“Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”
Merriam Webster’s defines “Manifesto” as “: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.” What is your manifesto for life? What are your intentions? Call it a manifesto or your own personal mission statement but write what you “intend” your life to be. Use your imagination and don’t limit yourself….dream on the page! Reflect and write.
For some inspiration, check out some interesting ones on Brainpickings.org: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/04/08/five-manifestos-for-life/
We all have someone in our life who has inspired us, motivated us and helped us to see that there are wonderful people in this world who make sacrifices. I call these inspirational people my heroes. Some of us may have just one and many may have several. What defines what a hero is to you – are they brave, are they giving, have they defied all odds? Who are your heroes and why? Reflect and write.
I am one of those people who enjoys change to a degree. I love empty notebooks and blank canvasses, I see endless possibilities, clean slates and fresh starts. If given a fresh start in an area of your life what would you do? Use your imagination and don’t limit yourself….dream on the page! Reflect and write.
Welcome Ignite Your Creativity’s Monthly Spark Newsletter.
This month we will feature articles, a book review of Room to Write [Paperback] by Bonni Goldberg, monthly writing prompts, free wallpapers, monthly book recommendations as well as tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration. For a downloadable PDF version of the newsletter click here:Ignite Your Creativity Monthly Spark Newsletter ~ July 2011
Creatively Moving Forward
Building a Creative Workspace ~ Find and Decorate a Sanctuary that Inspires You!
Make your commitment to creative time each week a reality by assigning a workspace for your creative activities and investigating the kind of art, music, or craft that inspires.
Starting on your creative journey requires at least forty-five minutes per week if not more and what could be more perfect than doing this in your own “creative sanctuary.” Choose a suitable workspace in a favourite corner of your home, whether it is a spare room or comfortable chair. A special place where you are not disturbed and where you can leave unfinished work without having to constantly pack it up and then haul it out again. By having a space dedicated to your creativity, you are more likely to treat it as something permanent. Having a “Creative Office” to go to everyday will help make it ritual, then a routine!
For activities like cooking, the kitchen is a logical choice, but an outdoor grill is also possible. Painting and drawing will require plenty of natural light so a spot with window or bright lighting would be a perfect choice. Fortunately many creative pursuits are portable, a journal or sketchbook are convenient and fit easily into a pocket allowing you to go anywhere like a cafe or a library.
Wherever you choose, make it your own. Put inspiring pictures and affirmations where you can see them on a wall or inside a journal cover. Make your workspace “usable” for your activity as well as making sure it is comfortable and ergonomically efficient. For those who wish to take up a musical instrument, instead of going out and purchasing one, see if you could borrow or rent one until you are sure that it is for you before making a significant purchase. If you are worried about the sound disturbing others, take note that most modern amplifiers have headphone jacks so you can go ahead and practice to your heart’s desire. If you choose to go with an instrument that doesn’t require an amplifier, such as drums or a trumpet, then see if there are free or inexpensive rehearsal spaces in your area.
Taking the Second Step ~ Researching and Getting Inspired!
Now that you have established a workspace, you need to move on to the next step by just jumping in and trying your chosen activity. If you are feeling daunted, spend some time researching your subject. Thanks to the internet, invaluable information is at your fingertips, join websites, fan pages, or boards to connect with others following a similar path. Learning how others get over blocks, and stay inspired can help you on your journey.
There are also periodicals on almost any topic and they are great at giving how-to articles and further resources. Another way to learn about a certain activity is to check your local community centre or library, which may offer affordable workshops and courses.
When you are starting out on your creative journey, make sure you are careful where your energies are being spent. Surround yourself with positive people who are creative and supportive.
You also need to be positive and supportive with yourself. Learn to let go of trying to be “perfect” in your chosen ability. Don’t let a fear of failure deter you from being the creative being that you are. One way to help you to become more positive is through the use of affirmations. Affirmations are based on the “law of attraction” which is the belief that your thoughts create your reality. If you think positive thoughts then positive things will happen to you. However, realize affirmations are wonderful but YOU have to do the work to make them happen. Saying the words, “I am a writer” mean nothing unless you actually sit down and write.
