What I Know

What I know to be True

I have made no secret of how much I love a good TEDTalk. I find them educational and inspiring. The most recent inspirational talk I have heard was from this year, 2017 TED Conference. It was by Anne Lamott, well known in writing circles for her book Bird by Bird. In this particular talk, Ms. Lamott discusses the twelve things that she knows to be true, written just before her 61st birthday. It is a mildly humorous and thoughtful way to look at the lessons we learn from life.

 

Inspired by Ms. Lamott’s talk, I decided to write my own list of things I know to be true at 43. Here is my list below:

  1. We are each traveling on our own journey through this thing called life. However, occasionally, we bump into other people on their journey, and we decide to take some of it together. This makes the voyage not seem as lonely or as difficult.
  2. A good piece of chocolate will calm most nerves. And the smell of fresh vanilla makes most people smile.
  3. Writing out what you want to say, especially when upset or angry, can be as cathartic as it is helpful to know what you want to say.
  4. If it doesn’t work, do not bang on it. Suck it up and contact customer service, just make sure you allow plenty of time for waiting.
  5. When you fall down, you will rise. You may take your time. You may need some help and some dusting off, even recovery from injuries, but you will rise again.
  6. Dress for your Joy. Nothing else matters. If people are going to judge you, they were going to do so anyway, so be happy and comfortable in what you are wearing.
  7. Creativity belongs to everyone. There isn’t a single person alive that does not have creativity within them. It looks different in every person but that is what makes it cool not absent.
  8. Time alone is good for the soul and the mind. The world can be loud and overwhelming, learn to disconnect.
  9. Be Grateful. Say thank you for any good that comes into your life. It changes how your mind sees the world. You begin looking for the good that there is.
  10. Be Kind. Nothing replaces kindness. We have a chance to be kind or to be cruel; to make someone’s day or to tear them down. Be Kind.

 

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Eight TEDtalks

Eight TEDTalks to Inspire Your Creativity

One of my favorite things to do lately is watch TEDTalks. I find them fascinating, informative and fun. In the last two weeks, I have watched 25 talks. There isn’t one yet that I haven’t taken something from. So today, I am bringing to you some of my favorite talks on creativity or that inspire creative mind.

I have spoken a few times on Elizabeth Gilberts’ idea of the “Elusive Creative Genius”. The talk below is the what inspired me to write posts regarding the creative genius. It is one of my favorite of all time.

One of my other favorite ones is Brene’ Brown’s talk on vulnerability. There can be no creative expression without being vulnerable and that is why I consider this one so important.

Julie Burstein brings creativity to like in her analogy of raku and delves into the idea that creativity is built up of everyday moments.

Amanda Palmer talks about connection and I found one of the most interesting people to have watched. A musician and blogger, in her talk she brings to light the importance of asking for what we need.

Stuart Brown talks about the importance of play in our adult lives. I have discussed this on my blog as well. PLay is essential to creativity.

David Kelley offers an opportunity to build creative confidence. Using examples of his own creative life, he teaches us how to access our confidence.

Ken Robinson is a hero of mine. I have read two of his books on creativity and I love his belief that we grow out of creativity as we go through school when we should be growing into it instead. He is highly recommended on my list to watch and to read.

I just watched Adam Grant last night. I had heard of his book before I knew he had a TEDtalk. I haven’t read the book yet but his talk about the “originals” as he calls them was fascinating. Definitely worth watching.

There you have it. Some of the best TEDtalks about creativity and how we use it. I hope you find these talks as inspiring as I did. Have a lovely day.

a callto failure

A Call to Face Failure

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
— Joseph Chilton Pearce

If we are living a creative life, we will fail. We will make mistakes, a lot of them. We will stumble around not sure if it is right or wrong or feeling uncertain of our direction. But that’s okay. Creativity is about exploring all our options. Creativity calls to us to try new things and experiment with new directions. I’m calling on you to face your fear of failure and to let it go.

