25 Things Creatives Do Differently

 

 

Part One

I recently read an awesome article on www.powerofpositivity.com and have to share it in its entirety with you. I have always realized that creative people work with a different set of tools. Here is their take on this fascinating lifestyle I so widely embrace and love most of the time. What are your favorite and most relatable numbers below? I have divided it up into two posts because if most of you are like me, you’ll skip right to the bottom when you get halfway through. 

“While most think of creative people as “right-brained” or artsy, creativity exists within all of us – even the most logical, linear thinkers.

However, some of us have honed our creative sides a little more than others, and know how to capture and express that imaginative energy. Creative people cover a broad spectrum of personalities, from the stereotypical starving artist to the entrepreneurial businessman. They share some common traits that allow them to bring that creativity to life, including the following:

25 Things Creative People Do Differently:

1. They work when the work comes to them…meaning that they only paint, draw, write, sew, dance, or write out business plans when they feel like it. Creative people know the mind performs best in small bursts of concentrated work.
2. They probably don’t have a “normal” job. The creative spirit feels dampened by a job in which it doesn’t get to roam free and do as it pleases. Many creative types turn to entrepreneurship to make money because it fulfills their soul while still allowing them to get paid.

3. They see inspiration in everything. Creative spirits become inspired by anything and everything, from an unusual pattern on a leaf to the bright lights of a city at night. They see the world as their oyster and have a knack for finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

4 .They never stop questioning. The creative mind always wonders and always wanders; creative people have highly active imaginations and ponder the big AND small questions in life. They want to know it all.
5. They aren’t afraid to fail. They don’t even see failure as a bad thing because they know that the only way to grow in life is by putting yourself out there and making mistakes.

6. They don’t like being told what to do or when to do things. They work best alone and feel totally confident walking their own path in life.

7. They are risk-takers. Creative people don’t just love doing new things, they actually seek out dangerous or uncomfortable opportunities because this makes them feel alive. It unlocks new doors of creativity, and might even give them insight into previously undiscovered talents.

8. They use their pain to fuel their passion. Creative people have likely been through very hellish and traumatic experiences, but these experiences give life to their work. They feel inspired by what they learned from their setbacks, and transmute the negative energy from the pain into something positive.

9. They practice self-development. Imaginative people know that a foggy, unproductive, negative brain will block their creativity and not allow them to express themselves fully. They read self-help books, practice mindfulness, meditate, do yoga, and say positive affirmations. They know that a positive attitude is a cornerstone of achieving a high level of creative success.

10. They daydream. Creative people let their minds wander, and don’t ask any questions until later. They simply enjoy traveling to new lands and thinking up new concepts through their imaginations, and know that daydreaming can lead to the most profound, unparalleled ideas.

11. They enjoy spending time alone. Most creative people are seen as loners or misfits, and never really fit into any stereotype or clique. While this may not always be the case, creative people usually feel most comfortable in solitude because they do their best work in their own company.

12. They aren’t afraid of being different. They know they’re different, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They own their uniqueness and feel honored to show it off.
They only want friends who uplift and inspire them. They don’t want to be around people who don’t have big dreams and visions – they seek out friendships with people who they can bounce ideas off of and who truly understand their soul.”

What is your favorite part of being a creative person? Share in the discussion on our Facebook page!

No Such Thing as Normal in a Creative Business

What does a Normal Life mean to you? So many of us frequently start to think about the grass being greener in a “normal” life when we are in a fall or winter season of our creative business. I think we need to define and accept what “normal” is for us to be able to come to peace with our present day and move on with an abundant life we were destined to live. It’s always going to be changing and that’s truly what you want. With change comes new life. Your creative business is a living breathing thing that’s evolving daily. What do you think?

Happy Mother’s Day to Me!!!

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I know this has nothing to do with art, paint or DIY. But my business is more then just a product. Its people and lives that make a great products for you and their lives surrounding every label applied. We are a MomMom and Poppie business. Maybe right in your neighborhood and we all have stories right?
 
Well, I have been on Weight Watchers and love it. I lost 15 pounds in the last 11 weeks and I am thrilled. I dont go to meetings and am an online member, but there is a support system called Connect and its like a facebook for WW. Well we have this thing called NSV (non scale victory).
 
I flew home yesterday from Seattle to Orlando after visiting my little grand daughter for a week. I have many times dreaded getting up to go use the Lav because I didn’t want my big butt hitting somebody in the head or at least the arm. Well I have a NSV to report! I walked down several rows of the aisle yesterday and didnt take anybody down or have to apologize all along the way!!! Its an accomplishment worth sharing and celebrating!!!
 
Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

Living the Life We Dream of Isn’t Always Easy

Let the Beauty we Love Be What we Do

I love this Rumi quote. It always makes me think about being a creative business owner. Sadly, living that life we dream of,  isn’t always as easy as just saying a quote like this to create the life we long for. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that each and everyone of us are filled with  the sparks of greatness that will enable us to do and be what ever we put our mind to . What I am really saying is that many of us have really big dreams and don’t feel like we have or are achieving them up to this point in our lives. The feeling of underachieving or failure that you feel is a big stumbling block on the road to success for you if it’s what you concentrate on. Believe me, I have huge dreams too so I understand!

