“All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins.” If you enjoyed this post, I recommend visiting the collage Be Yourself and other posts within the Inspiration category. ———- ———-

 

Roller derby. Two simple words that evoke imagery of tattooed women in fishnet stockings and roller skates, getting rough on the track and sporting badass skate names. Perhaps the 2010 documentary stated it best with the title Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers. It’s indisputable that roller derby is a brutal contact sport. […]

 

It’s not creative. It’s mind-numbing, dangerous work. But seafood processing in Alaska might pay enough to support you for six months while you fully embrace your creative passion. I worked as a seafood processor during the winter season a couple years ago. It was an experience far more challenging than I predicted it would be. […]

 

I blearily opened my eyes this morning and padded to the backdoor. I let the cat out with little more than a glance outside, but it was enough to hold my attention. The surrounding trees were in a dense fog. I immediately returned to my room, now fully awake, and grabbed my digital SLR camera. […]

 

Beauty comes in all forms. That’s the message behind the subculture known as SuicideGirls (or simply SG), featuring pin-up photographs of tattooed punk and goth women with brightly-colored hair and a feminist attitude. No piercing too strange, no body modification too extreme, these give-em-hell Suicide Girls endorse female empowerment and accepting yourself for who you […]

 

It’s easy for women to feel disconnected from their femininity at times. The elegance of summer dresses, rose petals, and a glass of wine on a terrace in Paris may feel like a thing of the past. An echo from the days of teenage daydreams. But thanks to That Inspirational Girl on Tumblr, an archive of […]

 

“Life is so damn short. Just do what makes you happy.” If you enjoy this post, I recommend visiting Carnival Daydreams, and other posts within the Inspiration category. ———- ———-

 

Have you ever been curious about someone confined to a wheelchair? Or an amputee you’ve seen in passing? Questions may run through your mind that relate to how they get around, where they work, how long they’ve been disabled, how they use the bathroom, and perhaps most notably, a desire to know what happened to […]

 

Nostalgia finds us all. Maybe it’s the overwhelming responsibility of adulthood, or maybe we’re just tired of always looking to the future. Everyone has a past, after all. Is it crazy to want to revive it once in a while? Of course not! Below are 101 ways to do just that. Carry out each idea, […]

 

When I was twelve years old, I explored an abandoned house concealed by a thick patch of blackberry bushes. The front door was locked, but I went around back to discover that the back door had fallen from its frame. I found an old plank nearby and let it fall on top of the blackberry […]

 

Let’s explore the lifestyle and common interests of a lesser-known community. Which subculture shall we choose? How about… the literary-based world of Steampunk. It’s difficult to define steampunk without starting a heated debate, but there are three core elements most enthusiasts can agree on: Industrialization. The Industrial Revolution, airships, pocket watches, steam trains, gadgets, machinist […]

 

Wish Upon a Star by Jacqueline Marie “Jackie” Evancho. This piece is beautifully sung, complimented by a video of the Northern Lights… but there’s another impressive factor involved: Jackie Evancho was only eleven years old when she recorded Wish Upon a Star. Born in 2000, Jackie first gained recognition as a little girl with an […]

 

Have you ever enjoyed the feeling of having your hair styled or your back scratched? Have you ever enjoyed listening to someone reading or whispering to you? The phenomenon is called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) or “head tingles”. It’s a tingling feeling that typically begins at the scalp and provides feelings of intense comfort, […]

 

Sometimes it can be difficult for us to remember why we do what we love. When trying to become published, for example, a writer may receive rejection after rejection. A photographer may feel invisible in an age of digital cameras. An aspiring actress may go to casting call after casting call without a role to show […]

 

I only remember bits and pieces. I’d been having a strange nightmare involving martial arts practice and the sign language alphabet. Then I died and decayed within a period of five seconds. I was terrified as I bolted upright in bed and had the sensation that I was already dead. Everything was foggy and the […]

 

Are you tired of the same old routine of going out for dinner and a movie? Are you looking for something different? There’s sure to be something here for you to shake things up a bit. As seasons and landscapes vary, not every outdoor option will be immediately available to you, but they might give […]

 

Perform a skit. Skits can be a marvelous way to let someone know how much you care about them. They can be humorous, as in the film 28 Days (2000), or they can be quite serious. One scene or many. Simple or elaborate. The details are entirely up to you. A few tips to keep […]

 

When no one else wants to go out. When you’re alone and feeling it. When you have a bad day at work. When you start thinking of all the things that suddenly seem wrong in your life. The blues can creep up on you at any point during the week. Get it out of your […]

 

It gets easier. Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes we get stuck. We hit a point where everything is overwhelming and we decide, “You know what? I can’t do this anymore. It’s just too hard.” And before we’ve even reached the end of the road, we want to give up just so we […]

 

There are songs we hear and don’t forget. For whatever reason, they stick with us. The below songs have made an impression on me over the years and I seek to share them with you. They aren’t the most popular or well-known. Some don’t even have lyrics. But I highly recommend listening to each and […]

 

Teach your creative passion to others. Even if your creative passion isn’t saving the earth, you can preserve the culture your passion brings to earth. Blacksmithing, candle making, sculpting, woodworking… every creative art preserves self-expression in society. By taking an apprentice under your wing, you’ll help that person develop character and self-confidence while nourishing humanity […]

 

