Resilience – A Creative Superpower

Resilience – A Creative Superpower

Resilience A Creative Super-power - Danielle Raine Creativity Coaching

#33 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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A little (big) magical something for you this week!

I’ve got another dose of soul-soothing creative goodness, and for one lucky winner, I’ve also got a copy of the book where I found it.

And that’s especially good news because this week’s featured read is…

Big Magic Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Now, even though Big Magic promises inspiration and comfort for anyone on the creative path, I actually resisted it for a while, for many of the reasons Liz explores in the book.

(It’s always heartening to learn you’re not alone in your worries…)

For example, I’m currently writing a book about the creative process, and so I was a little nervous in case I found that my ideas had already ‘been done’.

This is apparently a very valid fear, and actually happened to Liz herself, when her book idea was created by another author before she could write it.

Also, since I’m still shaping and forming some of the theories for my book, I worried about being influenced, both consciously and unconsciously.

(We creatives can be unwitting magpies, merrily adopting any shiny gems we discover along our path.)

However, despite my resistance (or maybe because of it…), those book angels were covering all their bases and I actually ended up with 2 copies for my birthday.

Naturally my first reaction was to give the extra copy to one of my lovely blog readers, so, I have a beautiful hardback copy of Big Magic to give away. (Details below.)

But first, this week’s words of wisdom from the creative trenches;

Liz Gilbert creativity quote

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Of the many snippets of wisdom that I jotted down from Big Magic, this is the one I love the most.

In these words, Liz sums up an idea that has been gradually dawning on me over the last few years, particularly this last year as my study of the creative process has deepened.

It’s the idea of resilience. Or, as success coach Lisa Nicholls joyfully calls it; bounce-backability.

Admittedly, it’s not the most glamorous aspect of the creative process.

It doesn’t have the sense of mystery and miracles that accompanies Inspiration.

It doesn’t have the sparkling buzz of Creation, when the work pours forth effortlessly in a rapture of creative bliss.

It doesn’t even have the smart and savvy air of confidence that Productivity delivers.

It’s much more subtle. It’s quiet and unassuming.

It’s barely even noticeable during much of the process, yet it’s the quality that will make a crucial difference when you come up against the inevitable creative challenges.

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When everything’s going wrong, when it feels too hard, when you’ve had enough and you want to give up – it’s Resilience that whispers, Let’s try again.

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It’s a tenacity, an imperceptible core of strength, that enables you to redouble your efforts in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

It may be born of resolve or will, or it could be sparked by an innate purpose.

It can appear as sheer bloody-minded determination. Or it can simply be a calm refusal of defeat.

(It’s summed up perfectly in the clichéd-yet-profound wisdom of Keep Calm & Carry On.)

But for all its low-key subtlety, there is a quiet fierceness to resilience – and it’s a true creative superpower.

In one of my favourite films, Tristan & Isolde, there’s a scene featuring King Marke, (played by the rather lovely Rufus Sewell).

The scene shows King Marke returning to his medieval village which has been attacked and destroyed in his absence.

His people turn to him, asking him what they should do. He surveys the smouldering remains, sighs sadly and offers one word in response. “Rebuild.”

That’s resilience.

And cultivating that inner steeliness, as Liz Gilbert so beautifully describes in her book, is very often the real work of creativity.

So I hope this idea of resilience will inspire you to hang in there, whenever you’re feeling bruised by the creative process.

Because mastering, instilling, even faking resilience strengthens your creative courage – making you an unstoppable force in the direction of your creative dreams.

And that way, magic lies.

Danielle

PS Also in my birthday book haul was Rising Strong by Brene Brown which also focuses on the superpower of resilience – so stay tuned for more on this important topic.

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To enter:

1  Leave a comment below describing either your Big Creative Dream, or your idea of Creative Heaven.

2  Make sure you’re on my magic list, as I’ll be notifying the winner via email.

3  If you’d like to spread the magic, please share this post with any friends who could a boost to their creative superpowers. (Buttons below.)

I’ll select the winner at random on Monday 14th December.

Good luck! May the Big Magic be with you. 😉

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12 ways to survive (and enjoy) NaNoWriMo

12 ways to survive (and enjoy) NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

twitter aquaLike most great challenges, the secret to a successful NaNoWriMo is in the preparation.

