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Ignite Your Creativity’s July 2012 Monthly Spark Newsletter!

Welcome to Ignite Your Creativity’s July 2012 Monthly Spark Newsletter! This month we have some journaling ideas as well as having our usual book recommendations, monthly writing prompts, free wallpapers, tips, tricks and a healthy dose of inspiration.

Journaling for Self-Discovery

Initially, journals were kept as a matter of record.  People would document events that happened to keep a historical account to pass down to future generations.  Now newspapers, blogs, videos and media are the mainstay.  Many do still use journaling as a tool for documentation but many more seem to use it as a form of expression.

The process of putting pen to paper is therapeutic as it allows one to get the mass of emotions, ideas and information that is often jumbled and bouncing around inside one’s head out and in some structured form.    All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause turmoil, stress or just distract one from the important things that need to be their focus.

Journals contain private thoughts committed to paper and need not to be shared with others, which allow you to get your emotions down without censoring or fear of condemnation.  Creating a dedicated time throughout the day to journal is also therapeutic in itself; by giving yourself permission to spend time on yourself is a healthy indulgence.  Journaling also helps with planning and transformation.  Recording dreams, goals and wishes helps you keep your focus on your desired outcome, plan how to get there and keeps you honest with yourself about your limitations and progress.

When it comes to healing, many people keep one or more journals.  General journals record hopes, fears, anxieties and are a great tool for self discovery.  Dream journals are great for tracking what recurring themes are presenting themselves in your dreams, thus helping you identify and address things that could be causing stress.  Gratitude journals are daily listings of things one is thankful for. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you focus on the positive things that are going on in your life and helps improve both your mood and attitude.  Idea journals are helpful for sparking creativity or problem solving.

The written word is a powerful thing. Words provoke thought, act as a release, ignite creativity, and hold within them the power to heal.  Journaling can be an incredible life-changing process.

Writing has always been a huge part of my life. When I was a child, I kept a journal. I would write about what bothered me,  what I feared, and what I dreamed for my future.  I would doodle, write down things of interest and solve my problems.  As an only child, it became a way for me to work things out for myself; I could think, rant or dream on the page.  Journaling became a habit for a long time until I thought I was too old for keeping a “diary” and gave it up.  In my late twenties after a life-changing event, I decided to go back to what had been a great tool of self-discovery for me. I found the more I wrote, the better I felt. I have never looked back, my journal is never far from me and it now holds more than ever.  Recently, a friend asked me about what I write and how they could start journaling for themselves. Here are some basic topics:

1) Write down your strengths and how you can use them to improve the world for yourself and for others.

 2) Write down things you are grateful for.

3) Write down what inspires you.

4) Write down what you dream about.

5) Write down ideas for projects.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Coming Soon!

Writing Sparks

by Belinda Witzenhausen 

Do you love writing but have a bad case of writer’s block? 
For many, it often boils down to not knowing how to get started. “Writing Sparks: Inspiration to ignite your creativity!” by Belinda Witzenhausen offers valuable advice, prompts and tips to help you break through any creative block and start writing. These prompts offer a variety of fiction and nonfiction ideas designed to get you thinking and writing. Some prompts may ask you to reflect on personal opinions or memories , while others ask you to flex your creative muscles with fun and often, quirky suggestions. These “sparks” are designed to get you motivated and challenge you to grow as a writer.

Affirmation For Creativity

This Month’s Affirmation:

“I don’t let  other people’s negativity interfere with my creativity.”

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

Book of the Month

Write From the Heart: Unleashing the Power Of Your Creativity [Paperback]

by Hal Zina Bennett (Author)

Publisher: NEW WORLD LIBRARY; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jan 17 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-1577311775
This is one of those books that helps us to realize that creating can be a spiritual experience. Write from The Heart is a mix of personal memoirs drawn from Hal Zina Bennett’s prolific writing career with over 30 published books to his credit. This is a wonderful and practical guide with thought provoking writing exercises designed to get us to see things from a different viewpoint. The author shares his personal experience guiding us on how we can remove creative blocks and learn to speak from our heart to the heart of our reader. This is a book that holds a special space on my bookshelf and is ideal for a beginning writer as well as for a seasoned writing veteran.

List Price:CDN$ 20.95

July’s Book Recommendations

Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation [Paperback] by Tom Bissell (Author)
List Price:CDN$ 16.50

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence [Paperback] by Lisa Cron (Author) 

List Price:CDN$ 17.99

The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover] by Eric Kandel (Author) 

List Price:CDN$ 46.00

July’s Writing Prompts

A Day in the Life of…

You get to trade places with your favourite person/character for just one day.

Who do you choose? Why?

Describe how the day plays out for you!

A picture is worth a thousand words… Write about what brightens your day…

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

Inspirational Spark~Ignite Your Creativity

Photography & Graphics by Belinda Witzenhausen ©2012

Music by Mike Witzenhausen ©2012



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 😊

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