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A few good things: Spreading creative joy

Saturday, April 21, 2012 by Marianne Elliott

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This summer Jen Louden and Susannah Conway and I are lead a Creative Joy retreat. So we’ve been on a bit of an adventure, exploring what exactly we mean by Creative Joy – how it can be fed, and why it matters.

We asked some of our friends to share their own reflections on creative joy, and below is a list of links to their and our responses. If you’d like to share your own thoughts on creative joy, please do and leave the link in the comments.


At the bottom is your own gorgeous interactive highly inspiring Creative Joy Journal and Playbook. You can get your free copy using the link below (no sign up needed — please share widely!)

On Creative Joy

Christine Mason Miller‘s creative joy loves this moment, plenty of water, quiet and laughter.

Andrea Scher writes on learning to turn on the faucet

Janet Goldstein created an inquiry into creative joy

Jeffrey Davis reminds us to embrace our inner goofy with love.

Lisa Rough noticed the unexpected simplicity of creative joy

Chris Zydel writes the dance of creative joy

Tanya Geisler reminds us that we were born to create

Jamie Ridler feeds creative joy by following her own rythm

Ronna Detrick tells a story about creativity in the darkness

Darrah Parker finds creative joy in unlikely places

Samantha Reynolds wrote a poem on the power of creative joy

Michele Christensen

Kyeli Smith made a video!

Lianne Raymond gave us an equation: deep rest + wild play = creative joy

Marney Makridakis suggests making a joyful clock to free up creative joy

Eric Klein asks are you on fire for creative joy? And if you aren.’t you can be.

Amanda Oaks finds poetry in everything

Bridget Pilloud shared some tips on creative joy from her dog Olive

Liz Lamoreux explored creating space for joy

Heather Plett on how to create joy

Julie Daley asks will you let yourself open to orgasmic creativity?

Lisa Sonora Beam finds creative joy’s positive feedback loop ‘I get creative joy by allowing in all that feeds my creative joy’

Justine Musk brings her usual deep, wide and smart insights like “creative joy is an arrow that points us to meaning.”

I dug into the connection between creative joy and service, because understanding that connection is transforming how I serve in the world.

Susannah shared where she finds creative joy.

Jen also explored the connection between creative joy and service, and discovered that ‘only way to do  something is to regularly imbibe, inhabit and bathe in creative joy.’

Now it’s your turn.

Our gift to you — your own free Creative Joy Journal + Playbook that you can write in, draw in, and dribble crumbs and paint and tears over. Click on this link and the download will start automatically. Please share!


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One Response to "A few good things: Spreading creative joy"

  1. asiyah says:

    More like a lot of good things! This is the first time in a very long time that I am getting to visit your site – what beauty and bounty! Thank you.

    This is particularly timely for me because after last week’s fright, I’ve been listening to a little voice that is getting louder and louder – write! Write! it says.

    Exciting but nerve wracking.

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