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Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, Avoiders, and People Who Would Rather Sleep All Day

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SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) has lived one of her creative dreams by transforming herself from a struggling artist into a bestselling author, artist, and creative spiritualist. She is actively working with her other dreams, and she tells readers that making dreams real is not only about making dreams come true but also about living with all that is real about life -- the disappointments, frustrations, progress, quitting, and fulfillment. Now she tells readers how they can live their dreams in a guide that ...
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Overview

SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) has lived one of her creative dreams by transforming herself from a struggling artist into a bestselling author, artist, and creative spiritualist. She is actively working with her other dreams, and she tells readers that making dreams real is not only about making dreams come true but also about living with all that is real about life -- the disappointments, frustrations, progress, quitting, and fulfillment. Now she tells readers how they can live their dreams in a guide that is practical, inspirational, realistic, and as inventive as only SARK can be. Whether your dream is to write a book or plant a garden, open a bed and breakfast or get a degree, help children with cancer or star in a musical, SARK guides you step-by-step on a journey toward making your dream Real.

Are you wondering just what your creative dream is? SARK puts you in a "dream activator" state of mind and helps you figure it out. Are you lost in the Land of No? SARK can help you work with your fear and negativity, live with and transform procrastination and perfectionism, communicate with inside and outside critics, and work with inertia. Do you have a dream but it seems overwhelmingly impossible? SARK's famous microMOVEment technique will help you make your creative dream journey in tiny yet powerful steps. Need inspiration? Read the stories of others who are making their creative dreams real. Having difficulty fitting your dream into your real life? Let SARK show you how to think differently about time and find resources in unexpected places and people.

To begin, choose one of two tables of contents: one for the logical or linear mind that follows the steps in order or one for the more abstract thinker who would prefer to play the system like a game. No matter which path your journey follows, you'll encounter SARK's whimsical humor and tender understanding of human foibles, extensive resource sections, and lots of exercises that will help you get unstuck, activate creativity, and put plans into juicy action. Make Your Creative Dreams Real is the all-in-one book for everyone who has ever wanted to live a more deeply creative and satisfying life.

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For those of us who pass our days in a meaningless miasma of obligations and responsibility, SARK's upbeat 12-step prescription for "making creative dreams" come true may be just the ticket. Designing the book herself, SARK (short for Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, author of Succulent Wild Woman) applies function to form with big and small font sizes, wild and wavy typesetting, drawings scattered liberally throughout, various exercises, Mad Lib-like blanks to fill in ("choose a micromovement and write it here_____") and three 16-page full-color inserts (not seen by PW). In case you doubt SARK's enthusiasm for her version of the creative life, she includes testimonials ranging from "John, Teacher" to "Val, Expressive Arts Therapist." Despite SARK's admirably unrestrained support for the creative life, it's difficult not to cock a cynical eye at some of her suggestions, such as "let your dream vehicle out to play!" And while she encourages us to "feel free to color or draw in this book," there isn't actually all that much room to do so. SARK addresses the negativity toward creativity that so many artists face from family, schools and bosses, but the repetition of the word "dream" never quite seems to slide over into how to use it to tend an actual artistic career. Agent, Debra Goldstein. (May 6) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743229210
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/6/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is an author/artist and acclaimed teacher on the subject of creativity. She was featured on the PBS series Women of Wisdom and Power. She is a recovering procrastinator and perfectionist who practices what she teaches and lives in a Magic Cottage in San Francisco with her "fur husband" cat, Jupiter. You can visit her websight at planetsark.com or her special websight for this book at makeyourcreativedreamsreal.com.
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Table of Contents

