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52 Weeks of Hope

Lauren Abrams



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Rekindling Your Creative Spark with Jacob Nordby

Losing creative momentum happens even to the best of us. We start a project and stow it under the table, we say we’d work on it later and before we know it, we've altogether lost the energy to get back to it.    Today’s guest, Jacob Nordby, has been on that same creative quicksand. As someone who has struggled in finding their footing, Jacob found a way to emerge from that trap. He shares with us that being creative is very much the same as being alive, and that to live is to create.    “Creativity is the life force that's within each of us. And if we look at it that way, it's meant to run through every part of our life. Just like blood runs through all of our veins, or sap runs through every branch and twig of a tree. And when we start to see it that way, we can begin to take back the power of creating artful lives. You know?”   In this episode, Jacob shares with us how to live our dreams and find that creative spark again. He also teaches us to embody our unique creative identity and to always be hopeful for the future.   “What is very rarely asked is, what is true inside of me? Who am I? And so, if you think about a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly or an egg that eventually becomes an eagle or something, a caterpillar never transforms into an eagle. A caterpillar only becomes what is already in its design.”   In this episode: (1:16) - Overcoming life’s challenges (7:24) - How to be your unique creative self (11:10) - Jacob’s three-step creative process (12:39) - Understanding the creative transformation (16:58) - Creating the life you want to live (19:39) - The hardest challenge Jacob has overcome (22:08) - Learning how to listen to ourselves (25:21) - The importance of slowing down (27:01) - Focusing on consistency over energy (32:52) - Jacob’s unique message of hope   Guest Jacob Nordby is a writer, creative guide, and entrepreneur living in Boise, Idaho. You might find him on a trail in the nearby foothills or typing away in the quietest corner of a coffee shop downtown. He is the founder of The Institute for Creative Living and the Heal + Create project and community.   Learn more about his other books, speaking, online courses, and creative guidance sessions by visiting www.jacobnordby.com   Resources & Links 52 Weeks of Hope https://www.52weeksofhope.com  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLA7Rb6E0PtKBhPGu1vcjA  https://www.facebook.com/52weeksofhope  https://www.instagram.com/52weeksofhope  https://www.twitter.com/52weeksofhope  Jacob Norby https://www.jacobnordby.com/  http://creativeselfjournal.com/ https://www.healcreate.org/creative-cure-book/ https://www.healcreate.org/writer-retreat/ https://www.instagram.com/jacobnordby/ https://www.facebook.com/jacobnordby

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