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Creativity Is Elusive

Creativity is an infinite resource. This is what I believe.

People are not.

Yes, we are vastly intelligent, yes, we can do a lot even in one single day of our short lifespan. Yes, we can be creative for most of that time and yet, if you look at a human being as being a vessel for the Muses’ power – we are just a tiny, tiny bowl.

Also, imagine this: every time you are stressed during the day is like a pebble you put in your bowl, sometimes you can feel this happening and you hear the tiny ripples it makes inside. Most of the time you don’t, but the pebble is there – it’s evident once you try to squeeze some creative juices out into a project.

The more stressful your days are, the more pebbles you accumulate along the way and probably the less time you have to clear them out by actually creating. This is my take on a writer’s block and the hardest thing for me to accept is that it is not under my control.

There are relaxation techniques or other ways of hustling through these moods, but sometimes it just flows out of a path that you have not foreseen. I have been trying to write an article for a blog I read for over a month (at least in the little spare time I have), but here I am writing my second post for my own blog this week… and drawing more than 3 paintings… and teaching myself how to code.

And, as far as I have any reliable knowledge about the creative process, I believe that soon after I clear the pebbles from my bowl by other means, the article’s turn will come.

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Constantly On The Move Or A Story About Wearing Too Many Hats

I really wanted to write this blog at least on a weekly basis, and although I don’t want to make excuses – I realize once again that life doesn’t always go our way.

My job became a lot more burdensome and stressful and sometimes when I get home I just stare in the blank space and then go to sleep. I really want to say how well everything in my life is going but the truth is far from that.

I have been wearing too many hats, trying to force myself in many different directions, making too many life-changing decisions and taking on too many responsibilities.

As I want to make this blog about my different interests and make it light, I will try to give you a quick update on things that have been going okay.

First, I am still drawing. Also, I found a few awesome groups on Facebook – one that gives daily topics and one that has weekly session with some U-Mazing digital artists. Just watching these blows my brains out. So, here’s a pony I drew:

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Second, I managed to save quite a huge amount of my previously owned Eric Van Lustbader books filled with sizzle, because I gave them to a friend of mine who owns a bookstore, and I even managed to finish the one called “Sirens”. Mmmm, yum! Definitely recommend!

Third, my boyfriend and I are going to move in together soon(ish) and we are currently renovating the apartment, so I have been day-dreaming and devouring design magazines in order to find the best style for us both, given our very different tastes.

Fourth, I am still trying to maintain some shape different than sphere, so I have been going to my martial arts training as often as possible and I even went to a swing dance lesson.

Sadly, I haven’t had much time to devote to my favourite game – Guild Wars 2 and probably I missed the grand era finale. Having a full-time job is not the best decision for a mover and shaker like me!

Well, if you just skipped the wall of text, here are a few interesting links you might enjoy:

1. Be reminded that we live in a miraculous world :}

2. Love sprouts in the most uncommon places – a monkey taking care of a kitty will warm your heart, I promise

3. Etam Cru’s magnificent grafitti

4. Romain Laurent’s awesome gifs that make me chuckle

5. I don’t usually read articles like that, but I can mostly agree with this one – 10 types of people to avoid in your life

6. A genius who played around with London underground signs ;}

7. A truly creative way to fulfill people’s wishes ^^

Videos:

1. Learn Italian gestures with hot males, ah, the pheromones

2. A great new technique that merges hand-drawn illustrations with animation -I present you the Disney short “Paperman” 

Sad, but the feels:

Elderly couple who take a photo each coming season

And a short quiz I enjoyed a lot: What fictional city do you belong to?

Well. hope you had fun! Keep going for your dreams, because the world needs what you have to offer!

Because I’m happy…

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(by Alizee103)

Today is kind of a sucky day for me – it was not the best day at work and let’s not start with the fact that I feel so exhausted lately that I am kind of getting used to it.

But, I decided that I will keep up my spirits high and I will try to make the day “mine” – I trained a bit, send my guest blog post ideas here and there, ate some fresh fruits and now I’m happy!

Just because I think that there are more important things than going to work and spending my free time dreading to go back.

Yeah, I am such a grown-up…

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I don’t even know how people live their whole lives like that and I feel I am living/using my white spoiled privilege on a whole new level – to be able to do whatever I like and snarl at my boss, because I don’t care if I lose this job or not. I realize that so few people could have the same freedom.

So, if you have/had a sucky day as well, please feel free to boost your mood with these:

  1. 7 Lightnings
  2. Illustrator + train trip = Fun
  3. Beautiful art is permanent, even when it is swept by the wind!
  4. News about The Internet in 1981, that shit cray

Fail summary

I guess I hit flat ground with my last post, but, oh well, it was worth the try.