1. Fantastic First Month: Finding and Naming Your Dream(s) 24
What's your dream? 24
How living your dreams benefits you and others 26
Who dreams? 28
Why dream? 29
Remembering dreams 29
Your dream legacy 33
Naming your dream 34
Stages of dream development 36
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 37
Week 2 A Gift for You 39
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 40
Week 4 Radiant Resources 40
2. Succulent Second Month: The Land of No 42
Fear and negativity 43
Procrastination and perfectionism 46
Resistance and inertia 49
Inside critics 52
"Inside" children 54
Grudge Island 55
Jealousy and competition 57
From the Land of No 58
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 63
Week 2 A Gift for You 64
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 65
Week 4 Radiant Resources 65
3. Treasured Third Month: The World of Yes 67
Love 67
Willingness 69
Self-acceptance (radical variety) 71
Energy 73
Inner allies, teachers, and mentors 75
Building your dream life 79
The courage to let loose the wonders inside you 81
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 83
Week 2 A Gift for You 85
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 85
Week 4 Radiant Resources 86
4. Feisty Fourth Month: Making Creative Dreams Real with MicroMovements 88
What are micromovements? 88
Examples of micromovements 90
Stories of success and stumbling 91
Practice and process with micromovements 95
Micromovement wheel 97
Micromovement buddies 97
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 101
Week 2 A Gift for You 102
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 103
Week 4 Radiant Resources 104
5. Fabulous Fifth Month: Creative Dreams Support Systems 105
How can your friends and family support your creative dreams? 105
Requests from and invitations to people you don't know 107
Creative dream teams 109
Providing support for yourself 112
Who or what inspires you? 115
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 120
Week 2 A Gift for You 121
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 122
Week 4 Radiant Resources 122
6. Sublime Sixth Month: Committing to Your Dream and Keeping It Moving 124
Have you made a commitment to your creative dreams? 124
Time and creative dreams 127
Keeping dreams moving 128
A review 133
New perspectives and possible changes 136
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 137
Week 2 A Gift for You 138
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 138
Week 4 Radiant Resources 139
7. Superb Seventh Month: Inspiring Stories and Examples of Creative Dreams and Dreamers 141
My creative dreams and what I've learned 141
Clark (artist) 148
Elissa (copy editor) 151
John (teacher) 152
Alex (writer) 154
Val (expressive arts therapist) 156
Sabrina (artist and author) 158
Vanessa (student) 160
Kindred spirits for creative dreams 162
Creative dream questions 163
Your page 164
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 165
Week 2 A Gift for You 166
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 167
Week 4 Radiant Resources 167
8. Ecstatic Eighth Month: Living Your Creative Dreams 169
Fear and loss 169
Doing more things badly 173
Rebelling and nonconforming 175
Guilt 176
Failure 178
Frustration 179
Impatience 180
Don't work harder 181
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 183
Week 2 A Gift for You 183
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 184
Week 4 Radiant Resources 185
9. Nourishing Ninth Month: Nourishing You and Your Creative Dreams 187
What feels nourishing? 187
Nourishment experiences and examples 189
Ordinary days as dream nourishment 193
How's your creative dream? 195
What if you're stuck with your creative dream(s)? 196
Style and pace of dreams 198
What do you and your creative dreams need? 200
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 201
Week 2 A Gift for You 202
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 203
Week 4 Radiant Resources 203
10. Terrific Tenth Month: What You and Your Dreams Need Now 205
Where does your creative dream need to go or grow? 205
Stages of dream development 206
How do dreams get to where they need to go? 210
Assessing and reassessing your creative dream 212
Examples of creative dreams growing 214
Quitting and postponing dreams 216
Dreams that lead the way 217
Examples of creative dreams that grew 219
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 222
Week 2 A Gift for You 222
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 223
Week 4 Radiant Resources 224
11. Energizing Eleventh Month: Managing and Growing Your Creative Dreams 226
Managing your dream 226
My dream growth 227
Teams 228
Marketing 229
Scary or alone parts of "success" 231
Your creative dream growing larger than you 234
You can explore growth in the following ways 237
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 239
Week 2 A Gift for You 240
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 241
Week 4 Radiant Resources 242
Dream Stoppers 244
Dream Starters 245
Questions and Answers 246
12. Tender Twelfth Month: Living Elegantly and Successfully with Your Creative Dreams 250
Elegant, successful you! 250
How open are you to change? 251
Sharing dreams with others 253
Creative dreams in service 254
Welcoming new creative dreams 256
Celebrating and acknowledging 257
Share your success with the world 269
Week 1 A Game or Something to Try 271
Week 2 A Gift for You 272
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You) 273
Week 4 Radiant Resources 274
Acknowledgments 276
Resources 278
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