Find your Inner Artist!

Now for some people drawing is up there as either a love or hate.

Most of the people who dislike come from bad influences which has given them a horrible time. I will say it is a great tool for great inspirational output. And now, I have got back to something I have not done for a while.

I made a sketch video a few years back, but with different things happening meant that no more got made. It’s always the same story of, “I will do it later.” I first decided to draw old photos of mine from my worldly travels, but never got around to another video.

My first was Sydney Harbour Bridge. I loved this photo with the couple walking between the trees, in front of the bridge.

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My latest was a photo I took in Melbourne, Australia. It is a place called Yarra River, which runs through the city.

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If you want to see them then click here to see my channel.

 

Let Everybody Know That You Are Here, Complete with New Goals and Fresh Outlook on Life.

standtallKeep Your Head Up and STAND TALL!

I am very excited to let you all know that my first book is now available. Its taken eons to get this far. The proofing and structure had not been a walk in the park by any means.

So what can you find? Well this is a collection of over 200 quotes with many examples that I have collected over the years. The content comes from many experiences during traveling and working as a teacher in various places.

Preview first on Amazon.com

There are so much more inspirational bits than on this site. You can find:

 

Part 1 – Motivation and Happiness

The first five chapters are in quick fire succession with many small points to help with in your life that can be addressed quickly. They help raise questions in you about what and where you would like improvements.
1. Lifestyle and Character
2. Motivation and Passion
3. Priority and Direction
4. Decisions and Choices
5. Simplicity and Creativity

Part 2 – Lifestyle and Organizing

The second set of five chapters is more in depth. They cover deeper aspects in your life that need more focus. They come with more details, explanations and examples.
1. Success and Dreams
2. Life and Organizing
3. Choices and Opinions
4. Anger and Emotions
5. Earnings and Rewards

 

If you like what you see on my blog then you will like my book.

You can read a preview on Amazon now at Amazon.com

Take a Look at Your Life by Applying for Jobs

Why does it take a job application to see your life?

It’s an interesting moment to be at right now. Ive been poked and prodded with boxes to fill demanded information from all parts of my life. Forgive me for being a bit flippant but the experience is more of a liberating experience.

I have no idea who will read that and there response until an email arrives with news. The information feels so open that I don’t think I even have told people close to me all of those details.

The whole process was done over a few sites mainly with major players in my market. The requesting boxes asked for quite a bit from me, but you do feel that every word could send your application spiraling into the trash can.

Their requests seemed respectful too and asked most of the same questions. Where it pays to take more concentration is in the ‘other’ boxes. They sit there at the bottom of the standard parts and look as an extra, but they probably should take more time than the others.

Give it a go!

By the end of completing a few, you notice what areas you should probably work at. What I mean by this is that your application has to be complete, strong and polished. If you look flaky in certain areas then you need to work out how to solve those. This may even be by taking courses and being more educated.

So, right now I do hope that the finished applications will lead to something, but I do feel more prepared for future attempts.

 

PS if you feel prepared after this, I bet you’re not even close to being prepared for an interview. I know I’m not 🙂
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20 Productivity Tips to Smash Open Your Creativity

Creativity is something that needs free-thinking; otherwise, there is an overburden of pressure to handle. Deadlines can affect your creativity too. They tend to create a process of, “get the goals completed” and then keep the ideas for next time. Creating is hard I know, as I have had to make my software and business with just myself.

2016 01 02 creativityIt started as a hobby to learn coding, but then grew a bit more. One thing I did early was to get more people involved as much as possible with the design. Those people were my users and such-like. They are very important and help you in being more creative. They see things in a different light. As for me, software titles have changed and so do other people’s requests. Keeping users on board has always helped.

1. Get some sleep
Being tired will not help you. You need to use your brain, so make sure its in good shape.
2. Failure can happen
Accept it and move on and don’t be negative. Once you see the chance of failure, you fear the result of failure and so your actions are hindered.

3. Identify the problems
Know where there are situations and whats going on. Look at things logically, not emotionally.

4. Be the novice
Don’t put pressure on yourself to perform. Looking at something with fresh eyes can show you different aspects

5. Reward yourself
Give yourself breaks. Don’t try to work to a deadline that makes you hate what you are doing, as it will show in your results.

6. Think simple
Work to small targets and keep it super simple.

7. Look for inspiration
You are in need of help, so go and find some. Break your mind-flow.

8. Think outside of the box
A box is rigid but your thinking doesn’t have to be.

9. Confidence
Complete tasks that can be done reasonably quickly, to improve confidence.

10. Relax!
Just kidding. Listen to some music, watch some TV for 30 minutes or get some food. If it’s not working for you, then you have to change, so move, go outside for a while.

11. Eat healthy
Yes, you need to eat healthy, as long-term effects of fruit and nuts will help more that sugary snacks.

12. Be spontaneous
Get an app on your phone for notes or use memo paper. Ideas can come from anywhere and any time.

13. Be free
Don’t let your demons in your head tell you not to do. If you have something, then write it down. Think about it later.

14. Do some reading
Research online, magazines etc can help you significantly. The information could trigger an idea that you thought might not come to much.

15. Immersion
To live outside of the field doesn’t give you experiences from within it.

16. Talk to people who know
You are not alone. Other people may be able to help you.

17. What is your goal?
Be clear on your end result that you need. Without it, you are lost.

18. Mind maps
My favorite, my students not so. Mind maps can show you visually all your current aspects. From there you can move around and see new goals.

19. Brainstorm
Write down anything and everything. There are no wrong answers at this point.

20. Give you time
Create a window in your day to improve your creativity. Build a routine and ritual to strengthen your thoughts.

 


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