Friday, January 11, 2008

Are You Lurking??

Thanks to Julie I've learned that it's De-Lurker Week. So are you a lurker?? Don't be afraid to come out. I promise I won't bite! I'm really a nice person and I love to meet new people so de-lurk yourself!!


I'm still being creative every day and finding more and more ways of recognizing it. I find myself thinking about it at weird times during the day and I'll think "Oh, yeah....I'm being creative!" I came across this site where they listed a few tips for being more creative:

"1. Keep a writing or drawing journal. Keeping a journal is one of the most powerful ways to calm the mind, take inventory of your thoughts, and open the doors to expressing yourself more fully. It doesn't matter whether you consider yourself a writer or an artist, because this journal is just for you and your personal journey. Journaling can be a way to vent anger, spill sorrow, and revel in accomplishments. It can be a love letter to yourself, an instrument of confidence-building, a method of clearing the mind and finding out who you really are.

2. Use jasmine. The fragrance of jasmine incense or essential oil creates a positive state of consciousness that is particularly conducive to journaling. Its sweet, fresh fragrance inspires creativity, creates a soothing atmosphere, and leaves one refreshed and clear in mind and spirit. Jasmine is uplifting, balancing, helps with stress and anxiety, and builds self-confidence.

3. Warm-ups for journaling: write about your day; write an observation of the natural world or what you see out your window; write a letter to a parent or child; write a poem to your beloved; write about a memorable event; write down a question for which you believe you have no answers at the moment.

4. If drawing is your medium, draw what you see or what you feel, or even make a sketch of how you would like things or people to be. This is the time for pure fantasy, so let your hand fly over the pages with pencil or brush. A journal that combines writing and drawing may be the best way to tap into all sides of your creativity and to fully express what you feel.

5. Surround yourself with the right colors for creativity. Black, which represents the unknown, is a stimulant to the release of feelings and thoughts. Violet is the color of creativity, and purple the color of passion. Red is creation itself, passion, energy, and stamina. Orange encourages playfulness and vitality, and yellow stimulates the mind. Choosing a little of several of these colors in each of your rooms will greatly enhance your creative energy in anything and everything in your life.

6. You don't have to be an artist to see like one. Anyone can appreciate color, form, content, and style. You don't need to be a musician to hear like one. Open your ears to all the sounds and cadences of life. Not a dancer? You can still feel the rhythm in the spring of your walk, add sass to your stance and grace to every move you make.

Whenever the opportunity comes up to sing in a choir, paint part of a community mural, dance at your reunion, wrap a present with whimsy, enter your home decorations in a local contest, or just garnish dinner with a rosette of radishes, do it! Creativity is not just song, art, and dance. It's living with style."

I love that last's living with style. Sometimes I think we have such a narrow idea of what being creative means that we shut ourselves down, thinking we don't fit the mold. Combing your hair can be creative! Maybe today you decide to part it on a different side or swope that one loose curl down over your eye or tie it back with a ribbon and stick a flower in it. You can also be creative by writing a note to someone you haven't talked to in a long time. Tell them something funny that happened to you....make them laugh. Paint polka dots on your shoes! Bake cookies and add something different to the batter. There's no way you can NOT be creative if you're alive!! Recognize your own creativity and then see if you can expand on it. Learn something new, try an interesting recipe for dinner tonight, wear a different fragrance, tie your shoes with ribbons, or just be silly! It's all about expressing yourself.

I'm working on some drawings that I still can't show you. I know that sounds like a cop out but it's true. I owe so many people, and I'm trying to catch up on some of that. As soon as things get into the mail and are received then I'll share with you what I've been creating.


Are you STILL lurking?? Stop that! Be brave. Leave me a comment. That's being creative, too!!


