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Daisies In Raindrops - Imagination And Creativity Unleashed

I have been super inspired over the last few weeks. Everywhere I look , I have been seeing raw creativity to unleash the muse in me.

Writer’s block is one common challenge faced by authors. Bloggers don’t seem to be facing this problem. And although I belong to both the tribes, this is one challenge that I never face. I’m a happy camper!

Creativity and inspirations are two essential ingredients we all need in our daily lives. We all come hardwired with these at birth, and start losing out on them as we grow up. Almost all of our adult systems and processes seem to stifle both creativity and inspiration.

One of the first sources of creative inspiration for me over the last two weeks is a post by Diana Adams, 100 Sources of Blogging Inspiration. Here were the last ten inspirations from Diana’s list of one hundred that fired me up!

90. Write about the pros and cons of something

91. Write a post to make your readers laugh

92. Give away secrets to your readers

93. Make a list of resources that will help your readers

94. Write about “How to remain productive when ______”

95. Write a tutorial

96. Solve a problem

97. Run a contest/giveaway

98. Take an idea from another industry and write about how it could work in yours

99. Take something complicated and break it down into a bite sized step by step list

100. Write about ideas and places where your readers might find blogging inspiration!

The other inspiration has been an epic post by Cori Padgett, Entrepreneurial Wisdom, Insight, and Inspiration from Some of the Best. This is one those blog posts that I am going to cherish for a long time to come – a masterpiece of what makes a great post. There’s also a PDF version of the post that makes an easy offline read.

I don’t want to spoil the fun – this is one post every blogger (aspiring, or established) should read at least once every year. One of the comments from this post personally resonated with me, this one is from Heather C. Stephens:

1. Don’t quit…stay the course
2. Assess what you’re doing and make sure you’re doing the things you’re passionate about and are good at
3. Surround yourself with people who are on the same journey you are for support and encouragement.
4. Build a team of people who make up for your weaknesses
5. Believe in yourself and know you have more to offer than you think you do
6. Have a vision and a bigger purpose than just making money
7. Work really, really, really, really hard and take action every day on your business…even if you can only do one thing
8. Listen to people who are successful, tune out those who aren’t
9. Know your why and stay focused on who you can help with your information/work
10. Have faith, conviction, and above all perseverance

While I digging around for more inspiration and creativity, I stumbled upon the Series of Eights by my favorite blogger (and mentor) Mike Cliffe-Jones.

And then, this morning I was reading about the Seven Friends You Need In Your Life by Karen Ruby. This post not only made an entertaining read – it got me thinking and working, and identifying real connections from my social world into each of these buckets.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my friends and the people that I attract into my life. I don’t know about you, but when one friend leaves my life invariably someone else will take their place that will remind me of the older friend.

I think it’s pretty important to have close friends throughout your life, particularly at different life stages. I’ve really been blessed with some of my friends who have been very fantastic to me for many years. But, I’ve been great to them, too.

Thinking about this post, I recollected two more articles that I had read more than a couple of years ago – 5 Friends All Kids Need by Charlotte Latvala and 6 Friends Every Mom Needs by Patricia Curtis.

And finally, there were a bunch of posts that were just awesome to keep me all pepped up:

1. How To Write Titles For Your Blog Posts: Rose DesRochers

2. 4 Ways I Compose Posts to Drive Millions of Pageviews to Blogs Through Digg: Neal Rodriguez via ProBlogger

3. How to Use the Ansoff Matrix to Develop New Products for Your Blog: Allen Ward via ProBlogger

All in all, I am inspired. Super charged, motivated with raw creativity unleashed. It’s impossible not to be in such a mental frame of mind after immersing myself in words that lend me their power.

I can’t think of a better way to end this post than by referring to the Irish Blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

What do you think – and what else can we ask for?

(Image Credit: Aussie Gal http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiegall/)

90. Write about the pros and cons of something

91. Write a post to make your readers laugh

92. Give away secrets to your readers

93. Make a list of resources that will help your readers

94. Write about “How to remain productive when ______”

95. Write a tutorial

96. Solve a problem

97. Run a contest/giveaway

98. Take an idea from another industry and write about how it could work in yours

99. Take something complicated and break it down into a bite sized step by step list

100. Write about ideas and places where your readers might find blogging inspiration!