When we fail in a positive environment, we learn the art of resilience. Resilient people don’t let failures keep them from the work they want to do. They may step back and dust themselves off before they begin again but they keep going.It is imperative as creative people that we actively engage in practicing failure. Empower your failure. Learn from your failure. Allow for setbacks to be considered great and the lack of failure to be considered mediocrity.

Pixar co-founder, Edwin Catmull, says that failure is the ”inevitable consequence of doing something new.” Every time we attempt to create something new, we risk falling flat on our face. However to not to risk failure, and to not take a chance of a future success because of we are “playing it safe” means that we are not creating at our best.

This type of creating is called iterative process. It is the act of doing something over and over until we achieve the final product we want. How does this apply to art? The painter who practices every day will be much better than the painter who practices once a month. The painter who practices every day will use more canvases, make more mistakes, and throw away more failures but in the end, will create something more sophisticated than the painter who only painted one time. As creative artists, we are not above this practice of doing something over and over again. The jewelry maker was not perfect the first time they made the first necklace but after time has refined their skills to make better quality jewelry. The writer practices by showing up to the computer or the page every day and writes. They do not have to write the same thing or make the same jewelry but it is the practice of doing it that is the process.

When I first began making pendants for every 10 that I made correctly, there were at least four that I threw away. When I first began making cards for every 20 I made right, there were five or six that the didn’t come together the way they were supposed to. If I had let those mistakes stop me, then I would not still be making cards and pendants today. Each time I visit the store where my cards are sold, I feel a little bit of fear that maybe what I am making isn’t good enough. I have discovered that though a particular set of affirmations are a success, as well as my notecards and bookmarks, as it turns out some of my other affirmation cards are not a fit for the store and I have yet to find a place to make them marketable. So they were a failure to make money. However, I have found them to be great gifts to give to people who need a pick me up.

What have you failed at lately?

What have you dared to try and fell on your face and then got back up to try again?

I challenge you to find that one thing that makes you want to face your fear of failure. I challenge you to try the one thing that you are willing to try again and again until it becomes a success. All of us have one thing that we want to do that allows us to face our fear of failure and come out more resilient on the other side.

Over 100 Reasons

Over 100 Reasons to Write an “Open When” Letter

Last month, I wrote a post on Five Reasons to Write a Handwritten Letter. As someone who creates cards just for those occasions when handwritten letters are the most needed, I really feel that a handwritten letter says so much more than a text or e-mails can.  When was the last time you sent out a letter to someone? Or dropped a letter into the mailbox with more than just some family pics on it or a quickly scribbled Happy Birthday. In this busy age, it is quite common to do these things in hopes of staying in touch. What if instead we went one step further and wrote a letter? There is great joy that comes from sitting down and writing out a letter for someone you care about. For your creative weekend pleasure have I got just the treat for you! Welcome Julissa, my guest writer for this fabulous Friday.

 

Julissa, from Shari’s Berries, has written a wonderful guest post and link to a fabulous letter writing idea,  “Open When” letters. I am delighted to share with you what she has to say.

 

Do you remember the first time that you ever received a handwritten letter? Maybe it was from a relative, a pen pal, or a best friend. Maybe the envelope was decorated with swirls of color or your favorite stickers. Whatever form it came in, it held the promise of something great: a special message just for you, folded up neatly and tucked inside.

There’s something special about holding a tangible letter with your name on it. Maybe it’s the knowledge that someone took the time to sit down and put pen to paper for you. Maybe it’s just the old fashioned fun of it in our age of emails and text messages. Regardless, it’s a sure-fire way to make someone feel loved.

It makes sense then that “open when” letters have recently become a huge trend.
Popular among long distance couples, close friends, and military families, “open when” letters provide a different letter for the recipient to open on a number of occasions. Some popular topics include “open when you miss me,” “open when you’re sad,” or “open
when you want to know why I love you.” Shari’s Berries thought this was a great idea, so they came up with over 280 “open when” ideas to share with your loved ones. Plus, they’ve included some pre-decorated templates you can print out to get the creative juices flowing.

