Looking to unleash you’re inner creative? Well look no further – today I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for The Art of Creativity by Susie Pearl
Discover the daily habits of highly creative people.
What do most highly creative people have in common?
What are the habits they cultivate?
What is ‘the flow’ and how do you get into it?
THE ART OF CREATIVITY is a practical guide to help you unlock
your creative potential and find fulfilment and happiness in the process.
After 20 years working with some of the most creative people on the planet, writer and business coach Susie Pearl has unearthed the habits of highly creative people and takes you on a journey to unlock your own inner stream of creativity.
Over the course of this easy-to-follow guide, you will learn to take risks with your inner artist, ignore critics, release blocks and get into daily creative habits in order to build better projects, ideas and artistic collaborations, and unearth creative solutions and innovations.
Containing practical tools and exercises, and a step-by-step to help you along the way, THE ART OF CREATIVITY will reveal a more fulfilled, passionate and creative you.
I have to admit that I cried a little during the opening minutes of 2021. It took me by surprise and I think it was just a release of emotions after all the difficulties faced by so many of us in 2020 along with the uncertainty of what’s coming this new year. So I can’t tell you what a godsend Susie’s book was and I picked it up just when I needed it most. This isn’t about finding a ‘new’ you. This is a book about finding the real you that just bursting to get out.
The Art of Creativity is a book that gives you back some control, a place to help harness and explore what lies beneath the surface of each and everyone of us. It made me look at what is holding me back from being the best version of myself. One thing for me personally is fear. For some fear can be crippling, it holds us hostage and stops us moving forward. It literally drowns out our creativity, squashing it down and down until we can feel it no more. For me, The Art of Creativity helped me see that my fear is actually something I can turn around. I can push through it and free the creative inside of me.
Susie reminds us that creativity is important, vital even, for the future of mankind and it should be nurtured accordingly. As technology, and Artificial Intelligence in particular, become more and more commonplace, many of the tasks we do will be outsourced to machines. Except for our creativity, that is something that is unique to us. Each and everyone of us. Not only is it vital for our futures but also for our here and now… to help us be the very best version of ourselves, to feel passion and zest for life in all that we do.
So how does the book work? It has a lightness about it, literally, it’s rather beautifully produced with an eye-catching, uplifting cover. Susie has broken it down into the forming of 7 habits. She begins by looking at fear and the blocks that can stop us moving forward. I imagine, like me this is quite a major hurdle for many people. It showed me that we are always growing – we are always learning and that is absolutely okay.
Watch and learn. Rather than feel the need to be the smartest person in the room, make it okay to be the dumbest person in the room and get out of your comfort zone. When we drop the need to ‘be right’ or ‘the best’, we can more easily develop a beginner’s mindset, which gives us the opportunity to expand, learn and improve.The Art of Creativity by Susie Pearl
I wonder how many opportunities to learn and grow I have lost because I was afraid I would look stupid. I’m always telling my son that we learn from the times we get things wrong and yet at some point I forgot to apply that logic to myself as an adult – so I stopped. If I wasn’t doing then I couldn’t fail. Yet I am the only one who loses out there because inside I have a wee creative monster itching to get out!
After exploring the things that may be holding you back Susie moves on to ways to tap into the unlocked potential within, from journaling, meditation and breathing techniques and self-care to being a Maverick and looking towards the future. There were so many points that I connected with that my copy is now full of turned down pages of parts that I want to be able to find again at a moments notice. It really is very inspiring.
With a combination of inspiring anecdotes, easy to follow and thought-provoking exercises, The Art of Creativity has felt like a warm hug at a time when my soul is feeling a little tired. It has given me hope and a sense of control over a part of my life that will make the difficulties a little easier to bear. No matter what, I feel that 2021 has the potential to be my most creative year yet!
Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the publisher Orion and author Susie for providing me with a review copy – it will be a book that I will return to time and time again.
Susie Pearl is a writer, podcaster and a host of workshops on creative
writing, visioning and meditation. She is a mentor and holistic coach for
companies such as MTV, Huffington Post, Google and Sony. She is the
author of Instructions for Happiness and Success (2012) and has been
involved in writing and collaborating on international bestselling titles
including The Art of Eating Well with Hemsley & Hemsley and contributed to
research for Paul McKenna’s I Can Make You Rich. She is the founder of a
celebrity PR agency in London, and lives between London and Ibiza. She
hosts the Conversations with Susie Pearl podcast and is a cancer survivor.
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