Creativity can be hard to ignite, sometimes you will be more creative when you are thinking about being creative and then when it comes down to the actual creative act your brain goes dead.

If this happens to you don’t worry, it’s quite normal and it leads me onto my first technique for inspiring creativity.

Getting Started

This is usually the hardest part of the creative process. You can sit and stare at the blank page all you like, but it will never become full unless you fill it.

Whatever creative process you are trying to start, just start doing it. I find in my writing, I sometimes delete the first few paragraphs once I get flowing.

If you have to do something badly to get it started, then do it badly and just keep going until your inner genius comes out.

Doing Something Else

Those of you who get your creative juices flowing on a regular basis will know, sometimes you just can’t get started or you can get started but cannot produce anything good.

If this is the case do something else, put some music on, watch a documentary or engage in something that you feel like doing. This can sometimes spark your creativity, but even if it doesn’t you are doing something you love so it’s a win/win situation.

Stimulate Your Mind

Sometimes you just need a little brain stimulation to get yourself going! Do a puzzle, try some Sudoku, a crossword or an online quiz or test. Just do something that gets you thinking outside of the task that you are trying to complete.

The best revelations usually come when we are not thinking about our projects, so take half an hour out and it may spark your creative side.

Ask Yourself Questions

Questions are great for stimulating creativity, as you have to answer them. If I say to you what colour is the sky, you can try to fight it all you want, but you will always answer blue.

As human beings we like a conclusion, it is the way our brains our wired. Just think-

Game Of Thrones, The Sopranos and even Keeping Up With The Kardashians-

These programs are so successful because they keep you in suspense and keep asking questions that never give you an answer. So you tune in next week, get the answer and then get asked another 5 questions.

If you ask yourself constructive questions you can stimulate good responses and get your creativity pumping. Find my 21 Empowering Questions HERE


Visualisation is excellent for getting started. Take 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to imagine yourself doing what you want to do before you do it.

What I like to do is sit down and imagine myself sitting there, and then fast-forward the image in my mind and vividly imagine myself completing the task. Adding in the emotional feelings associated.

Athletes, performers and lots of other highly successful people do this, and the good thing about visualisation is that it is open to anyone and it won’t cost you anything but a few minutes a day.


Meditation is like a resetting of the mind and the more you practice the deeper you will go. Take 5 or 10 minutes out a day to meditate and you will get the hang of it in no time.

Meditation is not only good for creativity, but it will also help you in many other areas of life. It gives you a connection to something meaningful, some call it God, other Allah, others Buddha, some just plain science, but for some people (like myself) it’s just a feeling of connection with humanity.


I do think exercise has its place in a routine, but specifically for creativity I think jogging is best.

If you have a problem that you cannot solve, go for a jog. If that doesn’t work just keep jogging until it does.

Jogging is a great way to get your brain juices like dopamine and serotonin flowing and is also good for your health, so even if it doesn’t stimulate your creativity you will still get in shape in the process.


I do not read a lot of fiction books. But when it comes to sparking creativity a good fiction book will get your mind working creatively.

The good thing about reading a story style book is that you need to use your imagination. When the author is describing the setting, the look of the person in the story, their clothes and feelings, you have to immerse yourself in the story and use your creative faculty to engage in the story.

Other types of reading can also help, lets say you are lacking motivation and you read a book that is motivating, it can have a great impact. But for me (and I am sure it is different for many others), I like to read a good fiction book for creativity.

The downfall of this is you end up reading your book all day instead of working, so try limiting yourself to a chapter or 2.

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This Unique Spanish Home Was Built Under a Rolling Hill and Is Completely Eco-Friendly

You wouldn’t know there was a home resting inside of this rolling hillside were it not for the roof sloping downward over a parked car and bicycles. Known as the Live Garden House, this vaulted home was built into a hillside and features traditional construction techniques practiced in Zaragoza, Spain.

Spanish designers sought to create a fully sustainable home that used locally-sourced materials for its construction. They achieve their vision with this zero-energy structure that lets in natural sunlight, has a natural ventilation system and features a rainwater collection system.

All of its sustainable features are made even better by placing them underneath an undulating green roof (which has plants and vegetation growing on top of it). Not only does the home look beautiful inside, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

And the inside is just as welcoming and serene as the outside. Take a look for yourself!

h/t Inhabitat

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The REAL Reason Barns Are Usually Red

Almost every barn I’ve ever seen has been red, and I never knew why. I mean, I love red as a color, but it never really made any sense why every single barn I’ve ever come across had to be red. There are so many other colors to choose from!

The real reason barns are painted red actually has nothing to do with color preference, and everything to do with practicality.

When the very first New England settlers were building farms, many of them lacked the necessary funds to paint their buildings. However, they still needed a way to protect their barns’ wood from the elements, so they came up with their own solution to the problem: by mixing skim milk, lime, and red iron oxide, they successfully created a plastic-like substance that they could coat their farm buildings with to protect them.

Eventually, paint manufacturers would mix in chemical pigment and red was the favorite due to how cheap it was. And, as with many things in this world, people never sought to change it. So, red was how it began and red is how it has stayed.

h/t Business Insider

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Professor Who Predicted Donald Trump Becoming President Has a New Prediction: Impeachment

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Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as he’s successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election to date, starting in 1984. He correctly predicted the Donald Trump would win the 2016 election and is now making another prediction: Donald Trump will be impeached.

"Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when," said Shelby Meizlik, spokesperson for HarperCollins.

In fact, Lichtman has written a book stating his argument for why Trump should be impeached. The Case for Impeachment is being published by Dey Street Books and will release to the public on April 18th.

Lichtman made the prediction that Trump would be impeached alongside his prediction that he would be elected and his book will go into detail as to why.

Lichtman told the Washington Post this past September:

"I'm going to make another prediction. This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

It certainly seems as though there is a strong case for impeachment, especially when considering Trump's Russian connections and the multitude of conflicts of interests surrounding his businesses, as Lichtman argues.

Do you think Lichtman’s fortune-telling capabilities will ring true once again?

h/t Time

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6 Bizarrely Beautiful Houseplants You've Probably Never Heard Of

Houseplants are a great addition to any home as not only do they bring a clean, fresh aesthetic to the space, they also help improve air quality. If you’ve ever wanted to bring plants into your home, but think that they’re kind of boring or not worth the effort, try out one of these bizarre houseplants that are anything but boring.

Mix it up a little with these six houseplants that are beautiful, but also a little strange.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
Succulents a great option for everyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance plant. They only need watering about once a week and even just once a month during the winter months. The type of succulent shown here is referred to as “Medusa’s Head,” a moniker taken on because of its likeness to the Greek monster with snakes for hair. It is native to South Africa.

The Trachyandra also looks as if it’s some type of snake plant, or maybe silly-string growing out of the ground. This plant is real and you can find it in Eastern and Southern Africa.

If you’ve ever wanted a plant that looks somewhat like it has antlers, grab a Platycerium. This plant, which is often called the “Staghorn Fern”, can even grow on the side of things, such as trees or walls.

Gentiana Urnula
These beautifully-patterned succulents are known as “Starfish Succulents” and are at home in the rocks. These are also a perfect option for those seeking low-maintenance plants.

Sedum Morganianum
These crazy looking plant is often called “Donkey Tail” and its stems regularly grow up to two feet in length. Its leaves are normally a bluish-green and it is native to Mexico and Honduras.

Haworthia Cooperi
This plant looks like some type of glass flower or maybe even some type of gelatin, but these clumps you see here are actually green leaves that simply look as though they’re something else.

h/t Woman's Day

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