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Creativity Check-In: Creative Purpose, Part 1 (plus a challenge!)

Hi Creatives, A few weeks ago, the vibrant Tim Ringgold posed a question on his Facebook page that has been rolling around in my mind ever since. I am so thankful that he posted this question, and (unsuspectingly) offered me the opportunity to work on this for myself. He asked: Do we ever invent or create anything without purpose? Yes or No and why? Oof. I think I actually blinked a few times and read it …

Grow: Plant new seeds

Hi Creatives! I can’t being to tell you how amazing it feels to be writing this post for you. 2016 brought a new season for me that was full of starting and stopping, waiting and watching, and saying goodbye. On the inside of my creative brain, this combination formed a big, fat case of writers block! My creative brain hates being denied access to its most favorite playground, so it’s been an incredible challenge to …

Creativity Check-In: Creative Autonomy

Creatives, As so many things go with creativity, we find ourselves putting off our creative experiences until later (my version of “later” is a big black hole where things go in and don’t come out…. Later doesn’t seem to work for me!), or until we feel __…. I think this happens for a lot of reasons, some of which may be that we wear a million hats and are fatigued, that we are over extended …

Creativity Check-In: Finding Creative Clarity.

  ——– STOP! Don’t say it! Don’t say that you’re stuck in a creative rut! Noo!!! Ok – so you’ve said it. And the meteor didn’t strike, you didn’t implode, and perhaps you are still sitting comfortably in your home. So why do we feel so awful after we look at our creative self and acknowledge that we’re creatively stuck? Not creatively empty. Just…stuck! For me, I often feel like it’s my professional responsibility to maintain …

Creativity Check-In: Recipe For Happiness

—- One of the enormous perks of being a human is the joy we derive from happiness. Just like so many of the other topics in the Creativity Check-In series, happiness is completely subjective as evidenced by the differences in sources of happiness from person to person. I receive happiness from things like eating dark chocolate, talking and brainstorming with my people, and sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning (or any Saturday morning, if …

Creativity Check-In: Be Still

  When I was a small child, I struggled to fall asleep at night. As an active dreamer, I vividly remember struggling to sleep in the oppressing heat of Florida. While I am positive that my sleeplessness was a challenge to my parents, it left me with wonderfully soothing memories of hearing my father’s voice say, “be still.” These two little words are so incredibly powerful, and so painfully absent from our repertoire as hard …

Creativity Check-In: Renewable Resource….

There are few things more thrilling to me than hanging up from a brainstorming session with one of the incredible creative buds. Even if the call/Google hangout was just for a check-in there will usually be some kind of creative component. The conversations where I find myself saying, “mmm…yes…AND THEN WE CAN DO ….!” or, “So I had this idea….” are the stuff true creativity is made of. During my Marketplace interviews, I heard from so …

Creativity Check-In: Celebrating YOUR Creative Gifts

  Hey there, Creatives! Remember that post a few weeks ago when we talked about re-defining our creative joy? I think we can take that a step deeper. Re-defining creative joy is about taking our creative gifts, and pushing them past our personal comfort zones, right? Reminding ourselves about why we love our creativity, and even how we embrace our gifts. But let’s call a time out for just a minute, because I want to …

Creativity Check-In: Start With Self

Dear Creatives, I have been out of commission. And it’s all because I was working too hard. Have you ever done that or been there? To the place where you’re owning your hustle, loving the interactions with your families, and making stuff happen? Let’s also add: maybe forgetting to listen to your body, refill your water or your belly? *raises hand* I am guilty. I have been out of commission this past week. My days are …

Creativity Check-In: Re-Defining Creative Joy

What is Creativity Is it coming up with something completely new? Creating something from nothing as if on cue Is it combining made concepts in order to create? The ability to do so is still something great Is it the ability and flexibility to adapt to change? Embracing the new despite it being strange Does it come from ability or a great deal of work? In perspiration or inspiration does it lurk? The answer it …

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