Deconstructing 5 common misconceptions about creativity

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Everyone is creative.

This is a statement, pillar — heck — a philosophy that I am constantly exposed to and will always stand by.

But some people — whether they are aware of it or not — are convinced otherwise.

I’ve come across people who have felt they weren’t creative at all or have said to me “I’m not as creative as you.” This will forever be an odd comment, because it simply is not true.

If you think you’re not creative, it’s because you are not allowing yourself to be. The belief that…


3 ways to manage perfectionistic tendencies that are disrupting your life

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Are you plagued by a desire to be perfect?

Is nothing you do ever good enough? Do you nitpick at every project you finish, convincing yourself that you could’ve done better? Do you procrastinate and avoid new challenges due to fear of failure?

Odds are, you’re a perfectionist.

Perfectionism can be defined as “a broad personality style characterized by a person’s concern with striving for flawlessness and perfection and is accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.”

No, it’s not a diagnosis, although it may sound and…


Art at the center of healing and integration

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The first time I watched the movie adaptation of Rent by the late Jonathan Larson, I was too young to understand most of the plot, the complex emotional states of the characters and pretty much all of the references named in La Vie Bohème.

References to Czech dissident and former president Vaclav Havel and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana were just words I mindlessly sang until I grew older and started to study the meaning of this progressive anthem.

One line that always stood out to me was when Mark sang, “The opposite…


Stop playing it safe, and just play.

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Oh, imposter syndrome. You’re the worst. Entrepreneurs, parents, creatives — heck, everyone runs into this monster of a lie that makes us feel like we’re frauds.

A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of an imposter syndrome episode and as I attempted to give myself a pep talk, this phrase slipped out:

“Stop playing it safe, and just play.”

This is a new philosophy that I remind myself when imposter syndrome strikes, and you should, too.

Here’s why:

That voice — that nasty, unsupportive and abusive voice? It’s not you. It’s…


Experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of movement wherever you go

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Drop the shame surrounding your dance moves, log on to YouTube and enjoy the benefits of these 5 dance workouts and tutorials.

Whether you’re looking to sweat, trying to improve your dance skills or easing anxiety from work, dancing is a great way to not only burn calories but to cope with life’s stressors.

In a world where you may feel too shy to dance for fear of being judged, the physical, mental and emotional benefits are plenty and will always outweigh those snotty remarks or side-eyes. …

Ashley Renee

Creative writer | Lover of words, wellness and the arts

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