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Awaken Your Creative Side: Interview with Melissa Dinwiddie and Book Giveaway

UPDATE: The winners for this giveaway are Alba and Nette Jordan.

Like most of us, I spent much of my childhood creating, making everything from finger paintings and friendship bracelets to leaf collages and Lego castles.

I also spent weeks rehearsing for community theater performances and hours writing poems and stories, with no thought of whether I could make money off any of it.

I created because it was fun and fulfilling, and that alone was enough.

Then, like many of us, I got caught up adulting and began spending far more time working and worrying than imagining and playing.

I wanted to make things with my hands and my heart, as I formerly did, but I feared nothing I made would be good enough, that nothing would come of it, and that I would essentially be wasting my time.

Since I’ve been reconnecting with my creative side over these past couple of years, I was thrilled when Tiny Buddha contributor Melissa Dinwiddie introduced me to her new book, The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full Color Life.

Part creativity coach, part journal, and part coloring book, The Creative Sandbox Way will help you overcome your internal blocks so you can reclaim the joy of creative expression.

Through the book, you’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s ten foolproof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating
  • Five reasons why creative play is good for you, and for the world
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends

A self-proclaimed happiness catalyst and creativity instigator, Melissa believes that we are all creative, and we can all boost our happiness by living a full-color life.

Whether you’re just discovering your creative side or nudging it awake after many years dormant, The Creative Sandbox Way may be just what you need to ditch your fear and return to joy.

The Giveaway

To enter to win one of two free copies of The Creative Sandbox Way:

  • Leave a comment below. You don’t have to share anything specific; “count me in” is enough. But if you feel inclined, share your favorite creative activity.
  • For an extra entry, share this interview on one of your social media pages and include the link in a second comment.

You can enter until midnight PST on Sunday, January 29th.

The Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to create this book.

My goal in life is to get people creating, and my ultimate mission is to change the entire conversation around creative expression and play.

We tend to think of creative play as something frivolous and self-indulgent, but not only is creative play not self-indulgent, it’s essential to humans. It’s how you change your life for the better, and, in fact, it’s how you change the world!

The reason I’m such an evangelist for creative play is because for too many years I was convinced that I was not creative. And that belief caused so much needless suffering.

Because the truth is, all humans are creative.

Saying “I’m not creative” is like saying “I don’t know how to be hungry.”

But creativity gets cut off for so many us, and that unexpressed creativity does untold damage. It turns inward, as ennui, sadness, depression, and it manifests as external behaviors like overspending, overeating, addiction, and meanness.

Nothing good or productive comes from unexpressed creativity.

On the other hand, what I’ve experienced in my own life, and in the lives of my readers, students, and clients, is that small daily acts of creative play start a positive cascade in our lives.

I wrote The Creative Sandbox Way as a love letter to my younger self. It is the book that I wish I’d had at age 43, 36, 27, 19, 13, back when my tender creative spirit was getting beaten down, when I could have benefited from an older, wiser mentor to guide me past the pitfalls.

2. Who is the book for, and what do you hope they get from it?

The Creative Sandbox Way is for three types of people:

  • People who believe they aren’t creative, but secretly (or not so secretly) wish they were. The Creative Sandbox Way will show you that you are!
  • Stuck creatives, who desperately want to be doing their writing, painting, music, or whatever their chosen creative expression is, but just can’t seem to get themselves to do it. The Creative Sandbox Way will get you past the stuck and into flow again.
  • Burned-out creative pros, who spend all their time creating for others, so art has become “just a job.” The Creative Sandbox Way will help you rekindle and reclaim the joy that got you into a creative profession in the first place.

I’ve been all three people, so I know the problems of all three intimately.

3. Can you talk a little about how perfectionism can hinder our creativity?

Perfectionism is a curse. Nothing good comes from it, because it leads to paralysis.

Creativity requires action. Movement.

In my pre-Creative Sandbox days, I would see a call for entries for an art show, and part of me would want desperately to create a piece to enter, but the Perfectionist Gremlin would take over and convince me that nothing I could create would ever be good enough.

So guess what I did?

Nothing.

That is perfectionist paralysis.

For too many years I labored under the belief that if I let go of my perfectionism, it would mean letting go of striving for excellence, too.

What I’ve learned along the Creative Sandbox Way is that you can still pursue excellence, still aim for continual improvement, while allowing yourself to create what you’re capable of creating right now—which may very well be crap! We get to allow ourselves to be human in our pursuit of excellence, rather than beating ourselves up for our failure to be superhuman.

It’s a fine distinction, and one that took me well into my forties to come to terms with. I only wish I’d gotten here sooner!

One thing that made a huge difference for me was to remember that, although nobody wants to make crap, we need the crap to fertilize the good stuff.

Also, just because you allow yourself to create crap doesn’t mean you will, but it does mean you’ll create!

4. On page 46 you wrote, “In art the only real rule is ‘Whatever works is right.’” Can you elaborate a little on that?

In every art form, you can find people espousing rules that, if you follow them with precision, will lead to a known outcome. Early on we learn from our teachers and our friends that horses aren’t blue, and which end of the paintbrush is the right one to hold, and what part of the guitar to touch, and how to get the proper sound out of it.

I don’t have a problem with knowing any of these rules, but the question I want people to ask—and it’s a question that too often gets overlooked—is, what’s the outcome you want to achieve?

Once you know where you’re trying to go, whatever route you choose to get there is up to you.

There may be ten or fifty or a zillion different paths to achieve the same outcome. Someone else may choose a different route, may even label your route “wrong.”

But this is art, not brain surgery! If it gets you where you want to go, and nobody was killed or maimed in the process, then that’s all that matters.

5. What is it about childhood that nurtures creativity, and why do we lose our connection to creativity as adults?

We are born zestful, curious, inherently creative creatures, with wildly active imaginations. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that gives us very mixed messages about creativity and creative expression.

Very young children are typically given a lot of freedom when it comes to creativity, but as we get older, we’re expected to rein it in. Creative expression, we learn, is “frivolous,” “self-indulgent,” and “unimportant.”

Confusingly, at the same time, the arts are treated as something special, reserved for the elite few—the “special, talented ones,” not everyone else.

And while we laud our top creators—artists, actors, filmmakers, musicians, dancers—the culture is also rife with negative myths about creatives.

Films, television shows, and books are filled with images of starving artists, mentally unstable painters, suicidal writers, flaky creatives.

