The Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast

The Creative Sandbox Way™ Podcast with Melissa DinwiddieLife is too short to not express the innate creativity inside of you. Host Melissa Dinwiddie features individuals and organizations who are approaching life and work creatively, playfully, and innovatively — making a difference, or living life “in full color”— in other words, living the principles of her book The Creative Sandbox Way. Along the way, and in between interview episodes, Melissa shares practical tips on creativity, productivity, innovation, and leadership.

Whether you’re a corporate leader looking to boost innovation and foster a culture of creativity at work; or an individual looking to get past fear, self-doubt, resistance, and distractions, so you can finally make time for the art / music / writing / craft you’ve been longing to do, if you’re ready to feel more ease and enjoyment in life and work, walk the Creative Sandbox Way™ with Melissa.

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CSW Podcast 176: Accept and Build


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 176: Accept and BuildI feel like I’ve been away for a solid month. And that’s not far from reality, because I was in Paris and Basel for 2 1/2 weeks, and then I was home for a week recovering from jet lag and preparing for my Creative Sandbox Retreat, and then I was away again at my Creative Sandbox Retreat.

And now, as I’m recording this, it is exactly one month from the day we landed in Paris!

Anyway, Paris and Basel were amazing. Best vacation we’ve ever had.

Even though, I spent the entire time, from the fourth day onwards, on crutches! 

Yes, that’s right, on our third day in Paris I developed a raging case of Achilles tendinitis. read more…

CSW Podcast 175: Johanna Walker Is a Fear-Blasting Storytelling Maven


CSW 175: Johanna Walker Is a Fear-Blasting Storytelling MavenJohanna Walker is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission, also known as a public speaking coach. She co-produces and co-hosts Truth Be Told, a popular storytelling event in Boulder, CO and is the founder of Women Who Speak, a transformational speaker coaching program for female leaders. She’s written and performed solo theater pieces that she’s toured throughout the US and Canada, and has worked with adolescent girls, women in jail & corporate execs, over and over witnessing the transformative power of telling our stories and speaking our truths.

In this episode we talked about:

  • How Johanna became a fear-blasting, story-telling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission
  • The fact that Johanna was teaching what she needed to learn at the beginning
  • Our personal experiences with read more…

CSW Podcast From the Archive: The Dance of “Want To” and “Have To”


CSW 155: The Dance of "Want To" and "Have To"So a few weeks back, maybe a month ago now, I started practicing graphic recording tools and techniques in order to bone up for bringing graphic facilitation to my corporate and organizational workshops.

And because my practice is to share what I’m creating, I posted my efforts on Instagram, which feeds out to Facebook.

I even made a special Pinterest board, just for my Visual Practice stuff.

Now, my gremlins are pretty loud and nasty, so they didn’t hold back telling me all the ways that my “flip chart sketch notes” fell short of what I wanted them to be.

And because I’ve been following all sorts of masters of the field of graphic recording and graphic facilitation, my standards are pretty high, I admit.

So it came as a huge surprise when read more…

CSW Podcast From the Archive: The Frustration of the Flail


CSW 147: The Frustration of the FlailAt the end of 2015 I faced a moment of truth.

I realized I was not getting to my art table to make art.

Weeks had gone by, and I had not managed to squeeze in even a few minutes, despite the fact that my art table is literally right behind my computer desk. So all I have to do is turn around and take two steps to the left to be standing at it.

The gravitational pull of my computer is so strong, it was keeping me from doing even that much.

Clearly, something had to change.

What to do?

One thing I know is: the read more…

CSW Podcast From the Archive: Eat the Frog


CSW 143: Eat the FrogI had planned to share an interview today, but we had a “first world problem” disaster with airplane tickets to Paris that took up the entire afternoon.

The afternoon that was supposed to be devoted to working on the podcast.

Instead I was canceling and rebooking frequent flier mile airplane tickets — which inadvertently cost us $1500 we are hoping to get back (the jury’s still out on that) — then spending hours on the phone with customer support to try to get seats together.

Yeah, it’s all ridiculously complicated. Don’t ask.

Anyway, interview episodes take a lot of time to produce, so I thought I’d share a new productivity tactic that’s been rattling around in my brain.

It’s unfinished, so you’re getting a behind-the-scenes look at something I’m working on.

These are my early thoughts, as I shared them the earlier this week with my Creative Sandbox Community.

read more…

CSW Podcast 174: Behind the Curtain with Melissa On The Creativity Habit™ – Part 2


CSW 174: Behind the Curtain with Melissa On The Creativity Habit™ - Part 2I’m pulling back the curtain and turning the tables on the podcast, featuring two parts of an interview with… me!

