Focus of 2013: Creativity!

Amanda Cherie

My focus for 2013 is: getting more creative!

The past year I’ve been looking inward, searching for ways to be more balanced and self-loving, dealing with fear and procrastination and from there reaching outward in love to others, rekindling old relationships.
I regularly wrote about the benedictine monks and their daily practices, which inspired me and led me to interesting insights about time, setting priorities and being mindful and grateful.

I also found out that from silence comes balance and serenity which in turn gives birth to inspiration and creativity.

Here’s a sneak peak at ways in which I want to
BE more creative and DO more creative things regularly in the new year:

1) Chihuahua A Day


On the first of January I started my Chihuahua A Day project on Instagram. I love taking little snapshots of pretty things and animals, making a cute little virtually framed ‘painting’ out of them. It makes me feel joyful and gets my creative juices flowing!
And who would be better and prettier to portray than my precious blonde 10 pound chihuahua Kiara.

2) Writing regularly with low thresholds

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In 2012 I have learned an invaluable tool in my battle against perfectionism and fear based procrastination: setting encouragingly low thresholds to start an activity: committing to write at least 1 line a day. Possibly more, but one is enough and is just as big an accomplishment as writing whole page.
I’m learning that there are shades of grey between black and white.
I apply this to my blog writing as well as other activities and tasks. A true breakthrough for me!

3) Creative prayer and meditation

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I also want to get more creative in my prayer and meditation.
Recently I got a lot of helpful hints from different sources suggesting I can pay or meditate as I am. Everybody is made unique, so why do I think I have to pray or meditate in the same way as other, completely different people and that there’s even a right or wrong way to do it?

What freedom lies in that notion!

4) Following the Artist’s Way image
I’m also planning to follow Julia Cameron’s widely acclaimed program: the Artist’s Way, in the new year. Just like a whole lot of (aspiring) artists, I deal with a lot of negative self talk and assumptions about myself, my work and my potential. The Artist’s way deals with that, in a very gentle and encouraging manner, by means of weekly assignments and encouragement.

I cannot wait to share my progress (not perfection 🙂 with you all!

Do you have a creative focus for 2013 as well? Let me know! Leave a comment below or contact me via:

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Love, peace and happy newyear!


How to find your passion

This morning I read a Christmas card in my ballet school which said: ‘best wishes, find your passion for 2010’. That immediately struck a chord with me!

What’s my passion?

Ever since I was a kid, I’d been writing short stories, poems and journals fervently. But when I reached my teens and twenties a passion killing monster reared its ugly head: fear of failure.

Now, while snow is drizzling against my windows and front porch I sense that I am happy, and that some of that happiness is being stirred up in me through my refound passion: writing. I believe that God has a plan for me and that it includes writing.

Today I want to help you discovering your passion too:

Leo Babauta wrote a very useful post about it:

Here are the questions he proposes with some of my answers.

1. What are you good at?

I’d like to name three of my skills: I’m good at writing: journaling (I’ve got four different journals at the same time) and blogging. I’m also a skilled speech therapist who knows how to sign and I have some flamenco prowess.

2. What excites you?

Blogging, dancing and working galvanize me most. Reading and studying English through all the blogs I read is some of my favorite pastimes too, as well as drinking coffee 🙂

3. What do you read about?

I mostly read nonfiction and blogs about productivity, habit change, simplicity, happiness, energy management and Christian faith.

4. What have you secretly dreamed of?

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been dreaming of being a writer. I’m dreaming of inspiring thousands of people with my writing, inspire them to live a more productive and happier life. That’s why it’s such a vicarious thrill for me that Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project reached #2 on de New York Times best seller list last week.

5. Learn, ask, take notes

I do this by taking a lot of notes like: inspirational quotes, funny English words and interesting topics. I read a lot of blogs to learn from their style, voice, vocabulary, grammar and topics.

6. Experiment, try. &   7. Narrow things down.

My blog Inspiration and Productivity is my writing experiment. I aspire to author a book later on as well.
I could also have been experimenting other flamenco styles for example, but I think I already narrowed it down quite a bit.

8. Banish your fears.

That’s quintessential! Here’s Leo’s post on overcoming self-doubt:

9. Find the time.

I’m finding time for my passion by rising early in the morning and taking the time to blog. I also started writing my drafts during my commute.

10. How to make a living doing it.

It would be neat to publish a book some day and get some proceeds from it, but that’s not my main goal; that’s to enjoy writing and sharing my ideas with as many readers as possible in order to influence them in a positive way.

I challenge you to answer these questions for yourself and get going!