Creativity Countdown Week 1: Gratitude

Creativity Countdown

This is the very last week of the Creativity Countdown.  We’ve counted down 8 weeks leading into the New York and to the Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  You can find all the weeks below.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

The price of the eCourse will be jumping up on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.  Also, as of the time I’m writing this there is one more spot leave to get a free Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry print book when you sign up.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, please click here.

Countdown weeks:

  • Week 8 can be found here.
  • Week 7 can be found here.
  • Week 6 can be found here.
  • Week 5 can be found here.
  • Week 4 can be found here.
  • Week 3 can be found here.
  • Week 2 can be found here.

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As we prepare for the New Year we often think about goals or things we’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year.  I know I set goals around all areas of my life including creativity.

Often we go full steam into the New Year without much thought about our past year and what we’ve accomplished.  Or we come up with a list of things we’d like without appreciating what we have.

While I do believe it’s important to have goals, I know that it’s also important to appreciate what you have and be grateful for the things in your life.

I have kept gratitude journals on and off over the years, but I’ve never been really consistent with it.  This year gratitude is a big goal of mine.

What does gratitude have to do with creativity?

Well, studies have shown that when you’re grateful for what you have, you are happier.  The kind of happiness I’m talking about is probably more accurately described as being content.  I’m not talking about happy, laughing all the time; it’s more a feeling of fulfillment and be content.

When you’re content, you have made a lasting, positive impact on your life and that affects all areas of your life, including creativity.

Gratitude lets us appreciate what we have instead of reaching for new things hoping that that new thing will finally make us happy.  It changes our focus to what we have instead of what we don’t have.

You may fake it at first, but eventually it will be engrained in you and your mental state will actually change.

Now, I know that we have all read or experienced that artists are bipolar or depressed and mentally ill.  I am bipolar and I have shared how creativity has helped me with that.  Being creative, and specifically making jewelry, has gotten me through a lot of difficult times to be sure.

I think that happiness can influence creativity at least as much, if not more.  When you feel content, you give yourself space and room to create.  And I think if sadness and negative things can be inspiring, so can positivity and happiness.

Entire books are written on this subject, but I want to give you some concrete things you can do to bring gratitude into your life.

gratitude journal

5 Ways to Bring Gratitude into Your Life:

1.  Keep a gratitude journal.  You can make one like I did in the picture above with paper bags or get a notebook or journal to record what you’re grateful for.

I liked my paper bag gratitude journal because I could place note cards in the little openings created each day with things I’m grateful for that day.

I have a tutorial to make a paper bag scrap book.  Click here.  (You’ll see links to Day 1, etc.  Start with Day 1 and work through.  They are PDFs.  At the end you’ll have a paper bag scrapbook.  When I created the tutorial it was “map week” on my blog, but you can use any paper you like to decorate!  Also, my website BBBellezza doesn’t really exist anymore.  It’s my old business name.)

2.  Keep a gratitude jar.  I might do this for 2015.  Get a mason jar (or really any jar) and each day write something you’re grateful for on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  Then on New Year’s Eve next year you can read them all!

You could decorate the jar or you don’t have to.  You could find a cool jar at a thrift store or use anything you have around.

Here’s my tutorial to make a decoupage jar or lantern.  It might be handy for you to hang it up, so you can see how to do it there.  Or leave that part off and just put it on a table.

I’m planning to pre-cut the strips that we’ll write what we’re grateful for on so that there’s never an excuse not to do it.

3.  Make a Garland of Gratitude.  I love this idea!  It doesn’t have to be for Thanksgiving.  I can be anytime.  Click here for how to make one.

4.  Send a thank you card or handwritten note to somebody.  Telling someone that you appreciate them is a great way to feel grateful.  It doesn’t have to be for anything specific.  It can be thank you for being you.

5.  Call and talk to someone and tell them you’re grateful for them.  (Don’t text or email them, actually call them.)

Do you have a gratitude practice?  Are you going to try one of these?

 

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Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

My 6 week eCourse, Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts on January 5th, 2015.  Learn more about the eCourse and get in here before the price goes up on January 2nd!

Start out 2015 feeling super creative!  Each week for 6 weeks you get a creativity booster, jewelry making lessons and one or more jewelry making projects via video and PDF eBooks.  People feel unstuck creatively and find their creativity again!  This round I’m adding even more tips and tricks and jewelry making projects.

Click here to find out more about this great eCourse.  (Special bonus right now for the next person to sign up!)

Creativity Countdown Week 2: Go on a Creativity Expedition!

Creativity Countdown

Each Monday leading into the New Year I’ll be posting a Creativity Booster.  There will be a variety of activities to try.  Sometimes there will be videos and sometimes photos.  These activities will boost your creativity and make you feel more creative so that you can express yourself in your jewelry making.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, please click here.

Week 8 can be found here.

Week 7 can be found here.

Week 6 can be found here.

Week 5 can be found here.

Week 4 can be found here.

Week 3 can be found here.

Creativity Countdown 2

We have just 2 weeks to the start of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse!

Today I would like to invite you to try out my mini eCourse that goes along with Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.

You’ll get a creativity booster,

Jewelry making lessons, and

A jewelry making project!

souvenir charm bracelet

Fill in the form below and the mini eCourse will be sent to your inbox.  You’ll get a lesson a day for three days (and you have the option to jump ahead if you want to do everything on one day!)

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Creativity Countdown Week 4: Doodling

Creativity Countdown

Each Monday leading into the New Year I’ll be posting a Creativity Booster.  There will be a variety of activities to try.  Sometimes there will be videos and sometimes photos.  These activities will boost your creativity and make you feel more creative so that you can express yourself in your jewelry making.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 (I know it seems far off now!) we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, click here.