 I am asking you to give your self some grace. There are so many factors that have to come together for any and every level of success to be achieved. Far too much to talk about for a post here.  I want to encourage you to actively focus with your minds eye, on just exactly what it is that you desire. Keep it in focus and make small little steps toward it each and everyday that you can. One of the things that has enhanced my life beyond measure has been to learn to enjoy my creative journey. Yes I am serious. Every step and attempt at something changes my course just a we tiny bit and  always brings me closer to where I am ultimately going. I pray you can enjoy your journey too just as I do. Sometimes the journey gives us new dreams and thats super fun too. I had to develop the habit of not letting what I haven’t achieved yet, keep me from getting what I desire. 

Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do

Let the Beauty we Love Be What we Do

 

I love this Rumi quote. It always makes me think about being a creative business owner. Sadly, living that life we dream of,  isn’t always as easy as just saying a quote like this to create the life we long for. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that each and everyone of us are filled with  the sparks of greatness that will enable us to do and be what ever we put our mind to . What I am really saying is that many of us have really big dreams and don’t feel like we have or are achieving them up to this point in our lives. The feeling of underachieving or failure that you feel is a big stumbling block on the road to success for you if it’s what you concentrate on. Believe me, I have huge dreams too so I understand!

 I am asking you to give your self some grace. There are so many factors that have to come together for any and every level of success to be achieved. Far too much to talk about for a post here.  I want to encourage you to actively focus with your minds eye, on just exactly what it is that you desire. Keep it in focus and make small little steps toward it each and everyday that you can. One of the things that has enhanced my life beyond measure has been to learn to enjoy my creative journey. Yes I am serious. Every step and attempt at something changes my course just a we tiny bit and  always brings me closer to where I am ultimately going. I pray you can enjoy your journey too just as I do. Sometimes the journey gives us new dreams and thats super fun too. I had to develop the habit of not letting what I haven’t achieved yet, keep me from getting what I desire. 

Is It a Problem When We Look at Customers as Dollar Signs?

Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.

Do you ever feel like you are going against the loving nature of your heart when you are at an event selling your creations or prospecting for customers ? I suffered with this for years building different businesses, especially building my former network marketing based business. I struggled severely with the feeling that I needed certain people to reach the income goals I set. I felt like I would look at my customers and reps as $$$$$. This same thing happened when I was on the art show circuit. It was nearly impossible for me to find a balance at that time. I was doing something I started out loving, but ended up preferring to shoot my self in the foot rather then do another art or craft show. What was this problem rooted and grounded in. I had no idea at the time so I quit the circuit and started teaching full time. But this is what Galatians says about it

““ My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?” Galatians 5:16-18 MSG http://bible.com/97/gal.5.16-18.msg

So what can we really do about this? How do we overcome it in real life? I personally had to take a break from it. I learned that, that particular business model didn’t work for me. I also realized that when ever I look to man instead of God, that they become the center of my attention and desire and not Him. He is my provider, not any particular person. It was helpful for me to have a steady source of income as I have built my businesses. I am very fortunate to have a profession that I also love, that more then covers my financial needs. You have to decide and only you and God and the lading of the Holy Spirit know what’s right for you. I have many friends and associates that work best when under pressure and overcome all the odds against them. Remember, we are all different. So my friends, if you find yourself looking at your customers as dollar signs, take that as a sign that something in your life has to change. You are not a horrible person. It has happened to the best of us. Give yourself a whole bunch of grace, take a breath and come up with some other ways to restructure and reach your hearts desire. I love you! Nancy This is why many of us believe we have a hard time selling our wares.

Sharing Your Creative Gifts with Confidence

If you share from your heart, you can be confident that you have the ability to accomplish what HE needs you to do.
As a Creative Christian business woman I have questioned myself on several ocassions in the past about whether the pursuit of my business or art career was serving GOD or myself. I would ask myself do my desires match HIS purpose for my life. Am I serving HIM through what I do? Am I and what I do good enough to serve HIS people?
 
Well there is no guilt and condemnation in CHRIST JESUS my friend. GOD has bestowed upon you and me beautiful gifts and they are meant to be shared. Guilt and condemnation are not from GOD, because no bad thing comes from HIM.
 
Don’t compare your self to others. You are more then enough. It doesn’t matter what your gifts are, whether it’s playing the piano, painting a picture of someones love one that has passed away or the best cookie baker in the world you a valuable and loved daughter of THE KING. Use your talent and gifts today in a way that serves HIM and fulfills your hearts desire. If you share from your heart, you can be confident that you have the ability to accomplish what HE needs you to do.
 
In Christ Service, Nancy
 
Matthew 20:28  Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

More Then Just an Art Workshop!