Last week I shared Part 1 of my really intense interview with Story Whisperer Daphne Cohn, originally published on The Creativity Habit™. (Check out the beautiful page Daphne made for the episode on her podcast here.)

If you haven’t heard Part 1 yet, you might want to do that now, because this episode picks up where Part 1 left off.

Meanwhile, I wanted to let you know that I’m going on vacation — I’m headed to Paris for 2 weeks, and Basel, Switzerland for a few days after that, and in the interest of self-compassion, rather than knocking myself out to record extra episodes for the weeks while I’m away, during those weeks I’ll be sharing some episodes from the archive that feel especially yummy for August and early September.

Something Cool is also on vacation, and will return after I get back.

I also wanted to let you know that my Creative Sandbox Retreat, my annual 5-day creativity retreat, is coming up, September 12-16, and there are still a few spots available, so if you’d like to spend 5 days inside a hug, go to creativesandboxretreat.com. That’s creativesandboxretreat.com.

And with that, have a wonderful few weeks, and enjoy this peek behind the curtain with me and Daphne!

Some of the things we talked about in this part of the interview included:

  • getting dumped
  • money, money, money, and burying my head in the sand about it
  • realizing I’d been making excuses about my art for over a decade!
  • doing commissions vs. selling prints, and building a business that I thought was going to be the answer… but that actually sucked me dry
  • my new life, my new business, and the number one thing every artist must hold on to

Enjoy!

(Something Cool is on a hiatus. I’m off to Europe on 8/17, and in the interest of self-compassion, rather than knocking myself to record extra episodes between now and when I leave, during the weeks that I’m away I will be sharing some episodes from the archive that feel especially yummy for August and early September. I’ll be back with new Something Cools after I return!)

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight, and how the podcast has made a difference in your life. You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Creative Sandbox Way™ on Tunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

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CSW Podcast 172: Alice Karolina Smith Is On a Mission to Break Consumerism


CSW 172: Alice Karolina Smith Is On a Mission to Break ConsumerismAlice Karolina Smith is a brand architect and the founder of the ethical move. In an instant-gratification society, her mission is to disrupt the cycle of consumerism by creating a culture of meaning instead of more. She believes that businesses that stand out tell stories of substance, share products that serve the world and sell with integrity. Alice works with these brave souls, helping them tell their stories & build their worlds.

In this episode we discussed:

– creativity vs consumerism
– comparison and the generation of want and need
– designer ivory tower
– what we would be capable with collaboration
– ethics/branding…
– and more

Something Cool

From Alice:

Alice’s filter: instead of figuring it out, go and discover. In other words, instead of taking a problem researching to try and solve it, just write it down and see what shows up.

From Melissa:

Saving the World with Simple Pictures from Dan Roam


Enjoy!

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight, and how the podcast has made a difference in your life. You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Creative Sandbox Way™ on Tunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

Manifestos by Melissa Dinwiddie

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CSW Podcast 171: My Painful Wake-Up Call


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 171: My Painful Wake-Up CallPeople who know me often tell me that I have a lot of energy.

“You’re like the Energizer Bunny!” they say. “How do you get so much done?”

But that’s what it looks like from the outside.

And that’s when things are normal.

And things have definitely not been normal lately.

What you don’t know is that for the past month, with I believe three exceptions, I have had a migraine, or at least the start of migraine symptoms, every single day.

Now, I should clarify what that means. My migraines typically are not of the out-to-the-world-for-24-hours-vomiting-and-having-to-go-to-the-ER variety. Thank goodness.

My husband gets those.

I’m generally more functional at first, and then “just” in pain and somewhat nauseated… if I catch it early enough.

(If I don’t, then life is hell for 24+ hours.)

But I’m definitely not fully functional, I’m miserable. And I’ve spent many hours this past month lying on the couch, trying to nap off a migraine. Instead of being productive!

I also woke up with a migraine once (those are the worst).

And basically, I’ve been living in a constant state of anxiety, wondering when the next migraine is going to strike. 

Because they’ve been striking daily!

Now, when I’m working at home, this is seriously annoying, but on most days it’s not a total disaster if I have to take the afternoon off. I mean, it’s not ideal, but it’s not going to cause serious damage to my business, unless I’m running a webinar or something.