A little forward planning and consideration can make an amazing difference to your results and your experience.

So here are some suggestions for a few lifestyle tweaks and preparatory efforts, to help you not only survive NaNoWriMo  – but actually enjoy it…

1. What can wait?

Unless you’re lucky, it’s not every month you spend intensively working on a novel.

So November is going to be an unusually busy month!

If you plan for that, ahead of time, you can create some lovely breathing space in your schedule. (Doesn’t that sound good…)

So, what can wait?

What can you let go, for now? Give some thought to anything that you can put on hold – just for the month.

Are there any things that you normally do, but aren’t essential to the smooth running of your life?

Can any other hobbies be put on hold? Can any responsibilities be temporarily delegated or scaled back?

Are there regular activities that can wait for a few short weeks? For example, dinner parties, shopping, getting lost in a book…. They’ll all still be there in December! And you’ll be free to return to them with a new appreciation, and a sense that you fully deserve to indulge and enjoy them.

The run up to NaNoWriMo is a great time to simplify, but this is actually a great thing to do at any time of year, as you might discover that a number of things you ‘just do’, aren’t actually worthy of your time and attention, and you’re ready to let them go for good.

So cast an enquiring eye over your timetable – without panic or urgency. Just assess. No drastic action. No drama.

Simply review how and where you spend your time – what serves you, and what can be suspended as you devote November to your writing goals and dreams.

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2. Look after your main asset: you

To simplify is good – but if you have a healthful and supportive daily practice (e.g. exercise, meditation, journalling, inspirational reading etc…) – now is not the time to let that go!

You will need both internal and external strength to help you navigate the challenges of the month ahead.

And if you don’t already have a daily practice?

Since you’re adopting a new regime for this month, you may like to include something small and relatively easy to implement that will support you on a daily basis.

It may seem like another task for a busy month, but it could be a wise investment of your time if it increases your energy and productivity.

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3. Special measures

Now is a good time to call in any favours.

If you are always the one helping out the other parents, team-mates or workmates, now is the time to ask them for help. They’ll probably be thrilled to have the chance to give back.

“Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.” 

~ Proverb

Besides, people love to help a person who is up to wonderful things. So, if you explain your plan, you may find they’re not only willing to step in and help out, they may be cheering you on from the sidelines, too.

And a little social accountability can also be a motivating force. For those days when you’re tempted to let things slide, the prospect of facing a supportive friend or colleague may give you the nudge you need to get over the resistance hump.

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4. Stock up

Stock up on supplies. Unless you find cooking therapeutic, relaxing or ideal for pondering tricky plot puzzles, plan ahead for your basic maintenance.

Stock your freezer and cupboards for the month, so that you’re not drawn away from vital book-pondering to spend precious concentration units on; What’s for tea?

(By the way, if you’re a snacker – blueberries are supposed to be good for creativity.)

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5. Join a support group

Being in a group of like-minded people with a similar goal is a proven tactic for staying the course.

In-person weekly meet-ups can be an inspiring boost. Or daily check-ins online can also help you feel less alone in your challenge.

Do whatever works for you, but notice the effect of the groups or networks you belong to. How do they make you feel?

If they leave you feeling energised, motivated, inspired and confident – check in with them on a regular basis.

But if you feel drained or prone to Compare & Despair – give them a miss for a while.

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6. Get to know your muse

In the weeks before NaNoWriMo, spend a little time monitoring when and where you get your best ideas.

These are your Muse Magnets.

If you always come back from a run full of new character ideas, you know what to do when you’re stuck with character problems.

Or it may be that driving, gardening or showering work for you. Any mundane chores you do on autopilot can give your subconscious mind the rhythm and quiet to suggest some new plot twists or solutions.

Get to know which activities calm your busy mind and enable your muse to make contact.

This is priceless info for any creative and will really help you stay inspired during the demanding weeks ahead.

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7. Keep notepads everywhere

Whenever you lean into a creative project, it begins to grow and take over more of your thoughts and attention.

So when you dive in head first during NaNoWriMo, it’s an almost total immersion. You flood your conscious mind with your story, and as a result your subconscious mind will very helpfully keep working on your story even when you’ve had enough.

So keep notebooks handy to catch all the new ideas and insights and solutions that will keep floating up to your consciousness as you go about the rest of your day.

