What's this all about?

Do you want to live a big, bold, creative life?

me, playing diva(Meaning an authentic life, true to your deepest desires and most hidden dreams, no matter how “crazy” or “ordinary” or “unimportant” they may seem to anyone else.)

Me too!

I’m Melissa Dinwiddie, unrepentant, multi-faceted Passion Pluralite, and this site is my project to change the world.

I believe human beings are meant to express our creativity (all of us, not just The Artists). It’s what we’re here for, what makes us feel alive.

And yet…

If you’re at all like me, perhaps you’ve struggled with denying yourself the creative passions you’re hungry for, believing that creativity is reserved for Professional Artists, Musicians, and Writers.

Or that self-expression equaled self-indulgence.

Or that you “don’t deserve to create.”

Or that there simply isn’t time for it.

In my own life, I spent over a decade starving my creative self. Ironically, I built up a business from my art, but only created to the specifications of paying clients, never to feed my own soul.

It took years of low-grade misery (you know what I’m talking about) for me to figure out that what makes me happiest is being creative — actively creating. And teaching/encouraging/inspiring others to do the same.

Since you’re here, I’m guessing the idea of living a creative life grabs you, too.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

In my time on this planet I’ve learned that my expression is divine. Your expression is divine. The Universe wants and needs us to create, and to share our creations with the world.

And that, dear reader, is my big dream and passion in life: I want to see YOU using your creative gifts.

In truth, I want to see everyone on the the entire planet using their creative gifts! THAT would be a changed world, indeed!

(Can you imagine it?)

It just so happens that I have a pair of X-ray vision goggles (kinda like night vision goggles) that allow me to see the doorways through the walls that keep you hemmed in and not following your own creative Blisses.

The goal: to get you sparked, stoked and creating!

I’m here to charge you up, sweetheart – online, in person (did I mention I lead retreats and workshops around the world?), in groups and as a duet (1:1 coaching is da bomb).

In the meantime, you can read more about me and my bumpy relationship with my own identity as a Creative right here.

You can connect with me at the Twitter bar, on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And sign up below to get regular fiery dispatches. You’ll also get a printable poster of my Imperfectionist Manifesto and Keys to Creative Flow, and an mp3 of my original song about my Creative Sandbox Rules, which have helped kick thousands of people just like you into creative action.

Now go get creating!


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Sandi WedemeierWhen Melissa offered coaching, I jumped at the chance. I gained such HUGE insights! I'm happy to say that not only was my creativity jumpstarted, but that the love and the joy of creativity is back.

Sandi Wedemeier, psychic, coach and newly joyful creative, Wit and Wisdom Transformational Coaching

Susan FinchMelissa... has an innate way of not just seeing and creating options for clients, but sparking the creativity you already have within you to come up with your own solutions. Our time flew by... I left inspired and ready to take action.

Susan Finch Creative Guide to Life

Delisa Carnegie, from the Creativity RebellionIn my time with Melissa, I was re-energized, admitted to the things I need to stop doing, found the things I want to be doing and was given easy actionable steps to get me back in the creative swing of things. Simply amazing! She is full of energy and wonderful ideas.

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