“Embrace” watercolor video by Jason J Nicholas

em·brace (m-brs)
v. em·braced, em·brac·ing, em·brac·es
1. To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
a. To surround; enclose: We allowed the warm water to embrace us.
b. To twine around: a trellis that was embraced by vines.
3. To include as part of something broader. See Synonyms at include.
4. To take up willingly or eagerly: embrace a social cause.
5. To avail oneself of: “I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace” (Henry James).
To join in an embrace.

1. An act of holding close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection; a hug.
2. An enclosure or encirclement: caught in the jungle’s embrace.
3. Eager acceptance: your embrace of Catholicism.

Let It Bee

Today’s inkling is what resulted when I picked up my jumbo sharpie (not Shar Pei) and put marker to paper on a well needed break from the PC.

As with most of my inkling sketches, I had no preconceived idea of what I was going to draw. The message that resulted was timely as I have been very frustrated and stewing over an architectural project.

Drawing is a great stress reliever.

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37: Water guns

How many times have you got trapped in your own mind to only let the days drift by feeling smothered like a sardine in the tin of non-creativity?  I know this happens to me on occasion when there are many projects swirling around in my head at the same time.  There is solution that has worked for me to get from smothered non-creative sardine to frolicking creative dolphin.

That brings me to today’s word in our continuing 42 Words To A Better You blog series.

Word #37:  Water Guns  (okay.  it’s 2 words, but let’s just pretend that it is one.)


water guns photo courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com

water guns photo courtesy of www.jasonjnicholas.com


So, you may be asking yourself, “What is with this guy and his fishy references?”  Well, I’m not about to start spinning some ancient mariner yarns, but I am going to to be talking about water.  I’ve been feeling too “adult-like” lately and losing my inner child.  Which for a creative like me is a very frustrating thing.  Don’t get me wrong, of course there are times where we need to be mature and responsible adults, but there are times when we need to let out the care-free and playful  kid inside.

Here are some positive advantages that I have experienced by expressing my inner child:

  • Increase in Creativity – by “lowering your shields” (as said by many a Star Trek captain) you allow yourself to become vulnerable and emerged into the world on a new and refreshing level.  Your mind is challenged is look at and solve problems in new and inventive ways.
  • Increase is Energy – who doesn’t know of a kid that can continuously run around for hours and hours?   Being cooped up in an office or a slave to your computer all day can make you physically (and mentally) tired.  Getting outside in the fresh air and running around raises your energy level and increase your blood flow.  It’s simply good the body and mind.
  • Increase in Freedom – Something magical happens when you give yourself permission to “cut loose, footloose, and kick off those Sunday shoes”  (yes, I did just somehow channel my inner Kenny Loggins…. thank God you are not able to hear me singing now).  Your mind, body, and soul free themselves from the shackles of the 9-5 clock and are allowed to simply exist and be whatever you want them to be.  No permission is required to go out and have fun. You become the fun.

So, here is where the water guns come in.  One way I recently forced myself to get out of my own mind was to go out and buy water guns.  What a great way to get outside, cut loose, run around with my son, solve challenges (like finding the best places to hide), and simply be a 43 year old kid!

So, be playful and Live Creatively!

Action Step

Write down 3 things that ‘triggers’ your fun memories as a kid.  Take the time to do at least one thing on that list today.

I would love to hear your ideas.  Leave your comments below so that others can be inspired from you.


Question from the Heart

jasonjnicholas inkling sketch_question from the heart

I love sharing my inkling sketches.
I love sharing my thinkling thoughts.
I love inspiring you to Live Creatively.

These things are all awesome. My goal is to be an “Ink-spirational” leader. I want to make a positive impact or transformation in your personal or professional life through my art, my words, my creativity.

I need your help in shaping the future of jasonjnicholas.com

What are some of the ways I can add VALUE to your life through my creativity?

Is there a service I can provide that would help solve a problem, fill in a void, cause some sort of positive shift in your life?

Is there a product, book, or online course you could benefit from?

Are you interested in an online community where we could share our art, ideas, and inspirations?

Your support has been fantastic since the start of www.jasonjnicholas.com. I truly value your input.

Share your feedback below in the comments or you can email them to me jason@jasonjnicholas.com

Together, we can fill the blank canvas ahead one line at a time.



The “I See More Red Cars” Theory and Creativity

Ears to You

Let’s say that you just bough a red car. Now, you notice more red cars on the road. Is this a coincidence? No. It’s a focus thing. Whatever you focus on, opens up some sort of channel in your mind’s eye, to allow what your are focusing on be magnified. I haven’t researched the science behind this yet, but, dang it, Jim, I’m an artist and not a neuroscientist.

We can apply this same concept to our creative minds.

What does this have to do with my photo above?

As you may know, I love to do inkling sketches that have hearts in them. I have somehow implanted this focus filter in my subconscious mind. I now see heart shapes in random places — even when I’m not looking for them.

This morning, I looked down at my dining room table and saw my earphones in the heart-shaped pattern you see in the photo. (by the way, why do they call them earphones? It’s not like anybody is dialing to talk to my lobes? But, I digress….)

We can take the “see more red cars” concept and apply it to our creative minds to allow us to see ordinary objects and the world around us in new and inspiring ways.

Well, now I’m off to go and buy a red Ferrari, I’ll let you know if I see more of them on the road. (Okay…I’m not really, but it doesn’t hurt to drive that idea into my brain.)

How are some ways you’ve experienced this? Share your ideas and comments.