I’m always inspired by quotes. I’m a quote junkie, especially for quotes related to parenting, goal setting and a meaningful life. Here are some of my current favourites:
Category Archives: Practical Tips to bolster your creative ideas
it’s also in most everyday foods, even the organic stuff.
So it is pretty much back to basics- full fat versions of cheese, meat, dairy, vegetables and a little bit of fruit (the fibre in whole fruit helps to digest the frustose).
Anyone can do anything for ONE DAY.
(or sometime during that ‘one day’).
Whether that is to eat well, stop worrying, exercise, practice being more loving to our children, speak only kind and positive words, refrain from gossip, massage your husband’s back, or ring your mum, if we can think of it as a renewable task with an element of choice in a conservative time-frame, somehow it seems much much easier, don’t you think??
I can easily overcome my cravings for sugar if it is just for one day. No worries.
This One-Day habit can become a principle to also inspire our creative practice.
We can all make a commitment to do something, one little creative thing, today.
And the days add up.
Even if we only spend 5 minutes each day, our long held dream of a ‘beloved t-shirt and fave fabric scrap’ quilt will soon be accomplished, and sitting pretty on our bed!
A page a day of our scrapbook and the family album will be done.
Reading one article or writing 500 words for our graphic design course, or 20 sentences of our screenplay, or 3 pages of our novel-
yep, can do it today for sure.
Some of you may remember that I have ‘Carpe Diem’ tattooed on my foot.
‘Seize the Day’. It is there to remind me, (and I need reminding often!).
Won’t you join me?
Yep, today we can seize the day, and we will!
SALUTATION TO THE DAWN
by the famous Indian dramatist, Kalidasa.
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities# and realities of your existence
*The bliss of growth
*The glory of action
*The splendour of achievement
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
#verities= truths, principles
Justine, of Mixtapezine , reminded me of why I need a journal.
My life, is why.
I am guilty of having so many ripped bits of paper from zillion notebooks that I sticky tape to new books and try to keep them organised. Last year, I bought a vintage-look library stamp (couldn’t find an old one, so a new-old one had to do). Now, I will have a page a day. Tomorrow, I will buy a new book and get started.
Journaling made me start thinking of lists.
I love lists.
To do lists,
Life plan lists,
Towns to visit lists,
Things to join lists,
Festivals to attend lists,
Shops to browse lists,
You name it. I have it.
My idea list is a favourite, but there are SO many ideas that often I can’t even get back to the list.
Hamish and Andy have a friend who also has a ‘Idea list’. Actually, it is an excel program on his work computer. He is an invention man. It seems many of his ‘great ideas’ are not really that great! Inventive? Yes. Unusual? Yes. Practical? No.
Hamish and Andy spoke to Ricky Gervais in an interview. It seems he has a friend with similar ideas. Click here, if you want to listen to a really funny interview they had about lists and inventions….
I thought of another sacrifice- cleaning my car!
That is why we have teenagers who want to earn pocket money.
I’ll swap this one in, and take the ‘exercise’ one out.
I know- I should do more exercise.
To be honest, my walking hour is one of the best ways to stir up and stew creative thoughts. I always take along my pencil and notepad, and if by some chance I forget, I use my memory tools.
If I think a thought that just needs to be caught, I’ll give it a keyword- like ‘sacrifice’
Then, I will say that word (and any other key words) out loud whilst touching a finger.
For me, this links the keyword to the finger and later, when I want to recall, I just tap the finger and out pops the idea.
I might have 4 or 5 keywords (and the corresponding thought processes) in one walk. An amazing amount of ideas for an hours space.
It works for me.
Do you have a creative way of jotting down those elusive ideas when no paper or pen is handy??
Why not share here??