(As I happened to be doing twice yesterday — I was hosting sample ClutterBusting sessions for the re-opening of my Creative Sandbox Community! Which, btw, is open to new members through Friday morning only. We’re kicking off with three weeks of clutterbusting, to make space to create! Go to creativesandboxcommunity.com to join.)

However, if I’m leading a corporate training or workshop, or giving a speech, you can see how getting a migraine would be seriously devastating.

I simply cannot have the threat of a migraine hanging over me like that.

And daily migraines? That just has to stop!

Now, I didn’t call the doctor, because in my experience, I haven’t been so thrilled with the MD approach to migraines. It’s just limited.

Drugs. (I’m already on drugs.)

Other drugs. (Check!)

Stronger drugs.

And oh, yeah — when all else fails, we can try Botox!

Um, no thank you. Did you know that paralyzing the muscles that enable you to create expressions on your face also prevent you from feeling the emotions that those expressions express?

Like empathy. According to some studies, as quoted in this Psychology Today article, women who have been Botoxed lose the ability to feel empathy!

[In one study,] when subjects consciously imitated angry or sad expressions they saw in photographs, Botoxed subjects showed less brain scan activity in key regions for emotion than a comparison un-Botoxed group.

I don’t want to cut off my ability to feel empathy!

So, anyway, I got desperate.

And it turns out that I happen to know a Master Herbalist, Lisa Akers, because we are both in a mastermind group inside CoCommercial, an online social network for small business owners.

I’d been interested in working with Lisa for awhile, because I know her, and also because she’s a full-time spaceship builder (aka a real-life rocket scientist!) in addition to being an herbalist, so she brings to her work a scientific approach and an amazing ability to connect dots.

I filled out a form to do a Wellness Launchpad Session with her, and she had me fill out a lengthy questionnaire, watch a short video, and read some materials.

Then she got back to me with her recommendations.

The upshot?

I have a sensitive brain.

This I already knew from reading The Migraine Brain, by Carolyn Bernstein, M.D. (aff link, or click here for a non affiliate link) many years ago. (Highly recommended!)

Basically, lots of things can act as migraine triggers, and each migraine sufferer has a certain tolerance level. Like a bucket, that can only hold so much. When your bucket gets full to overflowing, that’s when you get a migraine.

It’s not like there’s one silver bullet that you can fix things, it’s a matter of doing several things to lighten the trigger load on your sensitive brain.

So Lisa had several suggestions.

The first of which honestly really pissed me off!

She thinks — and I agree with her — that these daily headaches are actually rebound headaches. That my brain is hyper sensitized to all the abortive drugs and prophylactic drugs I’ve been taking (out of desperation), and it’s rebounding, by creating more headaches.

So the first thing to do is to interrupt that cycle. And her recommendation is to rest my brain.

By not using it.

As in no screens. No reading. No CREATING!!!!

Basically just allowing myself to exist for a day. Or a half day. Or even a couple of hours, for goodness sake.

And my reaction was basically, “Oh, stuff it!”

Except the more explicit version of that…

Yeah…

Sigh.

That’s like torture for me!

But a MONTH of migraines is really a wake-up call.

I mean, if anything is a wake-up call, a month of migraines is it.

So.

That very evening, after swearing at Lisa in a Marco Polo message (I’m ashamed to say), I tried resting my brain.

I didn’t look at my phone.

When my husband tried to show me funny videos, I told him I was trying to avoid screentime.

I even moved the salt and pepper shaker away from me, so I wouldn’t read the text on the labels!

It was hard.

But you know what? It was also kind of nice.

I could feel that my brain appreciated it.

And although it may very well have been a coincidence, I did not get a migraine the next day!!! 

I did get one the day after that, but hey, one day at a time.

And although I’d like to report that I’ve had multiple days of long chunks of no screen time and no reading and lots of resting my brain, alas, I’ve been in the middle of re-opening the Creative Sandbox Community, with two webinars and so much computer work I want to scream.

So no such luck.

But.

What I can say is that my experience the other day was a good reminder of what part of me already knew: I need “brain rest time.”

I have not been giving myself that. At all. And I need it.

As Lisa said, it doesn’t have to be lying in bed (although it can be). It can be hiking. Or biking. Climbing. Active things.

Or napping on the couch with my kitty. That works, too.

And in general, avoiding screens feels better on my brain, which isn’t the exactly prescription Lisa gave me, but it’s good to notice.

So I’m sharing all of this with you, because all of this is really my Golden Formula, right?

Self-awareness + self-compassion = the key to everything good.

When we don’t have the self-awareness, and the self-compassion to apply what our awareness tells us, then bad things happen.