These are just a few examples of a very long list of negative associations. Although they don’t actually have anything to do with reality (artists are not all starving, painters are not all mentally unstable, nor do they have to be!), the images are so “sticky” and prevalent that people believe them. If this is what it means to be creative, it’s no wonder we lose our connection to our creativity!

6. You wrote, “creativity often happens in uncertainty,” outside of our comfort zone. What did you mean by this?

Actually, true creativity always happens in uncertainty.

Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty, pointed this out to me. He puts it something like this: If it’s not uncertain, that means it’s been done before, and if it’s been done before, that means it’s not truly creative.

Now, this is not to say that reproducing what’s been done before can’t be valuable, but in order to push into our most fully creative realms, we are, by definition, required to step outside of our comfort zone.

My Creative Sandbox Way Guideposts are designed to help make it easier to do just that.

7. How do comparisons kill creativity, and how can we avoid this trap?

First, it’s important to acknowledge that we are creatures of comparison. Part of being human is our exquisite propensity to notice, to recognize patterns and differences. We’re not trying to change this!

Comparison itself is not the problem. The problem comes when we allow judgment to seep in and dictate what comes next.

In fourth grade, I remember getting a print from the Scholastic Book Club of a painting of a rabbit that was so realistic it was like a photograph. You could see every hair in its fur.

The adults in my life told me I was a “good artist,” but when I looked at this print, I knew I could never paint like that. I felt a deep sense of despair.

Of course, there were all sorts of assumptions going on:

I assumed that being a good artist meant painting in a photographically realistic style, and that this was the only way to be an artist.

I assumed that because I didn’t already know how to paint as skillfully as the artist who’d painted that rabbit, that there was no hope for me.

In fact, of course, there are an infinite variety of ways in which to be an artist. In fact, of course, painting in a photographically realistic style (or any style) is a skill that can be learned.

As for avoiding the Comparison Trap, I find it comes down more to learning how to spring the trap, rather than avoiding it altogether.

Personally, I step in the Comparison Trap at least six times a day. But the simple act of noticing when the Comparison Trap Gremlin has taken over allows me to then make a mindful choice about what comes next.

More on this in the next question!

8. You wrote that everything that goes well in your life boils down to two elements. Can you talk a little about those elements?

Yes! I refer to these two elements together as my Golden Formula.

Melissa’s Golden Formula: self-awareness + self-compassion = the key to everything good.

Self-awareness means noticing what’s working and not working in your life. Noticing your likes and dislikes. Noticing your reactions to situations.

It means being a scientist and a detective in your own life, getting curious, and putting yourself under the scientist’s microscope and the detective’s magnifying glass.

Self-compassion means responding to whatever you discover with love and kindness. I means not holding superhuman expectations of perfection, but acknowledging that you are just like the other seven billion people on the planet, and that’s okay.

Self-compassion means forgiving yourself for being human.

As a dyed-in-the-wool perfectionist, it took me well into my forties to loosen perfectionism’s grip on me, but when I final started living my life according to my Golden Formula, holding self-awareness and self-compassion as the key to everything good, life became a lot kinder and gentler. I now call myself an intentional imperfectionist, and highly recommend imperfectionism as a practice.

(Hint: in practice, imperfectionism is really the same thing as self-compassion, and we get to practice imperfectionism in our practice of imperfectionism, because we are going to be imperfect at it! For a deeper dive into the benefits of and research behind self-compassion, I highly recommend Dr. Kristin Neff’s book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

9. In Part Two of the book, you talk a little about the link between creativity and our emotional state. How does creativity affect our mood?

Here’s an excerpt from The Creative Sandbox Way:

First off, when you do your art (or if you’re still uncomfortable calling it art, call it your creative thing), it nourishes you. It fills you up, feeds you, makes you happy, and gives you joy. This alone is a radical, world-changing thing! I’m not saying you’ll achieve world peace, but you are part of the world, after all, and if you change your emotional state from negative to positive, you have, therefore, changed the world.

Now it’s true that doing creative stuff may also frustrate you at times, maybe even a lot of the time, but something about it feeds you or you wouldn’t crave it, right? Think about it: If you’re unhappy, hungry, cranky, and resentful from never giving yourself what you need, you bring this negative energy to everything you do and everyone you interact with. You spread negativity, or victim energy, or plain old crankiness everywhere you go.

On the other hand, when you’re happy and your soul is fed, you bring happy, well-nourished energy to everything you do and everyone you interact with. You bring more positivity and joy everywhere you go. Instead of a little rain cloud, spreading darkness and dreariness, you’re like a little sunbeam, spreading warmth and light, and that, on its own, changes the world for the better.

This is not just fluff, either; science has proven that not only is happiness contagious, but people who live near a happy friend have a 25 percent higher chance of becoming happier themselves, and that increases to 34 percent if you simply live next door to a happy person.* Even more surprising, this “happiness effect” actually extends beyond the people we come in direct contact with. When you become happy, it reaches not just to your friends, but up to three degrees out, to friends of friends of friends.

You may have been taught that doing your creative thing is selfish, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Doing your art spreads ripples of joy, and this enables you to offer up your best self to the world in everything you do.

Doing your art is an act of generosity of spirit to others, not just to yourself.

Even if you impact just one other person, even if all you do is make them smile, guess what? You have changed the world for the better.

* See this Harvard Medicine article and this NPR article.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Only this: small daily acts build creative confidence and joy.

Don’t wait until you have big chunks of time, or you will likely be waiting forever. Start now, start small, and start anywhere.

And thank you so much for the opportunity to share with the Tiny Buddha community!

Go get creating!

You can learn more about The Creative Sandbox Way on Amazon here.

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  • Ayelet

    Count me in. I sometimes do embroidery and color.

  • Anja Borondić

    Someone once said: Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary. It is also allowing yourself to make mistakes. And art is knowing which ones to keep. I would love to live that. Thank you.

  • Sruti

    Count me in..I sing

  • Erin Grace

    I believe that being creative grants you great courage and a strong sense of self belief. Over the past few years I have been on a journey to explore some creative outlets. I have been dabbling in pottery, water colour painting & floristry. It brings me an immense sense of joy.

  • Dee

    Count me in

  • Alice Picard

    Yes please!

  • Hayley

    I love doing various art/craft projects 🙂

  • sian e lewis

    Thanks a million just by reading this, I have decided to return to my neglected short story writing.

