Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Creative Girl Book Group: Chapters 1 and 2

I had my sweet friend Misty take some pics of me this week.  This is actually a big week for me.  A year and a half ago January 31 I boarded a plane to Germany where I truly deepened in my creative and spiritual life.  It is just amazing to be here, knowing the things I have gone through and knowing how GOD fostered a deeper sense of value for living a creative life...

     So I started reading through Chapters 1 and 2 of Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career
by Katharine Sise.  I have read quite a few creative books this year.  But this one is giving me a greater intensity for approaching this lifestyle as a means to also provide for my family.  Having a creative career however calls for the same things as any successful career needs: an unfailing work ethic and strategic planning.  In Chapter 1, Sise talks about mining all of the skills that you have offered in other job settings and "apply them to your next career step (p. 16)."  Many creatives have found that the key to having success is to diversify the revenue streams for your career.  Chapter 2 builds on these keys and reminds us to celebrate not simply destination markers but mini victories that happen on the way to the goal; those unexpected surprises that validate the path you are on.

   I gotta tell you everything about these two chapters feels like I am reading this at just the right time.  I got a couple of things in the works that I am excited about and I hope that I can have the courage to really move into them because they are uncharted territory for me.

   So the plan is I will journal my progress in this book on Wednesdays.  Meet me here and if you are working through the book with me, please leave a link in the comments.  I will be sure to come around and, who knows, maybe someone else will be helped by your journey as well.

AND don't forget to check in with Jane who is also going through the book with me: CLICK HERE

--Robin Norgren


  1. Thank you so much Robin for sharing this book! I'm really enjoying it too! Using your skill set from what seems like unconnected jobs resonates with me as well. What I'm gaining the most from is how Sise thinks SO big...I never do...whether a fear of failure or success, I don't know, but this is a great read to give me a kick in the pants!

  2. Lisa, it is so funny how EVEN IN MY PERSONAL JOURNAL I tend to keep my dreams pretty "tame." I think that is a good lesson: aim REALLY HIGH and then even if you don't reach it you will still accomplish something AMAZING!