I don’t know about you, but this past year and a half has really threatened to zap the creativity right out of me.
I thought that spending all of my time at home would open the door for a never-ending stream of fun projects. I could shingle, paint, and wire lighting in the dollhouse I haven’t touched in 30 years! I could take up cake decorating! I could do so many things with seashells, from making a mirror to creating a soap dish!
Reader, it is now July 2021 and I have an untouched dollhouse sitting on my floor, a clam shell that I definitely did not turn into a soap dish perched on my kitchen sink, and a general feeling of inadequacy over my inability to finish anything.
Enter: Claire Cook’s new book, Life Glows On: Reconnecting with Your Creativity to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life. This is exactly the book I needed right now, and I’m certain it will inspire you too.
In this motivating and mood-lifting read, Claire Cook taps into the infinite ways we can channel our creative urges and reignite that long-lost imaginative spark. Through a blend of tangible advice, stories of her own experiences, and a smorgasbord of fun ideas, Cook presents a witty, compelling, and practical guide to reconnecting with our best selves and rediscovering what brings us joy. Not only does she provide clear-cut advice on getting out of our own heads and brushing away those nay-saying thoughts, she gives countless examples of creative endeavors other women have tried—ideas that I’m now itching to attempt myself, as soon as I finish my clam shell soap dish.
Fortunately, she also shares plenty of wisdom on not getting so caught up in all of the things we want to do that we end up scattered. Which is good. Because I have enough mile-long Michaels receipts to—well, do some sort of crafting with.
Perhaps best of all, Life Glows On reinforces that creativity comes in all forms, and it’s not just about what we do, but how it makes us feel and what it does to the way we think. This book is rich with Claire Cook’s trademark humor and enthusiasm for reinvention, and serves as an important reminder that life is short, so it’s essential that we live each day the way we want. Whether you’re a writer, artist, or crafter in need of a boost, or someone who (incorrectly!) tells yourself you’re not creative (you are!), this book is a much-needed balm to the soul.
Dust off those what-ifs and get ready to glow on. Just be sure to have a notebook handy. Between the golden nuggets of truth, passages on perseverance, and never-ending ideas for new projects, your journal is going to be overflowing.
Life Glows On is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever you buy your books! For more on the wonderful, ever-motivating Claire Cook, visit clairecook.com and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.