Ignite Your Creativity’s March 2012 Monthly Spark Newsletter!

Welcome to Ignite Your Creativity’s March 2012 Monthly Spark Newsletter! This month we have some tips for sparking your child’s creativity during March Break as well as having book recommendations, monthly writing prompts, free wallpapers, tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration.

March Break Kids’ Activities

Travel Journals, Treasure Hunts, Sketchbooks and Craft Classes!

Are you going on a long drive or flight and are worried about how to keep your child occupied? Create an age-appropriate travel kit for your child. Pack an inexpensive tote with journals, markers, coloured pencils or crayons, stickers, glue sticks and drawing tablets.

Along the way encourage your child to keep a travel journal. At every stop have them pick up inexpensive postcards and incorporate them into their journal, writing about each stop. This will not only keep your child occupied but also enable them to have a lasting memory of their travels.

Not travelling? No Problem! If feasible, plan day trips to museums, theatres and your local zoo. Have your child pick up postcards, ticket stubs and programs to add to their travel journal. Is your child a budding artist? Have them take a sketchbook along as well.

Want to get out of the house? Create an “around town” scavenger hunt. By using a relatively inexpensive disposable camera give your child a list of items to photograph right in your own backyard. Make it a “Signs of Spring” list i.e. bird, flower bud, chipmunk, etc.

Another option – does your child love cars? Take them to a car show or around the neighbourhood looking for different cars for example the oldest car, the biggest car, a red car, etc. Once all of the pictures have been taken have them developed and have fun with your child creating a special collage.

Local craft stores, libraries and community centres may offer classes on everything from pottery to bead making and help your child to create a lasting treasure. For inexpensive creative ideas check out my article “Creativity on a Dime” also on Suite 101.

Not only do creative pursuits help pass time they also give your child tools to live a creative life. Creating helps give your child a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-confidence. Learning how to tap into their creativity helps them find solutions to problems by teaching them how to think “outside the box”. Other benefits of being creative are that your child also learns how to express themselves, learn new skills and discover their unique attributes.

“Creativity is really the structuring of magic.” Ann Kent Rush

“The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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
For more information please check out: Creativity Coaching on Ignite Your Creativity

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

Affirmation For Creativity

This Month’s Affirmation: “My creative energy flows freely at all times.”

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

Book of the Month

Writing in Flow [Hardcover]

Susan K. Perry (Author), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Foreword)

List Price: CDN$ 27.54
I really enjoyed, Writing in Flow by Susan K. Perry. A psychologist and writer, Perry takes the concept of “flow” based on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of “Flow” and applies it to the writing process. Perry compares writer’s flow to that of an athlete being in “the zone” . Perry states “You know you’ve been in flow when time seems to have disappeared. When you’re in flow, you become so deeply immersed in your writing, or whatever activity you’re doing, that you forget yourself and your surroundings.”
Well written, practical and educational this book appeals to most writers aiming to immerse themselves in the creative process, and enhance their writing. Initially written as part of her dissertation, Perry interviewed 75 best-selling authors asking them about their experiences with flow. How often do they experience it? What does it feel like? What instigates it? According to Perry, “flow” occurs “when our mind or body is voluntarily stretched to its limit.” As a result of her research Perry uncovers various “master keys” and tips to help a writer beat writer’s block and experience “flow” Not to over-generalize Perry suggests that every writer’s experience with flow is very individualized but it is attainable. For those wanting to rediscover the creative process “Writing In The Flow” is a
must -read!

available at Amazon.ca

March’s Book Recommendations

Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life

by Natalie Goldberg

List Price:CDN$ 16.61

The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain [Paperback]

by Alice Weaver Flaherty

List Price:CDN$ 18.95

Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within [Paperback]

by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

List Price:CDN$ 15.95


March’s Writing Prompts

What Holds You Back?…

What holds you back from fulfilling your creative dreams? Do you compare yourself to others? Is it a lack of skill? Fear of failure? Lack of time? List all the things that you feel are thwarting your creative potential. Brainstorm on each point to find workable solutions. Reflect and write!


A picture is worth a thousand words…

What motivates you to create? A certain artist, writer, musician, event or place? Reflect and write!



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

Inspirational Spark~Ignite Your Creativity

http://www.igniteyourcreativity.net

Graphics by Belinda Witzenhausen ©2012

Music by Mike Witzenhausen ©2012

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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;)

Posted on March 10, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A comment on In the Flow- whether in the flow or zone, it’s the place I find myself when my writing happens. This relates the comments you made on creative coaching. I’m indebted to you for the inspirational messages and examples you share. Thank you!

    My only problem with working “in the flow” is staying there 🙂

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