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Title:
Make your creative dreams real : a plan for procrastinators, perfectionists, busy people, avoiders, and people who would really rather sleep all day
Author:
Sark, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
278 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Fireside book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780743229210
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

An innovative, motivational book that turns goals into glorious reality in just one year or sooner.


Author Notes

SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is an author and artist. She lives in San Francisco, California.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

1. Fantastic First Month: Finding and Naming Your Dream(s)p. 24
What's your dream?p. 24
How living your dreams benefits you and othersp. 26
Who dreams?p. 28
Why dream?p. 29
Remembering dreamsp. 29
Your dream legacyp. 33
Naming your dreamp. 34
Stages of dream developmentp. 36
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 37
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 39
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 40
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 40
2. Succulent Second Month: The Land of Nop. 42
Fear and negativityp. 43
Procrastination and perfectionismp. 46
Resistance and inertiap. 49
Inside criticsp. 52
"Inside" childrenp. 54
Grudge Islandp. 55
Jealousy and competitionp. 57
From the Land of Nop. 58
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 63
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 64
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 65
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 65
3. Treasured Third Month: The World of Yesp. 67
Lovep. 67
Willingnessp. 69
Self-acceptance (radical variety)p. 71
Energyp. 73
Inner allies, teachers, and mentorsp. 75
Building your dream lifep. 79
The courage to let loose the wonders inside youp. 81
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 83
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 85
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 85
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 86
4. Feisty Fourth Month: Making Creative Dreams Real with MicroMovementsp. 88
What are micromovements?p. 88
Examples of micromovementsp. 90
Stories of success and stumblingp. 91
Practice and process with micromovementsp. 95
Micromovement wheelp. 97
Micromovement buddiesp. 97
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 101
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 102
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 103
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 104
5. Fabulous Fifth Month: Creative Dreams Support Systemsp. 105
How can your friends and family support your creative dreams?p. 105
Requests from and invitations to people you don't knowp. 107
Creative dream teamsp. 109
Providing support for yourselfp. 112
Who or what inspires you?p. 115
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 120
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 121
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 122
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 122
6. Sublime Sixth Month: Committing to Your Dream and Keeping It Movingp. 124
Have you made a commitment to your creative dreams?p. 124
Time and creative dreamsp. 127
Keeping dreams movingp. 128
A reviewp. 133
New perspectives and possible changesp. 136
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 137
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 138
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 138
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 139
7. Superb Seventh Month: Inspiring Stories and Examples of Creative Dreams and Dreamersp. 141
My creative dreams and what I've learnedp. 141
Clark (artist)p. 148
Elissa (copy editor)p. 151
John (teacher)p. 152
Alex (writer)p. 154
Val (expressive arts therapist)p. 156
Sabrina (artist and author)p. 158
Vanessa (student)p. 160
Kindred spirits for creative dreamsp. 162
Creative dream questionsp. 163
Your pagep. 164
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 165
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 166
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 167
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 167
8. Ecstatic Eighth Month: Living Your Creative Dreamsp. 169
Fear and lossp. 169
Doing more things badlyp. 173
Rebelling and nonconformingp. 175
Guiltp. 176
Failurep. 178
Frustrationp. 179
Impatiencep. 180
Don't work harderp. 181
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 183
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 183
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 184
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 185
9. Nourishing Ninth Month: Nourishing You and Your Creative Dreamsp. 187
What feels nourishing?p. 187
Nourishment experiences and examplesp. 189
Ordinary days as dream nourishmentp. 193
How's your creative dream?p. 195
What if you're stuck with your creative dream(s)?p. 196
Style and pace of dreamsp. 198
What do you and your creative dreams need?p. 200
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 201
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 202
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 203
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 203
10. Terrific Tenth Month: What You and Your Dreams Need Nowp. 205
Where does your creative dream need to go or grow?p. 205
Stages of dream developmentp. 206
How do dreams get to where they need to go?p. 210
Assessing and reassessing your creative dreamp. 212
Examples of creative dreams growingp. 214
Quitting and postponing dreamsp. 216
Dreams that lead the wayp. 217
Examples of creative dreams that grewp. 219
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 222
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 222
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 223
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 224
11. Energizing Eleventh Month: Managing and Growing Your Creative Dreamsp. 226
Managing your dreamp. 226
My dream growthp. 227
Teamsp. 228
Marketingp. 229
Scary or alone parts of "success"p. 231
Your creative dream growing larger than youp. 234
You can explore growth in the following waysp. 237
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 239
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 240
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 241
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 242
Dream Stoppersp. 244
Dream Startersp. 245
Questions and Answersp. 246
12. Tender Twelfth Month: Living Elegantly and Successfully with Your Creative Dreamsp. 250
Elegant, successful you!p. 250
How open are you to change?p. 251
Sharing dreams with othersp. 253
Creative dreams in servicep. 254
Welcoming new creative dreamsp. 256
Celebrating and acknowledgingp. 257
Share your success with the worldp. 269
Week 1 A Game or Something to Tryp. 271
Week 2 A Gift for Youp. 272
Week 3 A Positive Challenge (I Dare You)p. 273
Week 4 Radiant Resourcesp. 274
Acknowledgmentsp. 276
Resourcesp. 278