Being Professional and Creative

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“How can you make sure that being too professional doesn’t inhibit creativity?”

This is a very interesting and challenging question! Let’s look at a couple of key terms: “professional” and “too professional” to distinguish some differences between them.

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Writing for Fun and for Your Career

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“What is it like to write for personal reasons- for fun, and not for a career? Does there have to be a difference?”

Writing for personal reasons can be wonderful! It is a form of creative and self expression, even though some may not think of it as such.

Blogs, poetry, short stories, journals, personal essays, novels and science fiction are some of the writing genres that people use. The key to writing for fun and for personal reasons is that the desire to do so comes from within. We do it for ourselves because it interests us or we want to interact with our “characters” to see what happens to them. We want to write about our personal and/or professional experiences. We like to play with words and see where they lead us. We can use words to create people, scenes, colors, textures and moods. Writing is exploration in action! It gives us a chance to read more about topics that intrigue us and which we might want to incorporate into our own writings.

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Creating Art—Healing Anger

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Creating art can be a powerful form of expression. It can help you heal. It can help you learn to express pent up feelings and to give voice to those feelings. It also can help you discover important information about yourself. As a life coach and visual artist I have personally had this experience as well as seen it happen with other people.

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Let Your Creativity Shine

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“Creative? Who, Me?!” That’s the reaction many people have when asked if they’re creative.

Everyone is creative in different ways and to varying degrees. One style of creativity is when people have innovative ideas, make new discoveries, create products and services and have a unique perspective of seeing and doing things. The other style is when people like to work within existing parameters with current systems, products and services and look for ways to make them better. Their creativity is practical and focused on direct application.

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A Token of Your Esteem

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My “office away from my home office” is a coffee shop where they give a piece of chocolate with each purchased drink.

Three years ago I began to bring these pieces of chocolate home and put them in my husband’s candy jar, telling him I’d just given him a “token of love.” He was thrilled. This memento was no small thing coming from me, a devoted chocoholic, and he knew it.

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Journaling Is All About You

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When you’re not trying to please someone, fit in with a group or meet the expectations of others, you may ask yourself, “What do I really believe?” It’s not always easy to find and may be well-hidden to avoid making yourself vulnerable.

One way to explore this is to write in a journal. Give yourself permission to write whatever comes to mind in a stream-of-consciousness style, without editing or criticizing your thoughts. Write for yourself without sharing your writing. Keep it private so you won’t feel self-conscious or afraid of what others would think. If you eventually decide to share your writings, be certain to select supportive, positive people.

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Find Your Self-Care Method

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Too often taking care of yourself ends up buried at the bottom of your pile of things to do. But self-care supports your well-being and helps you accomplish what’s important.

When you hear the phrase “self-care,” you might think of facials and massages to pamper yourself. These are certainly relaxing ways of caring for yourself. Yet there are many other forms of self-care that are also very satisfying.

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How To Get Or Be A Mentor

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Most of us have benefited from a guiding relationship with someone older and more experienced. Many of us have also shared our insights and experiences with someone younger who is looking for direction and instruction.

Mentoring relationships frequently develop in the workplace, where a younger employee’s skills and judgment are nurtured along by an older co-worker.

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Changing on The Inside

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Change elicits a range of responses in people—including excitement, fear, joy and sadness. Even when change is desirable, it can still be stressful and confusing.

“Change” occurs in the circumstances of our external physical world. Significant changes require physical and emotional adjustments and require us to “transition” to new realities.

“Transition” is the internal, emotional and psychological process by which we respond to external change. Transitions usually take longer than we expect or want them to.

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Become A Legacy In Your Own Time

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At some point many of us begin thinking about leaving a legacy that will continue after we’ve died. We want to leave behind tangible evidence of our lives. We want to know that our living made a positive difference.

A legacy is something handed down from one generation to the next. Some people are able to leave big legacies—Eisenhower’s cross-country superhighway system, Carnegie’s free public libraries, Roosevelt’s national parks.

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