  1. I'm not very creative these days, perhaps I'd better make a note of your
    I hope HB is recovered(recovering).

  2. Lurker --not me-ah well sometimes maybe-have a great day

  3. Not "lurking" but coming right out and saying how much I enjoy your blog!

  4. I'm not a lurker, exactly, cuz i do leave comments some times. And sometimes not. Is that when I'm a lurker? Well, you know I've been here, comment or not. xoxoxo

  5. Well I don't want to be a LURKER so now I will create! I really enjoyed reading the suggestions you listed here. Have a little time so I think I'll lurk on by some other blogs. What's the latest on HB? BE BLESSED:-)

  6. Thanks for stopping by today Janet!
    Hope you got some time in your studio!

  7. tinker6:48 PM

    Not so much a lurker, as just a lurcher - I lurch around the internet as my router allows me, and sometimes I forget where I left off, and lurch in a different direction...
    Glad I lurched back over this way - love this post with all your ideas on creativity!
    I'm lurching off again - till next time...

  8. Janet, I certainly agree that keeping a journal is a powerful
    and loving way to commune with ourselves. All of your suggestions are very good.
    Nope not lurking today LOL

  9. Hi Janet, I like the idea of de-lurking and meeting new people. I'm going to try it out and see if I have any random lurkers. PLUS, those are GREAT tips! I'm printing those out to use for myself. later gater.

  10. Anonymous7:46 AM

    I have been lurking..I have to admit. I haven't had the time to post as often as I usually do. Which is NOT WONDERFUL at all!!!!! I just wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog. :) I sooo love your comments! *HUGS*

  11. I've been lurking for several months now - I really enjoy reading your blog - so much of what you say rings true with me - especially when you say you are a woman of a certain age trying to decide what to do when you grow up! I too would love to say 'I'm an artist'. All I need now is that bottle of self-believe and confidence - now where did I put it? x

  12. I think it is so right to look on living well as a creative act. I think I liked that point best of all. I'm no lurker! You know that!

  13. Orlenna10:39 PM

    Yes I'm a lurker who loves to be encouraged to create and journal so thanks heaps for the encouragement and cool bits and pieces.

  14. I have kept an inspiration journal for a few years now, often I see quotes or gorgeous pics in magazines that inspire me,so I cut them out and stick them in my journal,I also jot down random thoughts etc. when I look back at the end of my journaling year it actually all comes together rather well! and so even when I havent been creative on other projects, my journal is proof that a little every day can still be enough!

  15. Hello my name is Happytiler and I am a " Lurker"! Sometimes I run out of things to say or just have no time to post comments. Other times I am too darn tired to comment. I need help, please guide me through the twelve step program of
    " Lurkers Anonymous" because I don't feel I can go it alone.

    I first knew I hit rock bottom when I started lurking instead of writing my own blog post. Sometimes I would go two days in a row without posting, afraid that if I left a comment it would link back to an old post! I know....I'm weak, but what is a blogger to do when they have writers block? What do I need to do to rectify my blunders?
    I can't promise I won't fall off the Long as there are blogs I will feel tempted to lurk....ho hum!!!

    As for the creativity, I am a creative diva just like you! Everything I do has an artistic flair to it!! I'm having no trouble being creative daily, in some minimal way! Love all the tips to staying creative. Thanks for sharing!!

    Hugs Sherrie

  16. Hee hee..I have never been a lurker...I like to talk too much! I a mtryingto be more creative , but it is not working too well!

  17. Hi Janet, great post. Sorry to say I haven't even been lurking :-) I have not stopped by in ages. Here I am finally. I guess it's tied in with the creativity. I want to try to be more creative and at the computer less ;-)I'm also trying to make my space more organized. I've been working lots on self discovery in the past months. Now it's time to get back to my actual creative space.
    Congrats on creativity everyday.
    Angels be wih you,
    Wendy XO

  18. Thank-you for posting all the tips on being creative! Journaling is really a great way to grow and express ourselves...but then so is baking bread! (I have some rising now!)

  19. Hi, Janet,
    Not been lurking lately, just been in a rut, done practically nothing to show.
    I'll get up from this blah.

  20. Sometimes I lurk...sometimes not!! LOL I have linked you to my post today for de-lurking!! Thanks Janet!
    Love the shredder box!

  21. Anonymous12:48 AM

    Not lurking as such, just very lazy about commenting lately! *blush* Love this post, Janet, and all that you've been doing. That shred box is gorgeous! :)
    My best to you & HB x

  22. I rarely lurk on blogs - I usually find one I like and comment straight away.
    I do like your blog. (I'm an artist too).


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