Like a month of daily migraines.

And that’s when we need a wake-up call. Like my irritating-but-necessary suggestions from Lisa.

So before things get bad in your own life, take a look around. What needs to change? What can you improve?

What’s the thing that’s niggling at you?

Honestly, it’s been niggling at me for a long time that I really ought to limit my screen time, take more breaks.

But it took a month of migraines for me to actually do something about it.

Something Cool

Lisa Akers’ free resources! Sign up on her mailing list, and get access to a page that’s overflowing with tools, resources, webinars & videos, assessments, discounted supplements & herbal products, and more.

Enjoy!

Meanwhile…

Calling all Silicon Valley Artists, Writers, Crafters, and Those Who Wish They Were! Join me for Creative Sandbox Playday in Palo Alto, CA on Sunday, August 5th!

 

Creative Sandbox Playday hosted by Melissa Dinwiddie

It’s basically like the “day camp version” of my Creative Sandbox Retreat, which I’ve been running for coming up on 6 years now. Where the retreat is 5 days and 4 nights, the playday is a half day.

And it’s only $25!

We’ll scare the gremlins away, laugh, and create in community.

Work on a creative project of your own, start a new one, or play with my art supplies. We’ll play in the Creative Sandbox together and have FUN!

http://creativesandboxplayday.com

 

 

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes/the Apple Podcast Player and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight. How has the podcast made a difference in your life? You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Creative Sandbox Way on the Apple Podcast Player/iTunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

Manifestos by Melissa Dinwiddie

Subscribe to My Newsletter and Get My Manifesto!

Click Here!

 

CSW Podcast 170: Mess, Clutter & Creativity


Note: For the fullest experience, I recommend listening to the podcast, as the audio version always contains additional comments and tangents not found in the blog post version.

CSW 170: Mess, Clutter, & CreativityBack in 2015 I wrote some posts about clutterbusting, and recorded episode 20 about clutter vs. mess, and the difference between the two.

Since I’m about to run a 3-week Great ClutterBust to kick off the “grand re-opening” of my Creative Sandbox Community (and on Tuesday, July 24th, you can join me for a FREE clutterbusting session to experience the power of clutterbusting for yourself!), I thought I’d pull that old episode out of the archives, dust it off, and give it a refresh.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Research suggesting that messy environments encourage originality and a search for novelty, while tidy, orderly environments inspire healthy dietary choices
  • The important difference between mess and clutter
  • Suggestions for what to do, once you understand the difference!

Enjoy! And be sure to join me on Tuesday to kickstart your personal clutterbusting efforts and make space for creative messes!

Something Cool

TrueLovesBand.com My husband discovered this 8-piece instrumental Soul group out of Seattle, WA while browsing online. We think they are fantastic!

Enjoy!

PS – Calling all Silicon Valley Artists, Writers, Crafters, and Those Who Wish They Were! Join me for Creative Sandbox Playday in Palo Alto, CA on Sunday, August 5th!

 

Creative Sandbox Playday hosted by Melissa Dinwiddie

It’s basically like the “day camp version” of my Creative Sandbox Retreat, which I’ve been running for coming up on 6 years now. Where the retreat is 5 days and 4 nights, the playday is a half day.

And it’s only $25!

We’ll scare the gremlins away, laugh, and create in community.

Work on a creative project of your own, start a new one, or play with my art supplies. We’ll play in the Creative Sandbox together and have FUN!

http://creativesandboxplayday.com

 

 

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes/the Apple Podcast Player and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight. How has the podcast made a difference in your life? You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

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CSW Podcast 169: Courage and Crickets


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CSW 169: Courage and CricketsOn Sunday, a young woman named mentioned me in her Story on Instagram.

She was inspired by a video I made on my IGTV channel, which had a huge impact on her and how she approached her art.

I was so touched that she mentioned me that I not only thanked her in a direct message, but I shared her Story on MY Instagram Story (Instagram makes this one-click easy to do from the private message thread!)

This led to a lengthy private chat conversation, culminating in my inviting her to be on the podcast.

It’s a purely selfish move on my part, because she has a story about how I have totally transformed her relationship to her art. So of course I want to share that, right?

But it’s also a huge thing for her, because she’s really scared to come on a podcast, yet it’s something she’s been wanting to do, so it’s a big growth move, pushing outside her comfort zone. That’s something I’m able to give her, while getting something that I really want, too.

Which is, of course, the definition of a win-win!

