Are You on My Mailing List?

One thing that has been on my to-do list for far too long is to create an email list. I have one started, but–to be honest–I haven’t sent anything out beyond a welcome message yet. I’m going to start sending emails soon. I don’t have a plan for frequency, but I think the general newsletter will go out once a month. There will be others that go out between times for special events, new releases, and upcoming offers.

I will not spam you. I will not use your email address for anything other than sending you the emails I mentioned above.

You can just fill out this form to subscribe if you want to.

 

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Either way, happy creating.

Wandering on the Creative Path: Season 2

Last year, I started a podcast. It took me a while to decide to do it. I released 10 episodes, plus an introduction. Then…?

I could make up a lot of excuses, but there wouldn’t be any sense in that. Let’s just say I procrastinated and didn’t get any more done. I’ve been thinking about doing it again. I’ve considered changing platforms. Right now it’s on SoundCloud. The thing of it is, the other platforms I considered charge monthly fees. If I keep the episodes short so I don’t use more than my monthly allotted space, SoundCloud is free. So I’ll be staying there for a while.

Upcoming episodes include a bit about my new book (there are people there who don’t read here), creating while ill, practical creativity tips, what I’m reading, what I’m working on, a few creativity tips, exercises to get out of a rut, and more.

Most of my episodes are around 5 minutes. They’re easily digestible and can fit in those spaces where you have just a few minutes and don’t want to or can’t start a 20- or 30-minute episode of another podcast. However, on that note, I am looking to do a few special themed episodes where I would have guests on with me for an interview about their creative process. If you’re interested, send me an email with “Podcast Guest” in the subject line.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy creating.

New Book: Journal Your Way to Creativity

Front cover of the book, Journal Your Way to Creativity, by Jen Nipps

Blurb:
Journal Your Way to Creativity is a 90-day self-guided journal designed to help readers tap into their creativity. Some of the prompts may sound silly, but some of the silliest prompts tend to be the ones that make you dig the deepest.”

Format:
Print $6.99, click to buy
Kindle $3.99, click to buy

Sample Prompts:
5. Think about your reasons for believing you are creative. List five reasons why it is true.

37. What is your favorite color? Why? (Yes, you can have more than one but keep it to three or fewer.)

58. Give yourself about five minutes and ask yourself “What If I Were Creative?” Try to list 10 things.

82. What rules have you broken recently?

 

Why This Book?
As I mentioned, I am also a creativity coach. Sometimes the best way to reach people in order to help them is where they are. That’s not always physically possible, so I thought a journal of some type might be helpful. Once I got that idea in mind, it wouldn’t let go.

I debated how many prompts to include. I finally decided on 90 because that’s three months of daily journaling. That’s long enough to accomplish a couple things. It’s enough to make journaling a habit. It’s also long enough to start breaking down old thought patterns/beliefs and creating new ones. I am not saying it’s enough time to completely create new ones.

Sometimes it’s easy to fall back into old habits and ways of thinking, no matter how much we think we’re “over it.”

Here’s a not-so-secret secret: We’re never really over it.

Thought patterns take a lifetime to build. It makes sense to think they would take another lifetime to break down to make way for new ones. There are things we have to work on repeatedly, whether it’s maintaining a new, healthier lifestyle or thinking of ourselves as creative beings.

With this journal, which is part of Living Your Creative Life, it is my hope that we can build and reinforce our creative habits and beliefs.

About the Author:
I’m a freelance writer specializing in creativity, social media, and general human interest. I just released book #10! Journal Your Way to Creativity is available in print and on Kindle now!

I am also a creativity coach. But… what IS a creativity coach? Simply put, creativity coaching is a subset of life coaching where someone helps you with various aspects of your lives. I — and any other creativity coach — can help you with issues you may be having in your creative life, whether it’s finishing projects, finding inspiration, or how to get out of a rut. If you’re interested, I’d love to talk to you about it.

I am a fiber artist. I knit and crochet. I want to learn to spin, but that will have to wait a while.

I am available to speak to writers’ groups, civic organizations, schools, and conferences. I can do in-person presentations or present via Skype. If you need a speaker for your event, let’s talk! My speaking repertoire also includes living with disabilities and diabetes as well as creativity and social media as mentioned above.

7 Reasons I Know You’re Creative

Over the years, I have told many people that they are creative. More than once, they have ask me how I know. This question Millie comes from people who are absolutely convinced they had don’t have a creative bone in their body.

So, here are seven reasons I know you are creative.

  1. I believe everyone is creative. I haven’t seen anyone yet to prove me wrong.
  2. No matter your personal belief system, at some point, you were created. You didn’t just appear (and even if you did, you were still created at some point).
  3. As a created being, you are innately creative.
  4. People unconsciously used their creativity every day.
  5. You are your own worst critic.
  6. You don’t conform to stereotypes or what people expect of you.
  7. You think about things and don’t just react.

I actually has many more reasons than that but I don’t want to overwhelm you with a lot of irrelevant information right now. With as long as I’ve had this blog, why am I bringing this up now?

I’m working on a self-paced creativity course coaching program. I think everyone would benefit from it, but I’m not naive enough to think that everyone who hears about it will sign up. I think–hope–a few will.

I’ll be telling you more about this as time progresses though. I’m looking at a launch of January 1st, so you’ll be hearing about this frequently.

What about you? Do you think you’re creative? Why or why not? Leave a message in the comments and let’s get the conversation started.