Create

 

creativityCreativity to me used to be a word that I thought only others could do.  I  never felt that I was much of an artist or a craftsman at anything at all.  My art was ridiculous, by writing was atrocious and anything else I tried to make was a mockery to anything called perfection. It was with this attitude that I started this journey of creation.  Shortening the space between myself and the world.

Let’s Get Creative!

Creativity-quotes141I am grateful for the fact that I am able to be creative.  The writing process is the place where I find my most personal outlet of ideas, but it is not the only one I have tried.  It may be the only one I care to share but creativity in any medium can free up your mind and allow you to become more productive, expressive and even happy.

Increased Creativity

New Experiences

change, growth, fearEach new experience with someone that we have change us on a fundamental level. Sometimes I have difficulty being creative or thinking about what things to write about.  I remember fondly of the days when I could simply see a question, and quickly and easily organize my thoughts, and express my feelings about it.    But sometimes I follow the same format and I struggle to form a sentence. Fortunately, there is no stagnant stage in the process of creativity.

I Feel So Much Gratitude!

Thank You
I was very shy about letting anyone know what I wrote.

by Jonathan Hilton

I was scared to death! Petrified! White knuckle, grab a hold of something, close your eyes and scream scared of what other people would think of my writing. So much so, I really hesitated to ever show it to anyone.  I had one friend who I would “let” read what I thought. They were very safe and supportive.

Be Different

 Be Different
Time to show a little of yourself!! Be Different

Growing up we are all inundated with messages to fit in.  There was nothing worse than to be different from the rest of the crowd. Life was a struggle to continually “be normal” and not to deviate from what society told us we could and should hope to be.

This did not resonate with me, and I was always convinced that there was something wrong with me because of it.  I would sit in class in high school and do my best to follow the expectations but inside feeling this was not right.  Then as an adult moving through college and starting a career, there was always something missing.

5 Ways To Boost Creativity

gold-fish-jumpingBeing creative is one of the gifts of being human. We all have the ability to look at the same situation and come up with different ways of solving the puzzle and finding a solution. In fact, this can be one of the most valuable tools we have when it comes to making money, excelling in a career or simply just being great as ourselves.  Sometimes it can be difficult to muster a creative answer but there are some things that you can do to make your thought process more creative and perhaps find an answer that you are looking for.

The Original Me

Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
– Raymond Hull

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When I first saw this question I spent a few moments thinking of who I actually compare myself to. It was very difficult because I don’t really compare myself to anyone. Not because I don’t want to grow and aspire to the positive traits of others, but rather I like who I am quite a bit and can’t see me being anyone else.

Seeking Yourself

It’s Tough To Find Quiet Today

Seek Moments of Solitude
No Man is an Island

by Jonathan Hilton Day 65

As our society has evolved to produce more and more entertainment for people to enjoy, the moments available for actual individual, creative thought have become few and far between.

I know that personally, there were times where I was entertained during every moment of my free time.  It was common to turn the television on  immediately when I got home to add noise to a quiet house, to having music playing all night long to, “help me sleep”, it was a non-stop bombardment of my senses that was actually distracting me from engaging in any original thought at all.

What Price Would You Pay?

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
10 years for fame or beauty

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 51

There is no way I would forfeit one day of my life to become extremely attractive or famous because I simply think that both things are subjective and are they really worth it?

Now there are some things that I might seriously consider this proposition but for being attractive or famous I don’t think it would be worth it.

Being Attractive is definitely not worth it

Jefferson Writing Project Success

by Jon Hilton

This is what I looked like at Jefferson Village School, circa 1980.
This is what I looked like at Jefferson Village School, circa 1980.

It was a few short weeks ago that MY COHORT  and I embarked on the Jefferson Writing Project.  We didn’t know where the winds would blow our thoughts but we knew that each day they would be published on our blogs.

My friend’s name is Hope and we talked at the beginning of February and she wanted to do more writing but had some writing blocks and motivational issues. I suggested a mutual writing project.  She agreed and we made up some simple rules.  I am not a big rules guy because who needs limits on our creativity.

30 Questions that Changed the Way I Think About the World

30 day challenges
The First of Many I Hope

by Jonathan Hilton

Have you ever seen the focus of your life change in thirty days? This is the experience that I have had over the last month as I have looked to improve my writing skill and myself, as a person as well.

This is an evaluation of my project to answer one question each day for thirty days, and to work on putting more of myself into my writing for the purpose of being more honest and open about the things I write about.

The beginning of this project