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30 Pictures to Boost Your Creativity

30 Pictures to Boost Your Creativity

Creativity lives inside all of us. Sometimes we don’t realize that we have access to a creative force that would surprise us. We have paired some inspiring pictures with famous quotes on creativity. Let these inspire you to find the creative genius within.

jobs

    “Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs

    demi

      “Creativity is what helps me escape a lot of my inner demons.” Demi Lovato

      fountain

        “There is a fountain of youth: it is…the creativity you bring to your life.” Sophia Loren

        matisse

          “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

          heart

            “When you’re heartbroken, you’re at your most creative–you have to channel all your energies into something else to not think about it.” Florence Welch

            angel

              “Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.” Madeleine L’engle

              grafiti sun

                “Creativity can release you from the limitations that the world has constructed around you; the everyday, mundane, 9-5 jail cell where everybody is waiting for the weekend to party so they can get outside of their head.” Robert LaSardo

                yo yo ma

                  “Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” Yo-Yo Ma

                  bird

                    “It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.” Eric Jerome Dickey

                    girl circle

                      “Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.” Julia Cameron

                      simpson
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                        “Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn’t mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.” Matt Groening

                        kid drawing

                          “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” Edwin Land

                          pianoyanni

                            “Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.” Yanni

                            womans legs
                              “Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.” Jean Dubuffet

                              world

                                “Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.” Marina Abramovic

                                typwriter

                                  “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

                                  dog
                                     “Creative thinking–in terms of idea creativity–is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.” Edward de Bono

                                    bluedancers

                                      “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” Bo Bennett

                                      children

                                        “Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play.” Erik Erikson

                                        leopard dress

                                          “The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” Mae Jemison

                                          birds in flight flcr

                                            “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm

                                            Building-Relationships

                                              “This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.” Edward de Bono

                                              thinker

                                                “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” Ray Bradbury

                                                kids cooking

                                                  “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” Guy Fieri

                                                  sunset

                                                    “Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

                                                    journey

                                                      “Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results–the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process.” Elizabeth Gilbert

                                                      coffeshopparis

                                                        “Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” Dee Hock

                                                        beach

                                                          “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” Brene Brown

                                                          dancerfemale

                                                            “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” Twyla Tharp

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                                                              “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.” Scott Adams

                                                               

                                                              Featured photo credit: Duel/Ray_from_LA via flickr.com

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                                                              Published on April 16, 2019

                                                              How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

                                                              How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

                                                              When was the last time you did something for yourself?

                                                              Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

                                                              Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

                                                              However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

                                                              And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

                                                              So how can you make that happen?

                                                              Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

                                                              Listen to Yourself

                                                              The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

                                                              This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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                                                              What is your purpose?

                                                              Have you ever thought about this question?

                                                              Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

                                                              In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

                                                              Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

                                                              All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

                                                              If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

                                                              But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

                                                              For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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                                                              If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

                                                              How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                                                              Seek Out Continuous Education

                                                              Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

                                                              It’s Super Practical

                                                              Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

                                                              You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

                                                              When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

                                                              Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

                                                              You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

                                                              You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

                                                              You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

                                                              Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

                                                              With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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                                                              In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

                                                              Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

                                                              People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

                                                              We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

                                                              “Knowledge is choice.”

                                                              Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

                                                              Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

                                                              Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

                                                              Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

                                                              Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

                                                              Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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                                                              When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

                                                              Habits Make Your Time a Priority

                                                              How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

                                                              It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

                                                              This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

                                                              Your Well Being Comes First

                                                              We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

                                                              If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

                                                              The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

                                                              Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Photo by Raychan on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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