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Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Three

Yup! We’re cracking on with this fun and free creativity shake-up type thing!

Previously:
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives : Lesson One
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Two

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Here’s our first exercise. It’s a way to document where you are now at the start of our little journey.

You can click on the images below to download them and print OR you can just write this up in your journal or on some blank paper if you prefer.  You might want to use a whole PAGE for each topic. That’s fine too! Do that. Yassss.

My advice to you when doing this exercise:

1. Don’t think that your answers need to be perfect
2. KNOW that you don’t have to show this to anyone, so you can be 100% honest
3. Take your time – or do it super fast – do what feels comfortable for you
4. Do a little bit now, a little bit later, if you like. You don’t have to do it all in one go.

Optional:
Do this nice/slightly meditative thing. Trust me. It could be good.

Think about the section you are completing, for instance: STRENGTHS. Put both your hands on your heart, close your eyes, try not to laugh and think about your STRENGTHS. Keep thinking about them and take some nice slow breaths. See if you can make your heart/hands feel nice and warm. Keep breathing slowly. You might laugh or smile. Keep warming and breathing. Then, when you are ready. Open your eyes and start writing…

 

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This exercise is a super useful self-assessment. There is no right and wrong to this and you don’t have to share it with anyone else. You can refer back to this as we work through the course, notice anything you feel differently about, think of things that we would add or things that become less important.

You can do this exercise every week of our course, if you would like to. Some of your answers and your view of yourself may change and evolve (or may not!) as the weeks pass. And THEN you can map out how to act on what you discover. Exciting, non?!

 

A little guide to my definition of these topics

Strengths: the character traits that serve you best.
Skills: technical or practical things you can do.
Hurdles: the things/people/circumstances that seem to slow or stop your creative progress
Goals: the thing/things you most want to do
Achievements: the good stuff you have done so far
Heroes: those you look up to, are inspired by or want to emulate
Collaborators: people you would like to work with/create with
Dreams: exciting/fun/big/impossible things you would love to do/try/be

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strengths skills

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I hope this was helpful! I will be back soon!

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Other good stuff on my blog:
My I Spy: Something Beginning With ‘B’
Some Podcasts Your Ears Might Like
How To Make The Best After-School Chicken Wings
Whip Up Some Friendly Feel Good Soup
In Praise Of The Quiet Life

 

3 Comments

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    Kate
    August 27, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    I’m finding this really hard going, I think my mean girl kicks in and it’s so very hard to be honest about my abilities, skills, strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully I will come out of this a better version of myself. Assuming that I actually finish it.

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    Kerry
    August 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Dearest Pip
    You never fail to bring a smile to my dial. I am nearly 60 and along with my man we are bringing up 4 of our grandchildren. They are 2,7,9 and 11 and we love them to bits but my creativity does suffer from slumpy days especially with a teething 2 year old. Your emails brighten my day and help me push on to create the little bits of loveliness that keep me sane. Thank you x

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    Robyn
    August 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Love this, thank you, dear Pip (Pip Pip Hooray!) xx

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