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Monday Inspiration: Defining Creativity

Hi everyone

If you are redundant and are trying to figure out what to do with your time, other than job hunt, why not get creative?

With creativity you can write, draw, paint, do pottery, create music, make things, and set your mind free. You can also add value to your own life and that of others.

Find out more about creativity from the short video below.

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Sandra

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If you have never watched anything by Sir Ken Robinson or read any of his books, you’re in for a treat. I have spent entire days watching his talks on TED and YouTube and let’s just say if this great thinker was not already knighted I would have started a petition myself!

This particular short video is on imagination and creativity. In it Sir Ken Robinson reminds us that in order to be creative you have to DO things.   There’s no point in saying “I’m creative because I have a wild imagination” and not actually do something about applying your imagination.  Dreaming up things = imagination but applying imagination = creativity.

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Why Is Goal Setting Like Getting Married?

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When you are initially made redundant, it can be hard to think about your future, to come up with a plan for it, and to set goals. However, in order to move forward with your life, that is exactly what you need to do. Here is some good advice on how to make goals stick.

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Sandra Bellamy

Those of you that know me personally will also know that I’m not adverse to getting out a camera at the weekend and tagging along with my husband Brett Trafford to photograph a wedding.  We were at a wedding last Friday and it started me thinking about how working with your goals is a bit like getting married, yet it so much easier to divorce our goals than our spouses.

My VVW approach to goal setting is simple and could help prevent you from divorcing your goals.

Vows – Make a commitment to yourself as you would your future spouse.  During the ceremony the couple promised so much to each other and are unlikely to break them.  Ask yourself why you find it so easy to break promises to yourself?

Value – When entering into a marriage we value the thoughts and opinions of our loved one.  Its equally important…

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How to keep winning – The road to success

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It’s easy to think that out of nowhere people seem to have overnight success but usually this simply isn’t true. It takes a lot of hard work, determination and persistence to get where you want to be in life and I can tell you that it is worth it.

If you click on the blog link below, it explains the steps you must take on the road to success.

How to keep winning.

Until next time, stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

Some Like It Hot – Make Yourself Feel Good

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Redundancy can leave you feeling lost, lonely and hurt. Just like when you break up from a familiar relationship, it can be hard to find the motivation to go on with your life because of the pain you feel inside. You need to recognise this as part of the grieving process and start to think of ways that you can make yourself feel better. It is imperative you focus your mind on looking after you.

Write a list of a minimum of 10 things that make you smile, happy, laugh or simply feel good. It could be:

  • Taking a hot bath
  • Going for a walk
  • Speaking to a friend
  • Stroking a pet
  • Cooking a meal
  • Lighting candles around your home
  • Going to the cinema
  • Playing sport
  • Reading a book
  • Renting a movie at home
  • Eating a food treat

Whatever it is, make time for yourself to do as many of those things as often as possible, at least once a week. The more frequent you do things from your feel good list , the more you will feel positive about yourself, your life and your future.

Until next time, stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

A Redundant Workers Perspective – Getting back into work

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For those of you who don’t know, I have a Facebook page to support this blog and one of my followers of this page has written a beautiful account of his journey back into work.

“Hello I have been following this page since I was made redundant in September 2012 and Sandra has asked me to say something about my experiences so far .It has certainly beena rollercoaster ride of emotions almost a type of grief when you find yourself at home after so long 21 years for me in the same role however looking back they probably did me a favour .I amlucky in that I had a longstanding art hobby which has run alongside my work and for long people had said go professional but I never had the curage however when the decision was made for me I had no choice One of the first things I did was vounteer at my daughters school helping with an art class which I loved and built a rapport with the kids and staff this also gave me confidence in my own art .I did the usuall trawling the internet to no avil but really knowing my future was in art.On the day I applied for details of a teaching assistant course I went to an open day at an insurance company to talk about customer service roles.I loved this as they told me that experience wasn’t needed just personality and enthusiasm .I applied and was accepted .Now three months later I have completed training and am now learning the job .Its not easy but rewarding and the next six months are crucial.I’ve continued to paint and am exhibiting widely and planning a range of my own greeting cards from my paintings and several outlets are interested .Long term I would to self publish my own cards and have my own business.It hasn’t been easy but I promise you there is life after redundancy and far from beaten I feel released to do new things .I still have down days and I must admit I’m not my own greatest fan but I plogh on .You can catch up with my exploits atwww.Facebook.com/MatthewEvansArtist.Good luck also to Sandra with this great work onward ever onward and best wishes to you all .Stay strong .”

Before you ask me to use a spell checker, as a writer I always check my work for spelling errors but I have purposefully kept Matthew’s account exactly as he has written it, so that you know that I am not fabricating his story. If you wish to see it on Facebook go to http://www.facebook.com/beatredundancyblues

Thanks to Matthew Evans for posting this, it gives great insight and hope to many others. I wish you much success with your artwork and let us know how you get on.

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Sandra Bellamy

 

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