Open when letters are a great opportunity to slow down and stay in touch in a way that shows you care. They’re also a great chance to think creatively. Try using them as a form of art journal or scrapbook and see what you can come up with to make your recipient’s day.

Have you ever written an “open when” letter? Do you plan to? Let us know in the comments!”

 

Six Ways to gofrom

Six Ways to go from Busy to Creative

In this time and place where the answer the question,”How are you?” and “Busy” is the acceptable answer, there something wrong. Busyness has become a feeling rather than being something one is doing. I hear it all the time and have even done it myself without thinking. Someone asks How I am and instead of being authentic, I simply say, “busy.” This answer strips away my humanity and implies that unless one is Busy, than they are doing nothing, and that is not okay.
Being busy has also replaced feeling anything. When we are busy we lose touch with how we are really feeling on a day-to-day basis. One is so busy with trying to complete checklists and cram as many errands into one shot as they can, focused on getting things done NOW that there is no room for anything else. Not fun. Not creativity. Not feelings. How can one possibly be expected to be able to create if they don’t allow themselves time to feel? How can one express themselves fully if they do not allow themselves to be in touch with feelings?

The answer of course is doing the exact opposite of being busy and giving permission to slow down. Remembering how important it is to stop and breathe for five minutes is vital to re-grounding. The other part of the answer is to express the creative self in activities that one finds fulfilling and authentic. It is starting with a small activity for five or ten minutes and working up to taking more time for oneself. This looks to many like being selfish. Ignore them. It is not selfishness that drives ones need for creative freedom but rather an innate desire to express oneself in a manner free from harsh criticism and chaos.

Here are some tips on how to take back some creative soul time, even if it is just five to ten minutes.

Journaling: Some people find it hard to get started with journaling. They have to have a purpose for writing. Some people are okay with just brain dumping onto the page. Either way is fine. Need some help getting started,  Andrea Schroeder at Creative Dream Incubator has some excellent journaling cards to use as prompts to get your started. I have used a few and they are quite mind opening and inspiring.  I have been following Andrea for a few years now and she has developed some amazing products for finding your dreams and inspiration. She also has a guided Journal book for sale. On her website you will also find free journaling parties! The recent one with Jamie Riddler was pretty cool.

Affirmation Cards: I love these. I love the ones that come with a brief statement of belief on the front and then a simple explanation on the back. These can jump start a day in just a few minutes, allowing the mind a brief mediation on the topic in hand. Sometimes those few minutes of reflection are just enough to be a reminder of how important creativity and soul time are. I have a couple of recommendations: I have my set at Etsy. They have an affirmation on the front and a brief meditation on the back. Also Louis Hay “Power Thought Cards” featured in her movie “You can Heal Your Life” are a great source of inspiration.

Coloring: This is all the trend right now. You can find coloring books for adults pretty much everywhere, even the dollar store. This is an activity that one can spend about ten minutes on and it has been proven to reduce stress levels. It is easy to keep one around most time with a few color pencils or markers. Take them out at break times or while relaxing at home. Here is a link to some pages I have made available previously.

Drawing/Doodling: Perhaps making the designs and pictures is a better fit. Grab a small sketchbook to carry around with some sketch pencils or colored pencils. My daughters are always doing this EVERYWHERE we go, the sketchpads come with. They like simple mechanical pencils. I buy them in bulk at the dollar store. I guess I can’t complain too much they learned from me, I take a writers notebook everywhere I go.
Play Dough: My recommendation is to get a favorite color in the small party bag size to keep on hand. It can be taken out and played with in five minute increments or use up a while fifteen minute break squeezing, shaping and molding the dough. This is also great to squeeze under stress. Almost like a mini stress ball.

