What Sparks Creativity?

Lately I feel a loss of my creative mojo, that spark.  With soccer games, track meets, work, the house it just seems that takes a back seat.  But there is something about spring that just I love.  I am not sure if it is the disappearance of the rain, opening up the windows and feeling the breeze, or just that warm sun.  This past weekend I even returned to the mountain (slowly as my ankles just aren't what they used to be)….to find that spark again and clear the noggin'.

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Kick I also picked up a new book called "Kick-Ass Creativity" by Mary Beth Maziarz which is good so far. I have a nightstand full of books and am making the time to read more. Forgot how much I missed it.  Even debated getting a Kindle but there is something about the feel of a real book (of course still yearning for an iPad).

and I decided it was time to get back to my Gratitude Journal as I am nearly done with it.  The journey with this has been so great and the response and feedback has humbled me.  Just what I needed.  I completed this page working with my most favorite flower, the daisy:

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I had so much fun with Helmar Decoupage!  That sparked my creativity big time!

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MATERIALS LIST:

  • Helmar:  Decoupage, 450 Quick Dry, Liquid Scrap Dots
  • Waterolor Crayon
  • Acrylic Paint – Golden
  • Inks – Marvy
  • Indian Ink: Winsor Newton & Daler Rowney
  • Leaf Stamp
  • Flower – Michael's

 TWB_8000aand I saw this posted the other day:

"The Dalai Lama's Instructions for life"

  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 
  • When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 
  • Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions. 
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. 
  • Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship. 
  • When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 
  • Spend some time alone every day. 
  • Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values. 
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time. 
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. 
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past. 
  • Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. 
  • Be gentle with the earth. 
  • Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. 
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." 

What sparks your creativity when you have lost your mojo?  For me it is being outdoors, a book, daisies, a saying.  Let spring begin…..gotta go pick up some daisy's soon. 

 

Tracy

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