What is creativity and how do I get it?

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I will think about the things I do each day ‚Äď think about how I could be more creative as in: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.

My challenge is to learn how to be more creative in all I do ūüôā

Do you have any suggestions or ideas about expressing creativity? I would love to hear them.

 

DP Challenge: Procrastination

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Recently while talking to some people I had just met, I realised how often my lifestyle decisions are based on doing things online. I met my husband online and I am a member of Weight Watchers online. I order my groceries online and buy my books the same way. I have personal Facebook page and business Facebook page plus I have this blog and another business blog. I do online research and read the news and weather online. I am also studying online.

How does this relate to today’s topic?

Well I need to get out into the community and do some face to face promotion and networking to help bring in some work. I seem to find a hundred reasons why I can’t do that. I am so much more comfortable in an online environment but I realise that good old networking seems to be the way to generate more work. Remember the saying, ‘it is not what you know but who you know’.

OK – here and now I will make a commitment for the coming week to visit two businesses with my flyer and business card and see if that breaks the ice for me :-).

cheers

Lorraine

Weekly photo challenge: Future tense

on the road to the future 2I traveled this road from Laverton to Leonora many times in 2003 while working in the region. I always felt a pang of excitement when I saw this sign post for the Great Central Road. It is one of the most remote highways in Australia! I love to visit out-of-the-way places and this signpost kept willing me to turn the car in that direction.

 

The Great Central Road is the main thoroughfare through Central Australia and links Western Australia to the Northern Territory. It is widely used by buses, trucks, 4WD and occasionally 2WD vehicles.

 

Maybe this is a journey into the future ūüôā

cheers

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English: Great Central Road just south of Tjukayirla Roadhouse looking north. Photo taken by Gazjo on 3 July 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lorraine

 

 

Dream catcher

I dream a lot! I don’t always remember them though. When I am finding life a bit difficult I often dream that I am caught in a flood and that it is about to overwhelm me.

When stressed, I often clam up and bury the emotions inside. In order to be “less stressed” I am learning to name my emotions with a technique from “The Confidence Gap” by Dr Russ Harris.”¬† Amazingly, last night I dreamed that I was about to be faced with yet another flood.

This time I responded differently. I was able to channel the water into a part of my yard that was badly in need of water. I was very calm and collected and in control! It felt great.

My interpretation of this dream is that I CAN experience turbulent and overwhelming situations – I just need to acknowledge them and find a use (?) for them or channel those energies to where they are most needed in my life.

thanks

Lorraine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

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Today I look at dreaming from a few different perspectives. I hope you enjoy it!

cheers

Lorraine

PS The hungry little bird in the photos was my pet budgie. It was very cheeky and very sweet! The little boy next to the motor bike is my nephew’s son. My brother’s first grandchild. The hot air balloon is part of a feature at a shopping centre in Melbourne.

Saving for a rainy day…

I went on a “retreat” a few years ago. It was about accepting “mid-life” – whatever that means! We covered a lot of ground talking about letting go of the past and looking positively to the future. I was on a pretty tight budget at the time. We talked about how we compensate for not being able to afford to do the things we would really like to do. For example we may be sad that we can’t afford an overseas holiday so we go and buy some new shoes to make ourselves feel better. The leader of the group suggested stopping that sort of habit and really saving to meet our goals.

I was given a bright yellow money-box with a smiley face on it. Over the years I put my loose change in it until recently when I couldn’t put another coin into it no matter how hard I tried. I decided to empty it out and see how much I had accumulated. I took my bundles of coins to the bank and changed it over to notes. I was tempted to spend it on a range of things – even buying something for someone else. In the spirit of the retreat, I decided I would buy myself something that was really precious to me.

Today I went to the shops to do some research. Once again, I didn’t want to waste it on an “everyday”¬† ordinary sort of purchase. I looked in a jewellery store and saw some fine china that I really liked. This is one luxury item that I allow in my life. I went into the shop and the lady got them out of the window. There were seven items in all and they were 50% off their normal price. The total price was just $2.00 more than what I had saved so I decided to buy them. I felt very happy with my purchase.

