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Quick dose of Inspiration

creativeEvery so often, you are lucky enough to come across a truly motivating and inspiring piece of content. I have sent this Zen Pencils comic to everyone I know. Today, I want to share it with you.

I LOVE Zen Pencils. The comics always inspire me. One in a while, you see the right message at the right time, and it strikes a chord inside of you that you can’t ignore.  The words in the comic are from James Rhodes, a largely self-taught concert pianist from Britain. He speaks about growing up and how many of us lose our creativity. We abandon our passions, desires and dreams. We replace them with distractions, obligations and habits that mask and numb our unhappiness.  The name of the comic is “Is that not worth exploring?” and it is such an important question.

It is a question I have been asking myself lately. While I love blogging, I have dreamed of writing books since I was old enough to read. I have two books that I wrote before Amazon and self-publishing really became a thing and I have always told myself I will get to it one day, update them, embrace technology, do it properly. The thing is, I have many more books inside of me. This comic inspired me to invest in myself and my dream.

Coincidentally, the first chapter of the “Growing Creative Kids” book which is getting a complete re-write and will be launching on Amazon in November, is all about finding and rediscovering your creative passions. If I had a dollar every time I heard an adult say “I’m not creative!” I’d be a millionaire.  This is why the Zen Pencils comic struck such a chord in me.  If you are interested in following along on my creative journey, there is a place in the link above to be added to a special “Book Launch Update” list. I will send updates, and a surprise or two along the way. You will be the first to know when we are ready to publish!

How many people do you know who have said “I have always wanted to….” and then shrugged it off, or changed the subject, or followed up with the reasons they can’t do it? How many times have you said something similar?

How can we teach our children to be creative, if we don’t nurture our own creativity? I usually suggest committing to just 5 minutes to start. Everyone can find 5 minutes a day to nurture and engage in their creative passions. Imagine what you could do with an hour? What creative achievements could you accomplish in 365 hours?  Isn’t that an idea worth exploring?

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