It’s harvest season, yay!

I always feel creatively inspired as the season’s change. Don’t you?

Here are just a few things I’m geeking out about lately.

Thingamabobs

A few weeks ago, a friend told me about her Roomba and I have been obsessing about having continually clean floors ever since. I remember when these gadgets first came out, I had my usual thought that they would be awesome once they got all the bugs out. Seems like maybe that time has come. Does anyone else have one or have something similar?

This is the Roomba, which is a bit pricey for my taste:

And this is the competitor I’m seriously considering that has the same rating:

Imagine all those clean floors! I am close to making a decision and I’d love your input, if you have any. Or just let me know if you’ve ever been tempted or own one.

Creative Inspiration

Austin Kleon puts out a great weekly newsletter every Friday, which is where I saw these stories about artist, illustrator and director Sanda Boynton. I bet they will inspire you, too. If they do, be sure to subscribe to Austin’s newsletter. Here’s a link to Boynton’s website.

Visual Inspiration

I recently had the idea to use a fall scarf as a visual inspiration for decorating. Maybe because it still feels like summer here, so it’s challenging to get in the fall mood just yet. Here is the one I chose, which comes at a very reasonable price.

Gastronomic Inspiration

Everything is coming up pumpkin all of the sudden. Honestly, it’s a little overwhelming and in early September, I felt like I wasn’t ready. But I have since had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte, and though I would not drink one very often, it was tasty and helped me get into the fall mood. If you want to find your own favorite recipe, here’s a link to a list of ways to make PSLs at home. I’m happy the weather has taken a turn for the cooler so they make a bit more sense than they did on September 1st.

Tomatoes Abound!

Yesterday I made homemade spaghetti sauce and this weekend, I plan to make homemade chili. Needless to say, tomatoes are particularly abundant right now. My friends are showering me with bags of fresh-picked beauties, which are welcome. I will post both recipes shortly. I can’t believe I haven’t posted them before under the category of “A Writer’s Got To Eat.”

In Process…

I have several creative projects going right now. Of course, I am always writing articles and building new courses in my online school. I never talk about my articles while I’m working on them because that would mess up my process. But I have started using a more open, interactive method of creating courses that involves working with Beta Users. Read more about the latest opportunity here. I’m also making wreaths, painting garden rocks, and weeding and replanting my gardens for fall, which is a great way to get away from my desk. The wreaths and rocks will provide immediate gratification, while the fresh seeds and bulbs will give me a chance to practice delayed gratification…which is not my favorite thing but is totally worth it in the long run. I also find that getting up and away from my desk is better for my physical health and helps me clear my head so new ideas can flow in.

I’d love to hear what is inspiring you this September! Share your seasonal experiences in the comments. Also, if you enjoy this type of post, you’d likely love my Expressive At Home course and my upcoming Expressive Outdoors course. Subscribe to my ezine to stay in the loop and get the best discounts.

 

So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

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My next course is called All About You and it contains five personal essay writing assignments that help you explore and understand your unique point of view.

Individuality is an crucial quality in an essay writer. I often find that writers have a habit of striving to make their writing universal instead of striving to say something that is uniquely true to them.

The universality in your writing originates in the honesty and uniqueness inherent in your point of view. The more you strive to be acceptable and accepted in your writing, the less likely you are to say anything fresh and moving for the reader.

And so, in this brand new course, you will undertake five essay writing assignments that will help awaken the uniqueness in your perspective. If you want to write something true, this course will help you explore and own your own points of view on a variety of topics.

This course contains exercises that make self-exploration accessible, so you can learn how to create compelling essays naturally by expressing yourself. No more killing yourself to write a publishable essay.

This course contains assignments that are simple, yet powerful. If you are looking for affirmation of who you are and what you believe, then this is the perfect course for you.

You can write these essays with an aim at future publication or simply for increased self-awareness, the choice is up to you. You will benefit and grow from the assignments either way.

If you would like to provide input that helps me create the course and give me feedback once the course is created, then become a Beta User and get half off this course. Beta Users save the most money on my courses because I appreciate their help so much.

Register now if you would like to become a Beta User and I will send you the first of four rounds of five questions right away. All you have to do is answer each round of questions so I can make the course the best it can be.

