Then I met my husband, who stated early on in our relationship, “If I had a boat I would name it Creativity.” I loved it! (and him!)
And yet when asked the question, “How are you creative?” my answer always was, “Oh, I’m not creative.” Because to me creativity = being able to draw. And I can’t draw. Then one day my middle child once told me, “You are creative mom. Look at your photography!” That remark totally changed me. My whole creative world has opened up thanks to my husband and three children who are extremely creative in many ways!
Since then I have pursued all my creative dreams from the photography he was talking about to writing…and now painting or any little projects that come my way. It doesn’t matter if the end product good or bad. It’s the process!
Then today I read this great little book this morning over coffee. It has inspired my creative process even more.
Austin Kleon has 10 short chapters filled with wisdom to his younger self. In doing so he gives all his readers advice about how to start or change or inspire your creative life. It’s great advice for you and it’s great advice for your children or the people in your life.
From Amazon: You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.
When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
Early this morning I did a quick read through. Then I did another quick read aloud with my husband over coffee. Now I’m read again and taking notes. I love it and will buy this inspirational book for my creative friends – which is everyone! Now don’t say “I’m not creative!” because I know you are. I’ll be giving away my copy of the book. Just let me know below in the comments how you’re creative and I’ll enter your name in the giveaway!
Thanks Austin! And you can check out Austin’s website here.
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