This is OUR Creative Process

31 03 2009

So, I laid down the gauntlet and YOU came through. What an amazing response. We’ve had such a diverse response to the creative process.

So, although, we’ve already posted our links to our blogs in the comments section, I’d like to go ahead and create THIS post to link back as well.

Here’s what you had to say about YOUR creative process:

“I get it at the weirdest times. I’ve actually found I have some of my wildest ideas in that stage right before I fall asleep. With some of the craziest stuff I’ve gotten up and wrote down my ideas. Sometimes they’re so strong I remember them when I wake up the next day.” —Shawn

“…the thought that something I help to create might be the element that finally makes it click for a non-believer is all the spark I need to get me all fired up! I say almost weekly to someone nearby – I still can’t believe I get to do this every week!” —Lori

I struggle to create when the everyday tasks I need to complete seem insurmountable and tiresome.  Yet when I turn my thoughts to see those same tasks differently my creativity resurfaces and a spark returns.  I find new inspiration from chatting with friends, communing with God, particular inspirational blogs and simple everyday life.” —Cee

Quite apart from the fact I feel like being creative nearly all the time, I get inspired by others’ creativity.  A play, a song, a sculpture, a book, a solution…a tweet, a blog post.  Etc. I think it’s at the root of my being, which makes sense since God is there, and He’s the Master Creator.” —David

“Usually things come in a rush. So I’ve learned one thing. Let it come. Wherever I am, I need to be ready to be in for the long haul. There are times when I’ve been up to three in the morning writing a sermon, because the inpiration came at midnight. Once I wrote almost an entire Christmas cantata script in the middle of the night. I wrote a song once during a lunch break at a weekend encounter. It just happens.” —Mike

“This is creativity — using known ingredients in a new and different way. I think this is true with all artists. There is no new chord on a guitar that hasn’t been played or no new color painted on a canvas. All the ingredients are there; we just have to use our energy and ourselves to create something new and flavorful.”—Sarah

When I feel uncreative, I just don’t even try…I’d rather focus on something else that I need to do or enjoy doing instead of getting frustrated trying to shoot when I really don’t feel like it. There are few things less enjoyable than carrying a camera around everywhere when you really don’t feel like shooting anything.” —Nate

“When I get an idea, I get this huge burst of energy, and it’s when I share it and talk about it with other people that I’ll get even more excited. I literally bounce. No seriously. I really do!” —Sophie

“There’s always been something in me that drives me to be creative. As a kid I was always in the art classes, and bands. I honestly think it’s something that God has put in me.” —Janki

Mandy has a video explaining her process and Love has a photography page to share! Here’s my (Russ) post.


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Creative Community Spring Challenge

21 03 2009

This week I’d like to challenge as many of you as possible to write a post on your own blog specifically dedicated to THE CREATIVE PROCESS.

What ignites that flame inside you to create?

What sparks that passion inside you?

How do you channel your creativity into a finished product?

What do you do when you struggle to create?

How do you celebrate your wins?

Do you enjoy your creative process?

How do you share your creative elements with others?

Feel free to answer these questions in any way you like. Video blog, text blog, photo blog, etc. Be creative.

Let’s get linked to as many posts about creativity as we can! I’d love to see a diverse and multitudinous response to this challenge.

This week, link back to your post in the comments section OF THIS POST!

Ready! Set! Create!





Links to Look At!

16 03 2009

Here’s some links that were shared last week.

How did THIS week go for you all?





Sharing Sund…err…Monday! [3.09.09]

9 03 2009

How’s everyone doing?

Post links to your success stories.

Post links to your struggles.

I’ve hit the wall the last 2 weeks due to travel and work. I need to write 2 songs this week and next week to catch up! But I’ll just focus on one and we’ll see what happens!





inspirational quotes

6 03 2009

statistically, when setting new years resolutions, march is the time when the goal setter begins to slip a little.

our creative community isnt about a group of people rallying behind a bunch of new years resolutions. its so much more than that. its a community, a family, in total support of one another. each with a desire to accomplish big things and to see their family here do the same.

we all need a little encouragement too. so here a few quotes that, hopefully, will inspire you and make you smile.

If you’re bored with life — you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals.
Lou Holtz

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
Harry F. Banks

Do what you can,
with what you have,
where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

“Don’t worry about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination. And the best motto for a long march is: ‘Don’t grumble. Plug on!'”
Sir Thomas Treves

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
H. Jackson Browne

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
General George S. Patton

“He who has achieved success has worked
well, laughed often and loved much.”
Elbert Hubbard

“If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW.”
Author Unknown







P90X is Creatively Kicking My Tail

6 03 2009

Almost through a full week of P90X. It is indeed extreme!

I’m inspired by the creativity in putting together this workout program. I’ve done a few 12 week programs before and never have I been as excited each day as workout time comes.

Now this won’t necessarily cause you to BE creative, but I just thought how creativity in creating a workout program has inspired me to pursue a fit body like never before. I sound like an infomercial.

What are some things that aren’t (on the surface) creative, but might inspire you to greatness because of the creative way in which they are put together?





Sharing Sunday 3.01.09

1 03 2009

This week I’ve not had much time to peruse community member sites, but I do know for sure that a few of ou have submitted links:

Who else is having success?

How many of you are struggling?