Jump-Start your Creativity with Artistlz

Welcome to the seventh “Jolt of Joy” newsletter. Last week, Artistlz suggested ways to tap into your inner child. We hope that you were inspired and took some time to play! This week, we want to help ignite your creativity by doing some fun warm-up activities from bilateral drawing to doodling. So, get ready to jump-start your creativity with Artistlz!

I believe that creativity and the ability to innovate are like muscles — the more we use them, the stronger they get. By doing some creative warm-up activities first, we can open our minds, stretch our imaginations, defer judgments, and inspire innovation.

One way to get warmed up is to do the 30 Circles Challenge. The above image shows what ideas I came up with while doing the challenge. Continue reading to learn more about this activity, download your own 30 Circles template, and try it for yourself …

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Tap into your Inner Child with Artistlz

Welcome to the sixth “Jolt of Joy” newsletter. Last week, Artistlz shared some ways to get your creative juices flowing. We hope that you were inspired and did something creative. This week, we want you to let go of any self-judgment and worry and let your inner child’s creativity flow through you. It’s time to tap into your inner child with Artistlz!

Have you ever watched children draw, paint, or play pretend? It’s so magical, and to them anything is possible! They don’t have any anxiety about what they’re creating, who’s watching, or what the final product is going to be. Unfortunately, we lose that ability as we get older. We worry about what people are going to think. We get so wrapped up in what our creation will look like when it’s done that we prevent ourselves from even making the first mark. Ultimately, the best thing you can do to get your creative thoughts flowing is to reconnect with your inner child.

This past week, I did just that! One of my favorite toys when I was child was Spirograph and I loved drawing "weird spirals" using two circles (one inside the other). I set any inhibitions aside, let loose, and drew all kinds of colored spirals on my iPad. The image shown above is what I created. It felt so good to let my inner child come out and play! Continue reading to discover ways in which you can reconnect with your inner child to spark your creativity…

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Let your Creativity Flow with Artistlz

Welcome to the fifth “Jolt of Joy” newsletter. Last week, Bubblz and I asked you to put on your “JOY glasses” and look for things that brought you JOY! We hope that you experienced many joy-full moments! The Joyblz! character named Artistlz is now in the spotlight and will be featured all this month. You’ll learn more about him and his gifts. This week, he’s excited to help you get your creative juices flowing. So, have some fun and let your creativity flow with Artistlz!

I got a head start and made the “Create” artwork posted above after being inspired by Artistlz. Look closely at the word "Create". Do you think those color-full balls are marbles? I’ll give you a few hints; they grow when water is added, are very squishy, and aren’t made from glass! Continue reading and I’ll reveal what they are and more about Artistlz ...

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Put on your “JOY glasses” with Bubblz

Welcome to the fourth “Jolt of Joy” newsletter. Last week, Bubblz asked you to cheer yourself on! We hope that you enJOYed being your own cheerleader. Rah! Rah! This is Bubblz’ last week in the spotlight. Artistlz will be featured in October and has already started sharing his creativity by launching a new 3" vinyl sticker collection available in the Joyblz! shop.

Joy-full Activity for this week

Your joy-full activity for this week is to go on a treasure hunt for JOY and there's no map since JOY can be found everywhere. So, put on your “JOY glasses” with Bubblz and start looking for everything that brings you JOY!

In honor of Bubblz’ last appearance, I couldn’t resist wearing some brightly colored pom-poms on my head! I hope seeing the photo above made you smile and laugh. But why am I wearing large purple “JOY glasses”? What exactly are “JOY glasses”, you may ask? Continue reading to find out ...

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Cheer Yourself On Like Bubblz

Welcome to our third “Jolt of Joy” newsletter! Last week, Bubblz engaged you in the activity of spreading SMILES. We hope that you smiled at others and received some smiles back! This week, we have another joy-full activity for you to do with us. Cheer yourself on like Bubblz. You can be your own cheerleader!

One of my favorite picture books from childhood is “The Little Engine that Could.” I always asked my parents to read me that book every night before bed.  I loved that story because it had such a positive message. It is about CAN! Not just “I think I can.” But I CAN!

If you don’t know the story, it's about a train that breaks down before it can cross a mountain to deliver toys and gifts to boys and girls. After many engines were asked to pull the stranded train over the mountain, the Little Blue Engine is the only one who offers to help. Even though this Little Blue Engine has never been over the mountain, she agrees to pull the larger train ... a seemingly impossible task. She succeeds while repeating her motto: ‘I think I can— I think I can—I think I can—I think I can.’

The Power of Positive Thinking

This story teaches us how the power of positive thinking, reinforced with positive self-talk, can lead to a "can do" attitude!  If you think you can do it, then you can. However, we get so used to being our worst critic that we forget how to be supportive and kind to ourselves. One of the important parts of being your own cheerleader is simply being kind to yourself.

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SMILE with Bubblz!

Welcome to our second “Jolt of Joy” newsletter! Last week, Bubblz engaged you in a few activities to help cheer up and encourage others. I hope that you brightened up someone’s day. This week, we have another joy-full activity for you to do with us. Can you guess what it is from the photo shown above? Ta-da, it’s SMILING!! Let’s smile with Bubblz!

Bubblz is always smiling and is on a mission to spread smiles everywhere. I believe that smiling is one of the best ways to encourage someone else! Before I tell you why, I wanted to share more about the “smile” mantra that I drew in the sand a few years ago in Cape Cod. I went every summer with my family to the Cape since I was a young girl. I have so many wonderful memories of swimming in the ocean, collecting sea glass on the beach, digging for quahogs, chasing fireflies, and making sandcastles and mantras.

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Encourage Others with Bubblz!

Welcome to our first “Jolt of JOY” newsletter! The Joyblz! and I are so happy that you have JOYned us. We hope that this weekly “Jolt of JOY” will uplift you and brighten your day. The Joyblz! character named Bubblz will be featured all this month. Let's spread some cheer and encourage others with Bubblz!

She’s excited to have you engage with her in some joy-full activities. Here’s a little more about Bubblz:

Name: Bubblz – The Cheerleader
Special Gift: Spreading cheer
Purpose: Encourage and cheer on others every day; Fill them up with JOY and help them on their way

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Welcome!

Welcome to our “Jolt of JOY” blog! The Joyblz! and I are so happy that you are here! This first blog post is an overview of what you can expect when you subscribe to our weekly "Jolt of JOY" newsletter! We have named it "Jolt of JOY" because it's our mission to ignite your inner JOY each week.

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