This course is slated to launch for Beta Users on Friday, September 22nd. Register now to become a Beta User for All About You at a reduced price of $49 until September 21st at midnight:




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Beyond all of the hype and product-hawking around the eclipse of 2017, I find the words of writers who have witnessed eclipses in the past to be deeply comforting.

If you are feeling similarly distracted by all the media drama about the total eclipse, consider taking a trip back to simpler times by reading these eclipse accounts by famous wordsmiths.

If anyone knows of other accounts, let me know, and I will add them.

Perhaps these writings will prompt you to write down your own experience of the eclipse of 2017. I hope so!

Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard

What you see in an eclipse is entirely different from what you know. It is especially different for those of us whose grasp of astronomy is so frail that, given a flashlight, a grapefruit, two oranges, and fifteen years, we still could not figure out which way to set the clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Usually it is a bit of a trick to keep your knowledge from blinding you. But during an eclipse it is easy. What you see is much more convincing than any wild-eyed theory you may know.

The Eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper

At twelve minutes past eleven, the moon stood revealed in its greatest distinctness — a vast black orb, so nearly obscuring the sun that the face of the great luminary was entirely and absolutely darkened, though a corona of rays of light appeared beyond. The gloom of night was upon us. A breathless intensity of interest was felt by all. There would appear to be something instinctive in the feeling with which man gazes at all phenomena in the heavens. The peaceful rainbow, the heavy clouds of a great storm, the vivid flash of electricity, the falling meteor, the beautiful lights of the aurora borealis, fickle as the play of fancy, — these never fail to fix the attention with something of a peculiar feeling, different in character from that with which we observe any spectacle on the earth.

Excerpt from The Shorter Diary Of Virginia Woolf

But now the colour was going out. The clouds were turning pale; a reddish black colour. Down in the valley it was an extraordinary scrumble of red and black; there was the one light burning; all was cloud down there, and very beautiful, so delicately tinted. The 24 seconds were passing. Then one looked back again at the blue: and rapidly, very very quickly, all the colours faded; it became darker and darker as at the beginning of a violent storm; the light sank and sank; we kept saying this is the shadow; and we thought now it is over – this is one shadow; when suddenly the light went out. We had fallen. It was extinct. There was no colour. The earth was dead.

 

So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

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I alternate launching creativity and writing courses. Beta Users get 50% off new courses. I am currently seeking Beta Users for my next creativity course, Expressive Outdoors, Sprinkle More You All Around Your Home.

When you arrive back home after being away, how do the first things you see in your yard make you feel? Do they represent who you are and how you express yourself in the world?

When someone comes over to visit, your home makes an impression. You want the outside of your home to reflect you and your family in all of your unique glory and the best way to accomplish this is through personal reflection, conscious choices and unique self-expression.

This course will help you refocus your urge to please on charming yourself and your immediate family first. Once you all enjoy the area outside your home, visitors will follow suit! Strangers may even start stopping by to let you know how much they enjoy passing your home. I would not have believed this until it started happening to me.

If your outdoor decor does not consistently lift you up, then this course is for you. Expressive Outdoors is a companion course to Expressive At Home, which I launched in May. Expressive Outdoors focuses on expressing yourself outside your home — on your porches, on your patios, and all around the immediate outside of your home. These are areas that are often neglected outright or simply decorated in a similar way to everyone else.

Putting your unique stamp on the area outside your home is a gradual process. Sure, there are a few things you can do right away but I will help you pace yourself and make transformational choices. This is a self-paced, online video class with the emphasis on tackling manageable assignments after each pep talk. My goal is for you to say, “This course has given me the motivation to express more of myself outdoors without spending a fortune and have fun doing it.”

Expressing yourself outdoors does not have to be expensive and I will explain how. And you do not have to take my Expressive At Home course first, although you may, if you wish. My online courses can be taken in any order.

Here’s the course outline:

Expressive Outdoors: Sprinkle More You All Around Your Home
Fun Is The Formula For A Happy Yard
Paint With Living Things
Claim Your Outdoor Inheritance
Upcycle Your Inspiration
Instant Gratification With Containers
Edible Gardening Made Easy
Create An Artful Yard
Finishing Touches Ignite Magic
Savor The Long Game
Enjoy Relaxing Outdoors

The future price of this course will be $99 but, for a limited time, the discounted Beta-user price is $49. Register now to be a Beta User. This course launches on August 21st! Beta users are still needed. Register right here!




So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

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