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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura




I am one who believes everyone is creative. Ideas and talents are in all of us. My favorite creative pursuits are writing, scrapbooking, designing, and music. Other people show their creativity in the kitchen or sewing room, garage or sports arena.

Many of my creative disciplines I got from Julia Cameron's books The Artist's Way and Vein of Gold. One of her suggestions is going on weekly artist's dates. These are solitary jaunts to the museum, the galleries, to the beach, or anyplace else you like to go. You can take in the entire experience without worrying about whether someone else is having a good time or whether the kids are getting into trouble. Schedule your 2 hour artist date for this week right now!

An important part of creativity is timing. I find I can't create much after 4pm and am at my best starting at 7am. What time is your best time to work? Can you make time to create during that time, even if it is just the weekends.

Julie from OrganizedWriter.com has a great way to jump start your writing. She calls it DRAW: D for a 5 min. declutter, R for 5 minutes of reading time, A for assessing what you need to work on and W for write. She has tons of great ideas for writers. What kind of ritual could you make for your creative pursuit?

Don't deny your gifts, use them to produce greater creativity and fullness to your life.

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Beth Dargis helps the overwhelmed to create saner, simpler lives. For free monthly declutter Calendar and Weekly Simplicity Tips visit: http://www.mysimplerlife.com. This article is Copyright © 2005 by Beth Dargis, Zeeland MI. To send feedback or request reprint permission (usually granted free of charge), please contact .





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