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Starting Over

For several years now, I’ve talked and written about how living with ambiguity is an integral part of the creative process. My book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, touches upon this subject in more detail.

 I want to share a personal story with you that once again reminded me that learning to live with uncertainty is an emotional strength, a muscle to be flexed in order to experience a more meaningful and creative life.

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Digging Deep: Planning (Stage Three)

Planning, laying down the bones, is the problem-solving element of creating. Here is where you will begin to give shape to your imaginings, your style, and your physical reality in order to lay out the blueprint of what you hope to create. You will take a good look at what it is that you envision and the space you have to work with so that you can create a plan that bridges your dreams and reality, transforming your creative vision into something real and tangible.

What does planning have to do with creativity? Think about it this way: When you are faced with any kind of dilemma or challenge, the thing that is most required is what is known as creative thinking. Remember when your teachers told you to “put on your thinking cap” ? What they were really telling you was to be creative — to think innovatively and figure out the best course of action or response. This is what you are doing as you work out a plan: thinking creatively in order to make something where there was nothing before. Continue Reading →

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Digging Deep: Envisioning (Stage Two)

In Stage One, we invited our mind to look within and around us, to go foraging and gather up the berries and flowers of imagination. There is tremendous power in claiming our likes and dislikes, our dreams and yearnings, our aesthetic memories and walkabout observations. They are all fodder for the creative mill.

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Digging Deep: Creativity

Over the next couple of months, I’m  trying something a bit different on GGW. I’ll be exploring the 7 steps in the creative process through a series of posts and creativity exercises based on my book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening (now also out in Kindle). Consider it an online “class” whose goal is to facilitate you in learning to be more creative in your life and garden. I hope you’ll participate.

First, a question for you. What is creativity’? It’s simply the making of something  from what was once nothing. Most of us do it without even knowing, in several unmarked ways—from designing our schedules, to fashioning our ‘look’, from writing birthday cards to building a business from the ground up. Lawyers create arguments, lovers create romance, advertisers create pitches, decorators create ambience and parents create everything from learning games to a sense of wonder for their children. Every time we get dressed, make dinner, wrap a gift or have a conversation, we are being creative. When practicing scales on a musical instrument, we can treat it as something we ‘have to do’ or we can go about practicing with intent, finding creative ways to improve our musical skills. There are endless opportunities throughout each day for us to live more creatively.

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