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You are an artist
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/22/12 11:20 PM EST
You are made to be creative. We all are.
I bet you started strong. There was undoubtedly some refrigerator art and play dough sculptures and possibly even some crayon on the wall that had to be scrubbed clean. Creativity is hardwired in all of us. And that make sense really – because everywhere you look, from the intricacy of the tiniest flower to the vast canvas of a sunset – you can see the fingerprints of the great Creator that your life reflects.
That’s something that was breathed into me from an early age. My parents made everything a creative adventure. There were the elaborate Christmas cookies that were almost too detailed to eat… the over-the-top sand castles… the ingenious hand-made Halloween costumes… and around this time of year, the Ukrainian Easter eggs. We did everything with passion.
That was some fertile creative ground – and it definitely shaped me. As a college student and in my twenties and early thirties I had an insatiable drive to create. I studied film/video, moved to Los Angeles, and was obsessed with creating culture-shaping, paradigm-shifting projects. I was never satisfied and was always trying to figure out how to create the next big film.
In the last decade, though, the realities of mortgages and minivans and pee-wee soccer leagues gradually caught up to me. As happens to a lot of folks, the big dreams had to take a back seat to life. To be honest, it was a little depressing. When the dreams got shelved, it felt like the creative side of me had to be boxed up with it.
But lately I’ve been realizing that I was missing the whole point of all those early lessons in creativity. I’d been doused in a culture of Oscars and Emmys and American Idol… and I started to believe that being the artist I was created to be meant that I had to be the best and become world famous and change everything.
I think that what I missed from those early lessons in creativity… is that all of life can be art. We can reflect the creativity and excellence of God in every small thing that we do. There is an absolute beauty in baking the perfect apple pie for your family. Or in coming up with a creative way to teach fractions to your 3rd grader. Or in picking out the perfect colors to paint your home. Or in making a flower arrangement for your spouse. Or in photographing a cousin’s wedding. Or even writing a blog post.
Nobody needs to text in their vote for you or hand you a gold statue in order for you to create beauty that enhances those around you. You were designed for this. You are an artist.
So break out the refrigerator magnets.
COMMENTS: [View all 6 comments]
Posted by Pia Capell on Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:29 PM EST
Is there a way to have people preview your created sign up before you finalize & send it out?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:37 PM EST
Hi Pia. The easiest thing to do is simply publish your sign up without inviting everyone. Then send it to the few people you want to preview it yourself. When you are all ready, go back and add your remaining invites. See this FAQ: http://bit.ly/HRzxPC
SignUpGenius Joins the Pinterest Craze
Posted by: Angel Rutledge on 3/16/12 01:37 PM EST
Ask anybody how they’re doing these days, and the most common response you’ll get is, “Busy!” So who needs another social network to join, right? That was our first thought when we heard about the new Pinterest craze. Once we checked it out, though, we realized what a great site it is for our core users who love to organize, share ideas, and make everything, including online sign ups, look oh so attractive.
So moving forward, whenever you create a sign up, you’ll have the option to pin it to one of your Pinterest boards. And you know all of those informative planning resource articles on our site that provide you with helpful tips for coordinating school events, family get togethers, and sports activities? Yep, you can pin them, too. You can even follow SignUpGenius on Pinterest and browse through our boards for creative ideas to repin. So what are you waiting for? Let the pinning begin!
NEW: No-Ads Sign Ups & Email Reporting
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/13/12 11:44 AM EST
Spring is here and the signs are everywhere: the weather is getting warmer, the trees are budding… and here at SignUpGenius, we've got new features blooming all over the website! Today we’re excited to announce two major upgrades.
Posted by Gail Paulus on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:30 AM EST
Love these enhancements as well as your amazing customer service. Thank you
Look Who’s Talking… about SignUpGenius
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/2/12 04:12 PM EST
It’s always a little scary when you go to the mailbox and pull out an official-looking government envelope that is addressed to you. Not that I have anything to hide… but I guess I’ve seen so many science fiction movies that my imagination goes a little wild. I received an official government envelope the other day at my house and I am happy to report that the letter did not involve a summons to report to Area 51 for a top-secret experimental human trial. Whew.
I am going to keep this letter and if the government ever does try to lock me away and run experiments on my brain, I will definitely contact Kay Hagan for assistance.
Oh - And in other news… SignUpGenius was recently featured in an article at Faith Village as one of the “Top Online Tools for Small Groups.” Check out the article!
Anyways, I gotta get going... there's already an unmarked white van parked outside the office. I may have said to much...
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