Happy Sunday everyone! I was lucky enough to get a copy of the new book by Carrie Bloomston: The Little Spark. When I heard Carrie was writing a book on this topic I knew I wanted to read it. You might be familiar with Carrie‘s work, she’s an artist as well as a fabric designer for Windham Fabrics. But more than being an awesome artist, she’s a really intelligent and thoughtful person. Sometimes I love getting really introspective and thinking about the whats and whys of life. I love reading her blog and I think she has a really fresh take on creativity and how it applies to all of us.
The book is broken down into 30 chapters of different ways to fuel your creative spark. Here’s a little breakdown summary of the book from Carrie:
You were born with a creative spark inside. Do you look at yourself now and wonder if the spark has gone out? Ignite that inner fire with the 30 engaging exercises, fun activities, inspirational images, and motivating ideas in this book. Learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life. Read the book cover-to-cover and use it as a month-long creative roadmap, or just dip into the exercises as your time and inclination allow. Either way, you will change your life.
I’m not sure about you, but there have been MANY times since I’ve been blogging and sewing that I wasn’t sure I had it in me anymore. It’s so hard to feel creative sometimes and you wonder what the heck you can do to snap out of it. As I read through the chapters some ideas resonated with me more than others, I figured out that I already use some techniques Carrie discusses already – which is awesome. It’s great to know that creativity isn’t something that’s just always there, sometimes you have to work through challenges to find your spark again. But then there were so many chapters that discussed new ideas and thoughts. I especially loved the workbook style sections of the book where Carrie prompts you with questions of activities to try, I think it’ll be a great place to find insight for a lot of us.
One thing that will stick with me is the first Chapter: Just Start. It’s beautifully written and exactly something I struggle with almost daily. Guess I’d better hop to it!
* I did receive a copy of the book for review, my opinions are honest and sincere.