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!

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. 

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…]

Building Your Personal Sanctuary

Is there a place a sacred place where God meets you? Is there a place that you are most vulnerable and ready to receive what he wants you to hear, a place where you have to let your worldly defenses and guards down? A place you are most vulnerable? A place where you can receive what you need to move on to become the best you that you know He wants you to be?

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Are you running from this place, or maybe you just don’t know where it is yet. Are you letting the things of this world keep you from this place? Where is it my friend and why aren’t you going there regularly? Why are you keeping God from moving you past your present circumstance and moving into his Grace and Glory by denying your self the pleasure of his company and receiving His Mercy and Grace that so freely reign on us?

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Maybe you have to push through to go there, maybe there is physical pain, emotional pain, you may be tired and exhausted, but I believe there is a special place on this earth where you can connect with Him at a deep spiritual and soulyoular™ level. A place He wants to walk and run with you a place where he will shower you with His love, reveal his plans for your life, your day your every waking moment. A place where you can go to learn to forgive, heal, laugh and cry.

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When I step my foot on my Nordic track in the early morning my first thought is “Oh Jesus Walk with me” and he meets me there every time. “In his presence there is peace and rain, there is life that never ends. In his presence there is joy, there is life that never ends. How I need him”. He is the reason I come alive each and everyday!! He is my source of strength and joy!!!

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There is nothing in this world that can replace the glory of spending time in His presence. If you are searching and don’t have a sacred place to spend time with him alone, ask him to show you what you need to do to find that secret place. While I know He is with me constantly, some of the places I have met God over the years for personal time with Him, have been while walking in the woods, running at the beach, my hour long commute to work, presently on my Nordic track on my back porch, but it has rarely been inside my home. I have to disconnect from my physical house because I am so easily distracted, but you may be different you may have a little area somewhere in your home you can sit and get in His presence. My friend again, what ever you have to do, just do it! Your life will never be the same!

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