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January 25, 2012

AE Inspiration | Ira Glass On The Creative Process

I came across this video on Sabrina Ward Harrison’s facebook page last night thought it was worth sharing.

Also saw on there that she has a new book/guided journal that’s available for pre-order called And The Story Is Happening.

Totally love that title – add that book to my list.


  • 1.
    Shawn Wenrich said…

    So very true, love this, thanks for sharing!

  • 2.
    Cheri said…

    Stacy Julian shared this video in our TWELVE class. Love it!

  • 3.
    Cindy Tobey said…

    I LOVE this so much! Thanks for sharing it Ali. :)

  • 4.
    libbywilko said…

    Oh… I so needed this. Thank you for sharing it. Right I’m setting that deadline.

    But first… off to bed its late here in Brisbane and the little folk round here will be up early as tomorrow’s Australia Day. Inspiration, creativity, planning will have to start Friday.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday Ali.

    • ….
      gladdie said…

      I am in Brisbane too! – have a great Australia Day – Dont you just love Ali?

  • 5.
    rhonda said…

    I love Ira on This American Life, thanks for sharing his words of wisdom!

  • 6.
    Alison said…

    Thank you for posting! I love SWH and Ira Glass!

  • 7.
    heidig said…

    Very cool – love it!

  • 8.
    patty said…

    very interesting…

  • 9.
    JayEssJay said…

    Love it! I needed to hear that today. And, I’m bookmarking, ’cause I’ll probably need to hear it again tomorrow, and the day after that as well.

    • ….
      Ellen said…

      …and the day after that, too.

  • 10.
    Tashia D said…

    Love it!

  • 11.
    Ruby C said…

    So true yet so simply and elegantly explained. Thanks for sharing.

  • 12.
    Debbi G. said…

    love that! love the graphics!

  • 13.
    dawn said…

    LOVE LOVE THIS ALI, thank you so much. I need to hear this and the way it was told was so cool.

    Going to order that book also, thanks for sharing all this info for us.

    Happy Wednesday!

  • 14.
    Teri H. said…

    Thanks for sharing this jewel. It’s definitely something that I needed to hear.

  • 15.
    kelly X said…

    Thanks, Ali. I needed that!

  • 16.
    Kendra said…

    Love the graphics in that one. I had the pleasure of seeing Ira last year at a local theatre. And, even though, he can be a bit of a smart a## at times, his message is always very inspiring. He said he was doing something el=se in radio and it just didn’t feel right. So he asked the big “what if’s” that became This American Life. One of my all time favorite programs on the radio. Gonna have to book mark this one.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Me too – love This American Life.

  • 17.
    Raylene said…

    Talk about creative!!! Even the graphics were AWESOMELY AMAZING! Never seen anything like it! WOW!

  • 18.
    Collette said…

    That was WAY cool! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • 19.
    Vanessa said…

    thanks for sharing!
    I needed that :-)

  • 20.
    Andrea said…

    this is great! thanks for sharing. :)

  • 21.
    Leslie said…

    LOVE IT!!! I knew exactly what he was talking about!! This really spoke to me!! Thanks for sharing!! :-)

  • 22.
    Lora B. said…

    Very true! Thanks for sharing, this gives me inspiration!!

  • 23.
    Noell said…

    Oh Ali, this is amazing. THANK YOU for sharing it. It’s so encouraging to me in these areas I’m working on, and I can’t wait to share it with my kids!!!

  • 24.
    emily ruth said…

    love this…& i love hearing his voice, too :)

  • 25.
    Louise said…

    Oh my goodness cannot believe what a chord this has struck for me, such an inspirational experience watching and listening to this!Thank you for sharing!

  • 26.
    Kim N said…

    Very inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for sharing!

  • 27.
    Jill D said…

    Just what I needed to today. Thank you.

  • 28.
    Ellen said…

    That’s GOLD. It’s good to hear that we have good taste and that through perseverance we will close the gap. Words of wisdom. Thanks for spreading the good advice, Ali.

  • 29.
    Hana said…

    Thank You – it was just I nedded right now! :D

  • 30.
    Sarah said…

    Thank you, Ali! I loved that message. And now to go and do a little bit of imperfect creating. :)

  • 31.
    jamie said…

    I completely ‘get’ what he is saying.
    This was perfect.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • 32.
    Paula G said…

    Applause! This video adds more meaning to my OLW, hopeful, it is a different way of looking at keeping hope alive :)

  • 33.
    Shelly said…

    Wow! That is something I really needed to hear! I am one of those people who try things out for a bit and if my work is not what I want it to be I give up.

    It’s so good to hear that others whose work I admire may have struggled with their own expectations of what their work SHOULD look like! I just figured some people were gifted at art and people like me would never be good at it.

