Get Crazy Creative with Your Bullet Journal

by Lynn S. Schwebach I arrived reluctantly at the bullet journal idea, thinking it would be one more unexciting thing for me to do, one more task that takes me away from creating, one more boring detail for my already cluttered mind. But as I let out-of-the-box thinking take over, the journal took a turn …

Three Ways to Squash Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artists go through the same ups and downs as anyone in any job. And believe it or not, nurturing and feeding one’s own creativity parallels how managers nurture—or squash their employees’ creative ideas. In fact, artists do not own any secret processes that feed creative output. In addition, the same “downers” …

Neuroscientist and Fiction Writer, An Interview with Ashok N. Hegde

by Lynn S. Schwebach Writers often work day jobs in addition to clocking evening hours on their writing. If they're lucky, those daytime jobs include skills that nurture the creative seeds needed to develop original works of art. Ashok N. Hegde is one of those lucky individuals. By day, Hegde is the William Harvey Endowed Professor …

Knowing the Ten Traits of Creativity Helps Entrepreneurs

by Lynn S. Schwebach Not too long ago, a successful entrepreneur told me that he wanted to know more about how the synergy between creativity and business acumen works. He doesn’t see himself as “creative,” yet he knows that without this most important skill, his business will not grow. I found it curious that he …

Bullet Journal: Three Steps for Correcting Mistakes, Setting Up Your Next Month, and Setting Goals for 2018— Article Four

by Lynn S. Schwebach This post, article 4, follows my first three articles on how to establish and use a bullet journal. To follow my steps from the beginning, also read articles one, two, and three. After using my bullet journal for a month, I decided that this bullet thing keeps me more organized than …

How to Use Conflicting Thoughts to Spur Creativity

by Lynn S. Scwebach When Irish playwright and screenwriter Martin McDonagh went to Bruges, Belgium for a short holiday, he found himself at first enchanted with the city's cultural beauty but after only a few hours, McDonagh wondered why he was bored. McDonagh said it was as if two sides of his brain were arguing …

Create A Life. Grow Your Brain. Enlarge Your Heart.

by Lynn S. Schwebach Neuroscientists who study the brain, learning, and creativity know the importance of experience. They have studied the effects of activities such as traveling, learning a new language, solving a crossword puzzle, and playing video games. More specifically, they have studied the effects of these activities on the brain. Every new, stimulating …

Three Foundational Tips for Creative, Effective Leadership

by Lynn S. Schwebach An environment of spreadsheets and analytics seems far removed from art studios, but those who study motivation and problem solving say there is much to learn from studies on creativity, and it directly applies to the business world. According to management researchers, it’s a specific type of leadership that ultimately motivates …

How to Increase Your Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Two friends recently asked me how I come up with such quirky ideas for my ink paintings, and I told them I have a “trippy” brain. They were specifically asking about a painting that I had just completed where I combined ink-dyed eggshells, a photograph, and alcohol inks. One friend said, …

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Calling

by Lynn S. Schwebach Some people never leave us—they inspire us even after they have left our reality. My grandfather passed away when I was 9 years old, yet every time I enter my art studio, he enters with me. I knew my grandfather Ferdinand, or Frenchy as many called him, during the last stretch …