Breathe: People forget how to breathe. Many people hold their breath or breathe from low in the diaphragm which actually creates more anxious feelings and a sense of being to busy. There is all kinds of information out there about different types of breathing. The one I am most familiar with is where one breathes deep from their stomach and lets it out slowly. This type of breathing forces one to physically slow down and be in the present moment.

Finally begin answering how are you with real feeling words as best as possible. Does this mean letting the grocery cashier in on the deepest secrets? NO. Use informed judgement. It is perfectly honest and all right to say, “No, I am really not having a good day today.” How they respond is up to them. If it is a best friend, then be honest and truthful. In return, most times honest and truthful will be reflected back. Here are some basic not real feeling words that get tossed around a lot but mean nothing: Fine, okay, busy, meh. They are an answer but provide no information. It is great way to brush off questions one doesn’t feel like answering. However, some good substitutes are: overwhelmed, good, great, swell ( though I would be careful, this one is often used sarcastically), or low. There are practically hundreds more.

I know when I have not had time to stop and fulfill a creative playtime or even taken a few minutes for affirmations, I feel grumpy. There is nothing wrong with that. The brain gets used to being fed good, positive stuff and throws a bit of a hissy fit when it doesn’t get what it wants. The brain is amazing. It knows what it needs and how to fix it. We just have to listen. So the next time someone asks “How are you?” try being real. I have even said, “I need a time out.” It is so much better than being too busy.

Fourteen Tips on Self Care for theCreative Person

Fourteen Tips of Self- Care for the Creative Person

Being creative is its own form of self-care. However even creative people need to take some time out and refuel their souls. Self-care is the new trend in today’s need to tend to our body and souls that are sometimes starving from lack of attention. Creativity is one of the recommendations for self-care. If you are a working creative, who spends every day head deep in being creative, even you need some vital self-care. Here are fourteen of my favorite tips on taking care of a creative persons spirit.

