By Angela Noel
December 8, 2016
I’m writing this blog post from my new writing nook thanks (in part) to Colleen M. Story. She didn’t build it, my boyfriend Paul did, but she inspired it. That’s Colleen’s gift: Inspiring creative people to prioritize wellness as the single greatest asset towards fulfilling our artistic purpose.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “I’m not a creative type.” I have a message for you: Oh, yes you are. Anytime you solve a problem at work, you’re being creative. Anytime you figure out how to keep your kid from lighting his hair on fire by accident while still encouraging his interest in chemical combustion, you’re being creative. Colleen’s blog focuses on writers, but the wellness lessons apply to all of us. We face a world where we sometimes (a lot of the time) don’t prioritize our health and pay the price in dull thinking, aching backs, and a few too many cups of coffee or glasses of wine. Colleen can help change that.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from the Writing and Wellness blog:
- Practical tips for improving any workspace, lighting, furniture, color. It’s all here. 7 Ways You Need to Change Your Work Area to Improve Your Writing
- I like a glass of wine, sometimes I like more than one. But as Mel Hermes pointed out when I interviewed her for the post How the Threat of Losing Her Job Set One Woman Free, too much of a good thing clouds the mind and bites creativity in the butt. Colleen offers several healthier alternatives to a good buzz (including chocolate!) to help keep us all in tip-top shape. Get that Creative Euphoria Without Alcohol or Drugs
- Everyone needs a hero. Not necessarily a Superman or Wonder Woman type in tights or capes, but a person we look up to for one reason or another. Someone who has gone before us and done something we aspire to do. Knowing who our heroes are, finding them, and returning again and again to why we admire them can help us remember what’s possible on darker days. 7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes
- Ever have a hard time turning off the computer at work, or worse–at home? Are you always checking your phone? I am definitely guilty of both of these. But very few jobs require anyone to be “on” 100% of the time. Prioritizing time away is critical for health and happiness. Colleen focuses on creative entrepreneurs here, but most of the ideas apply to many of us putting work ahead of life. How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off
Colleen’s Writing and Wellness blog has something for everyone. Please check out a post or two, subscribe, and share the good ideas. And, if you haven’t already, commit to the idea that you are a creative type. Your contribution matters, so treat yourself right.
*Photos used with permission.
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