Anyway, ALL of this came about because this young woman had the courage to share, and to tag me.

If she had never shared, had never tagged me, I would never have known she exists. I would not know that my work had any impact on her whatsoever, and I certainly would not have invited her on the podcast.

For me, inviting her on my podcast is not that big of a deal, but for her, it was pretty huge. She certainly did not see that coming, out of the blue!

And it ALL happened because she took a risk. She shared her work. She had the courage to put herself out there.

The Two Essential Steps of the Creative Process

The first step is to CREATE. This is obviously essential.

But if we stop there, it’s almost as bad as if we’d never created at all.

Don’t forget, creating is really a TWO-STEP process. Creating without sharing is missing something essential.

Share your work. Even if it scares you. Perhaps especially if it scares you. You never know where it might lead.

It won’t lead anywhere if you never share it. But it might lead somewhere really amazing if you do.

But then again…

My big fear is that I’ll throw a party and nobody will come.

This has happened to me.

Not necessarily with parties, but certainly with business-related things.

I’ve put an offer out into the world, and gotten the virtual equivalent of crickets in response. More than once.

It really sucks.

But what are you gonna do, just stop putting offers out into the world?

Every time, there is a moment I do think, yeah, I’m not doing THIS again. But then I take a breath. And I realize that actually, I will.

Because when I’ve had some time to get over the sting, I realize that the problem is not that I suck, or that the thing that I created sucks. There’s something that clearly didn’t work, and my job is to figure that out, and solve the problem.

It’s a creative challenge, and if there’s one thing I like, it’s a creative challenge.

So I always get back up, dust myself off, and start all over again.

Fear

But that’s not to say I do it without trepidation.

Oh, no. I have a lot of trepidation.

Pretty soon I’m going to open the doors to my Creative Sandbox Community again, with the “relaunch” (for lack of a better term) of a program I ran a few years ago called the Great ClutterBust.

Clear your clutter, change your life, make space to create, and get a full year of feminine support, friendship, and creative rejuvenation in the Creative Sandbox Community, my lab for women’s leadership through creative expression.

The women already inside the Creative Sandbox are amazing.

Just the other day, Angi said on a call, “I’m gaining so much just sharing with such wonderful women, and I can’t imagine not being in this group.”

Carla, one of the members who hosts our monthly creative challenges, recently wrote:

I’ve struggled with depression for over 30 years, and this daily practice has been the most effective “treatment”…26 days and counting. Hooray for the power of TINY and DAILY!

Leslie, another one of our creative challenge hosts, wrote:

The Creative Sandbox Community has helped me tremendously with accountability to help me get moving and keep going on my chosen work, with sharing daily (or at least frequent) creativity prompts to get the ideas moving, and with emotional support during a difficult time. I am immensely enjoying getting to know women from all over the world who share my love of art, writing, and all things creative. The resources, both human and informative, are priceless.

And yet, I don’t know if I’ll be able to effectively communicate the wonderfulness of the Sandbox to women who aren’t already experiencing it. I’m scared that when I open the doors it will be the equivalent of throwing a party and nobody showing up.

Of Crickets

Meanwhile, I decided not long ago to hold my very first Creative Sandbox Playday — an in-person co-working retreat, where people come together to work on creative stuff (art, writing, crafts) in community.

Creative Sandbox Playday hosted by Melissa Dinwiddie

It’s basically like the “day camp version” of my Creative Sandbox Retreat, which I’ve been running for coming up on 6 years now. Where the retreat is 5 days and 4 nights, the playday is a half day.

And it’s only $25!

But again, I’m really afraid nobody’s going to show up.

And how sad and depressing it would be to rent a big room and sit in it from 10am to 2:30pm all by myself…

But I definitely won’t get anybody to show up if I don’t put myself out there. If I don’t make the offer.

If I don’t share my work.

So that’s what I’m doing. Making the offer. Sharing my work.

Because this is what creatives do. We make the offer. We create, and we share.

And sometimes, people invite us on their podcasts out of the blue.

And if it doesn’t turn out the way we want, we learn from that experience, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again.

Where are you stuck sharing? What are you going to share next? What could you use some help with?

Something Cool

Creativity with page folding! This satisfies my paper, lettering, and animation passions all at once. (If nothing appears below, click here to watch a 42-second video in a new window.)

Creativity with page folding from r/oddlysatisfying

Enjoy!

Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes/the Apple Podcast Player and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight. How has the podcast made a difference in your life? You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon

 

Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Creative Sandbox Way on the Apple Podcast Player/iTunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

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