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I help others find inspiration to create. I do this mainly through my workshops...Let’s bring back the fun & creative force that we had as children.

Let Loose – 101 ways to be creative

In anticipation of the arrival of my new book, I want to share a preview with you. This is a pocket size book (3.5 x 5.0). I got the idea for this book while on a flight a few months ago and was so excited to get home and get moving on it. I will be promoting this book as a gift item similar to those really nice cards that come in a plastic sleeve. Instead of mailing a card, you mail this pocket book to a friend with a personal handwritten note from you inside. I will be posting locations to purchase this book soon but of course you can always contact me to purchase. These are also great for conference give-aways for your team members.

What do you think? Could you see yourself using or gifting this little book?

Happy Weekend! ~Maria

My Top 3 Travel Tips

My husband and I recently took a short trip to San Diego CA and I wanted to share a few things that made this trip very relaxing.

  • Don’t rent a car if you have Lyft or another ride service available. We used Lyft for the times we got tired of walking or distance was too far to walk. It was wonderful not to deal with traffic, parking, and navigating. Walking allowed us to be more spontaneous, stop at unexpected places along the way, and notice things we may not otherwise see.

 

  • Allow yourself to simply do nothing! After all, that’s the purpose of a getaway…to relax and do or not do the normal things on your day to day agenda. We sat on the balcony of our hotel room and watched the boats, the people, and talked. By not over-planning and having too much on our agenda, we came across a great funk band that was playing early…so after walking to dinner, we walked in and had a great time dancing before walking back to our hotel.
  • Pack a little creativity into your trip, starting on your flight. A friend of mine shared with me the idea of using the Southwest Magazine to tear out anything that inspires you. I chose to create a few blackout poems. Another thing I enjoyed was coming across an art supply store on one of our walks.

 

What are some of your favorite travel tips? ~Maria

3 Tips To Grow Your Creative Spirit

Preparing for workshops has a way of helping me see content in a new way. I tend to keep valuable information I read and then see how I can use nuggets of it for my creativity workshops.

We all experience creative ruts…as well as grooves. Easy to be creative when you’re in the groove but sometimes really tough to get out of a rut. Here are 3 simple tips to help keep the flame going or get it back:

1. Tend to Your Flame

You cannot give what you do not have…Feed your well and nourish your soul. Your passion is critical to those around you. Every morning, ask yourself – “When was I at my best?”  Identify and incorporate the things that made you happy and gave you a sense of fulfillment. Have something to wake up for and be excited about. What are you currently excited about?

2. Keep a Notebook

Your creative notebook is an indication of where you are in your life – mentally, physically, socially, creatively. Just filling one page per day will help you get to know yourself better. Do you keep a notebook?

3. Set Creative Goals For Yourself

This can be as simple as documenting one new idea in your notebook every day for the next 30 days or taking one photo every day of something interesting or beautiful…you decide on the theme.

Develop these habits as part of your creative goals: say thank you in writing, speak in public, teach others, write daily, and lead a tribe. What creative goals do you have?

Why Do We Create?

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As I was preparing for a workshop and thinking about why we need to make things and be creative, I compiled this collection of quotes which answer the question of why we create. Enjoy and be moved to create something for your own pleasure.

“Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth…will also become the raw material for the art you make.” Teresita Fernandez

“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money. Because the best way to know the truth or beauty is to try to express it.” Brenda Ueland

“I think we’re creative all day long. We have to have an appointment to have that work out on the page. Because the creative part of us gets tired of waiting, or just gets tired.” Mary Oliver

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.” Julia Cameron

“It’s not necessarily about the money or even a business, and it’s certainly not about building an industrial empire. It might merely be about the joy of doing art.” Seth Godin

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”  Stella Adler

“When people aren’t having any fun, they seldom produce good work.” David Ogilvy

“Ultimately, what we need to do is get out from behind the desk and the chores from time to time and create opportunities for our souls.” Gregg Levoy

 Be inspired to create. ~Maria Gatling

5 Reasons To Sketch and Draw

“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” Kimon Nicolaides

Even if you think you can’t draw, getting started with simple line sketches can get you in the groove. All you need to get started is a pencil, paper, and a little courage to make mistakes. And don’t forget to have fun along the way.
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According to the dictionary, the difference between a sketch and a drawing is:
draw: verb… produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks, especially with a pen or pencil, on paper.
sketch: verb…make a rough drawing of …
Here are my top 5 reasons why we should all experience sketching and drawing:
  1. Draw to experience greater freedom of expression. Drawing is like adding another language, after all art is a visual language.
  2. Draw to develop the right side of your brain, the creative side, which will help you view things with a different perspective and enhance problem solving skills. This is like working a muscle.
  3. Draw to expand your perception and awareness. Drawing teaches us to see differently. When we draw we begin to have more of a sense of awe and wonder because we see more of the usually unnoticed details.
  4. Draw to unleash and enhance your imagination which will allow you to be more daring. Expanding your creativity adds value to all aspects of your life.
  5. Draw to just have fun! Drawing can help you relax and relieve stress by getting lost in your drawing. It gets your mind off the stressful things previously occupying your mind.
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Reconnect With Your Creative Self! ~Maria