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Ignite Your Creativity Monthly Spark Newsletter ~ December 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.

Keep the Creative Fires Burning During the Holidays!

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season finding time to dedicate to your creative pursuits can be a challenge.  How can you get everything done and still honour yourself?

Let’s face it, there will always be other, more important things to do, especially now. The holiday season is about friends, family and giving so often one will feel guilty or selfish about taking time for themselves. The holidays can be stressful and overwhelming, but it is also important to nurture yourself to maintain balance.  If your creative needs aren’t met or you are feeling deprived, your need for creative expression can be intense and in response, you become frustrated, depressed, overwhelmed, resentful and angry. That’s why it is so important to figure out how to integrate your creativity into your life even though you are very busy.  If you are stressed out or upset, you aren’t at your best for your friends or family. You may not have time for an hour-long painting session or a whole day of writing but by breaking your creative time into little chunks it can be something that will nourish your spirit and sustain your creative soul.

 Break it down!

During busy times finding 10 minutes here or there is easier than finding hours.  Write out your daily schedule and be realistic. How much time do you have waiting while picking up a child from hockey practice or piano lessons? How much time do you spend watching television per week? How long is your train ride to work? When done, look at your timetable where can you fit in fifteen minutes? Try to pencil in three fifteen minute creativity sessions.

Be Prepared!

Are you a photographer? Carry your camera with you at all times or use your cell phone.  You know that park you pass every day, why not stop and take some interesting shots.  Are you an artist or writer? Carry a small sketch/note-book to capture ideas or images while waiting in doctors’ offices or in line.  Whatever you capture, you might be able to use to develop new pieces.

Think Outside Your Creative Box!

Often we engage in creative activities without realizing it because it’s often not our creative outlet.   Want to spend time with your children and have holiday baking to do? Why not create a gingerbread house or cookies with them. Treat your baking as a creative outlet rather than a chore. Need to wrap presents? Why not get creative and find new innovative ways to dress them up.  Whatever you do often, your creative needs can be met by doing things in a slightly different way.

You don’t need to dedicate your whole life to your outlet, or need to be painting/writing/photographing/decorating/designing all day, every day to feel fulfilled. Like hunger often a “snack” will hold you until you can get to the main meal!

“This time, like all times is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Affirmation For Creativity

This Month’s Affirmation: “I move past my fear and immerse myself in my creative pursuits.”

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Book Review

Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work [Paperback]

Michael Michalko (Author)


Review via

List Price: CDN$ 17.50

The question isn’t “Why are some people creative and others not?” But why isn’t everyone creative? Where and how was this human talent lost? Why doesn’t education foster more creativity instead of less? Why is it that the more expert we become in our fields the less creative and innovative we become? Why are so many so amazed when someone creates anything, as if it were a miracle? Creative Thinkering will answer these questions and show readers how to awaken this lost talent and resurrect their natural creativity. It will explain how the prejudices of logic have heavily limited and structured our imagination in terms of existing categories and concepts. It will give readers the tools and strategies they need to recapture freedom to thought and to unstructured and expand their imaginations. Creativity in all domains including science, technology, medicine, the arts, and day-to-day living, emerges from the basic mental operation of conceptual blending (combining) of dissimilar subjects. An analogy that captures this concept of blending is when hydrogen and oxygen merge to form water, which is a property quite different from either of the component gases that make it up. This book demonstrates natural creativity which is the ability to synthesize dissimilar subjects.

December’s Book Recommendations

  Kick-Ass Creativity: An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative ProfessionalsMary Beth Maziarz (Paperback – Apr 12 2010)List Price: CDN$ 19.95
  Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go [Paperback]Les Edgerton (Author)

List Price: CDN$ 16.99


  Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative [Hardcover]Ken Robinson (Author)

List Price: CDN$ 33.95


December’s Writing Prompts

Starting December 12th

Keep your creative fires stoked by following our “12 Days of Writing“.  Check in daily to get our daily writing prompts designed to keep you motivated during the busy holiday season.

Thank You…

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”~William Arthur Ward

The holiday season is about giving and receiving but material gifts aren’t everything. What is the greatest gift anyone has ever given you that wasn’t material.  Write them a Thank You letter, thanking them for their gift. Reflect and write about what their gift meant to you in your life.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your perfect gift! Is it an object, an experience or something for someone else?

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

~Brian Tracy

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 Inspirational Spark~Ignite Your Creativity

Photographs & Graphics by Belinda Witzenhausen ©2011

Music by Mike Witzenhausen ©2011



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