Creative Notions

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all. The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don’t practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much atrophy into inexistence. But keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap.

So how do you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first thing is to become a human leech. No, we’re not talking about just sucking the blood out of every living being available, we’re saying that you should take in as much knowledge and learning you can find. Read everything available — good and bad, and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know, and the more your faculty of wonder will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color into your life.

Focus on a creative activity everyday. Yes, it’s an effort. Even doodling is a creative activity. Don’t let anything hinder you. Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just starting out to unleash a little bit of creative thinking in their lives, it is helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence, that, “hey, what I’m doing is getting somewhere.” So why don’t you try it. Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and make a point to write in it religiously. Another cool idea is to write by describing something with your five senses. Try to avoid vague adjectives like “marvelous,” “amazing,” and “delicious.” Before you know it, you’ll have built yourself a tiny portfolio, and you’ll be amazed at the growth you’ve undertaken after amassing all those works of art. Who knows, you might actually take to liking those things you do everyday. Pretty soon those things will become a part of you and you’ll be addicted to these creative exercises.

Think out of the box — or don’t. Sometimes, constraints are actually a good thing. Limitations discipline you to work within your means. It enables you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.

Try something new everyday and let your experiences broaden your perspective. Explore a new district in your neighborhood. Spend an afternoon in a museum to which you’ve never been before. Chat up someone on the bus. Open up to the people around you. As you thrust yourself out of your comfort zone more and more each day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your zest for life. Think about it. When was the last time you did something for the first time? If it’s been a while, I tell you, you’ve been missing out on a whole lot of experiences that could’ve added to your growth, emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Why don’t you try bungee jumping today? Not only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share, enabling you to practice your storytelling skills and making you the life of the party.

Embrace insanity. No, not to the point of practically admitting yourself into the mental ward. As John Russell once said, “Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.” Exactly! Every creative thought was once deemed insanity by other “normal” people at one time or another. Luckily, that didn’t stop the creative geniuses from standing by them. The thing is, sanity or being normal confines people to think… well, normally. Within limits. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers. Yes, this includes the bizarre and the downright strange. I’m not saying that you yourself should develop a creative personality. That might go haywire. An example of a creative personality would be George Washington, who often rode into battle naked, or James Joyce, who wrote “Dubliners” with beetle juice for an intense fear of ink, or Albert Einstein, who thought his cat was a spy sent by his rival (or in thinking creatively in this case, the term could probably be “archnemesis.”) It’s important that your creativity doesn’t get you detached from the real world completely.

I hope this article has inspired you to start thinking beyond your “limits.” If you follow these steps pretty soon you’ll be living a life full of interesting adventures. Unleashing your creative thinking  will bring about a new zest for living life.

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Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale is an Actress, Singer, and Producer who as appeared in many things in her short life, from Disney’s High School Musical series to feature film’s like Donnie Darko. Ashley started performing at the young age of three and by the time she was 12 was on Broadway singing in Les Miserable. She also runs her own Production Company, Blondie Girl.

Avoiding Procrastination

Let’s face it, dealing with the obstacles of day to day living can drive us a little crazy. Without proper organization, this could make rolling out of the bed a problem of its own. We sometimes find it difficult focusing on one thing at a time, find that in the end nothing is done. From the office, to household, children, and finances, without proper organization could turn disastrous. You want to learn how to manage your time, actions and overall arrangements. Successful people know how to get ahead; they plan, set priorities, and always follow through. There are many services to help you to organize and control your life, but here are some suggestions to get you started.

Stop procrastination
Although there are good and bad procrastinations, depending on what you make or do for a living most commonly, you are working on nothing, something less important, or something more important. Stop putting off small things, for more important things. Still, not always good. Try writing down the tasks you could be working on and when something is completed; scratch it off your list. The description of procrastination is avoiding in doing a task and not accomplishing it. Improve your personal life by completing what it is your set out to do. If finances are something that you are putting off to get organized, pull out those receipts and take control of your finances. If your goal is to lose weight and this has created anxiety in your life, discover a nutritional plan that works for you and start today. The best solution is to start exercise. Start out slow and work your way into a complete three day a week program. You will be amazed at what exercising can do for you muscles, mind, body, and so on.

Allow more free time to do want you want
Increase productivity and find free time for you may seem almost impossible, but only when we are disorganized. The key to finding more free time is to organize what needs to be done. A simple list consisting of catching up on your workload, working out, time with family and friends, and pursuing your own leisure activity can all be done by making a plan. It seems a little odd to have to put your family on a priority list, but it sure beats not spending time with family at all because your doing everything spontaneously and unprepared. Improve your personal life by staying organized and allow room for fun.

Give yourself  peace of mind
Very few people understand the cause of happiness. Many of us focus on friends, cars, and money as the true reason for happiness and devote all of our time and energy acquiring these things. The real source of peace of mind is in inner peace. Remember that if we have a peaceful mind, we will be happy. Having all the money in the world would not make us completely peaceful if we decide to let in all the negative influences and disturbances in our circle. Improve your personal life by creating a healthy surrounding for yourself and family. You can take steps to gain peace of mind. The first step is meditating at least once everyday. Allow your mind to focus on nothing. Once you are in the mood, allow your thoughts to graze the pastures. In addition, there is nothing wrong with taking time out to dream about a life that you would like to live.

