Another AOK note

letter to elder

This project speaks to me as a retiree looking to replace some of the volunteer hours I was contributing before the pandemic. And I’m looking forward to hearing from/collaborating with like-minded writers/creators.

For more details on the free mini-course, click over to my Invent With Words site.

 

Act of Kindness writing is more than letters.

LETTER TO ELDER Encouragement WORD CLOUD

Another form of AOK [Act of Kindness] writing.
I used WordArt.com to create this word cloud.

This would be as simple as making the word cloud, printing it out, and sending it to a designated recipient.


Let me know in the form below if you’d like to join me in:

  • sending notes to those who could use a little friendship and support during trying times
  • crafting other forms that stretch your creativity while reaching out to others
  • accessing a few resources that can help you when you get stuck

 

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

The AOK writing project continues…

collage of letters to elders

I’m finding it easier to freeform with these notes to folks reached via Love For Our Elders.

It’s also been fun to add page-a-day calendar items to each note. Quotes and pics of dogs have been taking precedence lately,

Let me know in the form below if you’d like to join me in:

  • sending notes to those who could use a little friendship and support during trying times
  • crafting other forms that stretch your creativity while reaching out to others
  • accessing a few resources that can help you if you get stuck

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

Curation Corner: Insights from Seth Godin

word cloud insights on creativity

I subscribe to Seth Godin’s daily email and it just hit me that I’ve been squirreling away his wisdom when I should have been sharing it with you. Here are three items on creativity.

Hope you get a burst [a nudge, even] of inspiration.

Successful creatives are listeners and engagers.

Noodling is better than receiving feedback.

Simply begin…

The Acts of Kindness writing project continues…

kindness notes with calendar pages

As stated before, soon to show up in free mini-course form, as a preface to a community ed course come late September.

It’s been fun and there are lots of recipients out there who would be happy for us writers to reach out.

No, these aren’t perfectly styled, but as I will emphasize in the course, it needs to be fun for us writers or it will soon become a chore.

[I scored these calendars for a buck, figuring they’re a nice addition to my notes.]

Another key point of the project: Writing takes sooo many forms, so find those that work best for you.

[Samples to follow.]

Let me know in the form below if you’re interested in joining me.

 

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

Free online creativity courses

Free creativity courses word cloud 2

Greetings!

It seemed to me I should be doing a little more digging and curating for you folks, so I followed this link:

10 Creative Online Courses You Can Take for Free Online

and signed up to audit

Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success
at https://www.edx.org/

Here is part of the course description:

“This course is a virtual buffet of creativity skills for you to add to your “toolbox.” The instructors encourage students to pick and choose the techniques and lessons that best serve their needs. You can learn about the “SCAMPER” method of innovation and the “TRIZ” theory for more confidence and inventive problem-solving, as well as a host of brainstorming techniques. You’ll walk away with your own system for generating ideas.”

And now, back to my other project…

kindness note

 

Guarding your creative time with a single word…

Despite all those little voices inside you telling you otherwise, when it’s time to create, here is that word…

Ryan Holiday, author of Ego Is the Enemy, The Obstacle is the Way, and Stillness is the Key, among others, shares this advice in:

To Everyone Who Asks For ‘Just A Little’ Of Your Time: Here’s What It Costs To Say Yes

You can only hand so many hours of your day over to other people before there is none left. Even if there are some left, you may have lost the clarity, the energy and the capacity to do anything with them.

Read further about how his ‘calendar anorexia’ is the secret to his success.

Retirees: Isn’t a little free time what you aimed for all those years?

I hope you come away with a few ‘aha!’ moments.

Note: I’ve linked to Goodreads quote pages to give you a deeper look at the books. They are not affiliate links.

Note: Yesterday, I wrote about dashing perfectionism from your creative life. As I write this, there is some weird glitch with the font size for the title Ego is the Enemy above and it’s killing me. BUT, get a grip, Tim, just move on and click ‘Publish’…

Perfection…ick

perfection is stagnation on chalkboard

Okay, I set the timer to ten minutes for this post on perfection and imperfection.

I have a few posts to share and I called up an image and I hope I get it done in ten minutes to reinforce my point about us creative retirees living with imperfection, but making progress along the way.

[Ghoulish thought alert: It’s not like we have a whole lifetime ahead of us, right?]

In this first post, https://mindfulartstudio.com/how-perfectionism-is-killing-your-creativity/ one of my favorite points–which follows a powerful list of mental obstacles– is:

“All this stopping makes it hard to start.”

In this second post, from SIXTY+ME https://sixtyandme.com/why-the-search-for-perfection-after-60-is-the-enemy-of-getting-things-done/ the writer addresses: 

The Paralyzing Power of Too Many Choices

and

Too Many Options, So Little Time

Clearly, perfectionism will haunt most of us either hourly, daily, or, if you’re lucky, from time to time.

I’m working under the ‘thumb your nose at perfectionism’ deadline, so I’ll publish now and post on anti-perfectionism strategies later on. Yes, we’ve seen them all, but it’s the reminders that help move many of us forward.

Go create something. Hey! I just did! And if I can, anybody can. 

Have a great day.

Note: Of course I didn’t make it in ten minutes…21 minutes. I’ll take it and see if I learn a lesson about the number of times I tried to polish…and did it make a difference?