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Mar 22 2008

The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin

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12 Secrets of Highly Creative WomenA while back I read the book “The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women – A portable mentor” by Gail McMeekin. I have since loaned this book to several friends who have enjoyed it very much.

The book in general has a bunch of good advice, experiences, stories, wisdoms and exercises to help you work through different stages and mastering challenges so you can reach your goal of being creative.

For the most part, a lot of it, for me, I already know or as I read had affirmed things that I had wondered about. But for someone who needs encouragement to step out of their comfort zone, to take a leap of faith, to do what they have always dreamed of doing, this book is for you.

The book is sectioned into 3 Gateways. Each Gateway has subsections pertaining to the Gateways theme. The first Gateway is called “Engaging Your Creativity” and is about acknowledging your creative self, honoring your inspirations, following your fascinations and surrendering to creative cycles. The second “Mastering Your Challenges as a Creative Woman” is about committing to self-focus, conquering saboteurs, consulting with guides, selecting empowering partnerships and alliances, and transcending rejections and roadblocks. The third is “Actualizing Creative Results: The Power of Positive Priorities” and is about living in abundance with positive priorities, subtracting serenity stealers, and plans to achieve your goals.

I thought the “self-focus” advice was great. It really gave me permission to just focus on my own self. To be selfish in a way. Yeah, I’m digging it. In general, as women, we have been taught to please others, to take care of everyone else and always our personal needs came last. We were honored for being self sacrificing, for being there for everyone else, to make sure everyone’s needs were taken care of first. We were told that we should be happy serving others. And if we tried focusing on ourselves we were put down and told we were bad mothers, cooks, housekeepers, and wives.

This quote really hits home: “People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that distinguish me from a doormat” – Rebecca West, Writer

I also liked the support that women shouldn’t sacrifice their creativity. There is lots of advice on how to honor your creativity and conquer saboteurs. There are bits about women and their creative passions and how they work family, partners and everything else around their passion.

Another quote from the book: “As for myself: I have flagrantly disobeyed the either-books-or-babes rule, having had three kids and written about twenty books, thank God it wasn’t the other way around.” – Ursula K. LeGuin, Writer

All in all, this book is about being happy and satisfied with your life. Eliminating all negativity; people, places, and things. Embracing yourself and being comfortable with your creative being.

One last quote: “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” – Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur

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