  • I morales

    Count me in!

  • Liz Bermudez

    Count me in. Always looking for ways to be creative.

  • Jessica Milliner

    Count me in.

    I LOVE CREATIVITY.

  • LP

    Your story sounds like me. Please count me in.

  • J

    I feel creativity births creativity. Thanks Tiny Buddha

  • Leanne Beattie

    I’m in! I’m a writer, but I feel pressure to do write something “publication worthy” so when I just want to be creative and have fun, I paint. I know I’m a horrible painter so there is no pressure for me to do something good enough to share with the world. It’s all just playing.

  • MystiqueLady

    I’m a technical writer by profession, but I want to unlock my creative writing skills that have been locked up for over 30 years. I also sketch, color, play piano, daydream and make lace. I am looking for a discipline to help unlock my creative writing side.

  • Laura Romberger

    I love this, what a wonderful idea for a book! I find myself getting caught up “adulting” too and it hinders my development being a creative, I need the time to play and create so keeping “play time” scheduled into my week is so important!

  • Noos2mee2

    Count me in! Sounds like a great book!

  • Jennifer H

    I love to color and have always done so, even before the advent of the “adult coloring book”. I also like to scrapbook and create photo collages and photo books. I don’t have nearly as much time as I would like to work on these projects, but I love doing them all the same. Count me in!

  • Shadow

    Count me in!!!

  • Laura

    Looking for ways to find my inner artist — count me in!!

  • Rena Pulido

    Loved the interview; a helpful guide not only for oneself but how to not stifle creativity in children. Has me highly curious about the book.

  • Kari

    I’d love to read the entire book. That is, when I’m not shooting photos and playing with Photoshop! I get to use Photoshop in my work, and I just upgraded my home computer so I can play at home (with a faster better setup than at work!) woo! woo!!

  • Sakaro

    count me in!

  • Elinor Ackerman

    Wow, sounds like this would be perfect for me!

  • Susan Bethel

    Wow….so much of this is exactly how I felt from a very young age. I’ve struggled to find something, a hobby, anything for so long

  • Keri Stone

    Me, me, me please!!! I would love this book. I like to paint or sculpt with clay when I get a chance. I know…I know…I need to make it a priority. Hopefully this book could help.

  • Lily

    Thank you for this interview and the giveaway. I’d love to read this book, and I am finding that self-compassion heals and helps me in every area of my life.

  • Teresa Phillips

    Need a bit of a boost with creativity

  • Nia

    I love love love knitting, but also am learning pottery and have had a go at quilting and dress-making! There just aren’t enough hours in the day for all the creative stuff I’d like to do!! I’d love to try weaving and lino-cutting 🙂

  • NAGB

    Very excited to read this book!

  • Bluesy Bob

    I’m a blues musician & a music teacher at a university of music.I’m creative but can use some more hints.We never stop learning. tell my students that all the time.

  • Lori Abercrombie

    I’m in! Throughout my life, creativity has saved me whenever times were tough. In 2014, a terrible motor vehicle accident left me with a different looking life and I’ve found my creativity slipping and sadness taking it’s place. I’d love to read this book and turn these blocks into friends!

  • cf

    Count me in!

  • Julie

    Count me in. Sounds like a good book to get the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing about it!

  • Cindy

    I think I need this book…

  • Epsita

    Please count me in. I love writing and photography. My creative passions helped me to “get back my life”- I found myself just by being myself. Just by finding out the things I can do- and I am happy to do them today.

  • Cathy

    Yes, please do count me in. I am a seeker who loves to share with other kindred souls.

  • Amelia T

    Woohoo! This sounds like a great read.

  • Derek

    I loved to write and play as a kid but haven’t done any creative writing in a very long time. I have felt this underlying urge to begin again for the past few years but have always found excuses to not start. I believe that unlocking my creativity will help in all areas of my life so why am I still so afraid to take the first step? Hopefully this book will give me the courage to begin.

  • Trish

    This is such a comforting site, I so enjoy it. I search for it everyday. I use photography for my leisure and enjoyment, often looking for what I refer to as ‘Stubborn Endurance’. Such as things growing from apparently nothing, much as moss does. I really like Seafoam and the way the wind blows it down the street. It seems so carefree & without concern for where it goes. Thanks so much, Trish

  • Lee Romano Sequeira

    I still love to color and doodle 😉 for unleash my creativity! 😉

  • Rosalind Tatum

    “count me in” I love to learn and open some form of my creative side.

  • nijumohan

    count me in

  • AZFan

    Count me in! I am a graphic designer who more and more often, feels that I’ve been doing this way too long… like maybe creativity is finite and mine has run it’s course. Then a creative moment will strike and I’ll wonder “What was I thinking?, I love this gig!”

  • Allie Stephenson

    Count me in! I could use this.

  • Diane Cooney

    Count me in
    Love to go rowing in the early morning hours.

  • Toh Ai Cheng

    Count me please. :))

  • Heather Grant

    Count me in!

  • Songwriting and Love Art!!

  • Bryan Stevenson

    This is a great read!!

  • Mark Jacobi

    Count me in, please.

  • Wendy

    I’m a former art teacher who has not created in years. I’ve suffered a traumatic event very recently. I have experienced the meditative and healing state that being in a moment of creation can inspire. I have been considering getting invested in some creation, however I feel stuck and lacking energy. I am interested in this book. Maybe it is the impetus I need to take that first step into committing to the creative process and reaping its benefits.
    Wendy

  • Jeff Zacharias

    Count me in please:) Much gratitude for the offer!

  • Amara

    Count me in too 🙂

  • Abhishek Singh

    Please Count me in. Thanks for sharing your wonderful learnings.

  • Chris

    This looks like a great book! Count me in!

  • Audrey Abraham

    I so need this book to get back to being creative without feeling guilty or unproductive. Thanks! Great interview.

  • natasha ocasio

    Count me in! I have recently been re-connecting with lost parts of myself and creativity is absolutely included in that.

  • rjt

    Count me in! I’m a furniture designer who’s been doing this for too long and am feeling burnt out lately. Recently I’ve started nature journaling and have resorted back to hand drawing as a way to rekindle my creativity. This book sounds like it would be very helpful!

  • Michael Fran

    Count me in.
    In the past I’ve participated in music, art, performance.
    I don’t know how it happened but I’ve lost my creative urge.
    Family responsibility, work, self doubt, fear?
    All of these things have stopped the flow.
    I’m hoping this book might help delight my spark.