Now that you have a “Creative Sanctuary” to call your own, have a creative support system, and believe in your own creativity, you are on your way, only one thing left to do…CREATE!
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust
Creative challenge for this month:Write a list of your creative affirmations. Make them your own and in the present tense. Decorate them and post them in and around your “creative sanctuary”
This Month’s Affirmation: “I easily connect with my creativity”
“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. ”
Google “Creativity Coaching” and you will discover thousands of links to people who dedicate their lives to help everyday people reach their creative potential. Ignite Your Creativity is pleased to announce that we are now offering creativity coaching as one of our services.
What are Creativity Coaches? Creativity Coaches are life coaches who focus on one’s creative evolution. Our mission is to help you focus on improving and redefining your future by encouraging you to focus on creative pursuits. Many artists, writers, musicians, and other creative people live with anxieties, doubts, fears, and worries that often hinder their creative minds. A Creativity Coach’s main goal is to assist and guide you to reach your dreams and to help you live the creative life you desire. Ultimately, we endeavor to help our client write, paint, compose, find meaning and happiness where the main goal is to create. We will encourage you to set attainable goals and offer a level of accountability through assignments geared to your specific goal. We will inspire you to think bigger and to work on developing your ideas and energies into meaningful creative projects.
Together we will help you identify, understand and work through any creative blocks that stand in the way of your goals. Working with us will enable you to become the creative person, you have always wanted to be.
The “Ignite Your Creativity” program consists of:
- 4 weeks of creativity coaching via email (consecutive weeks)
- 1 initial assessment email to get started
- 4 emails with tips, inspiration and activities geared towards your particular goals
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot
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Room To Write [Paperback] by Bonni Goldberg (Author)
Reviewer: Belinda Witzenhausen
This is a wonderful book chock full of writing prompts and exercises that are unique as well as thought provoking. Bonni Golberg starts each topic with a brief tutorial then follows it up with a prompt as well as an inspirational quote. This book in my opinion is great for new and seasoned writers; it is great when your muse does not want to show up on the page. Goldberg’s prompts are original, entertaining and often allow you to write outside your comfort zone. This is a book that I reach for when I need a little creative inspiration and I am sure it will do the same for anyone!
July’s Book Recommendations
|Writing ~ Inspiration||Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path: The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment [Paperback]|
|Nancy Pickard (Author), Lynn Lott (Author)|
|List Price:||CDN$ 21.00|
|Writing ~ Instructional||Copywriter’s Handbook, Third Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells[Paperback]|
|Robert W Bly (Author)|
|List Price:||CDN$ 21.99|
|Creativity||Element, The: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything [Paperback]|
|Ken Robinson (Author)|
|List Price:||CDN$ 18.50|
July’s Writing Prompts
We all have fears; whether they are phobias such as heights or the ones that go deeper such as the fear of failure. Delve deep and free-write describing your biggest fear and how you might overcome. No matter how difficult it seems use your creativity to find a way to possibly overcome your fear.
A picture is worth a thousand words…
Using your senses describe your favourite meal…what does it look like, how does it feel, smell, and taste?
Growing up I was surrounded by music, my father was a musician in his younger days, and every weekend his mode of relaxation was having other “musical” friends and family over to enjoy an evening of playing guitar and singing. I was also introduced to opera and classical by my grandmother who lived with us. I took piano, flute as well as dance lessons and eventually joined the choir. Later in life I am still surrounded by music, my husband is a musician as well as are many of my friends. I am thankful to have been exposed to music at such a young age, being surrounded by music for me is an integral component required for me to create. Music is an escape, it can take you back in time, take you around the world, make you smile, make you cry, give you energy or calm you down. Music has power!
Whether you’re listening to music at home or at work, there are many ways to integrate it into your creative routine. For me I create playlists depending on what creative activity I am doing. I listen to everything from jazz, classical, and opera to alternative, blues and rock…whatever inspires and motivates me. For writing, I prefer instrumental as it is less of a distraction for large-scale painting up-tempo gives me energy. Whatever your activity pay attention to what inspires you to be creative and create a playlist around it. Online services such as LastFm, or downloadable programs such as Microsoft Zune software help you find music and artists similar to artists already in your collection. Start making your playlist today!
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion.” ~ Martha Graham
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