All posts tagged: creativity

It ended before it started …

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Acceptance / Gratitude / Meaning of life and that stuff / Philosophy

Since late 2019 I have been preparing to deliver a Course for our local University of the Third Age called “Unleash Your Creative Spirit”. I put myself through the course for the second time and allowed all sorts of creative ideas to flourish. In some ways I turned my house upside down in the process. I have already shared some of those experiences in previous blogs. Eighteen people enrolled and I divided them into two […]

Going back in order to go forward

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Acceptance / creativity / creativity enhancement / emotions / Friends and family

Barbara Mallon (A Year of Creativity) says that: Sometimes in order to go forward you have to go back to earlier times when the path you were starting out on was still covered in virgin snow. She poses the following questions and suggests you write your responses in your Creative Year Journal. I will include my answers to the questions in this blog. My favourite childhood game was…. “let’s pretend.” This included dress-ups, shop keepers, […]

Favourite Colours

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AFL / Art / Australia / Australian Rules Football / creativity / creativity enhancement

What are your favourite colours? Do you have them liberally spread throughout your home? The book, A Year of Creativity by Brenda Mallon asks: Are you sensitive to colours (colors) that go together or colours that clash? Brenda Mallon That got me thinking about my home and the colours I have chosen throughout. I took some pics to give a sample of what appeals to me. None of these choices came from logic – they […]

Trusting creative ideas? Mmm …

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creativity / creativity enhancement / finding your passion / You must be kidding?

I have been revamping my room (formerly called ‘my office’) to be a more creative space. Recently I bought a lovely new mat and was concerned the wheels on my ‘office’ chair might damage it. I started looking for a swivel chair without wheels. I looked at hundreds of sites but found very few. I found one that is quite unusual but discovered it would cost me over $200 to have it delivered. Then the […]

Translating Creative Ideas into Action

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creativity / Western Australia

If you get an idea that inspires you to do something creative, what is your first response? “A Year of Creativity by Brenda Mallon” I would be interested to hear your responses to the above question. I sat down and wrote a reply straight away. My computer is almost always where I head first to do some research and then some more research! Next I will print out what information or images are most relevant […]

Creativity can involve hard work!

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all about words / Cohuna Victoria / creativity / family history / finding your passion

Some time ago I found some letters my mother wrote to me in the early 1980’s. We didn’t have phone access as we were living in a remote community in North West Australia so we tended to write to each other regularly instead. Over time I have collated the letters, numbered the pages of the 38 letters and then scanned them last week with a photo scanning app. It took me ages but now I […]

Progress on the Creative Space

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Balance / creativity / creativity enhancement / finding your passion / Flow / Just for fun

Recently I wrote about enhancing our environment to best support creativity. I am gradually making changes to my “office” (might need to change what I call the space!) to encourage me to be more creative. This week I made a simple change and it has made all the difference. I have three desks in my room and I set up one with various creative projects that I started (and not completed). The space didn’t feel […]

Finding Balance & Creativity

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Balance / Books / creativity

I have two elements in mind with this post: psychological and physical. One of the things that has scares me a bit about creativity is getting caught up in it! I remember as a teenager making my own clothes. I would get so carried away I could not stop until I finished the job! Sound familiar to anyone? I think it is being “in the flow” where nothing else matters except what is in front […]

Creative Enhancement

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creativity enhancement

A little book called “A Year of Creativity” by Brenda Mallon (Andrews McMeel Publishing) sits on my desk. A friend has lent it to me for ideas for the course I will be leading this term. It is rich with ideas and suggestions to explore. It is divided into twelve chapters and I thought I would share Chapter 5 (or Month 5 as the book calls it) titled Creative Enhancement. There is a little questionnaire […]

A Creativity Challenge

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30 day creativity challenge / Cooking; Creativity / creativity

Do you fancy joining me in a 30 Day Creativity Challenge? First, let’s jump ahead to the back story – next year (late March) I will be leading a small group of seniors (through our local University of the Third Age) in a course titled, Unleashing Your Creative Spirit. I thought it would be good to get my creativity muscles toned in the lead up to it. If you are interested in joining me in […]