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It was 14 and a half years ago that the “Broken to Beautiful” retreat was dropped into my heart during a drastically life changing experience. I was sitting on the back of my truck and working on a mosaic paper towel holder at a campground on the Tennessee river and GOD started pouring a divine revelation into my heart. Prior to this I had been a Mosaic teacher for a few years, but had been drawn to making beautiful out of broken pretty much my entire life. I loved it and was drawn to this as a lifestyle for as long as I could remember.

 

At the time of my divine revelation I was really broken. My marriage had fallen apart and we were living separately.  I had developed anxiety attacks after a failed reconciliation and was trying to find my way in the world as a non-divorced single Christian gal and didn’t like where any of it was going. So what’d I do? I took off on a month long pilgrimage of sorts and thats where I met GOD that day on the back of my truck. 

HE showed me that if I had faith HE would take all the brokenness of the past and create a beautiful treasure from my life just like I do with mosaic.

As I was gluing each broken treasured piece of vintage broken china on that heart( how ironic right?) the divine downloads were being dumped on me one after another, This knowledge I was receiving was about how we all are broken.  He showed me that mosaic is a metaphor for life and how we can turn broken to beautiful, just as Christ has restored us through the Cross. With every single piece I applied, my faith expanded and I developed vision and hope that I, and our marriage would be made whole again. During the next few years I stood and walked this truth and I am blessed and fortunate to share with you today that  my husband and I have been transformed from shattered  to restored, reconciled and in love all over again for nearly 12 years. Praise God!!!!!!

HE showed me that if I had faith HE would take all the brokenness of the past and create a beautiful treasure from my life just like I do with mosaic. I also accepted the assignment to help others turn their lives from broken to beautiful on that journey . 

 I  would love to share with you some of these treasures  that HE  gifted on me and I received through grace on that hot summer day in Scottsboro Alabama on my pilgrimage.

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There is a healing aspect to mosaic that I can not explain. I truly believe that it is from above.

I feel honored to have been entrusted to share with others how to take broken pieces of your past and transform them into masterpieces. This reHeirlooming process is much deeper then just the beautiful piece you will create if you choose to join me for this retreat, it is soul transforming. Believe me when I tell you, I have never been the same since that day on the back of my truck. I knew mosaic had a special place in my heart, but I just thought I liked it more then any other art medium. Also remarkable is my belief that if I had not been away from my normal environment, I doubt that I would have ever received the knowledge I needed to share this with you.

If you are looking for an experience that will change your life, this is the retreat for you. No experience needed. Just bring your broken treasures and your open heart and we will craft together a mosaic masterpiece that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

I promise you that it will be more then a workshop guaranteed. However, because it is more then a workshop I feel the need to clarify a few things for you so you know just exactly what you should and shouldn’t expect..

More then Just an Art Workshop

What It Is: A time to get together with like minded ladies and create a mosaic masterpiece while sharing and caring for each other.

It is a safe and private space and you will be honored.  You will learn how to turn broken to beautiful. I will share my journey from broken to beautiful as I am lead to do so.

Fear Not My Sweet

What this Isn’t; this retreat isn’t a one of those retreats that are psycho/social in nature. You will not be forced to share your deepest secrets. I say this because while I was carrying so much brokenness, I would avoid events or experiences where I thought I had to share things that weren’t meant to be shared. Not every life experience needs to be shared. Only those that you feel like would benefit you or others is what I believe should be shared. No one will make you uncomfortable.

If you are feeling drawn to this, but are doubtful, scared or downing yourself or would love to come but don’t have all the money right now, please email me and we will set up a call to address what ever is putting these thoughts of unbelief in your mind.  If it’s on your mind and heart to be here then we will help you find a way.

This is not a hard sell letter. It’s my heart and life’s mission sharing with you one of my biggest purposes on this earth. If you would love to have more details on this 4 day Art-cation Adventure with me please go to the event webpage and check it out right here.
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Do You Miss My Bunny Girl Too?

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Exciting News Just for You!

As most of you know, that have followed The Mosaic Mermaid and been students for years, my mosaic business sort of took a sabbatical while I launched and built my sister company Poppie’s Paint Powder. Then the last time we talked I told you about the fabulous business coach I hired. Well she really helped me to admit the truth of the matter is, I have really love teaching and mosaic! I have missed more then you will ever know, seeing my students taking broken and making it beautiful. making and sharing Mosaic has always captured my heart. It’s always been a strange phenomenon to me, because I can do just about any type of art. But Nothing quite compares to the bliss I get  seeing all the broken and mismatched pieces come together as a majestic masterpieces. So my friends,  there are big plans for this year. I will be combining much of my Poppie’s business together with The Mosaic Mermaid so I can serve you better. These things will roll out as the year progresses on the websites, emailings, branding and on my Facebook page Nancy Olliver and Social media accounts. It will take a while, so I ask that you will please be patient with me. [Read more…]

The Fancy Flea

I am so excited to have the opportunity to be teaming up with The Fancy Flea’s Lori Powell to offer you a Chalk Painting experience of a lifetime at The Rocking H Ranch in lakeland florida.

Click right now to get all the details and a seat when they are still available.

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