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8. Get sleep

It’s tempting to think that coping with less sleep will give you more time.

But what you need for this month is quality energy; not just time at the page, but quality time where you can concentrate, plot, imagine and string a half-decent sentence together.

So skimping on sleep is counter-productive. (<<< and I don’t use bold lightly!)

Ensure you maintain good quality sleep, and you will reap the benefits in terms of energy, focus and concentration.

If you want the best version of you – fit, well and ready to write – getting enough sleep is essential.

And your loved ones will appreciate this one – a cranky, stressed, overtired writer-under-pressure is not often a joy to be around.

Besides, if you’re clever, your sleeping time need not be unproductive downtime….

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9. Utilise your sleeping hours

With a little forward planning and intention, you can actually make productive use of your restorative sleeping hours.

By reviewing any daily quandaries just before you go to sleep – posing a clear question to your subconscious mind – you can hand over the puzzle to your mind as you sleep, very often being rewarded with the solution as you wake up, or during the course of the following day.

It takes a little practice to harness this powerful creative source, but if you’re planning to sleep every night anyway, why not begin to practice?

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10. Balance input with output

NaNoWriMo will call for a considerable amount of creative output.

To keep your creative spirit balanced and happy (rather than drained, spent and exhausted) don’t forget to do the things that inspire you.

Remember to play, have fun, relax, spend time with people (real ones) – do the things that fill you up.

These simple daily pleasures may seem superficial, and candidates for stripping back from your timetable, but these are the valuable sources of life that feed your creative spirit – and it’s going to be hungry over the coming weeks!

So you may even need to replenish these vital stores more than ever.

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11. Visual aides

Before you begin NaNoWriMo, spend some time getting clear on why you are doing this.

It’s not an easy thing to do!

It will challenge you. It will take over your heart and mind for the coming weeks. You’re planning to devote large amounts precious time and energy to this project.

So why do it?

You may not know why exactly, just a sense that you want to do it – and that’s more than enough.

twitter aqua“I want to do it because I want to do it.” 

~ Amelia Earhart

But if you can imagine the benefits, the fuel behind the desire, it can be a powerful tool to keep you going through the inevitable wobbles.

And if you can create a visual representation of your Why, and keep it somewhere you’ll see it daily, it can really help you to stay clear, focus, grounded and on track.

So, what’s your Why? And how can you represent it?

Maybe mock up your favourite bestseller list to see your name on the top. Or a picture of the TV show you’d love to be featured on with your new book. Or maybe it’s in honour of a loved one, or a long-held dream.

Whatever the reason, find or create and image that you can glance at and know instantly why you’re doing this.

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12. Pre-empt The Wobbles

The Wobbles – those thoughts and moods that make you doubt your dreams and goals, and your power to achieve them.

We all face them, they’re part of the creative journey.

They may be unavoidable, but it’s possible to limit their power to throw you off track by pre-empting them.

Anticipate the usual suspects; e.g. thoughts like; what’s the point?… I’m no good at thisIt’s a waste of time…. (add any more that regularly come up for you.)

Then, when you are feeling calm and confident and capable: Go through each one and argue the opposite.

You can do this.

The human brain loves questions, so ask things like: Why is this a good use of my time? …Why am I good at this? … What are some really good reasons to do this?

Tap into your Why (see above) and the reasons you’re taking on this incredible challenge.

Get all your ‘arguments for’ in writing, where you can refer to them during the upcoming weeks.

So whenever a doubt pops up during NaNoWriMo, you can calmly say; Hello, I’ve been expecting you – and I know just how to deal with you…

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So there you are! I hope you find these tips helpful.

If you have time before November, play around with these suggestions to see which ones work for you.

And if you’d benefit from more comprehensive support, please do get in touch. I’d love to help you get your book into the world.

Enjoy NaNoWriMo!

I look forward to hearing about your new novel.

May the muse be with you. <3

Danielle

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On yoga, chakras & creative flow

On yoga chakras and creative flow Danielle Raine Creativity Coaching blog

#28 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Maya Fiennes

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Welcome to another dose of wordy wisdom to keep your creative spirits up. 

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring ideas to ease the bumpy creative journey and quite often these appear from outside of the creative industry. 

