking? I plan to write about Scrapbook Improv on this blog every Thursday of 2013. Meantime, if you'd like to read what I've written on Scrapbook Improv see these articles: