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Take Action: 3 Ways to Find Your Creative Spark

 

While I enjoy talking about, reading about, and thinking about creativity, eventually even I start to think, what’s the point of all of it? Well, the point is to do something – turn the theoretical into the practical. Take action. Today your challenge is to take action.

Last week I asked you to reply back to me and tell me what you needed help with in terms of finding your creative spark. (Thank you to those of you that did.)

***Remember finding your creative spark can mean a number of different things for a number of different purposes. Finding your creative spark can be something that leads to a career move. Or, it can be something that makes you happy in your free time. It can even be something you do that is just good for you and therefore you want to do more of it (working out, yoga, getting outside more, etc.).

If after reading last week’s newsletter (click here if you missed it), you found your creative spark, or at least know how to find, then it’s time to take action. So, if you determined that you want to sign up for a painting class, then go sign up for a painting class. If you want to lose weight, make a plan and get to work!

If after reading last week’s newsletter, you do not know what you want, then this is for you. If you want something different or to try something new, but don’t know what you want or even where to start, then it’s time to get to take action. A few options to get you started.

Creativity Timeline Narrative – Click here to download the Creativity Timeline worksheets. The easiest way to figure out where you are headed is to reflect on where you have been. Often, in order to make sense of everything, it is helpful to get it down on paper in order to more easily visualize it. This step-by-step guide will provide you directions and inspiration to reflect on your creative past. **You can print these or open them in an app on a tablet to complete. (My favorite app for this is Notability (paid) or Paperport Notes (free)).

Challenge Your Creativity Course (free) – The directions for this one are simple: complete the modules, complete the course. However, realistically this may take you awhile. If you have limited time, I suggest starting with module ten which uses the book A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. For the specific exercise of finding your creative spark, I think this book is best. Reminder – you will get more out of this book if you actually complete the exercises and activities in the Portfolio section. Click here to enroll.

Creative Spark Course (free) – Complete the creative prompts in the course. You can complete all 4 modules, or start with one and go until you find your creative spark. At the end of each module, stop and look for patterns. What recurring themes do you see in how you responded to the prompts? If you attempt to make sense of your responses, you should start to see some clear patterns. Click here to enroll.

 

How Can I Help You Find Your Creative Spark?

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself or re-introduce myself to some of you. I have people who have started reading at various points and time, so I thought this would be a good idea.

I’m Katy McCullough. I am married, and a mother of two little kiddos. I am a middle school teacher, which I love, but I started Greens & Blues Co. because I ignored the creative side of me for too long and I felt like something was missing. Instead of complaining about it (more) and just thinking that I wish I could do something about it, I went ahead and did. I started Greens & Blues Co. in order to help people find their creative spark – something to challenge them and excite them. I have a variety of creative interests myself and am always looking forward to learning something new or challenging myself creatively.

I have found that many people are in a similar situation. Are you?

Maybe, you never thought of yourself as creative, but have always had an interest in creative pursuits?

Or, maybe your entire life is centered around your creative ventures?

Either way, you owe it to yourself to explore your creativity further. So, where do you want to go next? What do you want to do with it?

Creativity has a lot of different definitions, but one that I like best sums it up by stating the creativity is simply turning ideas into reality. I like this because it is so open ended, it can apply to just about anything. Creativity isn’t just for artists and musicians; use your creativity to turn your ideas into reality.

Today I am going to ask for two more minutes of your time.
Please leave a comment below and tell me:

How I can help you find your creative spark. Be as specific as possible. Or, if you aren’t exactly sure what you want/need help with – just tell me that. The whole point of Greens & Blues Co. is to help people. So how can I help you?

Do you need help determining what you want to do?
A class to sign up for?
A book to read?
A podcast to listen to?
Or, do you have an idea, but do not know how to turn it into reality?

Whatever it is – I would love to hear from you today so that I can help. I will help you find your creative spark + design a creative path for your life filled with happiness, learning, and adventure. Live the creative life you want.

5 Facts About Creativity You Need to Know

I think one of the coolest, most interesting things about creativity, is that it looks different for everyone. You and I can both consider ourselves creative people, but the style of our creativity looks very different. At the same time, maybe we both consider ourselves to not be creative people, however if we took a closer look, we use creativity throughout the day – even if you are not an artist or something that is considered more traditionally creative.

 

One

Creativity is for everyone. Creativity is not exclusive to professional artists and the like. Everyone is creative. No longer can a lack of creativity be your excuse to not do what is going to make you happy.

Two

Creativity and learning are intertwined. For me, creativity goes hand in hand with learning. The more skills I learn or acquire, the more creative I can be. At times, I have had flashes of inspiration, but did not necessarily possess the skills to execute my ideas. Therefore, by learning and then practicing new skills, my creativity has expanded.

Three

Creativity is a skill that must be practiced. So many people, adults and kids alike, say things like, “I am awful at drawing” or “I’m not creative.” Of course you feel that way, when is the last time you practiced drawing? I am awful at a lot of things that I have not spent time practicing over the last twenty years. Creativity and creative ventures require practice. If you want to be good at something, you have to practice it – you have to actually do it.

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Living a creative life is different for everyone. My creative path will look different from yours. That’s okay, it is individual to each of us.

Five

Creativity is important. It enhances your life and makes you feel alive. It does not matter if you are a car mechanic, a stay at home parent, an accountant, a teacher, or an artist, creativity can enhance your life – at work and at home.

 

No matter what role creativity is currently playing in your life, sometimes you get stuck. What’s the best way to get unstuck? Do something. Make something. Create something. But, what to create?

My free course (this is the last one currently), Creative Spark, is just that – creative prompts. It is 4 workbooks with various creative prompts. There is no need to feel like you have to complete all of them, but they are a great resource to turn to whenever you are feeling stuck, or just want to have a little fun.

For a sneak peak, check out this post where I complete one of the prompts.

Enroll in Creative Spark now.

3 Ways to Kick Your (creative) Butt Into Gear

Looking for some creative inspiration and something to kick your butt into gear?

3 Ways to Kick Your (Creative) Butt Into Gear from Greens & Blues Co. Click through to enroll in a course on creativity and learning.

I am incredibly excited to announce that today I am launching Greens & Blues Co. courses. I have been working on them for what seems like forever and I can’t wait to share them with you.

What kinds of courses are available?

Here at Greens & Blues Co., my goal is to provide resources and inspiration to help you design your creative path. One of the main ways I plan on reaching this goal is by providing online courses – both free and paid.

Creativity and learning are my jam. So what are my courses going to be out? You got  it – creativity and learning. Right now, there are three courses available that fall into that sweet spot where creativity and learning intersect. Below is a short blurb about each, but in the coming weeks I will be sharing more.

Challenge Your Creativity

A free course for anyone who wants to do just that: challenge your creativity through inspiration and learning. You will start thinking about creativity and as a result, start creating! This course is made up of 10 sections. Each section includes a required reading and a challenge to put what you learned into action. Some readings will actually be on the subject of creativity while others will just provide that much needed creative spark; it is up to you to decide how to respond

Learn Anything 

This course is a step-by-step guide to learning anything the DIY way. That does not mean you are going to teach yourself, rather you are responsible for gathering resources and designing your learning path. This course will provides you with ideas, options, and tools – you decide what works best for you.

Creative Spark

This free course is filled with prompts designed to challenge you creatively. This course contains 4 sections, and each section contains a group of prompts geared towards a specific purpose: writing, drawing, photography, and more. Work your way through the prompts at your own pace.

What kinds of courses can you expect in the future?

Design Your Creative Path

My signature course coming in March 2016. In this course, you will design a path for your life that will:

  • challenge you to continually learn
  • satisfy your curiosities
  • push you to take risks, big and small
  • leaves you happy and fulfilled

Enroll in one of my free classes right now. Do it! Let me know what you think. Let me know if it helps you in any way. That is of course, my main goal.

Cheers!

Join Me For #CreateShare2015

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Here at Greens & Blues Co. creativity is something near and dear to my heart. That is why I am incredibly excited to be teaming up with Anna of Annamotion and Veronica of TwoEasels to bring you #CreateShare2015.

#CreateShare2015 is 7 days of creativity starting Wednesday, September 16th through Tuesday, September 22nd. Over the course of those 7 days, I challenge you to practice your creativity each and everyday. In addition, I want you to share it with the world. Using #CreateShare2015 of course! Through photographs, document all of the various ways you are creative, then share it on Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media platform you choose.

The best part of this challenge? Creativity means something different to everyone. I can’t wait to see all of the different approaches you take to creativity. There is no way to do creativity wrong – just do something!

For me, my creativity most often shows itself in crafts and learning. I’m excited because this challenge is a great excuse for me to ignore other stuff on my to-do list and hang out in my craft room each night.

Need some inspiration to kick off your 7 days of creativity?

Join one of my free courses.

Creative Spark – Complete the creative prompts in the course. You can complete all 4 modules, or start with one and go until you find your creative spark. At the end of each module, stop and look for patterns. What recurring themes do you see in how you responded to the prompts? If you attempt to make sense of your responses, you should start to see some clear patterns. Click here to enroll.

Challenge Your Creativity – The directions for this one are simple: complete the modules, complete the course. However, realistically this may take you awhile. If you have limited time, I suggest starting with module ten which uses the book A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. For the specific exercise of finding your creative spark, I think this book is best. Reminder – you will get more out of this book if you actually complete the exercises and activities in the Portfolio section. Click here to enroll.

Learn Anything: An Organized, Creative Approach to Learning. In this course, you will complete 6 steps that will provide you with ideas, options, and tools guide you through the learning process. Included with each step are downloadable worksheets to help you along the way. Click here to enroll in Learn Anything: An Organized, Creative Approach to Learning.

 

You can also sign up for my newsletter to get the Creativity Timeline Guide in your inbox.

Follow me on Twitter and on Instagram to get all of the latest updates on #CreateShare2015.

**The awesome #CreateShare2015 graphic was created by the very talented Veronica Zubek.