How much do I want to read more? 8/10

Gives insights on life changing questions, such as: What's my calling? What makes life worthwhile?
It can be a life-changing book.
Seeing success not as making money, but as living in a creative way, with surges of energy.


To you, reading this right now.
I hope this book helps you shape this one,
precious life you’ve got.

And to Kate,
the person who has shaped my life the most.

Read This First!

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

—- MAYA ANGELOU

Ask yourself: Is the way you’re working working? Is the way you’re living working?

This is a book about creativity, but in a larger sense it’s about life and how you live it.
It’s about living a richer, deeper, more rewarding life than ever before.

Go back to creating your day. The world needs what you have to give.

isn’t it time to give up?
Not so fast.
Without a resilient creative practice, supportive creative peers, a thriving community, and a powerful mindset, life just does not have the same vibrancy.

remember why you started creating in the first place.
We find the path forward by tracing it back to its beginning.
that joy, that life force you once felt in such abundance—is still available to you.

Wherever you find yourself, every new day is an opportunity to tune in to your creative calling.

This is the nature of the creative process: It all matters. It’s all meaningful. The frustration, boredom, or resentment you might feel now is just your intuition’s way of telling you that there’s a turn up ahead.

Creativity is as essential to health and well-being as exercise, proper nutrition, and mindfulness.

Introduction

There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There’s just people who use their creativity and people who don’t. And not using it doesn’t go without penalty. As it turns out, unused creativity is not benign, it’s dangerous.

-- BRENÉ BROWN

Losing him reminded me that I’d only ever have one life. If I didn’t pursue my calling on this go-around, I never would.
What was my calling?
there was something inside of me demanding to be let out.
a calling is just that: a whisper in the distance.

Imagine a world where breathing is a shameful practice.
They teach kids in schools: “Keep your breath down, children!”.
Then imagine being told that a nice, deep breath of fresh air, one that fills your whole belly, is invigorating, refreshing, and incredibly good for you. Imagine being told that your society is sick, not you. Imagine being told that breathing deeply will change the way you think and feel forever.

When we create, we tap into something powerful inside us.
If we keep using our creative energy by making new things day after day, something incredible happens. We feel better: awake, fulfilled, whole. By creating regularly, we access a new source of vitality.

Turning an idea in your head into a tangible reality is one of life’s great satisfactions.

What Is Creativity, and Why Does It Matter?

Creativity is the practice of combining or rearranging two or more unlikely things in new and useful ways.

When we create, we give of ourselves freely, adding value and expecting nothing in return.

Premises:

playing the piano, coding or cooking changes your mind. The more creative you are day to day, the better you’ll become at building the life you want. It’s just creation at a larger scale.

Unleashing your creative capacity is your highest calling. The only way you can really mess up this gift is by ignoring it as I once did.

Creativity is the ability to make your ideas manifest in the world.
It’s building connections, with others and with yourself, that make life worth living.

Pursuing My Own Calling