Archive for August, 2011

Keys to Maintaining Creative Flow and Banish Burnout

Whether you are trying to write a book, create a new product, teach history to your homeschooled children (not your subject), or just grasp a new perspective on some other aspect of your life, you probably become stagnant from time to time or may even experience creative burnout.

It’s NOT time to give up!  The real secret to conquering creative burnout and keeping your edge is to prevent your imagination from stagnating in the first place. Before you become sluggish in the imaginative arena, try one or more of these creativity boosters daily and soon you’ll find that you are moving closer to the mountaintop!

1. Keep a journal.  Write two or three pages every morning.  It doesn’t matter what you write about.  Carry it with you during the day, just in case another fleeting thought comes by so you can capture it.

2. Add “change” to your routine.  Move your desk across the room.  Drive a different street.  Read someone else’s magazines (but ask first).  Add some physical activity to an otherwise inactive day, maybe a round of hoops with your son.

3. Study a new technique every week. Change brainstorming techniques the way some people ought to change their toothbrushes – often.

4. Chill.  Ever get an idea while driving?  Taking a walk in the park?  While singing in the shower?  The subconscious does a lot of work while you’re relaxing.  Again, have that journal or recorder ready to jot down ideas!

5. Paint, draw, play music.  Skills that force you to think creatively – but to do things alien to your routine – can jumpstart a slumbering mind.  Build a birdhouse or work on origami or calligraphy with your child.

6. Practice problem solving.  Musical people often learn languages faster.  People who do crossword puzzles live longer and stay sharper.  The mind, it turns out, is a muscle.  Let’s keep it exercised!  Try out Sudoku or even that algebra problem that has stumped your teen.

7. Read. Walt Disney called Reader’s Digest a “gymnasium for training the mind,” probably because of the variety of genres that may be explored in each issue.  Live books, historical fiction and science books are wonderful for unlocking the brain to strive for new and higher potential.

Caution! Beware of Dream Killers

Ever dream of having your own business, inventing a widget, learning to fly, or taking that missions trip …..?

Most of us at some point in life have had a dream, wanted to try something new, or wanted to go on the adventure of a lifetime, only to have that dream to be squashed at inception by mostly well meaning loved ones or friends.  How many people do you know that encourage you in your dreams?  I find it hard to find the true encouragers, but there are a ew of them out there!

You open your mouth and let someone in on this dream just to hear that it would never work, it has already been tried before and it failed, it would be too costly, ………. the negative reasoning goes on and on until you decide not share your dreams anymore, even talk yourself out of doing it because it is too risky, not safe, or just a crazy idea.  Just think about it – you can only imagine what a success it might have been, but you’ll never know how it would have turned out because you never followed through to the end.  It may have just turned into a brand new beginning!

Consider David, a pure at heart example of what to believe in!  He knew what he knew, stood on that, removed himself from the naysayers, found favor in the sight of another, made a plan and followed through, come what may! (many times over)  Look what his strong faith and convictions took him through!  Let us learn from his example!

Hang on to that entrepreneurial spirit by being careful of who you hang around with, keep trying it again!  Stick with what you know!

A New Way – Use every day as a learning experience to test your wings and take the failures, and use them as a springboard to find your success!  Remove yourself from the dream killers, surround yourself with positive influences, and find/follow your dreams!

 

Making Banana Pudding from Scratch!

Our little chef was at it again!  She saw the bananas getting a little too ripe to enjoy and asked if she could learn how to make banana pudding.  She had watched me before and just needed a little coaching!

All of the tools and ingredients were gathered on the counter.  The double boiler was set up and the eye turned on while she measured the flour, sugar, and adding the milk slowly to mix without lumps.  Then she separated the egg whites from the yolks, whisking in only the yolks to the mixture in the double boiler, which was by now heating up well.

Then, in between frequent stirring with the whisk she peeled the bananas, and put the first layers of nilla wafers and sliced bananas.

All of the sudden the mixture in the double boiler started transforming from a runny sweetened milk to a thicker, silky smooth pudding texture!  It was time to turn the heat off and add the vanilla!  That was the prettiest pudding I’ve ever seen!  It’s consistency was perfect!  Now was the time to finish the layering process and garnish with nilla crumbs!

There’s nothing like warm homemade banana pudding!  MMM MMM Good!  Maybe next time we’ll try to make the merange for the fun of it!  I hear that is a huge transformation as well!

Obstacles in Our Path

Just had to share this with all!  —

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the  King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.  After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.  The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”    –    Unknown

This is such a great point to ponder in our daily life and a reflection of our condition!  It relates to our personal/spiritual life, family life, work life, and business life!  Just think of all the opportunities that may pass us by every day – we must grasp each moment and live it to the fullest in the best attitude possible!  I would like my kids to learn this now, so will be finding ways to incorporate this lesson in their daily routines!

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