  • My inner child needs this book!

  • Stephanie Tyree

    This book sounds awesome, count me in! Growing up I explored many creative avenues… writing poetry, making films, and playing instruments. I’m now in a profession where I get to be creative to an extent, but there’s so much I would love to do in my in my spare time. I love creating, but I feel like if it isn’t involving work I don’t ever get to do it.

  • netc23

    Love the top picture, I love doing water color and painting with other mediums as well.

  • Jacki

    Count me in 🙂 I love to make cards, but could use help in creativity. Thank you

  • Kate Burroughs

    Count me in! I love to sketch and make small paintings with watercolor and gouache. Can always use more motivation and inspiration.

  • Linda

    count me in as well!

  • Rachel Dunne

    Wow amazing give away,please count me in 🙂
    My favourite way to get creative is to create vision boards on the direction in which I wish my life to go in. My boyfriend is a joiner and he recently made me a huge rough sawn beautiful wooden vision board so I can’t wait to update it and transfer from my old one.
    I also love to make my own organic beauty products such as toothpaste and moisturiser (so important to take note not only of what you put in your body but what you also put on your body)

    Namaste

  • Michelle Ní Bhraonáin

    I am currently in treatment and in recovery from an eating disorder and have been reinventing my creative self! I would love to read this book to get some new ideas! x

  • Rachel Davis

    One of my goals for 2017 is to develop my talents. I’d like to try water colors again, which I haven’t done since high school.

  • sissy

    Thank you for the chance. Don’t we all need this? So often lately I feel I am not doing this enough for myself or children. Thank you for the reminder and a bit of guidance : )

  • Eleni Dee

    Count me in! There’s a reason why “adult coloring books” have become popular recently! Graphic design is my profession and while I do enjoy “creating” for clients, it lacks true freedom of expression much of the time. My Mac is a fantastic tool but I miss doing things by hand and have recently thought about starting to draw again – this book would be the perfect thing to jump start things! Thanks for a great article and offer!

  • Lisa Hill

    I love to doodle and paint. It’s my Zen. Sometimes I look at a blank space and become so overwhelmed or intimidated that my mind goes blank. Count me in! I would love to eliminate that creative block.

  • Rachel Winters

    Count me in!

  • Stacy

    Please count me in!

  • Sharon Ribarics

    I would love to have this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Judith Mitchell

    I used to be very creative – writing (just for myself) and crafting – but have somehow ‘lost’ it all over the years. A spiritual healer did once tell me that I needed to be more creative, but I just don’t seem to be able to do anything!

  • Charlotte Tournicourt

    I would love this! I never did anything really creative but started a costume design class a year ago and absolutely love it! Still a bit insecure though, this book might help!

  • ccrgirl

    Count me in 🙂

  • Viva la Mela

    I am a creative soul but I let life’s responbilities suck up my enegry and time. I know it’s a matter of choice but need a push to find the child at play again.

  • Samantha Jane Galati

    Count me in, please!

  • Jim Reader

    count me in, please.

  • Helena

    I would like to get back to writing poems and illustrating 🙂

  • Kate

    Great article. I really identify with a lot of what she speaks about in this article. I have always been known for being creative, but put a lot of that aside to succeed in the practical world of business when I graduated. Even when I had free time, I would consider it frivolous to create (unless it could be sold, or otherwise prove to have a practical use in some way). I feel like I paid a lot for that, and I would eat to cope with stress and the anxiety. I now recognize my fidgety anxiety as, at least partially, my brain’s striving to put it’s ability for creative thinking to good use, but in the absence of an outlet, choosing to dwell over problems or potential problems.
    My boyfriend is also creative, and I noticed how much less stress he experienced because he did work simply for the joy of it.
    The Creative Soundbox sounds like the reminder we all need that there is nothing frivolous or pointless about making time to create; it is, for some of us, imperative to our good health and happiness.

    Would love a copy! 🙂

  • ArentYouaRayofSunshine

    I’m not so sure what my favorite creative activity is anymore. I’ve always loved the Arts: scrapbooking, baking, photography, writing, doodling. After a traumatic couple of years, I am attempting to find passion in the things I used to love doing-or at least find something new. So count me in!

  • Kelly B

    Count me in!

  • Wendy

    I have this annoying, verbally abusive editor perched on my shoulder whenever I try to write. It is high time I shove a sock in her mouth and it sounds like this book will help me do just that. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • tami51

    I would love to have a copy of this. Thanks!

  • Sharon Solomon

    I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds like a book I most definitely need to read as soon as possible.

  • johanna

    Definitely in! Crossing my fingers to be able to practice with this beautiful book! Thanks for organizing the giveaway and sharing this interview ^^

  • Marsha Wachtel

    Count me in!!

  • Trish Chester

    Definitely … I am a ‘born again’ creator. Enjoyed imagining, pretending, playing and creating all sorts when I was young, then as a primary school teacher I hopefully inspired children to do the same. Many years of difficulty followed, leading me back once more to my own creativity. It has helped so much … to be able to express myself, my feelings, has bene a lifesaver on many occasions. Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

  • mszen146

    Count me in! As a kid coloring was so relaxing. As an adult I don’t make enough time to do it!

  • Mandy Griffiths

    For me creativity is a form of meditation. It brings peace. At the moment I am doll painting and my next project is making slime. Yay! Count me in, would love the book as I’m at a stage when I’m trying to turn my life around and this couldn’t come at a more appropriate time.

  • Mary

    I have a lot of creative activities. I’d like to find some motivation to write more frequently. Hoping the book would help with that.

  • De

    I enjoy doing crafts for self-care. It may not be good enough to sell but it’s for me. Now I’m into painting designs on rocks and also painting old bricks to look like old books.
    okdebbie57@yahoo.com

  • Melissa Jarrett

    Count me in!

  • Verena

    Count me in!

  • Debbie Bergman

    I love doing papercrafts – but I like trying anything that appeals to me!

  • Ann

    I study and write poetry…thanks for this opportunity!

  • Becki Walker

    count me in <3 <3 <3

  • Danielle Balistrieri

    Interested!! 🙂

  • Count me in!

  • Eric Landrey

    I could use this, so count me in.