Movies are considered creative for many reasons. Cinematography, technique, plotline… I consider a film to be creative when it pulls viewers into an alternate reality. Originality is the name of the game. Creating a new world to the point where people can imagine themselves there with the characters is the very essence of a creative […]

 

Summer is kicking off. For some creative, adventurous folks, this means lathering up with sunscreen in preparation for lifeguarding. For others, it means strapping on National Park boots. But for a select few brave souls, it means taking on the role of summer camp counselor. For those of you who have never been a camp […]

 

Creative passions can be expensive. Photography lenses run at least $300 each. Painting supplies can cost upwards of $200 during each shopping trip. Prices of astronomy telescopes can be, well, astronomical. I frequently search the web for ways to make more money, but I’m always disappointed by the same common suggestions. Where’s the creative passion? […]

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Creative Ways to Help People

Teach your creative passion to others. Even if your creative passion isn’t saving the earth, you can preserve the culture your passion brings to earth. Blacksmithing, candle making, sculpting, woodworking… every creative art preserves self-expression in society. By taking an apprentice under your wing, you’ll help that person develop character and self-confidence while nourishing humanity with the beauty of your creations.

Knit a blanket for charity. If the idea of a entire blanket sounds too daunting, a charity called KasCare has created the Knit a Square project which accepts 8” squares, hats, and garments for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. They also provide “spread the word” materials, patterns, and forums for beginners.

Give the gift of cooked or baked goods. Sometimes it’s the little things that make or break each day. You can cheer up coworkers by bringing homemade treats to work, or you can join and contribute to a local soup kitchen.

Tell Stories to Children. Hospitals, orphanages, libraries, and child care facilities are always looking for volunteers. Brighten a child’s day with a magnificent story of adventure, conflict, and triumph. If you aren’t a storyteller, read a favorite children’s book aloud instead.

Join the bone marrow registry. You can save a life. The bone marrow registry exists so that people with blood cancers can receive healthy blood-forming cells. After the patient’s diseased bone marrow is destroyed using chemotherapy or radiation, it’s replaced with donor marrow or umbilical cord blood that multiplies. According to the National Marrow Donor Program, more than seventy percent of those in need of a donor don’t have a match in their family. It’s usually free to join (a donation is requested) and all that’s needed is the return of a mailed kit that contains the test supplies for an cheek swab.

Volunteer at your local theater. Preserve the culture of stage performance to bring the joy of live expression to your neighbors. There are numerous positions to be filled by creative artists: actors, musicians, painters, fashion designers, writers, carpenters, web designers, and more. Help create a memorable event that will bring beauty and wonder to viewers, inspiring and impacting them in a lasting way.

Donate blood, platelets, plasma, or hair. So well-known and yet so seldom done. According to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can save up to three lives. If donating blood makes you uncomfortable, there is now the option to donate only platelets (the clotting factor) or only plasma (liquid component of blood). The American Red Cross hosts a search page to make it easier for you to locate donation centers. They also offer encouragement for potential donors who have been turned down in the past. Hair donation to children with long-term medical hair loss is possible through charities like Locks of Love, which require hair to be at least ten inches in length from tip to tip.

Donate care package items to specialty charities:

Books. Books for Africa ships books overseas to end the book famine in Africa.

Old Prescription Eyewear. One Sight provides eye glasses to those in poverty around the world.

Tennis Shoes. Donate Your Old Shoes provides shoes for the shoeless worldwide, while Shoes that Fit provides new athletic shoes to school children in need.

Cell Phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers provides communication for service men and women to call their families.

Almost all other items can be donated to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or thrift store.

Browse the Charity Navigator. It’s important that you choose your cause or charity with care. Any number of factors could seem unethical, shrouded, or corrupt. For example, I used to donate to the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals… until it was brought to my attention that the CEO is paid an annual salary of $510,000. What a humanitarian. Since the average charity CEO’s salary is $150,000, I decided to seek out another charity. Personal morals may vary, but the objective is to know where your money is going when you decide to financially contribute. Charity Navigator is one resource that can help. There is an Art, Culture, and Humanities category, as well as a Performing Arts category. Cross reference your search with another resource, such as Charity Watch.

Make a statement. If there’s a legitimate cause you strongly believe in, consider making a statement with visual art and donating the piece. For example, World Vision provides aid to those in poverty around the world. If I were to ask them beforehand, it’s possible they would accept a donated painting or framed photograph of a child beside a missionary.

Sell the fruits of your passion and give the proceeds to charity. Handmade jewelry, handkerchiefs, glass, pottery… Perhaps you feel as if your creative passion isn’t  something that can readily benefit a charity or be easily shipped. Sell it, carefully select a charity, and donate the proceeds.

Indulging a creative passion can be isolating by nature. But there are ways to connect with like-minded people who share the same interests and make a positive difference at the same time. Once you find a way to contribute, a new level of meaning will be brought into your life.

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1 comments

  1. Adel says:

    St. Jude. They St. Jude. They deserve it. There was a girl from my city who died last year from an ipnoerable brain tumor and St. Jude made her comfortable, treated her, helped her, and they were just outstanding to her. After she passed, I looked up more children/patients from St. Jude and just knowing the good that that hospital does for every patient warms my heart. Their dedication to finding cures and researching is amazing. I choose St. Jude because the more money, the more research they do for cures.

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