10 Inspiring Quotes

Thoughts on Finding Strength and Courage 

(1) Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.   ~ Marianne Williamson

(2) Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. ~Augustine of Hippo

(3) The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don’t have any.
 ~ Alice Walker

Thoughts on Recognizing Your Worth   

(4) Never let the hand you hold, hold you down.  ~Author Unknown

(5) Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

(6) There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. ~ Martha Graham

Thoughts on Supporting Women 

(7) There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.  ~ Madeleine K. Albright

(8) Educating girls worldwide is the best way to advance the role of women. ~ Geena Davis

(9) Remember our heritage is our power; we can know ourselves and our capacities by seeing that other women have been strong. 
~ Judy Chicago

(10) When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life. ~ Kofi Annan

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10 Quotes to Inspire You: Thoughts on Creating the Future

10 Quotes to Inspire You
Thoughts on Creating the Future

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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. – Alan Kay

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Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.  – Ella Fitzgerald

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  Your playing small does not serve the world. – Marianne Williamson

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I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life. – Miles Davis

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. – Lucretia Mott

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Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. – Georgia O’Keeffe

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being. – Goethe

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In the long run men hit only what they aim at. – Henry David Thoreau

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Dreams are necessary to life. – Anais Nin

Getting in Touch with My Creative Side

Getting in Touch with My Creative Side

You can’t use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have.
Maya Angelou

In addition to working on SpeakArtLoud I have a day job, which means I spend a lot of my time at a computer, busy planning, organizing, researching, writing, scheduling and problem solving.  I have been feeling very plugged in, yet completely disconnected from myself.

I decided that I want to be more in touch with my creative side. And, given that SpeakArtLoud is all about the importance of art in individual and community well-being, I though it only right that I should stay in touch with my own creative side.

The Experiment – Unplug and Create

So, this past week I made an effort to try and experience art and creativity as often as possible. I took a technology break, with only a few minor lapses, and stayed away from my personal email, facebook, twitter and tv for a week.

Here are a few things I did this week to connect with art and creativity:

Here is how I felt at the start of the week:

  • I felt as if I should be doing something
  • I felt anxious
  • I felt like I was missing something
  • I felt guilty for not working
  • I was uncomfortable
  • I did not know what to do with my time
  • I felt unsure and did not know how to get started making art
  • I was worried about getting it right

And by the end of the week:

  • I felt more relaxed
  • I felt happier
  • I laughed a lot more
  • I realized I really liked spending time alone painting
  • I felt like I had accomplished things
  • My environment felt more colorful and energizing
  • I had fun

Facing My Fear

As a non-artist I understand that trying to be creative or to do something artistic can be intimidating. There is a bit of worry that you won’t do it right, it won’t look good or that you won’t even know what to do.  I understand that.  I’ve felt that.  In fact that was my biggest barrier to getting started.

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.
I’m frightened of the old ones.
John Cage

Important to be creative

I firmly believe that the creative process is important to health and well-being.  We know that creativity can keep you healthy.   As a non-artist what I create is less important than the actual creative process.  The time I spend thinking, relaxing, letting go and making art is what really matters.  Process is important, relax and let go!

A Few Ideas

If you are feeling stuck or uncomfortable or even fearful about making art here are some sites to visit that might inspire ideas.  Remember, enjoy the creative process!