Why you shouldn’t allow perfectionism stop you from the joy and healing benefits of making art.

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“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Aaaah! The creative journey. What a joy and what a right old pain!

Somewhere around 2000, 2006, 2018 and 2021, I took up and dropped art making. I’ve made numerous attempts at following that unrelenting creative call but with little success, until now.

When I’d see a beautiful piece of art, whether it was printed fabric, street art or a glazed pot, I’d feel immediate joy. Visual art lit up my inner globe and I really wanted to be part…

Don’t let a negative world view swamp the good things you do

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‘There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end’. Scott Adams.

I felt helpless.

I was bombarded by the news media with images of destruction: forests cut down, rivers polluted and, most recently, blazing fires that sterilised everything in their path.

I was sad for the people affected, but at least many have some capacity to escape these destructive forces. My sadness intensified when I thought of the thousands of animals caught in an inferno that left them…

How to start and finish with the same story idea and not go off on tangents

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I started writing a blog many years ago after a rather harrowing experience. It was my way of debriefing myself so that I could make some sense of what I’d experienced.

My story wasn’t unique and so I thought a blog might help others on the same journey. While I loved the writing part, as an amateur blogger I reaslied that I had a lot to learn about the process of writing for others, as opposed to the random ramblings in my private journal.

As I started my writing journey, I discovered a talent for outside the box thinking but…

Highly sensitive people might become extinct too

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Image of a woman with huge floral painting in the background. her face is partly covered by a large strip of turquoise paint
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Do you know someone who is a Highly Sensitive Person, a HSP? They’re the ones who are very empathetic, feel joy and sorrow deeply, but their killer trait is they have a knack for seeing the bigger picture, and right now, that picture doesn’t look good for HSPs.

HSP’s minds, bodies and spirits are inextricably linked to the natural world, and with accelerated progress, nature is forced to retract at unprecedented rates. This deeply affects HSPs. So where does this leave our highly sensitive people?

A friend complained recently about being a HSP. She couldn’t see any benefits to being…

Techniques and tips on finding the courage to go ‘live’

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“Fear is felt by writers at every level. Anxiety accompanies the first word they put on paper and the last.” ― Ralph Keyes,

Unless you’re a seasoned writer, submitting your first piece into cyber-sphere can be as hard as pulling your own teeth, only more painful. Here’s why.

You want to write, right? For you, writing is like eating and breathing, it’s essential and you just have to do it.

You’ve lots to say, you’ve been practicing your writing in the background, a local newsletter here, daily journaling there, even the odd post on your own blog. But, taking the…

Silvana Nagl

I write to educate, inspire and help build bridges. My favourite topics are personal growth, creativity and living our best life. https://www.wisdomelements.com

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