    Makes me want to perservere and keep working on the creative things I love to do!

  • 34.
    Melissainsc said…

    Love this. I just had a conversation with my 12 year old son about being good at making things out of clay. He’s been introduced to that at school and was disappointed with what he produced because he has such good design instincts. I told him he needs to give himself permission to do some not so good stuff while he is learning about new mediums and techniques. It’s OK. It’s expected. It’s part of learning and getting really good at doing something.

    I have to show him this video.

  • 35.
    Jamie said…

    I was already in love with Ira Glass, so this is just another reason to swoon.

    On this topic, I thought I’d share some fun facts about Ira and myself:

    1. We share a birthday.
    2. He is my favorite celeb sighting while I was living in NYC, and the only one that I sort of lost my cool over. I yelled out his name out before I realized what I was doing. He gave me a strange look and then I sheepishly just said, “I’m a big fan of your show.”

  • 36.
    Kimberly said…

    thanks Ali! This is amazing and wonderful and I’ll likely be listening to it again and again to help myself remember that it takes time.

  • 37.
    mer said…

    very encouraging! great share :)

  • 38.
    Cheryl :) said…

    I really needed to hear this. Thanks for sharing with/encouraging all of us, Ali!

  • 39.
    Julie MacManus said…

    thanks for sharing this. just been introduced to ira glass’s work thru stacy julians 12. his words REALLY hit home for me as i love taking photos, i’ve gotten over my fear of handwriting and im recording our life in Project Life…. but…. i often feel like it doesnt look like what i what it to look like… so i’ll just need to do more, thanks :>

  • 40.
    Gypsy Chaos said…

    Coincidences happen for a reason, don’t they?? I just read this a few hours ago. Really.

    Watching the video sent chills running up and down my spine.
    Or maybe the chills came from my cold fingers and toes?
    Nah, it was the coincidence.

  • 41.
    Claire said…

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. It makes me want to get back in the game and keep pushing!

  • 42.
    Irma P. said…

    Sabrina ward Harrison is such an inspiration. I have all 3 of her books and the last one: The True and the Questions – the art journal where you make it yours.

    I was so delighted that she’s coming out with a new book, but honestly was a bit disappointed that it’s another ‘fill-in-the-blanks” journal format and not a art journal book on her current life, accomplishments and struggles. She is such a rich personality, I wish she shared more of her life. I’m still getting the new preorder book, but just wishing that it was another one of the “Spilling Open” calibur.
    Thanks for the link Ali. I totally relate to being “in the phase” of self doubt and not living up to my aspirations. The answer truly is: “Make lots of work”: terrible work, so-so work to get to the best work of one’s life.

  • 43.
    Kimberlee said…

    I’ve seen that before, but it is always a good reminder. Such powerful stuff. :D

  • 44.
    Sue said…

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve watched it four times already. May need it daily….

  • 45.
    Kaly said…

    Thanks for sharing. How inspirational. And I what fantastic graphics too!

  • 46.
    iris said…

    This is fantastic! So wish I’d seen/heard this years ago!

    For so many years I’d been in the beginner stage of doing creative work – full of so many ideas & as he said “good taste”, but full of so much more self doubt that I hadn’t even started much. It’s only been the last couple years that I got the inspiration from a crafty group of friends I met online, from discovering blogs like yours & Stacy Julian’s & countless others, from discovering Paperclipping and from taking online classes.

    Before all this social media, I looked at work in professional publications and it was intimidating. There was NO WAY I could live up to that quality so why try. Now so much is shared & you realize all those crafty people are just as human as you, they have bad days and bad designs and occasional doubts. The difference I’ve now come to realize is that the sucessful creative people just keep trying. They do LOTS of work. I have you Ali in part to thank for this realization. It’s very empowering!

  • 47.
    Shelly K said…

    You are so inspirational…where you find these things to share with me (us) is so amazing and appreciated. Thank you.

  • 48.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Thanks for sharing. Truly inspiring and a timely reminder.

  • 49.
    Annette said…

    Love this. I so needed to hear this right now! Life is so crazy busy. I have so many ideas in my head of what I want to do, I just cannot get to doing it. I love the part, “put yourself on a deadline.” I just made myself a schedule today and am hoping to stick with it.

    It also reminds me of “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Talking about doing a volume of work-I think he said in that book the “experts” do like 10,000 hours of practice? Maybe that’s why the photo a day and other projects can be helpful. Anyways, thanks for the inspiration. I really love the 52 creative lifts too. Thanks Ali!

  • 50.

    The video presentation is excellent. Two thumbs up! You are right Ali, it’s worth sharing the content is very true and inspiring. Plus the graphics and overall presentation is great!

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