Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine by Sandra Magsamen Beautifully Illustrated And Full Of WisdomMany people today are looking outside themselves for well-being andhappiness when what theyre searching for has been inside them allalong. -- Sandra Magsamen Living artfully is expressing who you arethrough the moments that you create. Living Artfully reminds us toexplore and experience life with more heart, meaning, purpose, and joy. Itasks us to imagine, to dream big, to believe in ourselves, to celebrate thepeople in our lives, make each day count, dance when the spirit movesus, laugh out loud, and let our voices be heard. In this beautiful, life-changing book, acclaimed artist and entrepreneur Sandra Magsamen willtransform everything you think you know about art, creativity, andpersonal fulfillment. And shell show you that youve already got just whatyou need in your own two hands to create the life of joy and beauty thatyou want -- for yourself and others. Living Artfully puts you in directtouch with your own imagination, where the only rule is there are no rules.Warm, encouraging, always good-humored, it is full of inspiring storiesabout people who pursue their own creative impulses and are rewardedwith unexpected and delightful results. By following the ten principles ofLiving Artfully -- Magsamens own dynamic process of creative thinkingand being -- you will embark on an exciting personal journey of self-discovery. Youll learn how to connect with everyone in your life ininventive new ways, through everyday things, caring gestures,meaningful moments, and simple gifts that really make a difference. Youllalso discover how, where, and when you can use your own creativelanguage -- the images, words, sounds, foods, or crafts through whichyou most easily express yourself. To Sandra Magsamen, Living Artfullyis connection. Its the ultimate form of communication. Its recognizing andembracing your own powerful, creative abilities. And the first step on thejourney to Living Artfully is to rediscover the gifts of imagination, curiosity,and playfulness -- gifts that you already possess. Each chapter presentsa wealth of practical and fun ideas that you can tailor to suit your owncircumstances and preferences and that will jump-start your imagination
and free dormant or forgotten talents. By giving yourself permission to beyourself, youll embark on a personal renaissance, connecting with yourinherent sense of fun and optimism and discovering that even simpletasks of everyday life can become perfect, natural outlets for yournewfound creativity. Filled with Sandras stunning, four-color, signatureartwork, Living Artfully is not a how-to book but a why-to -- uplifting,motivational, and fun. It is also a guide into a new cultural movement inwhich people choose to live with a creative purpose, celebrating thepeople, places, and moments that make life truly meaningful.Personal Review: Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine bySandra Magsamen"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if heis ultimately to be at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be."-- Abraham MaslowOne morning of channel surfing I stopped to watch Sandra Magsamenbeing interviewed and was drawn in to her talk about being creative andliving artfully in our life. When this book became available for review, Ijumped at it.What does it mean to live ar tfully? The chapters are filled with ideas--simple, easy-to-do, no-cost ways to live artfully in areas like:-- Making connections-- Rediscovering your creative power-- Creating moments that matter-- Making your home reflect you-- Artfully ways for special days-- Making your mark on the worldThe stories are wonderful, both from her own family and the other peopleshe allows us to meet. The illustrations by the author are light and cheeryand are complemented by the well-chosen quotes.In the Home section, the author reminds us to celebrate the little things--change of season, different kinds of "homes," what home means, etc.Maya Angelous said, "I long, as does every human being, to be at homewherever I find myself."As I write this mid-April, the robins returning to Minnesota are celebrating alate-spring snowfall as they dash from tree to tree, eating last seasonsfruit. I want to be as happy all day as they are this morning.My favorite section was "Imagine the possibilities: Rediscovering yo urcreative power." Its full of hope--of possibilities of living creatively. "Eachday is a gift we get to unwrap--in our own way." "Think of the morning as a
lesson that is unfolding to show you the creativity in the fabric of all livingthings" (page 42).So many allow self-doubt and uncertainty to prevent us from beingcreative. The author indicates that being creative isnt just about art ormaking art--but about creative outreaches to others.This is a book that will remain close at hand to return to when my creativitygene has been covered up by daily stress and wear and tear. I will returnto it for inspiration, for hope, through the wonderful ideas, stories andquotes.Armchair Interviews says: Sandra Magsamen is a very prolific writer, andthis is book 19. If you think you are not creative, you need to find ways "tobe creative and live artfully" with this books help. Youll be glad you did. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine by Sandra Magsamen 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!