  1. My first inclination when I need to take some time out is to go for a long walk somewhere where it is green and pretty. I long to be out in nature. Sometimes I take my headphones but most of the time, I simply listen to the sounds of the world around me. If I can get away, I like to take hikes, not long hikes right now, but somewhere in the forest, usually among the redwoods, is my favorite place to go. There are times when all I can do is go to the walking trail around the park near my house. Then I walk around it a couple times, maybe take my shoes off and walk barefoot in the grass. There is something calming about walking in the grass with my bare feet. It is as though I’m being grounded to the earth again.
  2.  My next suggestion is to pick up a good book. Honestly, I recommend two books: one for just for fun and the second something I want to learn more about. When I am doing this kind of self-care, I am giving myself permission to step away from the tasks of writing or doing crafts and spend some time filling my mind with words. I love reading and can often devour a book or two in a weekend. Sometimes though, I savor them and they will last me at least a week. The last few books I have read that were for learning for by Brene’ Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert. Brene’ Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, actually made me break my rule of not writing in books. I highlighted so much because I wanted to hold on to all that I could and surprisingly I did. I consider all her books life-changing. The other book, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert was also incredible and such an inspiration for a creative person. If you are creative, I highly recommend reading this and filling your soul with its stories.
  3.  Slow down. Find some place to sit in the cool of the evening and watch the sun set. When I was much younger my friend and I would drive out on the country roads listening to music. Then we found the perfect spot to park on the side of the road, sit on the car hood with sandwiches and watch the sunset nearly every weekend. It had such a profound effect that I can still see the sun sets in my mind nearly 20 years later.
  4. Let’s color. There are so many adult coloring books out there right now. You can pick them up anywhere from the department stores to the craft stores and I’ve even seen them in the drugstores and once at a gas station. Coloring has been proven recently to release stress and tension and allows the mind to relax.
  5. On Pinterest once, I saw someone set up a inflatable pool in their backyard filled with pillows and blankets in order to watch the stars. I recommend this. Though it’s getting harder with more light pollution in my neighborhood, I still sometimes like to sit on the porch with a blanket in the evening and watch the stars overhead. Or better yet, my friend and I sometimes like to walk late at night so we can see the stars while we walk. My recommendation is maybe you can get an air mattress laid out on the lawn in the backyard with pillows and blankets lay down and watch the stars; maybe watch them with someone you love.
  6. Journaling. I cannot say enough about journaling. There are more ways to Journal than I can possibly mention here: there is brain dump journaling, art journaling, bullet journaling, journaling with prompts, journaling about your past, and the list can go on. There are as many ways to Journal as there are people. But there’s something to be said for writing down your thoughts, clearing them out of our heads to make way for new thoughts and new ideas. My favorite form is the brain dump. I usually do this at night before bed. I pour everything that’s been in my brain on the paper. Some of it is good and some of it’s bad, sometimes a review of the day, and other times it’s just reflective. It’s basically anything. I think that’s why it works for me. I also like some kinds of art journaling where I am journaling on a theme or an idea but I haven’t worked with that as much.
  7. Meditation is a word that is being thrown around a lot these days. I know many people have this image of someone sitting perfectly still for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour and fully focused and not moving. But meditation can be simple. It can be sitting with your mind quiet for five minutes. Or you can try guided meditations by using YouTube or audio recordings. I have found I like to read a reflection and meditate on that for about five minutes. I like to have something I can focus on when I meditate. Though, if I’m sitting in nature, like at the beach, I listen to the sound of the ocean waves and slowly go into a deep meditative state where I can sit for an hour or more.
  8. Try an art activity with friends. I talked about this briefly in Taking Your Artist Date in a New Direction. Pick a friend or two and go do something together: a painting place or a ceramic shop or take a class like a dance class or a cooking class. The point is that sometimes it’s all about just having a little fun and having it with our friends. Our friends are a great source of reminding ourselves that we need to take care of our souls.
  9. Making intentions list. I did this at the beginning of the year instead of writing out goals ever out intentions things that I am mindful about creating in my life rather than setting a goal to master. This made more sense to me and is easier for me to accomplish. When I get lost I can easily go back to my intentions list and get myself back on the right shirt direction again. I also try to keep my intentions in different categories so that I’m a little more balanced and different aspects of my life. Here’s the sheet. New Year Five &Five List
  10. Visit any water location near you. Water is cleansing and grounding and can make us reconnect with her and ourselves whether it is the ocean a river a favorite lake it doesn’t matter. Water has amazing soothing capacity.
  11. Move your body stretch it out. I know we all can’t afford to do yoga classes and sometimes we think we can’t even do yoga. Personally, I have not yet tried yoga. I’m afraid to. But I have watched videos on stretching on YouTube and on a couple of health websites. Your body needs to stretch. It needs to feel the full length of its muscles and be in tune with itself for it to function fully. Stretching does get our minds back in touch with our bodies and our body in touch with our mind and is essential for centering ourselves.
  12. Treat yourself to a movie night. Pick a favorite movie, pop some popcorn, cuddle up with your favorite blanket and just chill. Or is there new movie how you want to see? Take yourself to the movie theater. Treat yourself to a movie. You can go alone or with friends it doesn’t matter. For me going to the movies as a treat especially with the cost and having three kids. So most of the time I wait for the DVDs. But when I do get a movie I really want to see is an exceptional treat and I thoroughly enjoy it. I get to be in the moment with the movie.
  13. Take yourself a little day trip. Hop over to the next city or town over or someplace you haven’t been before. Play tourist. Go do touristy things: looking all the little shops, have a little snack, take some pictures. Just enjoy the area that is new to you.
  14. Create a positive morning or evening routine. I often start out my mornings by reading a reflection or sometimes two. It helps to center and focus myself to start the day. I also start off with a cup of coffee and my routine of watching a little bit of morning news with just me and my dog while the kids sleep. This is my little time to myself. When it gets disrupted, I can feel it in my whole day. Having a consistent routine is good for our self-care for our body likes to predict what is happening next and is comforted by that knowledge.