Sometimes if we take the step to dream, we will find the stamina to take action to achieve our dreams. Keep the dreams realistic.

Get ahead of your fears and conquer your goals, personal growth is just a plan away!

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Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts was born in Phoenix Arizona in 1981. By age 3 she was dancing and by age 8 she began singing. She moved to Los Angeles after high school and appeared in numerous TV commercials and a music video for the Counting Crows. Within 6 months of moving to LA she joined the group the Pussycat Dolls.

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Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen was born in Sherman Oaks California in 1986. She has an older brother a twin sister (Mary-Kate), a younger sister and two half siblings. When she and her twin sister were infants they were cast for the role Michelle Tanner on the TV sitcom Full House. Ashley played the dramatic roles and Mary Kate was cast in the more playful scenes. They were on the show for eight seasons. When they finished with Full House she went on to star in numerous children’s films along side her sister. By age 10 she and her sister built themselves a brand and launched their corporation Dualstar, becoming the youngest self-made millionaires in U.S history. Ashley finished high school but didn’t go to her prom instead she decided to co-host SNL with her sister. The two then moved to New York City and began to attend NYU. She dated Scott Sartiano. She also took time to visit her sister when she went to a treatment center for her anorexia. Ashley eventually ended her relationship with Scott and moved to LA where she focused on her clothing lines. She has been in numerous films but hasn’t been in any movies since 2004 but has made a place for herself amongst many fashion designers. In 2007 she was seen numerous times with the newly single Lance Armstrong but the two haven’t confirmed if they were in a relationship.

Suspending Bad Qualities to Improve your Personal Life

Suspending bad qualities to improve your personal life is a great start to success. Sometimes we have to leave bad habits behind to get ahead. Many people wander through life self-judging, failing to recognize discomforts is a part of life, and failing to see that the truth is the key that sets them free.

How it works:
You want to start by discovering what your want from life. Once you decide what you want, consider what hinders you. If you discover what hinders you, think of ways that you can remove those obstacles out of your way. The first thing you want to do is be honest with you and others. If you are honest, you will find a way around nearly every obstacle you encounter. Remember though people need support.

Getting on the right track is easy when you discover your needs and wants. Once you discover you, you want to make sure that you write them down. Recording the details is the start to discovering more about you and what you want from life. Don’t set your expectations beyond your reach.

As you study you, learn to review your visions and voices within. These little critters are designed to help guide you in life. If you begin to rumble, instead of running from the voices write them down. You may be amazed at what you discover. The mind is developed to capture pictures faster than any media camera can produce. These images store secret messages that help us to advance. When pictures emerge views them carefully and look for your hidden messages. When you write down your images, it gets better since you develop new ideas.

If you are writing down images, instead of running from negative visions, relate to them. Write them down describing in detail what you see. Allow room to see why you think like this. Do you hang around with people that make you feel this way? Do you conform to habits that make you feel this way? Allow room and find answers to remove those negative emotions.

When your body talks, listen and stop avoiding what it says. The body tells us what we need. When you avoid your bodies talk, it opens the door for incurring more problems. The world is full of problems so why keep adding rather start subtracting. Your body talks in many ways. When your stomach grumbles, it is a clear indication you are hungry. Feast, satisfy your tummy and you will live happier. If your muscles are sore, it is a sign you lack exercise and stretches. Stretch those muscles. Work those muscles out. The worst thing that could happen is that you will feel bad. How bad can that be?

Do you shun discomfort?
Discomfort is a part of life. Discomfort may produce in the form of boredom, fatigue, discomfort, and so on. Your body and mind will tell you when you feel discomfort. Instead of taking a flying leap to escape, face your discomforts.

Allow your discomforts to open new doors. Open the doors, walk in and face them head on. Most discomforts come from simple issues that lead to no problem at all.

Do you run around like a turkey with its head cut off suspending judgment of self? If you are, you are rolling backwards in a cranky vehicle that leads you nowhere. Spark up them plugs and put the gears in motion by taking action to stop judging you. Unless you are the man in the sky with the plan, you have no right to judge.

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Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson was born in Waco Texas in 1984. She is the younger sister of singer/actress Jessica Simpson. Ashlee started to dance when she was only 4 years old and by the time she was 11 she was the youngest person to enter into the prestigious School of American Ballet and by age 14 she started dancing professionally. She went on the road during her sister’s rise to fame well dreaming of eventually starting her own singing career. In 2001 she appeared on numerous TV shows including Malcolm in the Middle, Saved by the Bell, The Donny & Marie Show, and many others. Her big break came when she got a role on the TV drama 7th Heaven. In 2003 she signed a contract to create her first album. Her father suggested she create a reality show which could be about the making of her album and in 2004 The Ashlee Simpson Show premiered on MTV. A month later she released the album Autobiography. Later that year Ashlee was set to perform on SNL but it proved to be an embarrassment when a technical difficulty made it known she was lip-synching. In 2005 she released her album I am Me. Ashlee married Pete Wentz and in 2008 gave birth to their first child a baby boy.