Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

I want to share with you today this wonderful video on the importance of creativity. Sir Ken Robinson is a highly intelligent  and very funny speaker .  You will find this video not only informative but also very entertaining. There is certainly much food for thought here. Sir Ken is an author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies.

Today I want to share with you some other wonderful blogs – the first is

Susannah Conway’s- Notes on Unravelling the heart. She is a photographer and writer and a ‘work in progress’.  Susannah has a recent post with some great twitter links on it. One of my favourite links is,

awesome people hanging out together .  There are some priceless fotos here.

Next up is Mary Swenson’s scrabook.  you will find some interesting food and flower photos.  I like her visual style, the old typewriter font she uses brings a nostalgic feel to her blog. Following a link from here to Style Mania where she had done a guest blogspot, I came across this great image.

cocktail with umbrella via Marter del Universo on Pinterest

Cocktail with umbrella via Marter del Universo on Pinterest

And on a completely different tack, here is  BittBox. They have just launched a new font site and are offering a fantastic deal on fronts for the next 12 days – so go and check them out! If that’s your thing. This is a great resource blog and they often have free stuff  like the free concrete textures they offerd on Texture Tuesday in May.

On a more personal note about creativity and business let’s have a look at how creativity plays out in your working life.  Here are some things to ask yourself…

  • Do I enjoy my work?

Grab a piece of paper and write down everything you can think of that you enjoy about your work.  Include everything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. Here are some ideas  from my own work and what I enjoy about it – just to give you an idea.

  • I love seeing the light go on in some-one’s head when they understand how to do some technical aspect of an art work they have been grappling with.
  • I like the freedom of not having to go to an office everyday.
  • I love being able to look out the window of my studio and see the sunlight dancing on the water on a clear blue day
golden water reflections

Golden Water Reflections

And so on, you get the idea….

After you have made this list – go back and look at each thing and ask your self what is it about that thing that is important to you. Then put that to the side for a moment.

About now some of you are probably struggling, particularly if you are in work that you don’t really like. But you know there is some reason you are doing that work, whether it’s the money, less distance to travel or whatever it is. If you look hard enough you should be able to find something to like.

So what does this have to do with creativity, or creativity in business? Well there are two thoughts that come to mind.

If you are in a job you don’t like much, obviously you can leave or else you can get creative around making it more tolerable.  This is why I asked you to list the things you do like, because one solution is to make more of those moments in your day.  Once you begin thinking creatively around a problem all kinds of new avenues can open up.  Sometimes we don’t need to leave a situation, we just need to think about it another way or perhaps find a different payoff in it.

The other thought is what do you really want?  What is the perfect job/work for you and how many elements of that do you currently have in the work you are doing. Life is always easier when we go with the flow of our own gifts rather than fight the uphill battle of others expectations.  And Yes it takes the Three C’s – Courage, Commitment and Creativity.

I am beginning a series of posts/articles, which relate to creativity in business, a subject I have barely touched upon yet.

Many businesses these days pay lip service to innovation, without truly understanding that ALL innovation is driven by creativity and that the creative process has it own set of anti rules, parameters and processes which don’t fit into corporate rules, boxes and traditional ways of thinking.

We spend more of our lives working, either for ourselves if we have our own business or for someone else if we are employed, than we spend doing anything else. Which ever applies to you, I have a couple of questions –

  • Do you consciously use creativity or creative thinking in your day-to-day working life?
  • Do you think it is a general creative ‘bent’ that you have or are you more aware that you have and use your own ‘creative genius’ in your working life.

Now if you are not an ‘artist per se’ or you don’t work in a ‘creative’ type of business you may well be saying something like “what creative genius” what!!….

Didn’t anyone tell you before that you have one? Well I’m here to let you know – if there was ever any doubt about it, that you do.  And the scariest thing about that, is owning up to the fact that you might be really good at something.  Why is that?

Pretty simple really, if I am truly good at something then that might lead me to…….see full article

Cool And Quirky Studio

Cool And Quirky Studio: Creative Thinking around a work space

I just had to bring you some more pictures of the gorgeous autumn we are having.  The trees are Soooo  beautiful at the moment. Enjoy….

Autumn Leaves at Holgate

Autumn Leaves at Holgate

Pelican Sculpture amongst the autumn leaves

Pelican Sculpture amongst the autumn leaves

They Call Me Mellow Yellow - autumn leaves

They Call Me Mellow Yellow

I was listening to a talk on time management, By Rich Schefren, this morning and was struck by something he said. He was speaking about procrastination and discussing the way some people find it hard to stick to a time table. He suggested that you write a list of fun things that you would love to do and then schedule them into your week. The idea behind this is that there is a two fold benefit:

  • One is that you get to have more fun in your life and of course when you are having fun, you often find that your creativity  kicks in. This is because you are not focusing on the problem and thus allowing the subconscious mind to find solutions for you.
  • The other benefit is that you work more efficiently as you now have less time to get your activities done in.  Also once you begin using this strategy on a regular basis , you become eager to get through your work load so you can get to the fun.  That’s not to say that you don’t enjoy  your work, but this adds another dimension to your life.

Sometimes we can snatch an hour here or there. I love to take photos and the other week after work instead of going home, I felt called to the beach 5 minutes down the road, so I went – and had great fun.  Here are the results-

Umina Beach

Before The Storm

Swan Song

Swan Song

Ebb Tide - sea foam on the beach

Ebb Tide

To assist you in thinking about these ideas a little more, here are some questions you might ask yourself-

  • If you are currently engaged in creative work are you really enjoying it?  If not what can you do about this?
  • Is there a particular part of your work that you find especially enjoyable and would it be possible to do more of this and less of something else?
  • Do you have fun at work and what are your feelings around that?  Is fun even allowed in your workplace?  Some businesses frown upon it – little realizing that this is one of the gateways to tapping into people’s creativity.
  • Have you any hobbies or leisure activities that you love to do? Are you doing them?
  • When was the last time you took a day off and spent all of it having fun? Did you feel just a little bit guilty about that?
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