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Sparking Your Creativity During the Holidays

Posted on: November 25, 2013

We’re at the beginning of a long holiday season. This can be a time for relaxation and much needed connection with friends and family members. It can also be a time when our creative work goes out the window. Here are a few tips to keep one’s creativity ignited.



  1. Work in smaller chunks of time. During the holidays there are many demands on our time with planned and spontaneous social engagements. Just like keeping ourselves healthy with more frequent workouts during the holidays is advisable, the same could be said for creative work. With all the imbibing, late nights and celebrating, trying to find solitude for creative work can be in short supply. Decide to work in smaller increments of time.
  2. Stay connected to discussions about creativity. If you’re traveling for much of the holidays and that interrupts your creative routine, find ways to stay connected to your interests. I’ve become a big fan of Mur Lafferty’s ‘I Should Be Writing’ podcast and plan on catching up on several episodes during holiday travel.
  3. Design a ‘Creativity Permission Slip’. While you are writing your holiday cards, take a moment to design a big beautiful  ‘creativity permission slip’. This permission slip empowers you to take at least an hour a week for yourself and do something related to your creative life. Post it in your creative space.
  4. Play with a Creativity TA-DAH List. We all know our ‘to-do’ lists grow exponentially during the holiday season. What about having a ‘ta-dah’ list? Right now, if you throw your hands in the air and say TA-DAH!, I bet you’ll smile. Motivational speaker and humorist Loretta LaRoche, in Relax: You May Only Have A Few Minutes Left, recounts being at a conference on health and wellness that felt deadly serious. Later, in the hotel, Loretta  saw a girl of about three waltz down the corridor, twirl her arms and yell ‘TA-DAH!” Many of the adults stopped in their tracks and grasped that “the child knew what they had paid hundreds of dollars to find out: how to enjoy life in the moment.” Your ta-dah list could be composed of anything that makes you smile during the next five weeks. It could also be a celebration of every creative thing that you’ve done this year. Let the ta-dahing begin!
  5. Treat yourself. Go and purchase the one gift that will support your creativity that you’ve been meaning to give to yourself all year. Think of it as a down payment for the great work you will produce in 2014!

How will you keep your creativity flowing during this holiday season?

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9 Responses to "Sparking Your Creativity During the Holidays"

Dear Michele:

You go, girl. Writing during the holidays can be great therapy too, when Christmas does not meet expectations! Have wonderful holidays, wherever you go.


Mary Barnard
Waverly Hematology Oncology PA
300 Ashville Ave Suite 310
Cary NC 27518-8682
919-233-8585 ext 113
919-233-8566 fax

Hi Mary,
Thanks! I plan to do a lot of reflective work this holiday season. It’s been a busy year.

Great ideas, Michele.

Hi Todd,
I hope writing is going well. We will get together soon!

Excellent post, Michele

Your five tips can work at any time life seems to press in, and not just for creativity either. I’m going to be sharing this quite a bit — Thanks Michele ~

Hi Carol,
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. And, that’s kind of you to say…please use the tips when you need.

Love this! Will tweet via @authorrbaustin.

Hi, Thanks for stopping by and tweeting!

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