  • Keerthana

    My favorite hobbies are crochet, and quilting…I am self taught!! 🙂
    The best part of making something creative, is the joy in giving it to someone as a gift, and see their face light up with a happy smile!!

  • Taryn Sommers

    This sounds great! I love to paint and draw and write short stories, but I have definitely been letting fears, doubts, and insecurities get in the way.

  • Deanna Nagle

    My creative activity is planning yoga classes – creating playlists, finding the perfect reading, making a flowing sequence. For me it is so much fun!

  • Anna

    My favourite creative activities are drawing, playing the piano + the uke, doing yoga and… well, many more) It would be interesting to participate.

  • Anna
  • Deborah Tompkins Davis

    Count me in.

  • SABRINA CROW

    I LOVE TO COLOR 🙂 THIS IS WHAT I NEED THANK-YOU

  • Danielle Rothstein

    This article is so interesting; it reminds me of many of the tips Julia Cameron wrote about in the artists way, such as thinking back to the things you did when you were young and taking yourself on an “artist date” to relive some of that carefree innocent joy and spark some creativity

  • Jennifer Hall

    Sounds like an awesome book, count me it!

  • Cheryl J

    I could so use this. I catch myself saying “I used to do that” a lot. I need to get back to doing!

  • Cathy

    This book sounds great, count me in!

  • MrsH8

    Often we forget how important the creative process is to our growth. I have been extremely creative since I was a child, including writing, art, music, photography, decorating and jewelry making. While these pursuits bring me the most joy, for some reason I don’t allow myself regular time to create. I like what Melissa said about taking even small chunks of time to be creative. Keeping pen, paper, or my camera handy for quick breaks during the day, can help me to say yes to being creative every day. ♡

  • Chantel DaCosta

    Count me in. This book sounds right up my alley.

  • DJ Harper

    Yes! Count me in! I am enamoured with and by colors, and anything made beautiful and purposeful from something old and discarded!

  • Kay Harrison

    Count me in !

  • Amy Christensen

    I’m excited about this book. I want to bring more creativity into my life.

  • Jesse Manuel

    I’d love to get in touch with my creative side! Count me in 🙂

  • Dea

    Miniature quilting ~ <3

  • D L

    This article is really thought provoking for me. Thank you!
    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Liz Witbeck

    This sounds like an amazing book Melissa! Thank you for sharing your gift with the world 🙂

  • Kim Helmick

    I like to write, mostly in my journal. My public form of creativity is my knitting. I’d LOVE to read this book!

  • Dee Martinez

    Thank you for offering such a great book 🙂 I love to journal using handlettered elements so it’s a blend of three things I love – journalling, words and sketching.

  • Sudha Prakash

    Count me in

  • Sara Davis

    I want this!!

  • Stacy

    I would be grateful for this gift

  • Amy Coe

    Oh wow – this is me right now! “I feared nothing I made would be good
    enough, that nothing would come of it, and that I would essentially be
    wasting my time”

  • Laura Ament Taylor

    Love this interview and the values it sorts out for those of us who suffer from perfectionism. As one myself, I completely agree with the importance of feeding your creative soul…and getting comfortable with getting messy. And using the useful tools of mindfulness and self-compassion along the way. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bert Skye

    I used to make my own clothes! I’d like to get beyond, “it’s all too tedious for me” and create something cool again.

  • Gidiara

    I need some creative inspiration! I used to love upcycling funky new clothes and things making mixed art boxes.

  • Virginia Joan

    I need to find my passion and being creative is what I need to do – bad past 3 years and need to get out of my slump

  • Erika Cogoni

    I’m forever Cre8ively cre8ing!Would love the book 🙂 xx

  • Betty

    Count me in please – 🙂

  • Lisa Chadwick

    What a great giveaway! I would love this

  • Nicole Lindler

    i’d love this! count me in

  • Shari Baker

    After 40 years of placing my creative self aside I am once again beginning to think about making time to express my creative self. I love mixed media art because there are no rules and one can work with many different mediums. Thank you for the article which is another reminder that I need to make it happen! I would love to win the book!!!

  • Trish Bruner

    I would love to win this book. I definitely suffer from the pain of perfectionism. I paint watercolours but I don’t have a creative bone in my body! I need to loosen up!

  • Laura Marie

    Thank you and please count me IN!

  • Venus Na

    I need this book, please count me in. Thanks. 🙂

  • Aparna

    I would so want to have this book, lori! Please count me in.

  • Saisei

    Count me in! Art used to be mine. I always took art throughout school and had a class outside of school as well, but like it was said, I had to “adult” and worry and stress pushed everything away. So yes, again, definitely count me in! Thanks!

  • Karen

    Count me in! I could really benefit from this book!!

  • Carol Wong

    This book will be so wonderful for my little girl who is 10 years old, loves to create and has such a beautiful heart.

  • Mary Jane Casto

    Count me in!

  • I’ve been following Melissa for a while. She’s fabulous.

  • Irene Barnett

    Would love to win!

  • Sparko

    Great stuff! Count me in!

  • Lumy Villoda

    Interested count me in !!!!?

  • Maureen

    I long to release my secret, creative self! Count me in!

  • Kelly Sardella

    I welcome any and all help releasing my creative self ! Please count me in!!

  • CauldronKeeper

    Looks like fun!

  • Laura Russell

    I’d love to have this book! Count me in!

  • J

    Sounds great. I would love to have this book.

  • Sharon McCulley

    Writing. Afraid to start again.

  • nancy

    I would love a copy for myself and one for my Granddaughter who is a great artist at home but at school gets caught up in the comparison thing. Awe… thanks for creating this book.
    Count me in.

  • Jessica Kendall

    Hi this sounds absolutely excellent. I would be extremely greatful for this gift, count me in.

  • Mindy Spano

    Please, count me in. My favorite creative activity is doing needle point. I know it’s old fashioned, but I love it.

  • Ivette

    Sounds wonderful and I love the cover, Count me in!

  • Kirsten Tidik

    I used to love to make pottery, but it’s been years since I stopped. And the other day I though “why can’t I make pottery now? As an adult?”. I found a local pottery studio and kiln. I’m think I’m going to tap into that creative side again!

  • Shilpa Yadav

    Thank you.I love painting.

  • Rachel

    Self-compassion and gentleness for one’s soul because it craves validation and care the most from you. Count me in

  • Sandy Borstad

    Count me in! My favorite way to create is capturing moments with photography.

  • bexer

    Count me in.

