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Conscious Creative Retirement: 8 Essential Keys to Maximize Your Next Life Chapter Paperback – September 9, 2016
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About the Author
Suzanne Shaffer lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, and has spent her career as a Clinical Art Therapist and as a professional watercolor artist. Her expertise gained through years of working with clients and skills developed teaching art, have allowed her to witness the transformative power of creativity in people's lives, their self-expression, mental outlook and personal health. Collaborating with another talented artist and therapist, Patty Van Dyke, the dynamic "hands-on" creative activities in each chapter have been designed to be fun, insightful and practical; creativity for really normal people. What better audience than Baby Boomers who are redefining traditional retirement to benefit from their expertise. After all, they are Boomers too. Start using your 8 keys today!
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It's a book that's packed with lots of practical and positive suggestions for anyone keen to unlock their creative potential. Often it takes courage to try something new or different, but Suzanne and Patty have written with inspiration and encouragement to help everyone overcome their fears and embark on a new journey of wonder and discovery. I particularly related to the words attributed to Vincent Van Gogh: “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
The book is divided into 8 chapters. These are the 'Keys' of the title. The writers are able to empathise with the feelings and doubts that so many of us experience as we approach a new stage in our lives. Then they provide the tools and practical activities that allow an analysis of our current status, giving the platform to launch into the future with passion and commitment. A great feature of the book is the large number of creative exercises peppered through its pages. Apart from the 'goal' and 'directions' for each exercise, where necessary the 'supplies' required are also listed, making them very simple to follow and easy to learn from.
The overall tone of the book is most positive and encouraging. It can be read in a linear fashion, from start to finish, but I think it can also act as an inspirational companion, able to be delved into it at any point, whenever you are feeling in need of assistance to tap into your creative energy and reach your full potential. Retirement need not be something to be feared. Suzanne and Patty provide the tools to help you find fulfilment by bringing your creative talents to the fore. Perhaps you will become a retiree who wonders how they ever found time to go to work!