Ignite Your Creativity Monthly Spark Newsletter ~ November 2011

Welcome Ignite Your Creativity’s Monthly Spark Newsletter!

This month we will feature articles, book recommendations, monthly writing prompts, free wallpapers, as well as tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration.

Get Creative!

Unfortunately, many believe that only a few are capable of being creative, that it is some sort of exclusive club that they don’t think they can be a member of. This is one of life’s biggest myths and the truth is, creativity is a lot like your muscles; everyone has them but they need to use them regularly in order for them to work properly and not atrophy. You don’t need to be a Picasso, Ansel Adams or Hendricks to be creative, you just have to dedicate yourself to uncovering your creative potential.

How does one begin to develop one’s creative muscle?

Focus on a creative activity every day!

Whether its journaling, doodling, painting, redecorating, crafts, do anything that inspires you and makes you come alive. By performing small creative tasks, you are exercising your creative “muscle” helping it to grow strong.

Think outside the box!

Sometimes, challenges and limitations can be a good thing especially when they force you to work within your means and find different approaches. Challenges often motivate you to be more imaginative in solving a problem or creating an item. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers and doing something different. Some of the most creative people in the world have used challenges to motivate them, they have had no choice but to work around constraints and find solutions. Learning to think outside the box in your creative life can also give you the tools to assist you in your day-to-day endeavors.

Immerse yourself in creative culture and learn all you can!

Want to write? Write everyday and read everything you can, both the good and bad. Want to be musician? Listen to all types of music, practice daily and take in local music jams to learn from others. Never get discouraged if you think someone is more gifted than you…remember, they once started where you are now.

Keep an open mind!

By training yourself to look at life with a creative eye, you open yourself to the never-ending potential of what you encounter every day. Once you have opened your creative eyes you will find that you’ll notice more and more things which will enrich your life and inspire you. The more you know, the more you will desire to know, and the more active your sense of wonder will become.

Try something new on a daily basis!

By learning a new skill and doing something in a slightly different way you can produce different results. By taking a different route on your daily walk, you can change what you see, changing your experiences thus expanding your point of view. Try to interact with new people, visit new places that attract people interested in the same things i.e. if you are interested in art, art classes or galleries will help you to expand and enrich your social circle. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone every day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your passion for creating.

By unleashing your creativity, you will bring about a new passion for life. The more you develop those creative muscles, the stronger they grow, the more able they are to produce, thus, inspiring you to take yourself to the next level.


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou

Creativity Coaching at Ignite Your Creativity

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
INTRODUCTORY PRICE $75 CDN

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

J.K. Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

Affirmation For Creativity

This Month’s Affirmation: “I immerse myself in creative pursuits!”

To use as wallpaper click on image to enlarge, for Windows right-click “Set as Desktop”

Book Review

Think!: Before It’s Too Late [Paperback]

Edward de Bono (Author)

Publisher: Vermilion

Copyright: April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0091924096

Review via Amazon.ca

The world is full of problems and conflicts. So why can we not solve them? According to Edward de Bono, current thinking cannot solve world problems because current thinking is itself the problem. And this is getting worse: we are so accustomed to readily available information online that we search immediately for the answers rather than thinking about them. Our minds function like trying to drive a car using only one wheel. There’s nothing wrong with that one wheel—conventional thinking—but we could all get a lot further if we used all four. De Bono examines why we think the way we do from a historical perspective and uses some of his famous thinking techniques combined with new ideas to show us how to change the way we think. If we strengthen our ability and raise our thinking level, other areas of our life—both personal and business success—will improve. De Bono is the master of the original big “concept” book and his enticement to us to use our minds as constructively as possible should appeal to a whole new generation of fans.

List Price: CDN$ 16.50


November’s Book Recommendations

Writing ~ Inspiration Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need To Get Published Now [Paperback]Sam Barry (Author),

Kathi Kamen Goldmark (Author),

Maya Angelou (Foreword)

List Price:CDN$ 17.99

Writing ~ Instructional Getting the Words Right [Paperback]Theodore A. Rees Cheney(Author)

List Price:CDN$ 20.99

Creativity The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections[Paperback]

Amanda Blake Soule (Author)

List Price:CDN$ 23.00


November’s Writing Prompts

Passion…

“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” ~ Claude Monet

Nothing is perfect, there is a light side and a dark side to everything, even something we love. Write about your passion: what inspires you, infuriates you, could you live happily without it? Reflect and write about your passion and what it means in your life.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Finding Beauty: Many times we find incredible beauty in unlikely places, from a dying flower to a snake’s colouring. Where and when was the last time you found beauty in something surprising?


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
~ Confucius

To use as wallpaper click on image to enlarge, for Windows right-click “Set as Desktop”

November’s Inspirational Spark~Ignite Your Creativity

http://www.igniteyourcreativity.net

Photographs & Graphics by Belinda Witzenhausen ©2011

Music by Mike Witzenhausen ©2011

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About BWitzenhausen

Writer, Editor, Creativity Coach, Artist, Amateur Photographer, Lover of Psychology/Neurology, Armchair Archaeologist, Palaeography Nut, Coffee Addict, Book Worm, Tea Lover & Hubby's Grossly Under-Paid Bass Roadie;)

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