Creativity Archives - Julie Brown Neu


November 10, 2023 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Move Forward

How were your experiments in inspiration? Did trying some new activities, foods, or new perspectives invite inspiration in? Are you inspired and ready to move ahead? My inspiration experiments worked better than I expected. I didn’t really step outside of my box that much because I felt too busy with …

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October 14, 2023 | Creativity , Inspiration

Inviting Inspiration

Creativity is a practice. After you’ve reignited your innate creativity by playing like a kid again and plumbed your own depths to understand your unique creative expression, you will still have moments when you aren’t feeling very creative. There are so many reasons why that happens, but you’ll recognize it …

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October 6, 2023 | Creativity , Inspiration

Create What YOU Want

If you were to create something that really represents your fully authentic and unique self, what would it be? Can you tap into the center of your soul and create from there? Even if you don’t make something from start to finish, plumb those depths a bit and sketch out …

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September 14, 2023 | Creativity

Try Out the New You

I have no illusions that after one month of thinking about what it would mean to be able to create freely and another of trying to understand the pain that may be holding you back that you’ll suddenly find yourself sharpening your back-to-school pencil and getting ready to show up …

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September 8, 2023 | Creativity

Act on What Matters Most

We went deep this month on the Creative Play blog (especially for the end of summer!), talking about creating from pain and using our exploration of pain to uncover what matters most to us. My hope is that something emerged for you this month and that you have some creative …

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August 25, 2023 | Creativity

Create From Your Pain

In the last post, we explored some questions about pain and loss and considered what’s important to us. My answer was “joy.” It’s what I feel that I need to bring into being and it’s driving what I am creating this week. How about you? What do you need to …

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August 21, 2023 | Creativity

Explore What Matters

This month, we’re exploring the links between pain and creativity, both how your creativity can help you work through your pain, but also how that pain can be a driver for transformational creative work. Today, as you explore these ideas more, ask yourself the following questions (which come from Bittersweet: …

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August 18, 2023 | Creativity

Imagine Your Backpack

When I think about the idea of emotional baggage, I imagine a backpack – a heavy backpack that pulls on my shoulders and has me bent over from the weight. One of the most useful activities that I have done during my creativity journey was to close my eyes, imagine …

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August 10, 2023 | Creativity

Freedom from Pain

“Whatever pain you can’t get rid of, make it your creative offering.” That’s a quote from Leonard Cohen that opens Chapter 3 in Bittersweet by Susan Cain Her question for the chapter is “Is creativity associated with sorrow, longing – and transcendence?” The answer is yes, but the book is …

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August 3, 2023 | Creativity

Be Free

This week’s Action Item: Schedule free time. Huh? It’s counterintuitive, I know, but schedule in some down time to your week. Book a 15 to 30 minute time slot to do some free creating, to poke around, to daydream, to explore. I promise that it will be time well-spent.

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