Creativity
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
The Gifts of Imperfection
Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Paperback      ISBN: 159285849x
Each day we face a barrage of images and ideas--from society and the media--telling us who we should be. We are led to believe that if we look perfect, live perfect, and do everything perfectly, we'd no longer struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Ironically, it's the pursuit of perfection that fuels the message 'never good enough.' In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., the leading expert on shame, reveals that it is actually ourimperfections and vulnerabilities that connect us to one another as human beings andmake us who we are. We are naturally drawn to those we view asauthentic, real, and down-to-earth. It makes sense, then, that weshould stop reaching for something 'better' and, instead, strive tobe who we are, fully owning every aspect of ourselves. This fresh 52-week guide can be read as a year-long program of WholeHearted living or by topic - whatever is the most meaningful for each reader. Brown engages our hearts, minds, and spirits in finding the beauty of authenticity and evolving our self-perceptions through fifteen guideposts that emerged from her latest groundbreaking research. Each guidepost is illustrated with essays, stories, inspiring quotes, meditations, and dynamic creative exercises designed to help us develop the skills to accept our vulnerabilities with compassion and practice loving-kindness toward ourselves and others.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Big Magic
Creative Living Beyond Fear
Paperback      ISBN: 1594634726
"From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you've dreamed of. Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulfulspirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy"--
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
Paperback      ISBN: 1594485380
A "dynamic" (Los Angeles Times) new understanding of one of life's key questions-from the New York Times bestselling author. This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs.
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Artist's Way
A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Paperback      ISBN: 0143129252
"Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.
Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic
Find Your Artistic Voice
The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic
Paperback      ISBN: 1452168865
An artist's unique voice is their calling card. It's what makes each of their works vital and particular. But developing such singular artistry requires effort and persistence. Bestselling author, artist, and illustrator Lisa Congdon brings her expertise to this guide to the process of artistic self-discovery. Featuring advice from Congdon herself and interviews with a roster of established artists, illustrators, and creatives, this one-of-a-kind book will show readers how to identify and nurture their own visual identity, navigate the influence of artists they admire, push through fear and insecurity, and appreciate the value of their personal journey.
The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World
The Gift
How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1984897780
A modern classic cherished by many of the greatest artists of our time, The Gift is a brilliant, life-changing defense of the value of creative labor. Drawing on examples from folklore and literature, history and tribal customs, economics and modern copyright law, Lewis Hyde demonstrates how our society—governed by the marketplace—is poorly equipped to determine the worth of artists’ work. He shows us that another way is possible: the alternative economy of the gift, which allows creations and ideas to circulate freely, rather than hoarding them as commodities. Illuminating and transformative, The Gift is a triumph of originality and insight—an essential book for anyone who has ever given or received a work of art.
The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday
The Art of Noticing
131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday
Hardcover      ISBN: 0525521240
Complemented with creativity-sparking illustrations, a thought-provoking gift book by the author of Buying In shares dozens of playful exercises for promoting mental clarity, improving listening skills and rediscovering one's passions.
Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer's Path
Wild Words
Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer's Path
Paperback      ISBN: 1611806658
A guide for the next generation of writers&;self-care rituals, creativity-generating rhythms, and personalized strategies for embracing a creative life. Wild Words is an invitation to explore the intersection of your writing practice with everything else in your busy life. Through personal stories and practical lessons you&;ll learn how to enter a new relationship with your creativity, one that honors where you&;ve been, where you&;re headed, and where you are today. Discover methods to support a sustainable writing practice, clarifying and nourishing routines, an understanding of your own creative history, and guidance on how to make small but powerful mind-set shifts (such as how to see a career as a partner rather than an obstacle). Above all, Wild Words encourages you to approach creativity through a seasonal lens and helps you untangle the messy process of embracing your circumstances, trusting your voice, and making time to put pen to paper, season after season.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Big Magic
Creative Living Beyond Fear
Hardcover      ISBN: 1594634718
"Coming September 22nd From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you've dreamed of. Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. Sheasks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy"--
The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life
The Creative Tarot
A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1501120239
A stylish, accessible reference for artists who would use tarot for guidance adapts readings to promote the creative process and help overcome blocks, sharing engaging anecdotes about how famous artists pursued inspiration. Original.