Fine Tune Observation Skills to Fire Up Creativity

  There’s something to be said for amping up quiet observation skills. To actively listen to what’s just beneath the surface, or feel into the vibe of the room or situation before even one word is spoken.   Call it “spidey sense”, intuition, or gut feeling, all of these factors tie into how you observe, what you “hear”, how you relate, and subsequently, create.   The way you listen also changes with each experience. What you learned, how you may or may not have got … [Read more...]

Creativity Kick-Start: Refresh Creative Tools

    It's inevitable, the go-to creative tools you call on daily get dull over time. Whether it's meditation, physical exercise, writing prompts, visualizations, brainstorming, walks in nature or hobbies, the initial “punch” these activities offer can start to feel watered down long-term.   Regular use of any tool provides a sense of comfort, and it's easy to fall in step with a common energy pattern that feels stabilizing. However, as you get more familiar with the … [Read more...]

Weekly Creativity Kick-Start: Tracking Inspiration

Tracking inspiration is one of the easiest ways to ensure you have quality ideas for a creativity kick-start when your flow is feeling low and slow. With a busy life, inspiration often visits you at what I like to call the “in-between” times; during a walk, shower or while you drift off daydreaming over lunch. So before the “creative tingles” float off, what tools do you use to make sure you capture its essence?   With so many high-tech AND low-tech tools to choose from, it’s not about … [Read more...]

Creative Inspiration and Visiting Family

While visiting family in Connecticut last week, I was reminded how creative inspiration shifts whenever I’m reconnecting with them and my hometown. There are predictable places and faces so it doesn't feel quite a “vacation”. There’s also an existing history to align with or rebel against, instead of a “new” adventure type feel to the travel experience. I always see my trips back east as sort of a clashing of the new and the old in the same viewfinder, kind of like a set of before and after pi … [Read more...]