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Every Day Is a New Opportunity

December 28, 2016
Newsflash: you don't have to wait until next week, month or year to start that thing you want to do. Every day is a new opportunity, starting right now.

How often do you think about something you’d love to do more of, less of or differently, then think “Great, I’ll start on Monday”?

Yes, there is something to be said for pacing ourselves. We can only take on so many commitments at one time and we do ourselves and our work a disservice when we spread ourselves too thin.

But there is also something to be said for harnessing our enthusiasm, for using that drive as steam power to create, for engaging that energy and using it to drive ourselves forward. Continue Reading…

Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship

How to Generate Creative Ideas

September 21, 2016
Do you struggle to generate creative ideas? Keep reading for eight ways to inspire your creative spark and turn you into an idea machine.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”
—Steve Jobs

As a writer (and someone with an interest in creativity in general), I’m deeply curious about how we come up with creative ideas. This isn’t just an idle curiosity: with two blogs, several books on the go, and a business that relies on me to come up with new content and ideas each week, generating ideas is a necessary part of me being able to do what I do. Here are some of the things I’ve found most helpful for generating creative ideas:  Continue Reading…

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Not Sure How to Follow Your Passion? Try This Instead.

September 7, 2016
Not sure how to follow your passion? Here's a more realistic alternative... >>> |

If you’ve spent any time in the online sphere over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the rallying cry to follow your passion. While this cry comes from a well-meaning place, working in the personal development sphere as a life coach, I’ve also spoken to plenty of people who have heard this call, want to heed it, but are left with the big question: but what if I don’t know what my passion is?

For some people, picking something as “your passion” can feel like a lot of pressure. Continue Reading…

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How I Read 100 Books Per Year

August 24, 2016
Discover 7 ways to read more, indulge your curiosity and inspire your writing >>> |

I’m a big believer in the idea that a voracious reader equals a better writer. The more we read, the more we’re exposed to different styles, topics, inspiration, ideas and knowledge.

I’ve always been a big reader, but the last few years I’ve read well over 100 books each year—not counting the countless blog posts and articles I read online too. To some people, this sounds impossible. For me, it’s impossible to think of a life without reading. I’m a huge advocate for reading more, especially if you’re involved in creative pursuits. Here are a few things that help me read at volume: Continue Reading…

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Have You Discovered the Magic of Artist Dates?

April 6, 2016

Artist dates are an invaluable tool in any creative’s toolkit. Not only are they useful for replenishing our creative energy, but they also provide us with inspiration and opportunities to follow our curiosity with no agenda or distraction.

The concept comes from Julia Cameron’s 12-week course, The Artist’s Way. She introduces artist dates early in the course as a foundational practice, explaining:

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery…When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.

The beauty of these occasions is they have no agenda or motive, except to follow your curiosity. And they’re not just for artists (I certainly don’t consider myself any kind of art aficionado). Creatives of all persuasions can use artist dates to invigorate their craft.

Last week, I share two posts about this over on Becoming Who You Are. The first was about the magic and science of these dates: why they work, how they work and a few important guidelines for creating your own. The second included 52 ideas for artist dates (one for each week of the year) plus a free artist’s date planner you can download and use to plan, schedule and review your dates.

Check them out here:

The Powerful Magic (& Science) of Artist Dates

52 Easy & Inspiring Ideas for Artist Dates (+ Free Planner!)

Do you use artist dates? If so, what are your favourite suggestions? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!


Image: Sebastian Unrau

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13 Inspiring Quotes About Creativity from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

December 16, 2015

bigmagicBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is a wonderful packed with inspiring quotes about creativity. Although parts of the book might be a little “out there” for more rationally-minded readers, her insights into dealing with fear, courage and other parts of the creative process make this book a must-read for anyone engaged in personal or professional creative pursuits (for more details, check out my review here).

If you’re looking for creative inspiration for your next project, check out some of my favourite quotes from the book below: Continue Reading…

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Think Being Average Is a Bad Thing? Think Again.

October 28, 2015

Your work is average.

How does it feel to hear that?

For a lot of us, it’s uncomfortable, even painful. Most of us still use the same scale of judgement we encountered in school, where above average = good, below average = uh-oh.

So we avoid average like the plague.

We ditch that writing class we tried once—and secretly enjoyed—because “I just wasn’t very good at it.” We disown our desire to take our paintings to a local art fair because “There are going to be people there who are way better at this than me.” We squirrel away our big ideas, our rough drafts, and our creative lives until we can be sure they meet that magical standard of being “above average.”

The truth?

Average is just a stop on a long journey towards being good, great, even excellent—if you want to be those things.

If you do want to be good at something, that is 100% doable.

But you need to embrace your averageness first.

Average isn’t a state of being, a final stamp of quality. It’s simply a stop we all pass through, whether we like it or not.

Mastery doesn’t just happen. Before we can be great at something, we need to be good. Before we can be good at something, we need to be average.

The people who are the best in the world at what they do didn’t start out that way. They started out at average, even below average, just like the rest of us.

So forget what you’ve been told about being average. It might be where you are right now, but that’s an exciting, possibility-filled place to be.

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