  • Moon

    Sounds like an awesome book! 🙂

  • trader mare

    Looks like a very interesting guide to helping boost your creativity!

  • Liza LaCasse

    Getting together with creative friends, talking, laughing, listening, supporting each others’ creative energies.

  • Meaghan

    Inspiration for creative life!

  • Florida Sanchez

    Count me in!

  • Patricia

    I’ve had a very hard time trying to get my creative mojo on for a while. I hope this book can help me get it back.

  • Annalisa Ferrigno

    I love to create colorful creative mandala design, please count me in to help and boost my creativity 🙂

  • Janine

    I’m a “stuck creative” hoping for inspiration

  • Melanie Miceli

    I am so stuck! right out of high school, I went to college for fine arts, which I loved. But then came marriage, kids, divorce, single motherhood and I feel my creativity has become non-existent. I have tried to take up drawing again but it’s never good enough and all I can think is “I used to be so good at this!” I would love to have a copy of this book to help me get my creative self back!

  • Tina

    Love it, I’m in!!!

  • Lisa

    Years ago, writing was a part of my job. I’ve been wanting to express myself thru my writing ever since it stopped being part of my work life but my ego keeps stopping me. I feel like this book could put me back on the creative track.

  • Sylvia

    Self-compassion is a biggie for me – I’m in.

  • Amirmasoud HD

    count me in..sounds like great work, can’t wait to read it !

  • Preet Kotak

    Thank u !!
    Count me in !!
    I love makin crafts !!

  • Barbara

    Count me in! I’ve always been creative since I was born, however once I hit my 20s, I just lost the confidence to create anything. I can completely relate to the term perfectionist paralysis!

  • Hasini

    Count me in! My favorite creative activity is writing – particularly short poems. I also have the problem of believing my work is not good enough!

  • Donna

    Me!

  • Lisa Kotlarz

    Sounds great!!!

  • gilda friedman

    I am presently exploring my creative self that lay dormant for years while I was task oriented….mother,then career,then very debilitated health because I always pushed harder and harder to be superhuman. I believe I did use my creativity somewhat in my healthcare career but now want to do writing,painting,drawing,etc. I loved the part about giving up perfectionism while still striving for excellence. All this time I think if I gave up trying to be perfect,I was giving into mediocrity. This phrase helped me so much. Maybe now I can finally begin to believe that I am good enough.

  • gilda friedman

    And I would also very much love to have the book,not only for my own enrichment but to share with my adult son

  • dylancarlson

    Count me in please!

  • Mdmartin

    Loved the article very insightful, count me in all the way.

  • banneka

    It sounds like this book could really help me as I begin to recover from exercise addiction. I will have lots of down time and need to have non-harming, pleasant activities ready to go.

  • Gabrielle

    Count me in as well please!

  • justjules

    Serendipitously (is that a word), a very creative, artisitc friend introduced me to one of her classes. Since I wan’t comfortable painting, she guided me towards a crafting group – who pulled me in, threw mediums, advice and support my way – and sat back to see how I’d do. It seems I drifted towards “safe” patterns and boring styles. Comfort before creativity. I can see the situation, but I’m not sure how to remedy it. This book might be just the catalyst I need.

  • janet

    Free form writing is my way to tap into my creativity! Count me in 🙂

  • Maria Claver

    I enjoy making my own greeting cards, but my real creative passion is music! I just started learning guitar two years ago at age 40 and it helps me use parts of my brain that don’t get enough attention. I find that it helps me to be more creative in my professional pursuits.

  • Balakrishna

    Inspired by your interview Melissa!! Would love to read your book….. I’m sure it’s going to benefit my creative self to a large extent. Thank you.

  • Jessica Sheridan

    Would absolutely love the chance to read your book!!

  • Shelly Yohn

    I really need to get in touch with my creative side again. It was squashed a long time ago but I know it’s still there:) Would love to read your book:)

  • foeaminute

    Enjoyed the article – also, book please. 🙂

  • Thanks, Marsha!

  • Ah, but you do, Trish. We are all creative, each and every one of us. We are born that way. It’s the perfectionism that makes us believe otherwise. I wrote the book to help us perfectionists learn to loosen up.

  • Yes, mixed media art is wonderful for that! My first Guidepost along the Creative Sandbox Way, in fact, is “There Is No Wrong.” Only when there is no wrong (and no right) can we let go and PLAY! That is when true creativity can flourish.

  • I’m so glad you fond it helpful, Laura! I wrote The Creative Sandbox Way as a love letter to my younger self, really–it’s the book I wish I’d had as a teenager, a young adult, in my 20s, 30s, and 40s! It contains the tools I use NOW, because after all, we teach what we need to learn.

  • I think this is most people, Amy. It’s why I wrote The Creative Sandbox Way!

  • What a wonderful creative expression, Dee!

  • You’re so welcome! It truly is my love letter to my younger self and to the world.

  • It’s so common to not give ourselves the time and space to do the things we want and long for the most, precisely because we want them so badly. Counter-intuitive, but true–the more important something is to you, the more likely you will resist it, simply because it brings up so much fear! Fear of doing it badly, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of proving once and for all that you’re a hack, so much fear!

    So whatever we can do to minimize the fear is essential. This is where my ten Creative Sandbox Way Guideposts come in–they are tools for navigating through and around the fear so it doesn’t stop us in our tracks, and they work brilliantly!

    And keeping your pen, paper, and camera handy, that’s what I call “eliminating the hoops.” If we have to jump through ANY hoops to do our thing, it’s likely to mean we won’t do it at all. So whatever we can do to eliminate hoops is a good thing!

    I keep a sketchbook, pens, watercolor pencils and waterbrushes by my bed, so I can have some Creative Sandbox playtime first thing in the morning, while sitting in bed! (Because I’ve figured out that the thing I do FIRST is the thing that gets DONE!) THAT is what I mean by eliminating the hoops–I don’t even have to go into my studio and clear off my art table to make art!

  • Yes! That’s great awareness–noticing where you say “I used to do that” that you’d like to say “I do that.” A great example of my Golden Formula in action: self-awareness + self-compassion = the key to everything good.

  • In other words, you’ve been being human, Taryn! We all let fears and insecurities get in the way… until we learn some tools for combatting them.

  • Yes! That is one of the ways that our creative expressions is world-changing: we touch other people with our creations!

