A Rich, Blazing, Full-Color Life

That moment in The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy wakes up after the tornado and her world goes from black and white to Technicolor™—don’t we all want that?

Too often we try to paint the surface of a grey life with things we think will make us happy: new clothes, a fancy car, a kitchen remodel. Or we tide ourselves over with a temporary injection of joy in the form of an expensive vacation, or a night of drinks after work. Or we try to fix the greyness by “fixing” ourselves, with diets, a face lift, a whiter smile.

None of it works.

You can’t just paint over the grey. A full-color life is colored from the inside, by paying attention to your true hungers and feeding them well.

A long, long time ago, you made mud pies and fingerpainted. You sang and danced for joy. And you felt alive.

This is not a coincidence.

That little girl still lives inside you. She may have been locked away for decades, but she knows what she wants and she’s crying to be let out.

Congratulations! Hearing her is the first step!

The next step is getting past all the voices in your head:

Graphic: "I don't have time!" "I'm not good enough..." "I don't know where to start!" "How do I find my voice?" "I have too many interests... How do I choose??"

And the biggest lie of all, that creative pursuits are self-indulgent. (Yeah, for decades I bought that one, too—hook, line and sinker.)

Never fear—you’ve come to the right place!

You’re Not Alone!

Living A Creative Life is all about getting you past all that gunk, so you can do your creative thing (or find it, if you’re not even sure what it is yet), easefully and joyfully, because creativity is in the service of our greatest happiness.

The goal? A full-color life.

Deep self-fulfillment. Feeling alive every day (even the crummy ones). A baseline of happiness.

And here’s the rub: doing your creative thing doesn’t just make your life go better — it’s how you change the world. 

Sometimes, though, you need a little help getting from stuck to flow. That’s where I come in.

I’m Melissa Dinwiddie – Artist, Performer, Happiness Catalyst, Creativity Instigator.

Melissa Dinwiddie - artist, performer, Uke Diva, creativity instigatorI teach people like you to turn your creative taps to “on,” so you can live the kind of full-color life you long for.

I get you, because I’ve been there.

I’ve lived a very grey life for decades at a time. It took me a long time to embrace the labels “Creative” and “Artist,” but now I create  in a variety of expressions — visual art, writing, music, theater…

I’ve figured out how to get past the struggle and on with the joy, and I want to teach you what I’ve learned.

In the journey to the full-color, creative life I always hungered for, I’ve collected a whole cartload of tools that anyone can use to live their own full-color life, and I want to share them with you!

I share them on the blog, in my podcast, Live Creative Now!, and in my products and programs. And in my Insiders’ Newsletter, just for (wait for it…) insiders.

Sign up here, and I’ll catalyze your happiness with practical inspiration about once a week, info on new goodies, and a printable poster to hang on your wall and remind you WHY you need to play in the creative sandbox.

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Join me in the Creative Uprising, and go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

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Mandy-ThompsonThe thing that sets you apart from other creativity experts is that you are grounded & practical. You are not whimsical and “silly”; you have the analytical, practical, scientific approach. You launch your people to make their own creative way.

I am inspired by the whimsical, “silly” ones, but I’m equipped by the understanding of self and personality and process that you offer.

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