I have some awesome inspiration coming into my inbox these days. This is a filtering system I’ve been working on for years, and it’s really starting to pay off in inspiring ideas.

Case in point, yesterday I was visiting Leo Babauta’s site, and I noticed he had something called a “What I’m Doing Now” page.

I thought creating a page like this was a great idea because it’s challenging to constantly communicate what an evolving creative is focused on right now.

A “What I’m Doing Now” page or a simply a “Now” page gets this job done swiftly and concisely.

Mine is a little longer than most, but I got inspired while I was creating mine, and this is what I ended up creating.

Thanks is also due to the creator of the concept, Derek Sivers, who has created something of a movement of now pages.

Do I think every creative person should make a now page for the New Year?

Yes! Absolutely.

Making a now page is just another great way to focus and streamline your energy as your set and achieve new goals for 2017.

Won’t you join me, and create a now page for your site, too?

Even if you don’t end up posting anything, it’s a great exercise to ask yourself what your top priorities are for the coming year.

While you are getting your goals together, I highly recommend you check out my new Create Your Dream Writing Career online video course. If you feel like you could use some pep talks to get your actual dreams down on paper, then this is the course for you.

What do you think of this idea? Will a now page help you focus in 2017? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Normally, I would be all over this New Year, new career stuff.

But that approach goes against the energy we’re dealing with this year.

I also usually feel a more natural beginning to the year at the start of the academic year. I’ve never really felt like this Roman Calendar holiday carries a lot of meaning, for me.

I could really frustrate myself, and possibly frustrate others, by insisting on starting new things just because it’s the new year in the Roman calendar.

But I know that this approach would just flail. So why waste my energy?

A much better approach to this new year for writers and creatives is to spend most of January continuing to look back at last year and cumulative years to sift and sort through what is wanted versus what is no longer wanted.

The real start to the year is going to come at the end of the month on January 28th. If you don’t believe me, just wait and see. You’ll likely have a lot more get up and go then, compared to how you are feeling now.

In my Facebook feed, I see that a lot of folks have been dealing with illnesses, hospitalizations, even deaths of loved ones in the second half of 2016. This has caused folks to feel pretty resentful towards last year, which of course isn’t accurate but apparently makes folks feel better.

It may feel disappointing that 2017 doesn’t yet feel much different from 2016 and probably won’t until we get to February.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and yet, I am sure there are some folks who will appreciate this head’s up. Don’t get your hopes up for January to be much better than 2016.

So what is my advice for increased inspiration and creativity in January?

Let me count the ways:

  • Be gentle with yourself, always, no matter what
  • Don’t get impatient or try to make things happen using willpower
  • Pull out your results from last year and review how you feel about them
  • Go ahead and sort your financial papers for tax purposes, if you feel so inclined
  • Reconnect with past clients and thank them for their past business
  • Review skills you already have and see how you might make them stronger (I offer online courses in article writing, platform development, and goal setting in my online school)
  • Don’t be one of those high-powered people who lives only by quotas and deadlines, that is no way to work (or live)
  • Ask yourself how you can make a deeper impact on the world with your work in 2017 (check out my ebook, Creative Knowing)
  • Start imagining what your goals might look like and how folks might be positively impacted by them
  • Take courses that help you consider all of these things I have mentioned, but just make plans, don’t execute them yet
  • Take better care of yourself than you ever have and get used to it, because you will need to going forward
  • Enjoy every moment in the life you are already living, don’t reject your past, be grateful to yourself
  • Steer clear of Negative Nellies, purge those social media feeds, and don’t make the happiness of others your job (it isn’t)
  • Live thoughtfully in the world we are dealing with, don’t always be reacting, and if you cannot stop feeling angry, consider treatment for past traumas or media addiction

So much inspiration, so much time! Please subscribe to the Create, Share, Prosper blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Click on the Enter School tab above to put your creativity to prosperous use right now. Like words? Check out my Etsy shop. And you haven’t seen anything, if you haven’t seen all the helpful offerings in my online shop. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing this post with fellow creatives!

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I am a foodie, so I welcome authors with recent book publications to share their favorite recipes with my readers. I don’t care if you are self-published or traditionally published, as long as the book was published within the last year. Feel free to contact me with your favorite dish via my contact page.

This sounds like an easy, tasty soup for a crowd on a cold winter’s night. Thanks, Amy Hatvany! And please be sure to check out Amy’s latest book below. She’s got another one coming out in March!

Author Amy Hatvany, photo by Alison Rosa. Click the photo to visit her website.

Amy’s Easy Italian Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

6-8 cloves finely chopped garlic
3 cups diced carrots (shortcut: bag of frozen crinkle cut carrots)
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tsp red chili flakes (optional)
3 cartons Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup
Approx. thirty frozen meatballs (Costco, or Trader Joes, thawed & cut in half. Omit if you prefer a vegetarian soup, or you can use cooked Italian sausage.)
2 32 oz cans of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 32 oz package frozen cut green beans

Add all ingredients into a large stock pot. Stir well, bring to a boil, then let simmer on low, covered, for at least an hour. Serve with your favorite crusty Italian bread, sprinkle the soup with grated Parmesan cheese. 🙂

This soup is great on the stove top, but for a crock pot, all you have to do is add all the ingredients, put on low heat for 8 hours, or high for 4, Stir occasionally.

Amy Hatvany is the author of Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, The Language of Sisters, Heart Like Mine, and Safe with Me. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family. Her latest book is Somewhere Out There.

Novel in a nutshell: What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

 

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