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Melissa Dinwiddie
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Melissa Dinwiddie evangelizes that feeding your creative hungers is one of the fastest routes to happiness. As a Happiness Catalyst and Creativity Instigator, Melissa empowers people to find and follow their callings, create their art and share their work, because that’s how you will change the world! An artist in multiple forms, Melissa models living a full-color life and shares her writings, artwork and music on her blog, Living A Creative Life, where you can also find her podcast, Live Creative Now! Click here to join the Creative Uprising and get a FREE mini-poster of her Keys to Creative Flow and Imperfectionist Manifesto.Living A Creative Life.

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Distracted When You Meditate? Here's Why You Should Do a Happy Dance

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 5:00 PM

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Lately, in my morning meditation sessions, I've been doing a mental happy dance every time I notice myself absorbed in and distracted by thought.

Huh? Isn't the goal to focus on my breath and not let my mind run and wander?

No,...

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How Getting 'Mugged' Gave Me My Creativity Back

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:07 PM

The mugger had a firm grip on my ankles.

"NO!" I screamed, flipping onto my right hip and yanking my left leg back. I kicked back out sharply while pulling up my right leg, smashing his hand in the process. "NO!"

I flipped to my other side and repeated the...

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10 Fool-Proof Keys to Creative Flow

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:33 PM

In 2010, I broke through the biggest creative block in my life.

As a professional artist, you might think I wouldn't struggle with creative blocks, but you'd be wrong. I'd successfully built a profitable business as an artist, making Jewish marriage contracts and other wedding documents, but...

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Why You Should Embrace Your Creative Blocks

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In his TED talk, Phil Hansen shares how his physical limitations ultimately became the source of his greatest creativity.

This idea of limitations as a creative source is a time-honored one, well understood by anyone...

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What Nobody Ever Told You About Following Your Passion

(6) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Alexa Meade followed her fascination with shadows into not just a new art form, but also a professional career as an artist. "Simply follow your passion," her story seems to say.

It sounds easy enough, but...

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