There you have it. Fourteen tips on taking care of yourself. Our creativity depends on our ability to know when and how to implement some self-care. It is not an act of selfishness; it is necessary. We are not little bunnies running on batteries. We are human beings and are very complicated. When we take care of ourselves, our bodies and our minds, it makes it so much easier to take care of the rest of our life and our family and friends.

We are the Believers

We are the Believers and we Believe…

We are the believers. We are the fun-makers, and bringers of messiness in a world that longs to remain neat and clean.

We are the creators, the artists, the ones who know that creativity is vital to our very soul and without it, we could not breathe.

We are the ones who do not stand in the same footsteps but create footsteps of our own. We are path makers, storytellers, and travelers through life. We may never leave our own neighborhood but with our creative minds we have walked the whole universe and back again.

We believe because not believe would make the world dull, colorless, and mundane. We want variety, color, and energy.

We believe even when our creative struggles are at their worst, they are more fun than not being creative at all.

We know. We know to the very core of our creative selves that creativity is necessary for our life and spirit to be sane.

We are the Creatives. We will never stop believing. 

Fika Tuesday

Ten Minute Tuesday: Introducing “Fika”

“Fika is Swedish for a coffee break that’s more about socializing than drinking coffee. And something sweet is also welcome.”
“Fika is much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.”
https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/fika/

I was recently introduced to this idea of Fika through something I found on Pinterest. Since I like collecting words and ideas from other cultures I decided to do some research. When it comes to the concept of Fika, I am delightfully surprised. I like this idea. It reminds me of the practice of mindfulness. It reminds me of the practice of being in the present moment, the here and now enjoying the cup of coffee in front of you, the sweet treat in front of you and the company with you; and also being away from the telephones, the computers, work, and  the busyness that swallows us up sometimes.
How lovely to find a couple of moments a day to enjoy a savored cup of coffee and that little treat either alone or with company. From its description I gather that this is not about the quick 10 or 15 minute rushed break that we often find in retail jobs or busy offices. Or the breaks that we skip and eat at our desks because we feel we cannot stop working. Instead I imagine rather a slow mindful conversation sitting at tables and chairs.
This is Ten minute Tuesday, so my challenge to you today is instead of rushing through your cup of coffee or heating it up and letting it get cold at your desk over and over again, I want you to pour your cup of coffee or your cup of tea and to take a light snack and intentionally sit away from where you are working; sit and drink your coffee mindfully. If possible, invite a friend or coworker to sit with you and chat, not about work. Pay attention to what each other says. Just for ten minutes.

What does it feel like to not rush? What does it feel like to pay attention to what is in front of you just for that moment? How does it feel when you are done?

Credits: Ulf Lundin/imagebank.sweden.se
A Creative

For You: A Creative Manifesto

This is something I have been working on for you for a while now. I have been trying to figure out how to get the wording right for what I felt it should say. Then I realized, I had already said all that it needed to say. I had made affirmations and written posts that included the concepts of “A Creative Manifesto.” It could be that it is not a traditional manifesto. And to be honest, I do not care if its a perfect example of a manifesto. This is my creative statement. It can be your creative statement, if you need one to borrow. I am sharing it with you. Why? Because of all the people that deserve a creative manifesto, it is you my dear friends that have stuck with me through this growing blog of mine. Just as I claimed in my dedication that my blog is not perfect, and I am not perfect, this manifesto may not be perfect (for everyone) but it is for me. It can be good enough for you too, if you want it to. So borrow it. Share it. Call others to creativity’s altar with it. We need more people who believe in the wondrous realm of creativity. You have been invited, so do not be afraid to invite others to play as well. My greatest wish for you is to read this and say “Yes!”. “Yes, this is what I want to hear.” In our busy lives we forget how important and precious such a thing as creativity is. It is often balked at, put down or worse dismissed as unnecessary. But you and I know that isn’t true. Creativity is essential to our very lives. It is the gift we are born with and entitled too. So print it out and put it above your desk. Hand it to a friend. Post it to your Facebook page. Share it in whatever form feels right to you and know you are part of an amazing movement to bring creativity out of its corner where it has been hiding, and bringing back into the light. I am so grateful for you. You are why I write. You are the sunshine of my blog and I thank you. Many happy creative adventures to you.                                        a creative manifesto pdf

