According to Boris Pasternak, “Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” So this holiday season, why don’t you try to surprise that artist in you with these 6 unique gifts to inspire your creativity. Practice is important to creativity, but sometimes you need some inspiration, some help, and guidance. These products will do just that.
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1. Creative Inspiration
We all need creative inspiration and this year, I found it in a cute little book. Creative Inspiration / Vincent Van Gogh edited by Kelly Shetron. I originally bought this book in Kindle format but was so inspired by it that I had to buy the actual hold in your hand version. I was NOT disappointed. The book is small enough to fit in your purse and while not an actual hardcover, it’s not a paperback either, it’s much thicker and sturdier than that. It appears unassuming, but on the inside, there is so much inspiration I actually cried when reading parts of it. The inspiration comes in lines from Van Gogh’s letters. Just a few short lines on each page. Juxtaposed with a sketch. You read Van Gogh’s thoughts on why it’s necessary to continue creating, and why practicing is so important (he once spent a year painting flowers just so he could get used to color as his old style of painting was dark and gray.) This gift is the perfect stocking stuffer for yourself and any budding artist/writer that you know.
2. The Right Brain Business Plan
Jennifer Lee runs the popular Artizen Coaching blog and The Right -Brain Business Plan website. Her book The Right-Brain Business Plan is just what artists, writers, and other creatives need in order to get their creative business off the ground. It shows you how to involve your creative (right-brain) side in business planning instead of trying to stifle it in favor of your left brain. You can find special items like her Right-Brain Business Plan home study program in case you’re looking for additional guidance beyond the book.
3. The Desire Map Planner
This planner is for anyone, not just artists and creatives. The Desire Map 2018 Planner Collection is designed to support what you will do to feel the way you want to feel. The Core Desired Feeling concept is a big part of Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map program. Instead of setting goals by thinking of numbers you’re setting goals by thinking of how you want to feel. What’s that feeling that you’re driving for? Do you want to feel empowered? Authentic? Passionate? Check out her website and The Desire Map Book which explains the process behind her program.
4. Blog Beautiful – Ugly to Lovely
If you know someone who is just starting out blogging or if you think your blog needs a make-over but don’t know where to start, then Marianne of Design Your Own Blog can help. Her book, Blog Beautiful – Ugly to Lovely gives you 50 different tips to improve how your blog looks. The book is set up to assist you whether you’re in Blogger or in Word Press. She reviews what your goals are for the blog, the overall look you want, how you want your sidebars set up and so much more. Blog Beautiful was one of the first books that I bought to help me design my blog. I’ve started referring to it again as I start redesigning portions of my website.
5. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
If you or a blogger you know wants to start making money from affiliate marketing then you need Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing which is a course created by Michelle Schroader of Making Sense of Cents. Michelle continues to make headlines in the blogging world as she regularly makes over $50,000.00 just from affiliate links. Yes, you read that right. $50,000. In her course, she reviews how to find and apply for affiliate links, how to get readers to convert, and strategies for promoting your links. If you really want to get serious about making some money with affiliates, then Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a great place to start.
6. Work At Home School Mini-Guide
Work at Home School Mini-Guide offers 73 skills and services that you can do from home that will make you money and 77 types of businesses that pay for these types of things. Why is that important for your creativity? If you’re working from home, you’re reducing your commute time which allows you to spend more time working on what you love. Who doesn’t want more time to work on the things we love whether that’s painting or writing or crafting? The Work at Home School Mini-Guide will give you an idea of what’s possible.
I hope you find these gifts helpful. Whether you’re giving them to yourself or to the artist in your life these gifts will create space to inspire creativity.