Week 8 can be found here.

Week 7 can be found here.

Week 6 can be found here.

Week 5 can be found here.

Creativity Countdown Week 4

Just 4 weeks until the beginning of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry!

I am so excited for this round of the eCourse.  I’m adding in new activities and tips and tricks and tutorials!

Week 4 Creativity Booster:

I know that a lot of people think they’re not creative, get creatively blocked or feel as though they’ve lost their creativity.  (That’s the whole reason I created Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.)  If you look back to your childhood you probably can remember a time when you felt creative.  I know I drew without boundaries, painted, made cards, made friendship bracelets by the boatload, among other things.

I recently remembered an activity I did as a child.  I kind of think we may have done this in art class or it could have been something we just did on our paper bag book covers.  I don’t exactly remember.

It’s really just doodling.  There’s no right or wrong way to do it.  You don’t have to show anyone – or you can if you want.  This is just for you.  Give it a try and see if you feel more creative overall.

In the eCourse one of the weeks is all about doodling.  There is something about it that just starts you feeling more creative.

Here’s the activity:

(I wish I had a name for this, but I don’t.  I even tried googling it.  So we’ll just call it doodling.)

Step #1

Doodling

First grab a piece of paper and some markers, colored pencils, crayons or even just a pen if it’s all you have handy.

Step #2

Doodling

Draw on the paper.  You can draw any shapes or we used to do it with our names in bubble letters.

As you can see, I simply drew a heart, but you can draw a bunch of different shapes if you like.

Step #3

Doodling

Start on the left side of the paper draw a line and then go around the shape (or shapes) you come to.  Basically, you want to keep the line straight across, but you have to go around any shapes and then back down to the level you started at after going around the shape.

Step #4

Doodling

Continue by doing another line above the first one and continue until you fill up the top half of the page.  When you run out of room, just take the line off the paper and back onto the paper where there is room.

You can use different colors, rainbow colors (like I did), just a couple of colors, black and white or whatever you like.  You can also color in between the lines so it’s solid or leave them as lines like I did.  Whatever you like!

Step #5

Doodling

Doodling

Doodling

Now do the same thing on the bottom half of the page, going around and under any shapes.

Step #6

Doodling

You can doodle in your shapes, too, or color them in or leave them empty.  Whatever you like!

Do you feel more creative?  I hope so!  If you would like to share what you made, you can post it over on the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page.

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

My 6 week eCourse, Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts on January 5th, 2015.  Learn more about the eCourse and get in here before the price goes up!

Start out 2015 feeling super creative!  Each week for 6 weeks you get a creativity booster, jewelry making lessons and one or more jewelry making projects via video and PDF eBooks.  People feel unstuck creatively and find their creativity again!  This round I’m adding even more tips and tricks and jewelry making projects.

Click here to find out more about this great eCourse.

Wish You Were (more) Creative?

wish you were more creativeDearest Budding Creative Soul,

Sometimes it’s difficult to remain creative during our every day lives.  We have routines.  We have duties and responsibilities.  We have houses to maintain and laundry to do.  Everywhere we look there’s something else to be done.

But none of that is really important if our heart isn’t singing, if we’re not enjoying life.  Really, who cares if the house is perfectly clean if you feel empty inside, like something’s missing.

Sure, you can survive.  You can keep going on with your life and everything will be okay.  Everything will be fine.  You may feel almost content.  But not really.

Eventually you start wondering what’s this life all about.  Why am I here?  What am I supposed to be doing?  Surely it’s not working, cleaning and looking after everyone else.  Surely there’s something more.

Yes there is something more.  Much more.  You may be missing creativity in your life.  We are all creative.  Every single one of us.  Maybe you forgot.

Remember as a kid when you would just draw or write or create things and not even think about it.  Kids are so naturally creative and they don’t even know it or have to do anything for it to happen!

Then as the years go on we get these messages.  Sara is more talented than I am so why bother?  You can’t draw, you’re not creative.  That doesn’t look like a house.  You can’t make anything that looks right, etc…

It’s time to banish those thoughts.  In fact, you don’t even have to banish them.  You just have to take one little tippy toe step around them.  They won’t even notice until it’s too late.  You’ll be creating again.

If you’d like to try being creative with a little more structure and end up with some pretty awesome jewelry at the end, I would love for you to check out my eCourse:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.

It’s a 6 week eCourse.  Each week features a “Creativity Booster”, which is an activity designed to get your creative juices going.  These are not jewelry related activities.  Some of the activities include a nature walk, doodling, writing, and so much more.

The second part of each week includes basic jewelry making skills.  You’ll learn the foundation skills so you can truly learn how to make jewelry.

And finally each week there are jewelry projects.  You can choose to do the project or use your new skills and newfound creativity to come up with your own project!

Don’t worry if you get behind.  Yyou can catch up at any time.  Although it’s a 6 week course, you’ll have access to the materials for a lifetime, so you can come back at any time.

I know that if you have interest in being more creative, in jewelry making or in being more creative with your jewelry making that this eCourse will help you.

Plus you’ll get free bonuses!  The first free bonus is Wire Wrapping For Beginners.  You get that immediately upon purchase!

If you have any questions, please contact me at Kim@KimberlieKohler.com

Warmly,

Kim

P.S. I only run Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry once or twice a year.  You can find out when it’s coming up next here.

My Inspired eCourse will also help you feel more creative.  Find out when it’s coming up next here.

Or you can always get the print book for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry at any time.