This week’s gem comes from the beautiful world of yoga, in particular from the multi-talented yogini extraordinaire, Maya Fiennes; 

Maya Fiennes Creativity Quote

 

I find this idea such a soul-soothing reminder that being creative is our natural state. 
 
As humans, we are innately creative, we are born with more creative potential than we could ever use. 
 
So why don’t we always feel creative? Why do we sometimes find it hard to express our creative self, or to ‘get in the zone’? 
 
It’s not because of what’s missing – not a single one of us lacks creative ability. 
 
It’s because of what we’ve allowed to get in the way. 
 
Blocks, in other words. (Ever experienced those…?) 
 
So to enjoy a happier creative flow, maybe we just need to get curious about what’s stopping our natural genius from shining through. Maybe we just need to explore and discover what’s getting in the way. 
 
Admittedly this is not always easy! (Which is why I’m an advocate for getting support 🙂 ) 
 
But I find this idea much more encouraging than the prospect of not being creative enough, or being no good at creativity. (Which is never the most productive or enjoyable mindset.) 

 

yoga for real life by maya fiennesMaya’s wise words in this week’s quote come from her book on Kundalini Yoga;  

Yoga for Real Life

In the book, she explores the link between creativity and our chakras, in particular the second chakra, the Sacral Chakra. 

And if you’re intrigued by the idea of working with your chakras to find more creative flow, I’ve written a more in-depth review of Maya’s book here

It’s a gorgeous read – all beautiful pictures, inspiring stories, smoothie recipes and yoga poses to encourage even the weariest soul onto the mat.

And if you’d like to see Maya in action, she demonstrates how yoga can unblock and balance your chakras in her Journey Through The Chakras DVD series – which I’ve also reviewed here. (Can you tell I’m a fan?) 

In fact, the design of this week’s graphic is my homage to the minimalist beauty of Maya’s DVDs. And the orange is a a reflection of the Sacral Chaka – the seat of our creativity. 

 

So I hope you find this helpful, and that you’ll consider yoga as a tool to enhance your creative flow. 

(It also has the bonus side effect of building the physical health, stamina and mental strength you’ll need to bring your beautiful creative dreams to fruition.)

 

Wishing you a peaceful and creative week,  

Namaste,

Danielle

 

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“I totally notice the difference in the way I create now!! 

It’s so much more enjoyable and spontaneous!

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What is creativity? (& How to make it easier.)

#24 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Eric Maisel

 

It’s time for another dose of creative wisdom to inspire you in your adventures.

And here’s this week’s offering…

Eric Maisel creativity quote

I truly believe that every human being on the planet is creative – or at least has the potential to be.

And I love how this quote makes becoming ‘a creative’ as simple as a decision to do something meaningful.

This quote is from a book I’m reading called;eric maisel creativity coach book

Become a Creativity Coach Now!

by Eric Maisel

 

It’s available to everyone on Amazon but it’s actually part of a course I’m taking with Eric Maisel – the undoubted pioneer of creativity coaching.

Eric is an absolute fount of knowledge on the creative process (my pet topic), and I’m training with him to tap into his many years of doing this work.

I want to improve my skills in helping lovely creatives and the inevitable struggles we face, because I’ve recently decided to do more one-to-one work.

This has lead to my brand-spanking-sparkly-new service called Creative Thriving.

It’s a six-part 1:1 email coaching programme where I share all my hard-won wisdom, and guide clients to finding more joy, fun and ease with their creative work – there are more details below if this sounds like the kind of support and inspiration you could use.

Back to Eric’s book!

Even though the book is aimed at people training to become creativity coaches, it’s packed with insightful tips and solutions for anyone brave enough to play in the realm of creative endeavours.

So it can be used as a manual for self-coaching – i.e. learning how to support yourself through the inevitable doubts and creative wobbles. And I’m certainly learning a huge amount to help with my own creative projects.

The struggles of finding time, space, clarity, confidence, perseverance and support are common to all of us on a creative journey – whatever the discipline. (Including coaches!)

And the tips that Eric shares in reducing or even eliminating these obstacles can make the whole process easier, more enjoyable and more successful.

(Can you see why I’m a fan!)

So, I heartily recommend Eric’s book, even if you have no interest in becoming a creativity coach.

