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R. J Dyson is a husband, father, coach through Creativista Coaching, and author of several books, including Lexicon of Awesome, The Edge, Create Day Journal, and more. 

He's convinced that we’re all designed with the ability to imagine and create with purpose...

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Creativity is your sweet spot. Songwriter, artist, author, you create because you feel alive with purpose when you do. But something's off. Maybe you feel like you're in a dry spell OR realize you're undisciplined with poor habits OR you've never cast a vision and are wondering if now is a good time? Now is a great time! How many more days, months, years are you willing to trudge in place? 

 

Listen, Life Coaching for Creatives is a partnership designed to help you discover, clarify and take steps on your creative journey. Together we make a plan to move from where you are to where you want to be.

rethink poverty is a small project born out of my desire as a husband, dad, and Christ-follower to push back on the poverty of heart, mind, body, and spirit infused into the world around us. I'm convinced that engaging poverty of any kind happens first by faith in Adonai, and when at all possible, around the table...one of the most sacred spaces in the life of a family.

Check out the first fruits of rethink poverty, our Family Jesus Remembrance Kit, and prepare to spend time breaking bread together as a family, on purpose.

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My oldest daughter recently decided it was time to get her sea legs on the long-board. No. Not a long surfboard but a 42" long land-board. A big old skateboard.


I had tried in the past to catch her interest in boarding. Didn't take. In fact, over time my son even lost interest. But the other day she grabbed what we call the Magic Carpet Ride (check it out here), slapped on her helmet, then went for it. My son jumped in on the action. My five-year-old even joined in with our only skateboard. Of course I had to get in on it too.


It was awesome.


It was motivation.


Motivation is often seen as a creative phantom. A ghost-like mist that floats around waiting for you catch it, be inspired, and get to work. But it doesn't have to be so mysterious.


Motive. What's your motive? It's a simple question, really. Why do you want to do that? What's your end goal? What is it that's compelling you to act?


My daughter's motive was simple. She wanted to be able to say that she could ride a long board. Maybe not the loftiest of goals, but a tangible one. And the only way for her to fulfill that goal was to get on the board.


Regardless of what motivated her, she did it. Even more, her action spurred us all on.


Q. What mysterious motivation are you waiting for? Why not shoot for the practical?


Break the end of the project down to its most basic elements and outcomes and then go for it.

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A dog bit my friend. He needed stitches.


When I was a kid my neighbor asked me to feed their two dogs while they left town for several days. I agreed. Half-way through the week a friend was over and when it came time to feed the dogs he decided to join in. He was a dog guy.


One was a Saint-Bernard. The other a sixty pound mutt.


While I was feeding George, the Saint-Bernard, my friend was attacked by the other dog - bitten on the arm in several places in the blink of an eye. Rascal was protecting his food bowl thinking my friend was there to steal it, when in fact he was simply trying to fill it.


In your creative pursuits, your journey toward your goals and your vision...do you know when it's appropriate to protect and defend?

Do you know when it's time to sit back and be thankful?

Can you tell when someone is helping or hurting?

Are you able to do both at the same time?

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The Edge: Book One of the Return of the Guide Series (grab one HERE) was written during the wee hours of the morning, before my son rose to prep for school. I'd write until he ventured downstairs, packed his lunch, then joined me at the dining room table for breakfast.


We'd spend the next half hour talking about life, faith, and random bits of, well, randomness.


But here I am waiting on the final approval for The Chain: Book Two (read chapter one HERE) in the ROTG Series.


This time around, writing found its way into another space in life - my afternoons. Somewhere between 1 and 5pm, time for writing would free up as coaching and design projects concluded. The sheer amount of joy I've experienced while sitting down to discover what Heschel, Joanna, and Chih were up to as the glow prompted, tugged, and pulled their stories in wild directions at Compound 40 has been incredible.


Seasons change.


Schedules change.


But the clarity, confidence, and courage to continue developing a story that needs to be told, even in a moment of doubt or disappointment, this clear mission to seek and share moral, spiritual, and cultural truth alongside Heschel and Joanna will nevertheless march forward.


How are you doing in your creative habits? How are you adjusting to change?



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