Issue 1, 2005


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Work, the Creative Playground

by Wanda Ropa

Why can’t work be fun? The implication is that real work must be difficult, a struggle. But the true essence of work, the glorious part of work, is being creative. Enjoying work, or finding some element in it that you can be passionate about, puts you in the frame of mind that encourages creativity.

While fun in work helps nurture creativity, frenetic energy acts against it. Frenetic energy is that awful experience of buzzing around a lot but ultimately accomplishing little. It’s panic mode, when you work against yourself and feel stressed out, completely overwhelmed, and besieged by deadlines with everything due at once. No time to breathe; to grab a meal; to run to the bathroom.

For a long time, I lived this type of life. Working in the corporate world, there were many times that I didn’t take time to eat, use the bathroom or even catch a breath between meetings. When we are frenetic, there is no room for fun, creativity suffers, and our health and overall well-being is in jeopardy.

It has taken me a long time to become aware that I was operating in a frenetic work mode. Once it becomes habit, it’s difficult to break free from it. In addition, the workload itself grows, since others come to expect you’ll break your back to squeeze out one more project. Rather than becoming a champion for winning ideas that would make the product or service remarkable, the most one can hope for is checking off another checkbox, mission accomplished. I made the deadline. Next…

Self-proclaimed experts will tell you to simply apply affirmations and you will break free; to write down your intention to change and seal it in an envelope or repeat the words to yourself as a mantra: “I will slow down. I will focus. I will learn to have fun.” Unfortunately, this approach is not very effective. Just ask the millions of folks who vow to lose a few pounds and desperately float from one diet to the next, only to fail time and time again.

Just like getting in shape, the key to successfully abandoning frenetic work habits is to truly embrace changing our lifestyle, deep inside. To be fit for the rest of our lives, we must commit to permanently changing our eating habits and making exercise routine just like brushing our teeth. To leave the frenetic work style, or even to simply find passion in the work we do, it takes the same level of commitment.

The results are worth it. Once we are truly enjoying what we do, or find a way to bring out the passion in what we do, creativity is free to flow. We become receptive to new ideas and we seed the world with fresh insights of our own. We ship remarkable products. We provide better services. We build new and exciting client relationships. We self-actualize. And that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

We all have innate creativity. The key is awakening the creative sleeper inside, or simply freeing it from the frenetic work style monster. In the coming months, we will be exploring the familiar as well as uncharted terrain of the world of creativity. Won’t you join us on this journey? Stay tuned for new scenes and interesting adventures.

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Creativity Coaching Panel

Dear Readers,

Next month, we will be featuring the creativity coaching panel, three creativity coaches who will answer your questions about creativity and innovation. Please send in your question(s) to focus on creativity, including obstacles, etc. These questions can relate to work or your personal life.

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Creativity Coaching Panel Members:

Wanda Ropa is the principal and visionary for DreamVolition LLC. Throughout her entire work life, her creativity fueled her success. Fascinated by the cyclical nature of change and the emerging patterns, she began research in the fields of creativity and innovation, including creative intelligence. Her goal is to build a creative community, a virtual center of like-minded individuals who are inspired to create and innovate. For more information, visit

Jill Badonsky , M.Ed. is a motivational speaker and author of the book The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers and Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence. A creative consultant to Seventeen Magazine, she trains creativity coaches and creativity group facilitators, and is an artist, playwright and corporate dropout. Jill founded The Muse is In, a company dedicated to awakening creativity for joy and prosperity through workshops, mentoring and consultation. Her website is where you can sign up for her free monthly newsletter.

Michele Engel Edwards is a creativity workshop leader and coach in San Diego, California. She’s an author, a collage artist, and Assistant to the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Computational Chemistry. A corporate world dropout, she turned 50 and decided to come out of hiding, honor her Renaissance-woman soul, and laugh and dance away the second half of her life.

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Hear from Our Readers

Music anyone? Music is the universal language. When I listen to music, my mind is free to explore. My mood improves. Multiple research studies have demonstrated that listening to music elevates mood and enhances creative thinking.

What type of music do you listen to? How does it make you feel? What happens to your thinking process? Let’s hear from you. Submit your responses with your permission to share in our next newsletter to:

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Reflections on Life and Work

Everyone has expectations about work. We grow up with them. And they are reinforced by society. How does this affect us? Can we bring fun back into the picture? Read the article to find out more.

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Search for Destiny's Door

What is this life?
Full of strife.
Do I hear the call?
Or not at all?
Where are the guides?
To help with life's tides.
Wave after Wave
What must I do to find what I crave?
Am I the saboteur?
That will not find more.
Help me help myself to open that door.

Wanda Ropa
Copyright ©2005 Wanda Ropa

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