And of course, if you ever feel the need for a virtual cheerleader / mentor / sounding board, I’d love to support you more individually on the bumpy road to your creative dreams.

Wishing you a smooth and creative week,

Danielle

 

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Creative expression: a drive to make you feel alive

#23 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Brendon Burchard

 

It’s Creativity Quote time again and this week’s gem is from the inspiring and irrepressible champion of entrepreneurs, Brendon Burchard.

Brendon Burchard Creativity quote Brendon Burchard The Charge book

I culled Brendon’s thoughts on creativity from his latest book;

 The Charge 

Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive 

He cites creativity as one of the essential ingredients of a rich and fulfilling life, and makes a passionate case for being more creative in both your work and personal life. 

There’s a whole chapter devoted to the vital role creativity plays in human flourishing. And some of the other drives he explores are also useful in helping us find more ease and fulfilment in the creative process, e.g., change, challenge and contribution.

It’s a great read and an inspiring manifesto for Brendon’s High Performance living philosophy. You can catch more from Brendon here to see his enthusiasm and energy in action. 

I’ve been a huge fan of Brendon’s ever since I read The Millionaire Messenger a few years ago. If you’re ever in any doubt that what you have is unique and valuable and worth sharing with the world, take a look at any of Brendon’s books. His enthusiasm for life and for sharing our stories is infectious. 

So here’s to the creative drive and more satisfying expression! 

 

Till next week, 

Danielle

 

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Why housework is good for creativity

#21 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Agatha Christie & …. me!

 

It’s Creativity Quote time again and this topic is one very close to my heart, so I’ve got a double-dose for you.

This week’s source may seem a strange choice for a series on creativity, but I’m guessing that most creatives have homes, many have housemates and a fair proportion may feel (as I did) that they were put on the planet for more important work than dusting and laundry.

Also, you may recognise the author… 😉

housework blues creativity quotes

The above words are my own, taken from my first foray into the publishing world;

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Although I’ve moved on from my days of domestic overload, there are still a good many ideas from the book that I employ on a regular basis, including the idea above.

One of the aims of the book was to highlight the potential benefits to be found in the domestic realm, (it’s true – there are some!)

And I’m sharing this here because many of these benefits are particularly valuable to creative types.

For example;

• the link between boredom and creative genius.

• the effect of repetitive, rhythmical actions on your brain waves.

• the monotonous daily tasks that can act as magnets to the elusive muse

There’s even a whole section on creativity. (You can read that section in full here.)

So, if you ever use domestic overload as an excuse reason for not getting round to your creative dreams, I think you’ll find some useful tips and insights to dispel that particular demon.

And to back-up my claim that the mundane and domestic can be good for your creative life, I offer you these famous words from a writer who knew a thing or two about getting her great work done and out into the world:

agatha christie doing the dishes quote

 

So, if you’re a creative with a home to keep, I hope you find this week’s words of wisdom helpful.

And since the feng shui of clean and tidy spaces will uplift your creative spirits, I’ll leave you with a few more words from Housework Blues, in the hope that it inspires you to show your creative temple a little TLC… 

 

“Rhythmical, repetitive actions, especially if carried out on auto-pilot, lull your brain into a meditative state.

This alpha rhythm is highly conducive to creativity – when you are most likely to be struck by inspired thought, right-brain insights, brilliant ideas and intuitive prompts.

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of your chores and the solution to a recent quandary ‘mysteriously’ popped into your head?

When your brain is in housework mode, it quietly deals with complex problems without you even noticing.

So you’re not just vacuuming, you’re channelling your creative genius.”

Till next week! 

 

Danielle

 

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Constraint vs abundance: which is better for creativity?

#20 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Jonathan Fields

 

How are you this week? Hope life is treating you kindly.

I have another dose of creative wisdom for you, this time from author Jonathan Fields, though I actually found the following gem on his blog.

The blog post was called: Can abundance kill creativity? and it explored the idea that….

Jonathan Fields creativity quote

Jonathan goes on to say; 

“…constraint in one area of work or life makes you more creative in all areas.”

It’s an interesting idea and one that may bring some comfort to any creative who is up against constraints of time, money, support, etc… (Ie., most of us.) 

In addition to his blog, Jonathan also has a fabulous resource called Good Life Project where he interviews Change-Makers and asks them all One Simple Question:

 What does it mean to you to live a good life?  

