Unfortunately, a big chunk of my life has been spent following orders, or doing what was expected. Once I entered the institutions of learning, I towed the line. Attended classes, completed homework, took the tests. Year after year. After all
What is a creativity blog, anyway? That is an interesting question. One which has taken deep study to realize how best to communicate. Getting it down to the elevator pitch, you know the 15 seconds you have to answer the dreaded 'what do you do'? I suppose this is important in tricky situations, particularly if you are dealing with someone who has the attention span of a nat. Maybe this graphic will help. Basically this is a 'journey map', an overview of the ways to discover and benefit from the content of this creative blog. There are 3 silos running vertically which represent the main categories, with 2 special ones off on each edge.
Reviews for the ebook Fruitless at 40: Rediscovering my Creative Power"If you identify with creativity you will be interested in Christine’s story of the changes she made in her life over the past six years. There is something for all of us; for those in their 40’s - you may identify and take heart that you too can change, if you are younger – this is a blueprint and a cautionary tale, and if you are, (like me), well past your 40’s – there are many ah-ha moments when I saw my life and reflected on my journey through ‘early’ midlife." -Linda Hermanson Creative expressions through Social Work, Beading, Knitting, Doodling, Cooking
I am wondering what specific activities people consider creative? Where are the areas of focus? Is there a cluster of common practices or is it quite individual? Question #3 from my survey; this one is super interesting. When I put up the multiple choice answers, I focused on the things I was most interested in at the moment. I was curious to see the other ways people practice a creative spirit. (Maybe I should have phrased it that way!) In any case, the comments reflect many other activities and even, "ways of being" which are self defined as creative. I love it. Just the spirit I was hoping for. Of the pre-selected, limited choices the top 3 picks are as follows:
- 58% for DIY, home improvement projects
- 51% for Drawing, colouring or doodling
- 47% for Photography
E-book - Fruitless at 40: Rediscovering my Creative Power I am not fruitless anymore. Through the writing, learning and practicing of the past 6 years, I have come out the other side with more wisdom, creativity and passion than I knew was possible. I know I am not alone in this type of transformation. Everyone who enters the decade of being the age of 40 comes through it changed. I didn't realize how much better I would feel and how much more I like myself as I move through these transitions.
If a child was asked what their superpower was, they would wonder why they had to pick just one? Children can easily convey their strengths, listing them off one by one. They would not feel too boastful about honestly declaring their passions. They wouldn't worry what the person who asked the question thought about their unique superpowers. This child might even think it ridiculous to worry about such things. At what age did we loose the ability to easily identify what makes us feel special? Why is naming our valuable contributions to the world such a vulnerable process?