  • Doing creative things for self-care is powerful. It doesn’t matter whether it’s ever something you sell or not. You *know* the transformative effect it has on you! It makes your world better, and that alone is valuable.

  • Yes, I think it will!

  • Kate, that was me to a T: for the longest time, I was unable to create anything unless it could be sold, or had a practical purpose.

    And guess what? I was miserable!

    The Creative Sandbox Way is the antidote to all that. Because in the intervening years I realized that life and joy cannot be reduced to what is practical and saleable.

    And, ironically, some of the art that I make when I specifically focus on staying firmly planted in the Creative Sandbox, where it is NOT about making practical, sellable things, some of that art has gone on to sell.

    And some of those Creative Sandbox creations are, in fact, the most pragmatic creations, because they keep me sane!

    But the focus HAS to be on pure joy and fun, NOT on pragmatism or money, in order for it to work.

    It’s a very “zen” sort of practice in that way. But it works. I hope you’ll give it a try.

  • I hope you do, Helena! The Creative Sandbox Way would be very helpful! I hope you’ll give it a try!

  • Yes. It’s an ongoing, daily choice that we each have to make. And the most important practice is just getting back on the wagon. Because we will always stumble. This is not the problem. The problem is if we never get back on. You get to get back on. It helps to make the wagon really short–a teeny-tiny commitment, like just a few minutes a day, something ridiculously achievable, so you can’t not do it.

    And then when you *do* stumble (as you will, because you’re human), because your commitment is so tiny, it will be so easy to get right back on!

  • We’re all insecure. The way you become less insecure is to do it. You got this!

  • Teeny tiny steps. That’s the route.

  • The way to overcome fear of blank space is to make it un-blank! Make a mark–any mark. Now it’s no longer a blank space! Now you have something to respond to.

    With a blank space, it’s so easy to get “precious” about it, and perfectionistic. Quick! Without thinking! Scrawl a mark! Scribble a mark! As ugly and messy as possible!

    Try this next time and see what happens.

  • Yes! I got so creatively constipated creating for clients for a decade. I get it. And I agree about adult coloring books–they provide a structure that allows people a certain amount of safety within which to create without too much uncertainty.

    I’m also with you on doing things by hand. There’s nothing like it.

  • Yes, we do all need this!

  • I struggled with an eating disorder for close to a decade, Michelle. Good for you for getting treatment. I think a lot about how differently my life might have gone, and how different the world would be, if women and girls took all the energy that we focus on “fixing” our already perfectly fine bodies and redirected it into creating actual value in the world.

    Imagine the art, writing, music, dance, theater, inventions, and who knows what we might have created by now!

    Imagine what we could create going forward!

  • Kathy Wilkinson

    Count me in. Please and thanks!!!! 🙂

  • Winter Dream

    Way cool… or should I say “Way creative!” Thank You!

  • You’re not alone. A big part of my own story, and what ultimately led me to write The Creative Sandbox Way, is that I was in a creative profession, making my living *from* my art, but never making any art.

    Irony of ironies!

    It took me too many years to finally realize that it’s not a matter of finding the time, it’s a matter of making the time.

    And it took me even more years to figure out that it doesn’t even have to be a lot of time to make a lot of difference! Which is why my Creative Sandbox Way Guidepost #4 is “Think Tiny and Daily.”

    It’s astonishing the difference that even just a few minutes can make for the quality of your life.

    It sounds ridiculous. I didn’t believe it until I tried it myself.

    This chapter is one of the longest in the book because it had so many surprising lessons for me!

    Check it out. Try it yourself. You’ll see.

  • I think it will help, Michael. I wrote the book to help with all these things and more.

  • Yes! The Creative Sandbox Way is definitely a balm for burnout. I suffered from burnout, too.

  • You’re afraid because we always have fear around the things that are important to us, Derek. It’s totally normal. The more important something is to us, the more resistance we are likely to feel. Annoying but true!

  • That must be so hard, Lori.

  • Marie

    Melissa your book sounds awesome! This year my favourite creative activity is going to be sketching! I find if you don’t practice your skills, you lose them. Count me in!

  • Carla

    Count me in!!

  • Taryn Sommers

    Haha true. Thank you. And it’s time to face those fears and things that are holding me back 🙂

  • Irena Arting Ellis

    Yes, please, I am curious what a fellow artinger is up to 🙂

  • Anne Duff

    Count me in. I enjoy crochet and journalling but I’d love to be creative in a more ‘outside of the lines’ way.

  • Melanie Wilson

    Please and thank you!

  • Cathy

    Love to be entered into the draw. Creativity as with most things in life works in ebbs and flows. On this grey winter day I am thankful that today is a flow day. Lots of wonderful painting and art journaling time to myself.

  • Lori Abercrombie

    At 57,after raising 4 kids, after traveling the world, being in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is the hardest time of my life. I used to bury myself in any and everything creative. Now, I’m so stuck I’m not sure who I am anymore. The book can’t save me, I know this, but it may offer some insight as to why this soothing side is missing.

  • Lori Abercrombie

    Melissa, thank you so much for taking the time to answer. That means so much by itself. Sure, I’d love to win the book and my therapist would probably be able to use the second copy. I shared on Twitter but didn’t realize I was supposed to post that link (it’s there under Latherandlace! As for what I like to create, everything! Repurposed furniture, mosaics, soap, jewelry, I knit, sew, and pretty much make EVERYTHING!!

  • Lori Abercrombie
  • Anthony Bird

    Thank you for the give away opportunity! Inspiring discussion.

  • Dianne Newton Fago

    Count me in for sure! My favorite way to be creative is through collage and mixed-media in my art journals. 🙂

  • You’re welcome. (And I love to create everything, too!

  • Yes, I can’t promise miracles, but I’ve seen The Creative Sandbox Way literally change people’s lives. It has worked wonders for lots of people, and it might help you, too.

  • You’re so right, Marie–use it or lose it! And even just a little practice makes a lot of difference.

  • It is absolutely still there! Creativity never goes away, Shelly — the taps might get a little rusty, but the way to clean the rust off the taps is simple: use them!

  • You’re welcome, Balakrishna!

  • Yes! Neuroscience backs that up, Maria!

  • I think my book will be just the ticket, justjules

  • A creative habit could be the perfect thing to support you as you recover from your addiction, banneka, and my book could be a great help.

  • The journey to “good enough” may be the most challenging, and most important, of all, gilda. It’s a practice I’m still working on, walking that path right alongside you.

