Creative Lift 021 – How Does Empathy Fit in the Creative Process

Creative Lift 021 – How Does Empathy Fit in the Creative Process

Design Thinking starts with empathy. If we were making a widget or any solution to meet an external user’s need, we’d want that empathy to begin with the people for whom our solution was designed. But what about art? Is it a solution? And if so, who is that solution designed for? The artist? The...

Creative Lift 012 – Share Your Story

Creative Lift 012 – Share Your Story

In order to share our stories, we must shape them into stories. We find the unifying thread, choose the meaningful details, and let the extra questions and loose ends fade into the background. Just...

Creative Lift 011 – Brave The Magic Flight

Creative Lift 011 – Brave The Magic Flight

What if we, as adults, celebrated milestones and transitions in the way we encourage kids to do? What might the equivalent of a 5-year-old holding an "I just graduated from kindergarten" sign be for...

Creative Lift 010 – Wrestle the Dragon

Creative Lift 010 – Wrestle the Dragon

Like developing our creativity, developing our inner strength is both a little bit harder and also a whole lot easier than we make it out to be. Harder because to meaningfully build inner strength,...

Creative Lift 009 – Uncover the Hidden Obstacle

Creative Lift 009 – Uncover the Hidden Obstacle

Do you ever find yourself with cheeks aflame, heart thumping, even shouting at someone who's only trying to help, "You don't understand! I can't do this!!" When I leave a conversation like that,...

Creative Lift 008 – Build a Practice

Creative Lift 008 – Build a Practice

When you start learning something new, there's often a phase where it's joyful to learn everything there is to know. Then, suddenly, overwhelm sets in. There is so much to know. What's the next step...

Creative Lift 007 – Survey the Landscape

Creative Lift 007 – Survey the Landscape

Do you consider the words experiment, design, and build as synonyms for the word play? If so, then it's probably not too big of a leap to see play as a crucial part of the creative process. But,...

Creative Lift 006 – Consult a Wise Advisor

Creative Lift 006 – Consult a Wise Advisor

When you think about consulting a wise advisor about your creative practice, what comes up for you? Do you think: "Yes, please! Please send someone to tell me what to do next!" Or, do you think,...

Creative Lift 005 – Explore Your Creative Space

Creative Lift 005 – Explore Your Creative Space

When we try to draft and revise at the same time, our mind engages in a tug-of-war that makes getting our work out onto the page slow-going, if not impossible. What if, like in a Kindergarten...

Creative Lift 004 – Cross into the Unknown

Creative Lift 004 – Cross into the Unknown

If you listened in last week to episode three, Listen for the Call to Adventure, you likely have been collecting thoughts and ideas in a Listening Jar this week. Today, we'll talk about what to do...