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7 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Instant inspiration, courtesy of designer Anna Rabinowicz


1. Read Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis

A rabbit sits in a cardboard box and uses his imagination to transform it into a racecar, a mountain, a robot. The lesson? “Anything can be anything,” Anna says.

2. Go outside

Nature informs most of Anna’s designs: “A pinecone, a caterpillar, some gnarled gourds from a pumpkin patch—the natural world is full of bizarre, beautiful stuff.”

3. Start a collection Continue reading

Quote: Being the Best Version of Ourselves



“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.” 

― Jackson Brown Jr.

The Waiting Place

There are very few things from our childhood that still have the ability to move and excite us in the same way as they did when we were children. Dr. Seuss’s books & poems are at the very top of my list. Take a moment to read & take in this all-time favorite!









THE WAITING PLACE 

by Dr. Seuss

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come,
or a plane to go or the mail to come,
or the rain to go or the phone to ring,
or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday Night

or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting.

 

SOURCE: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

How the ‘School of Life’ Can Help You Find Big Answers to Big Questions

by Amy Maclin from the January 2015 edition of Oprah Magazine

School Of Life

For 17 years, I spent most of my waking hours in school, doodling. I learned the types of clouds, what happens to a banana when you put it in liquid nitrogen. But there were never any classes on how to live. What do we need to be happy? How can we make love last? Why should we keep washing the dishes when we’re all going to die someday? Continue reading

This Little Girl Is Only 5, But She’s Already A Famous Model Thanks To Her Dad’s Crazy Idea

I read this post on distractify.com and knew instantly I had to share these photos with you all…

 

At first, these look like beautiful, ultra-realistic paintings from a famous museum.


The modest garment and simple background suggests they’re were drawn hundreds of years ago.


But upon closer inspection, these are actually photographs. See more…
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Break Through Creative Blocks with this Unconventional Drawing Technique



Clarity of thought, creative breakthroughs and inner peace whilst having a vacation from your overactive mind?

Sound good?

You need to sharpen your pencils.

An all-too-familiar creative roadblock

If you’ve ever had a tight deadline for a project or been trying to finish that latest article that seems to never end, you’ll appreciate the desperation that can start to creep into your thinking.

You’ve been working for what seems like days, thinking and re-thinking, writing and rewriting, trying to unleash that one idea, that one genius brushstroke to finish the piece. But it keeps eluding you and you start to feel… slightly hysterical!

Logically you know there must be a simple solution, but if the answer doesn’t come easy, avoidance tactics creep in and you ask yourself a couple of dangerous questions:

Would checking my email help?

Would Google know the answer?

It can become increasingly difficult to break the cycle of the same idea milling around in your head. What we need is a fast track to creative clarity. Continue reading

Welcome to mindfulmod.com!

My name is GiGi and I will be your official tour guide as you journey along with me through the pages of mindfulod.com.

This blog has been created solely as a daily source for inspiration.

Whether your glass is half full or half empty, pick a topic and read on Brothers & Sisters.

Once again I welcome you to my sweet place in cyberspace.

Mindfully,

GiGi

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