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QUICK Q for you, Dear Readers: When is the last time you drew a picture? Painted with watercolors?

I’m a writer, sure, but it’s important to break your mold from time to time and experiment with new forms of expression. It's especially important to share whatever you do, "ship it", and FINISH—even if it's incomplete. 

Why, you ask? Especially if it’s a different medium or outlet than your day-in day-out “norm”, it may help you understand whatever project you’re working on that much better.

If you’re not a creative, per se, what do you do to get out of your own head? Go for a bike ride? Finally cook a recipe from that Jamie Oliver cookbook? 

We're here to tell you any and all of these "breaking the mold" activities may assist with your next breakthrough and general mental health. A perfect final product or not, it's vital to SEND IT out into the world—even when things are messy or imperfect. 

Read on for #inspo and then find the nearest Michaels Craft Store to get yourself a paint set. 

Steal Like An Artist  

Creative jack of all trades AUSTIN KLEON

AUSTIN KLEON


Austin Kleon defines himself as "A writer who draws" but I'd extrapolate the use of "draw" here meaning more than simply illustration. He draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, proving wrong the notion that artists should stick to what they know. 

PPT designer by day, YouTube-Tutorial-Man by...also day


HOW-TO HACKS
Practicing what I'm preaching, our very own Ranchero Steve dipped his toes into the video tutorial world with this bookmark-able HOW-TO vid. When PowerPoint is being annoying, here's how to group objects and make the software work for you. Way to expand your horizons, Steve-O.

Anything they can do, you can do too

Creative people & innovative ideas to get you out-of-the-box
What does this splatter want to become?  You are fluent in another language

Create or Hate

  • It's simply a fact that successful people make stuff. That's what Dan Norris emphasizes in Create or Hate, the book to help you overpower your inner Hater. 

"I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business." 

  • How bout that for a LinkedIn profile bio?? Cindy Gallup knows how to shake things up, keep people on their toes, and isn't afraid to say the hard stuff. Follow her for an everyday dose of oomph.
And how does that make you feel?
  • Lessonly's Max Yoder's book, Do Better Work, seems pretty self-explanatory, but really encourages sharing work before you're ready and embracing vulnerability. This interview with Creative Mornings 'cast is an ideal #MondayMotivation listen.
Quiet your imposter syndrome
  • Steven Pressfield's brief-but-packed-with-power The War of Art is indeed a "re-readable", as Tropical MBA podcasters categorize it. I often return to this quote in times of doubt: "The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The real one is scared to death."

Hang it on the refrigerator. 


And then keep creating.

Wilco fans especially will appreciate this advice from Jeff Tweedy on persistence, acceptance, and not letting your expectations get in the way. Everyday, find something worth ~metaphorically~ cutting out and hanging on the stainless steel box keeping your cookie butter cold. 
Father of happy and healthy creating, Bob Ross episodes are now available on Netflix. (!!) When you're out of Queer Eye episodes, a bearded man talking about "happy clouds" is the next best thing.
Did I convince you to at least buy a journal?? (Or read through an old one to laugh at yourself). 

Can't wait to see what you hang on the refrigerator.

-Molly 
the writer Ranchero from GhostRanch
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