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Creation of thought.

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Ideas are like wandering sons. They show up when you least expect them. ~Bern Williams

Wouldn’t you be more apt to share your creative ideas, if you didn’t have to worry about negative reaction? Nothing squashes creativity more than having a co-worker ridicule your idea or worse yet … steal your thought and call it their own.

Collaborative brainstorming can be extremely intimating in certain corporate settings and don’t even get me started about the number of meetings it takes to just get an idea started. Been there, done that … it was painful and frustrating.

While researching how the new world is fighting to creatively collaborate, I ran across an article of interest…The 23 Reasons Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session. Bet we could all add a little something to the list.

It’s truly an art to be able to bring a creative idea to life. We’re very blessed with a job that allows us the freedom to create our thoughts, from start to finish. Sure we’ve had our ideas pilfered, but hey, isn’t that suppose to be a compliment? I suppose it depends on how evolved you are.

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"loving, teasing affection." ~ Julie Andrews

Our situation is a very creative “safe place”. There are no stupid ideas. There may be laughter, and at times ridicule, but it’s all in good fun. Many of the really clunky ideas take us on a path that will give us the final creation. You just never know.

So, what’s the difference between a creative person or a creative producer?

Creative people think of a million great ideas and leave them there to turn into a should have. Creative producers create the idea and take the action road needed to bring the idea to life.

Trust me, bringing creative ideas to life takes hard work, courage and stamina. It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to dig deep to keep telling yourself that your hard work and patience will ultimately bring your ideal vision to life.  Simply put, you can’t give up on it, you have to push progress forward.

Contrary to popular belief, the number one obstacle for creative producers is self doubt. In fact, no matter how confident they may look on the outside, research shows that other people nearly always think more highly of them than they do of themselves. Indeed, they are their own worst critics.

So what does that make you?

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Questions, we ask ourselves.

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When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ~Susan Heller

Our last production event, an eleventh hour decision, made the organization process for the trip as smooth as silk. There really was no time, for panic:)

Besides, Rob is a genius creator with extraordinary organizational skills. Not only does he produce amazing things, he cooks, does laundry like my dry cleaner and could easily show the Gap how to fold their tee shirts.

Who says guys can’t multitask?

Collectively, we decided that we would hit the road, instead of the air, and try to find a few “vacation” days along the way. Deservedly so, after working one solid year, 10-16 hours a day…everyday. Blessings abound…but we needed a break.

After every trip and I mean every trip…I vow to teach myself how to pack everything I need in a carry on that I don’t have to check on a plane. Honestly, that hasn’t happened yet…and yes I am one of those people that had to pay extra for overweight luggage, before it was chic.

Before leaving on a moments notice, for a three-week road trip made the packing process a real challenge, for me. As a person that needs to bring ALL of her stuff…this was a true test. But wait…no plane, just a truck…so why was I worried? Even with the equipment we needed to bring, I had loads of room. Whoo hoo! Nobody is the boss of me!

Not to bore you with details…with two days to decide, I filled a large suitcase (not really bulging…but I would have had to pay the airline at least $50), a beach bag (wishful thinking) with to many pairs of shoes and my pillow. Everything was black and white; so I didn’t have to worry…I’m sure that they have stores there that sell clothes of color:)

#1 Question I ask myself – Why do I always pack to much stuff?

Using this post as a catalyst…it is my vow to continue to aspire to pack a suitcase, as Grace Kelly did when spending the weekend with Jimmy Stewart in the film Rear Window {Alfred Hitchcock}…the image of her packing abilities has rested in my mind, since the first time I saw the film, and is a clip from the movie that I wait for.  The kiss is good too…but the overnight bag gets me every time.

P.S. My pillow is somewhere in Utah.