Deanna Pledge, Ph.D.

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Nurture Your Creativity by Doing Nothing!

August 4, 2016

Tags: creativity, down-time, self-care, “aha” moment, insight

Creativity is the residue of time wasted. ~ Albert Einstein

Isn’t this the most delightful quote? What I love about it is the permission it grants to “do nothing,” not often a perspective relished by modern women. In our society, productivity is clearly more valued than idle time. However, creativity theorists also support the value of idle time in the creative process. Many major discoveries have been recognized after periods of time away from work. Of course, hard work in your creative endeavor is also needed in order to move forward, but knowing when to step back is also a necessary component. This is that “aha” moment that may be familiar to you as you recall a person’s name later in the day after being unable to retrieve it in the moment or unexpectedly solved a vexing problem.

The need for down-time is a new habit that I would encourage you to develop. Not only is this a good practice for your overall health and well-being, but it can also nurture creativity.

Go ahead and take a moment or an afternoon just for you!

Daydream...

July 7, 2016

Tags: energy, creativity, boredom, over-scheduled, tired, self-care, small successes, change

How is that done, you may ask? How do you keep going when you feel uncertain or tired?

Keeping up one’s energy is truly a matter of staying connected to your own creative direction. Granted, it doesn’t have to be what most people traditionally identify as creative. That connection can take the form of daily problem-solving or daydreaming. (more…)

Energize yourself!

May 5, 2016

Tags: creativity, rejuvenate, spring, walks, moving meditations, energize

Spring is a time of rejuvenation – who can’t help but feel energized by all the beautiful flowers and trees in bloom at this time of year? And the concept of rejuvenation applies to your own creative process as well. It can be all too easy to become distracted or sidetracked by leaky faucets, the laundry, or even a leisurely stroll. (more…)

What Made You Smile as a Child?

April 7, 2016

Tags: Childhood, satisfaction, joy, flow, creativity, fun

I recently attended the funeral of a long-time family friend – someone who had known me all my life. Reminiscing with their daughter at the visitation and after the funeral brought back many childhood memories and shared experiences. Those discussions also sparked the question, what made you smile – as a child? And how is that important in our lives as adults? (more…)

Everyday Creativity

March 3, 2016

Tags: creativity, found objects, self-efficacy, family, connections, joy

Creative expression is the song of your Soul. ~ Deanna Pledge

Creativity does make the Soul sing. It is absolutely one of the most joyful ways to bring satisfaction and connection into your daily life. I’m sure you have heard me suggest (perhaps more than you would like to hear ;-) that creativity is not just the realm of artists, poets, and musicians. Even though I have provided general suggestions, I wanted to share a personal example today in the hopes of making creativity far more accessible, and give you a concrete strategy to get started. (more…)

Be Yourself!

October 14, 2011

Tags: childhood, well-being, authenticity, creativity, satisfaction

The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

Being ourselves as children may not have required as much effort as it can take in adulthood. Connecting with your own authentic self can spark creativity and joy, not only a better quality of life, but also a greater sense of satisfaction. . (more…)

Creativity: Getting Started

October 7, 2011

Tags: creativity, women, obstacles, feelings, getting started

"Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity."
— Chuck Jones
Warner Brothers animator

As this week’s quote suggests, discomfort is often part of the creative process. Not only do we have to give ourselves permission to create, but we have to be ready for the uncertainty that accompanies the process. Part of being creative includes not knowing exactly what comes next.
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Creativity

September 30, 2011

Tags: creativity, women, life transitions, mindset, shift, permission

"In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this quote by Emerson, because it invites each of us to re-visit our creative endeavors. Not only was he a creative thinker, but I feel he has unintentionally captured the experience of us as women, who often re-visit our creative thoughts periodically throughout our lives, picking up the threads of previously rejected projects. (more…)

September 14, 2011

Tags: women, creativity, wellness, joy, resilience, motivation, stressors

Remember the wonder you experienced as a child?

You can still tap into that childlike joy as an adult, and such enthusiasm can change the quality of your daily life!

Life “gets in the way” for many of us as women at critical points throughout our lives. For most women that involves caring for others or putting your own dreams aside for another day, another year, or another decade! Although caring for others is a wonderful attribute, it can leave you feeling set aside. (more…)