He has an impressive array of guests, including last week’s featured author Pam Slim, as well as the likes of Seth Godin, Danielle LaPorte, Kate Northrup, Kris Carr, Dan Pink, Marie Forleo, Brene Brown and Chris Guillebeau.

It’s a great place to go when you need to procrastinate be uplifted, inspired and informed. The interviews are also available as free podcasts on iTunes. 

Jonathan Fields Uncertainty book

Jonathan has also written two books; Uncertainty which I have read and loved. (It may well be featured later in this series with a quote from the book). And Career Renegade which I haven’t read yet but I think I’d enjoy, given the subtitle; How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love. (This is my recipe for a Good Life.)

So I hope this week’s quote inspires you to shift the focus away from whatever’s lacking and use any enforced boundaries to strengthen your creative muscles. 

Besides, there are so many decisions to be made during the creative process that a degree of limitation may actually be a good thing. (Starting with a brief can often be so much easier than a blank canvas…)

Wishing you a fun and creative week!

 

Danielle

 

 

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Creative thriving – Huffington style.

#17 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Arianna Huffington 

 

Would you like the next exciting instalment of my Creativity Quotes series?

(BTW, if you’d like me to send you the full set, you can grab those here. It’s free, you know! And what creative doesn’t like a short break to get some pinnable inspiration, helpful tips and info about fab new books….?)

This latest offering is a little different, as the inspiring advice this week comes, once again, from one of my favourite vlogs; Marie TV. (If you don’t know or follow Marie, I recommend you take a look as she is not only a clever (and entertaining) lady herself, but she also has the best guests and the latest on all the good things happening on the internet. Oh, and bloopers – who doesn’t love those?)

Marie’s recent guest was the legendary Arianna Huffington who was talking about her new book Thrive, in which she explains how her spectacular success (in terms of fame, fortune and power) – came at the expense of her health and quality of life. 

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Thrive:

The Third Metric to Defining Success
and Creating a Happier Life

by Arianna Huffington

 

 

According to Arianna, thriving is (or should be) the new metric for true success.

The sane kind of success, where you don’t collapse from exhaustion, breaking your cheekbone on your desk (as she did). The kind of success where you don’t neglect your health, wellbeing and relationships – the priceless things that fame and fortune can’t replace. 

I’m a huge fan of this philosophy, being an eternal student of how to upgrade the quality of our daily lives (even before we get that promotion/book deal/financial freedom etc…).  

So, thank goodness that the mainstream definition of success is becoming more aligned with the importance of the journey and not just the big shiny destination. 

Thrive looks like a great read and once my postie has delivered it and I’ve devoured it, I’ll be back with a quick review.

Until then, I have this creative wisdom to offer you from the sage Arianna during her interview on Marie TV:  

 arianna huffington creativity quote

Admittedly making the time to look after ourselves can be a challenge in these busy times – especially when you have Great Big Dreams. But hopefully the extra incentive of improved creative powers will keep us on a healthy, happy, thriving path to success.

And as if to tempt us even more, the muse seems to love to show up during those moments of self-care and R&R. (She won’t leave me alone when I do yoga or go to the spa…) 

 

Till next time – take care of yourself!

Danielle

 

PS If the balanced, healthy and happy route to success appeals to you, there are more details on my holistic approach to creativity here

 

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My self-publishing adventures: Q+A

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When I launched my ebook From Wannabe to Writer earlier this year, I held a Facebook Q&A event and I thought it would be helpful to compile the answers from that, as well as answers to reader questions I’ve received over the last few months. 

Hopefully it will shed some light on the self-publishing processes and options – and show how even a naive little wannabe (like me) can navigate them… (more…)

How to be even more creative (& successful)

#5 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Danielle LaPorte & Linda Sivertsen

Here’s the next exciting installment of my creativity quotes & tips email series!
 
Today’s offering comes from a co-written project that I’m currently reading called Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, by the sparky and insightful Danielle LaPorte and her partner in inspiration, Linda Sivertsen.
 
As I read their soulful and heartfelt introduction, this line leapt off the page:
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I love this idea, which wraps up my feelings on positivity, visioneering, and how we’re at our best when we are doing what we love – and doing it well.  (more…)

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