creative dedication

How to Step up Your Creative Dedication

Have you ever dedicated yourself to something?

Have you ever felt the call to pursue a path so much that you knew that no matter if you failed or succeeded you would follow the path anyways.

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Big Magic, discusses how she dedicated herself to writing as a teenager. In her book, she says she never promised to make money or let it support her but rather she would support and help her writing grow. I thought about this concept in depth the last few days after finishing her book.  I always knew I was a writer, a storyteller of some kind since I was ten. I knew. In all these years, I never thought to create an actual dedication to writing. Then I thought about it. I write this blog as often as I can. There are times when health gets in the way but I do my best to be consistent. Upon reading about Elizabeth Gilberts dedication ceremony to her writing, I made the conscious decision to create not just a dedication to writing but a dedication to my blog as well. I am still working on the writing one. Fixing some tweaks in the wording, then I am going to create a ceremony around it just for myself. See, I have been longing for a purpose with all the changes in my life over the last three or so years. So much has changed that I have felt lost in the dark. But this concept of dedication to something that I don’t have to put any expectations on but rather it becomes by purpose to take care of it, lights the darkness just a bit.

So for you my dear readers and friends. I am dedicating myself to my blog in whatever form it decides to grow and meander through it’s life. Here is my dedication to The Creating Room.

I dedicate myself to the writing of my blog. I dedicate compassion, kindness, nurturing, and love to The Creating Room. I dedicate an amount of available energy and time to providing my best possible content to the blog. My blog will not be perfect; it may never even, possibly, fit into any particular niche or category. I dedicate authenticity and myself to arrive in the posts that I write. I dedicate to sharing other content that suits the style, nature, and themes of my blog. I will not ask my blog to make me money nor shall I demand a liveable income from it. I will simple feed it what it needs to grow for the people who read it. I will continue to follow the path of caring for this blog as long as we are happy and contented with one another. 

Here is my intention:

“I will intentionally write my blog for the sole purpose of the blog itself, and for my joy and happiness.”

I know many people out there that are creating blogs for the sole purpose to make it their way to earn a living. They purposely choose to take their blog down the path of monetization. It is not that I do not want to make money with my blog but I am not going to demand that it support me when for me the blog is about the message I bring my readers and if that never makes me a penny, that is okay. I do it out of love. There is the question what would you do if you could not fail? It is a great question. But Ms.Gilbert points out the flip side which I think is more revealing, “What would you do if you knew you would fail?” What if you knew you might fail a hundred times? What would you do if you knew that there was no monetary pay-off? Would you still do it? Would you still dare to follow the path that has chose you and you have chosen it? This blog is my heart and soul on the page, revealed for the world to see. If you read it, you will know me and when we meet, you will have the advantage of knowing who I am before I know you. But I will write it anyway. Even if there are no comments, no brands vying to pay me to advertise. I write it because I love it. Does this make me any less serious than someone who makes money on their blog? No. Does it make them wrong for designing a blog to make a living? Absolutely not. In fact, I wish them nothing but the best in the world for their efforts. For me, my blog is for writing and tending to; it is for sharing ideas and exchanging thoughts; for introducing concepts and for FUN and PLAY. So, I am dedicated to my blog as I am to my other writing, simply for the sake of being called to this path. May it lead to some wonderful adventures.