- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Pluralite Press (21 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997962615
- ISBN-13: 978-0997962611
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life Paperback – 21 Oct 2016
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About the Author
Artist, author, and speaker, Melissa Dinwiddie helps people take the fear out of their creativity and bring back the joy. She’s on mission to change the conversation around creative expression and play, because not only does creating make you feel more alive — it’s how you change the world!
Melissa is Chief Instigator of a creative consultancy that helps individuals engage in creative practices so they can thrive, and helps teams and organizations cultivate creativity, innovation, and employee engagement, so they can improve business performance.
Before starting her consultancy, Melissa built a successful business as a freelance artist. She also has years of experience performing as a jazz singer and songwriter, a background that that she now weaves into her speaking gigs at corporations, conferences, colleges, and high schools.
In addition to her corporate work, Melissa does one-on-one mentoring; hosts creativity retreats; and runs an online community for women creatives, called the Creative Sandbox. She shares her writings, artwork, and music on her blog, Living A Creative Life (http://melissadinwiddie.com, recently awarded a Top 20 Doodle Blog on the planet), where you can also find her podcast, Live Creative Now!
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still lives, and a fourth generation Californian, Melissa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, and holds a Master’s degree of Social Science in Cultural Studies from the University of Birmingham in England.
Melissa lives with her husband and fluffy Siberian cat.
Top Customer Reviews
Attributing negative self-talk to gremlins is not a new idea, but encouraging your gremlins to go and get pedicures is certainly a new one! I spent a very happy half hour imagining sending gremlins off for a pedicure and then sketching what happens afterwards (hint: in my scenario they can’t keep up when you run because they don’t want to smudge those newly polished claws!). This is just one example of the brilliant ways Melissa encourages you to look differently at the challenges that anyone wanting to live more creatively faces.
Chapter 10 provides one of the nicest, kindest, most compassionate ways anyone has described picking yourself up, dusting yourself down, and getting back on the wagon. Probably ever. If you were to read the book and take only of Melissa's rules to heart, I sincerely hope it’s this one. It applies to SO much more than art and creativity. Though art and creativity provide some great scenarios to practice self-compassion! ;)
Not only will this book help with your creative blocks, it will also help you understand yourself better, and be kinder to yourself.
Thank you Melissa for sharing this delight.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
She has inspiring quotes throughout the book: “We need to give ourselves the space and freedom to make ugly messes, because the pressure to only produce amazing work is paralyzing…Just because you allow yourself to create crap doesn’t mean you will…. It just means you’ll create. Other people see your work for what it is. You see your work for what it isn’t. “
I have found in my life that CREATIVITY is as important as love, happiness and joy. We were born to be creative, period. We are creating all the time with our thoughts and actions every day, except we rarely take time to RELAX and just PLAY, even for just 5 minutes a day!! This book can Literally Transform your life! Doing these simple things can Affect all the other areas of your life. In a couple of weeks you can have more energy, you smile more often, you keep some colored pens or pencils out to just color in a flower during a stressful moment and answers arise while you are focused on coloring! It can bring new Life to your life!
There are many Simple Things which can have a huge impact on our lives when we incorporate them into our daily life. In actuality they don’t take a lot of time. Doing things we enjoy and having fun doing, actually improve our brain function and have been proven to extend our lives! We just need to Make Time for them and this is one of those things!! I highly recommend this book to anyone searching for the Missing Link in their life! Just adding 5 minutes here and there might bring you through your challenges of daily life and onto the other more joyful side!
Using the principles in this book, I'm able to take care of my job's demands, keep my marriage happy and see friends and family while keeping my creative spirit satisfied. This is the kind of relief that is hard to measure in money, but frankly the price of this book feels like a steal when I consider the positive impact it's had on my life.