I am a bit of a (recovering) perfectionist and failure is not something I deal with easily. But as time passes, I feel like there is no such thing and I treat every failure as a stepping stone to knowing better. Also, I don’t forget to congratulate myself for experimenting and being brave.

As I have been thinking about the choices I make recently, this video is a great illustration on how different our paths may turn out to be, I hope mine doesn’t lead me astray .

I don’t have much else to say, so just sit back, relax and enjoy few good pieces I have prepared for you.

1. Surreal self-portraits by Rachel Baran, and if you enjoy it, click Here for more stunning (and haunting) pictures.

2. Don’t date a girl who travels

3. Classic paintings come to life by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, but beware, it is sort of creepy. I do not advise you to watch it before bed.

4. George Martin rockin’ it out…again!

And a music video which I totally support (tx to my BFF for them videos). Love is for all of us!

Mon Dieu! It’s strange to live in this day and age!

P.S.: If nothing suited your fancy, just see these almost naked ladies in superhero T-shirts and life will be better! Nerd powaH!

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This post is about YOU, …yes, You!

I know it’s hard to trust someone on the Internet, so I’ll be quick and I promise it won’t hurt!

I want this blog to grow and I enjoy seeing (fast) results in what I do. And because I really want to go big, I will highlight you if you play the game.

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The rules are simple:

1. Take action – follow my blog, mention me in one of your posts, comment or contact me.

2. Let me know – tell me where you have mentioned me or that you are playing for the game, so that I know you want to be highlighted.

That’s it!

I trust that your attention will be genuine and not only to gain popularity and in exchange I will do my best to provide great content.

I thrive when I feel like I am writing to real and like-minded people, so hop on and tell me what does it take to make you comment?

I bet it’s food. Take some:

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Nouveau Parfum

Girls who enjoy natural beauty are always torn apart between being yourself with your natural lines, tones and imperfections or covering them up with the latest fashion tricks & trends.

Yes, when you are revved up it adds a lot to your self-confidence, but aren’t we going too far with it in the recent years?

Where do you lie on that spectrum?

For me, being “pretty” is definitely not a priority and it often falls by the wayside amongst the things that are. But, recently I am starting to think that it is actually important if you are still playing the 9-5 game. Being stylish does seem to affect the way people think of your performance and in order for me to do well, maybe it’s time to revamp my wardrobe and spend some time in the mornings to look better.

The only thing that bothers me is that I can’t imagine getting up even earlier in the mornings…hmmm.

If you are a woman, do you keep track of these things?

And if you are a man, do natural girls/women catch your eye?

Facebook did one thing right

A long essay on Facebook, Marketing, Friendship and the Universe (the answer to which is 42). Ha, bet you can’t figure that one out before you read it.

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I work in a marketing company as a social media marketer and I am sick to the brim of dealing with social media. Even before that I only enjoyed dealing with blogs anyway. I think that sharing some time over the Internet to get to know someone, understand that person and enrich your life by an added opinion is way more social than browsing through tons of irrelevant and empty-brained information. Both are forms of entertainment, but quite different ones.

But, Facebook did one thing right – as a company that needs you to be present and active, create communities, groups and share your (not-so-)private life on their site, they finally figured out a way to do it right. They follow you.

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If you only like the endless summer pictures of one of your friends, but totally ignore everything else, you are going to see more of that. Whatever content you actually engage with, you receive.

So, while I was thinking of a work-related problem it dawned on me that this is actually a great Universal law. If you think about all inventions – it’s not the best that came to fruition, it’s not the most practical that became the new trend and it is definitely not by the most charming people or campaigns that these things were marketed. 

Judging by these marketing campaigns that would have been banned today, for example: Banned ads.

The most successful inventions were the ones people were actually voting for with their attention, money and/or hard work.

I don’t want to go too deep down the spiritual hole but maybe this is how even our ideas come in our heads. It’s like voting for the world you like to create and the more people have these ideas, the more the Universe acts like a giant Facebook and says “This ad has been approved!”

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I guess that this could be a logical, even though quite hypothetical theory on why some sci-fi authors were able to “predict” the future we now live in. Maybe they just planted the seed for an idea that was waiting for the right conditions to pop-up. For example, as a child, I imagined that I would have a robot that is constantly at my disposal and I can use it as a substitute for a friend. I guess that with some imagination, and I don’t suffer any lack in this regard, you could easily call the computer or your last model Blackberry one such friend (especially if you talk to Siri). If I’m correct, there were many lonely children wishing for the same thing.

Please, tell me some of your (maybe-not-so-)crazy thoughts in the comments below, because being alone on this feels a bit, well, lonely!