Month: November 2011

A Creative Life That Pays The Bills

cashIt’s a common belief that in order to live a highly creative life and to produce great art, you have to suffer.

But it is, in fact, entirely possible to live a life that champions your creativity as well as paying the bills.

So many creative types find themselves facing the money problem. And so many assume that it’s an unsolvable dilemma… a predicament that comes hand in hand with the desire to live a creative life.

How can you, as a creative person, fill your life with your art whilst still making enough many to support yourself and pay the bills?
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Creating Something New – Getting Past The Fear Of Failure

Unattainable and attainable sign, written on blackboardEncouraging creativity is one thing, but new ideas are not the cure all for finding progress.

We have to get past the fear of failure before we can ever get ourselves heading toward success.

Many people wish they were more creative.

They yearn for the big idea (or even the small one) and think that if they just had that one idea they’d be on their way to greater success.

Certainly, we can all do things to be more creative, but having ideas isn’t the biggest, or even first, source of our challenges.
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Creative Ideas – Six Ways To Have Them

Handdrawn Light Bulb Symbol.Want to develop your creativity and generate creative ideas at will?

Maybe you want to exercise more creativity in solving problems at home, or in your work.

Perhaps you just like the thought of having the most interesting ideas the next time you are with a group of friends.

Either way, you can quickly become a font of creative ideas by using a few simple techniques.
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Coaching Creativity – 7 Lessons From Artists

Suzanne FalterThree years ago, I was a frustrated, fed-up writer, sitting in a Starbucks in Times Square in tears.

I’d gotten 27 rejections on my book – ironically enough, it was about how to live your dreams – and I was sure my own dream of being a successful author was dead.

At that moment, a little voice whispered in my ear that I would only become a writer when, and if, I chose it. Like really chose it – deep in that secret place we all have in our gut.

So I chose it, simply because there didn’t seem to be anything else I could do at the time.

I decided to walk out of Starbucks a writer, absurd as it seemed.
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The Benefits Of Creativity To The Elderly

Grandmother In WatercolorAs we age, cognitive and physical exercise are imperative not only to our health, but to our overall life expectancy. 

Below are ways that the elderly benefit from creativity.

Physical Creativity – Music and Physical Activities

Recent studies indicate that listening to music while engaging in physical exercise helps the elderly maintain their balance while walking, and ultimately reduces their risk of falling. 
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Three Ways Journaling Can Boost Your Creativity & Your Business

Female student covering her face with a notebook - isolated over whiteI have a friend who has struggled with her creativity for a long time.

She’s extremely uncomfortable thinking of herself as “creative.”

We’ve been working together on it, and making progress.

One of the tools that’s really helped her has been journaling.

From Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way to Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones to Linda Trichter Metcalf, Ph.D. and Tobin Simon, Ph.D.’s Writing the Mind Alive to numerous other publications, journaling has enjoyed a long history of creative-nurturing along with a host of other benefits.
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