  • Alfrida Thulin

    Yes please! I love to write!

  • Lori Abercrombie

    Maybe I’ll win 🙂 or, I’ll have to wait for it to come to my library.

  • Maria Claver

    Indeed! I’m a gerontology professor and we often talk about building new dendritic connections by learning something NEW as a protective factor against dementia…

  • Shelly Yohn

    Thank you, Melissa! Gonna work on getting that water flowing again. I’ve missed it:)

  • shela

    Yes! I NEED to learn how to play again! I have many unfinished pieces, see many defects/deficiencies, … need to learn to enjoy the creating again!

  • Trish Bruner

    All the more reason that I would love to win this book draw. Please consider me because I would love to learn to loosen up and do some “original” work.

  • Celeste April

    Count Me In, Please!
    ~onward and forward….

  • shurry d

    Count me in as well please…and thank you…

  • Jennifer Shaub

    Sounds inspiring, my creativity is languishing and I could use a little encouragement.

  • froldt

    Count me in, please. I’m a sketcher with paper, pen/pencils!

  • Brettni

    Count me in! This looks wonderful!

  • Princess Mae Bartolome

    Count me in!!!

  • Betty Shimsha

    Sounds wonderful

  • Sam

    One of the goals I am striving to be more intentional with this year, is to schedule my ‘play time’ like I do with anything else. I have SO missed days when I would read through a book and get lost in the adventure.. or times I could pull out all of my art supplies and draw or paint, doodle or sketch various things. Count me in!!

  • Shelby&LunaBay

    While nothing’s perfect, the timing of this drawing truly is! Thanks so very much. I hope my entry is chosen.

  • MJ

    I’d love to win one of these books (for me, and later for our little free library)!

  • Susan

    After 62 years of feeling I am not creative but always wishing I were, I would like to prove myself wrong. And if I can do it I can nurture that in my grand daughter.

  • Yumi

    This sounds like an interesting read. Count me in

  • Owen Miller

    Count me in! My favorite creative activity is playing guitar.

  • jill

    Count me in….horseback riding

  • kpond

    writing!

  • Mary So

    Oh I love it, please count me in 🙂

  • Sherry Lee Patterson

    I am in! I love printing and painting.

  • Judy

    creative spirit is the manifestation of God

  • Judy Orabutt

    Count me in!

  • veganwanab

    Count me in. The book sounds great. I love to draw, paint, and write, but sometimes I doubt myself and feel I can’t do it.

  • Mellie

    Count me in! Love the idea of this book supporting creativity especially on the self-critical Days.

  • Elva Powell

    Count me in! After a 20 year creative block I’d love to start again.

  • JulieF.

    I’m in!! So interesting in investigating my creativity! 🙂

  • Alba

    Count me in 🙂
    I’m an eclectic artist and i know the benefit to make art. I paint and draw, take pictures, i like also to sing and dance … and many other artistic activities. I’m also an art teacher and i like to teach not only artistic technique, but also how to improve creativity and how important is to be free from self judgement, the first cause of creativity block.
    Sorry for my english, i’m italian 😉
    Thanks for your job Tiny Buddha, i find a lot of ideas from your articles.

  • Alba

    I share with pleasure in my Facebook page: Yoga dell’Arte, in which i really treat these arguments.
    https://www.facebook.com/Yoga.dell.Arte/

  • Laurie Knisely

    Count me in. Creativity is the highest kite one can fly

  • Katie James

    Count me in! Thank you for sharing this interview. I find my brain gets in the way of my creativity when I create jewelry for sale. I wonder how this book might help me work through this to let the brain rest and the rest create.

  • Zola Dickerson

    I would love a copy!

  • Connie S

    Count me in as well! Thanks!

  • Knhur

    I’m in! knhurc@gmail.com

  • Terri

    My favorite creative activity is graphic design.

  • Susan

    Perfect timing! I’ve been wanting to start ‘creating’ (art journaling) again, so I’d love to have this book!

  • Eve H

    Count me in!

  • Nick Sanders

    Count me in. I think this is a wonderful book. I would love a copy to share with my kids. Thank you.

  • dressperado

    I write and draw humorous graphic novels.

  • Carleen Phillips

    Would love a copy!

  • Karen King Gadson

    I am definitely a “stuck” creative, searching for strategies and inspiration to become “unstuck.” Would love to have this book!

  • Rachel Winters

    Count me in!

  • Carleen Phillips

    Yes…and retweeted at @SoNPhotography

  • Laura Sharp

    I have a daydream journal full of colors, doodles, and stickers.

  • Laura Sharp

    retweeted @lsharp1964

  • Amy Starr Van Duzen

    You’re never to old to be a kid! Count me in please and thank you! This book sounds amazing!

  • Kim Herrera

    Count me in ,i love to get creative cake decorating. im not a expert but still it makes me feel good when i see the look on my little ones face …

  • Krystal Johnson

    Count me in. My passion is writing and creating stories from my imagination.

  • morphin3

    Would love this!

  • Paul Owen

    Me too!

  • Kathy Wallace

    Count me in! I would love to win a copy of this book.

  • Teresa Clay

    I’ve been stuck (in more ways than one!) since I completed chemotherapy years ago. Yoga has helped me more than anything else has. I’m still learning this new me and believe this book would help me in my journey to discover ME. Thank you for the opportunity!!

  • Danette Beach

    Yes please!

  • Thorne Davis

    Count me in ~ it is always a journey of growing and learning especially with creativity and how to spark it more into manifest…. im a tarot reader/spiritual consultant ~ <3 blessings!!!!

  • Jen Bailey

    Count me in please.

  • ZXC

    Count me in!

  • Ann Martin

    Count me in✌️

  • Jess Dumas

    Count me in!

  • Sarah

    Count me in

  • lees argh

    what a wonderfully refreshing interview (: please count me in (:

  • Jamie

    Count me in! My connection with creativity is in a distance away but grasp worthy. I am definitely down to for the book!

  • Count me in! I love playing trombone and writing. (See http://tinybuddha.com/blog/love-life-every-age/)

  • Katie Johnson

    Dang it! My comment didn’t post last night because I wasn’t logged into Disqus. Oh well…anyway my favorite Creative Activity is coloring, painting and drawing! I love to bring things to life

  • Joy

    I like to do mosaics 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Count me in! I love music and painting.