Isn’t it true that we sometimes try to compensate with “retail therapy” to make up for something that is missing in our lives. I think there is a good principle there and I took a couple of photos of my new china to show you.

Watching the sky

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As a young girl I spent most of my time outdoors. I loved to lie on the freshly mowed lawn and watch the clouds pass by. I could see all types of mythical creatures as they moved quickly across the sky.

I remember another time of looking down on the clouds from the top of Mt Buffalo in Victoria. How magical to be ABOVE the clouds.

My first few plane flights were a real buzz¬† – reaching the clouds and then flying through and above them. When I lived in North Western Australia I was often a passenger in light aircraft traveling from one community to another. Being caught in an electrical storm was so exciting (not for the pilot though!) It is like being in a different dimension. Flying in the 747’s through a storm was pretty exciting too.

I shot today’s blog photos this time yesterday. The formation of dark and gloomy clouds promised so much but didn’t deliver.

I sometimes have dreams about the sky that would rival the best of Star Wars! They feel so real and electric. Do you ever dream about the sky?

 

Until next time

Lorraine

Appalachian Trail meets Aussie – a walk in the woods!

As of today, my son has 6 month visa in America and he will take on the challenge of walking the Appalachian Trail. I am so pleased for him that it has worked out so well. No doubt he will have some challenges ahead but I am sure he is up for it.

A few years ago he decided to walk the Bibbulmun Track (for more information on this walk trail see http://www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/  It goes from Perth to Albany  in Western Australia. He did it in the hottest time of the year (even walked on Christmas Day!). He managed to complete the Track in about six weeks. His next challenge will take up to six months!

He bought some new walking shoes – they looked all clean and new. I¬†remembered another photo I had from his earlier walk and thought the two photos could tell a good story. So here they are…

Bibbulmin Track Shoes

Appalachian Trail shoes

Never too old to learn…

These past few weeks I have been getting¬†myself organised to start Uni next week. It is exciting and a bit scary too! I didn’t have the opportunity to go to Uni when I left school. I didn’t consider it as an option. When I was growing up the expectation was to:

  • go to teachers’ college to become a teacher
  • go nursing
  • work in an office
  • work in a shop

I had no idea what I wanted to do and stumbled into working in retail until I got married and then became a “house-wife“. My role was to cook and clean and produce babies. It wasn’t until I was thirty with three young sons¬†and a divorce that I came face to face with reality – I needed a job!

I started some adult education courses and gained entry into university to study English and Aboriginal and Intercultural studies. I perservered for one year (part-time) but I found it too difficult studying and being a single parent. I withdrew from my course. That was over twenty years ago and a lot has happened since then!

Fast forward to 2012 and the opportunity to study is here once again. I have enrolled in an online university course called a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing. It has four units and they are:

  1. Writing applications, tenders and proposals
  2. Writing scientific, technical and business reports
  3. Communication practices
  4. Production, editing and design

Is this a good choice of course to improve my writing? Time will tell, I guess. I could have taken on a creative writing course that would have cost me a lot less. I am more daunted with the creative process than the business type of course I have chosen. I can relate too well to many of the tragic poets who focus their writing on lost love and death!

Do I want to get paid work in this field¬†after I¬† have finished the course? I¬† don’t know really. I do know that I am enjoying getting organised, printing out¬†the modules and assignments, setting up my office to suit the changes, thinking about organising my time. I work two days a week and I plan to work on my course for two days a week (or equivilant hours). I want to do it mainly for personal enjoyment and to improve my skills. Getting a qualification has appeal too.

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So it all starts next week!!!! It will be a turning point for me and a big change to my weekly schedule. I am really grateful to have the time to do something like this.

I want to keep writing my blog and keep in touch with other bloggers and readers – I get a lot from the blogging experience. It keeps me sane ūüôā

Cheers for now

Lorraine