Your Creativity Tool Chest

By Julie Jordan Scott

Leonardo da Vinci had one. So did Charles Dickens. I have one, too. What do I have in common with da Vinci and Dickens? We all use notebooks and journals to collect our ideas, notes, inventions and random thoughts. I have a variety of notebooks for a variety of purposes, though my most valued notebook is a small one that fits into my purse. It is my idea journal.

In it I have a random collection of notes, quotes and thoughts collected over time. I am on my fifth idea journal since I started carrying one two years ago.

It is the single most powerful tool in my Creativity Treasure Chest.

Creativity is an activity that invites abundance and flow into the world. It is one way I can bring about positive change for the people around me. It ripples out into energy that touches others I with whom I will never interact.

Through painting and planting and dancing, I am more ready and open to expressing myself in my most usual form of creativity: writing.

Did you know that Michelangelo was both a Visual Artist AND a poet?

What tools do you use to stimulate your creativity?

If you are unsure how to stir up your creative juices, try different techniques and art forms to see which fits the best in your life. I will paint and then write or dance and then write or plant and paint and craft and make notes in my journal and finally write.

I have a creativity chest of drawers which is filled to the brim with paper, markers, crayon, glue, fabric, paints, brushes, stickers and lots of other materials to enhance my projects. I even share happily with my children and their friends. (They think I collected all this for them!)

Recently I told a friend, "If you had told me two years ago I would be painting to inspire my writing I would have said, "Yeah, right!" sarcastically. Now, it is second nature to pick up some different art form when my inner self suggests that I do.

It has been incredibly freeing AND exceedingly productive!

Passion Activator:

Begin collecting tools to inspire your creativity. At least get a notebook and several colors of pens to start. Then, be alert to life. Capture your random thoughts and flashes of insights as you go about living your life. After three days, review what you have collected and simply start creating something: anything at all!

Congratulations! You are on your way!


Julie Jordan Scott ( is a Personal Success Coach who left her career as a government bureaucrat and built a successful business in less than six months. She inspires people worldwide with her books, ezine, teaching and personal coaching. To subscribe to her newest ezine, Daily Passion Activator, the Little Ezine with the Powerful impact send a blank email or via web: to subscribe today.

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