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Living Artfully

A Heart-full Guide of Ideas and Inspirations That Celebrate Life, Love, and Moments That Matter

About The Book

Many people today are looking outside themselves for well-being and happiness when what they're searching for has been inside them all along." -- Sandra Magsamen

Living artfully is expressing who you are through the moments that you create. Living Artfully reminds us to explore and experience life with more heart, meaning, purpose, and joy. It asks us to imagine, to dream big, to believe in ourselves, to celebrate the people in our lives, make each day count, dance when the spirit moves us, laugh out loud, and let our voices be heard.

In this beautiful, life-changing book, acclaimed artist and entrepreneur Sandra Magsamen will transform everything you think you know about art, creativity, and personal fulfillment. And she'll show you that you've already got just what you need in your own two hands to create the life of joy and beauty that you want -- for yourself and others.

Living Artfully puts you in direct touch with your own imagination, where the only rule is there are no rules. Warm, encouraging, always good-humored, it is full of inspiring stories about people who pursue their own creative impulses and are rewarded with unexpected and delightful results. By following the ten principles of Living Artfully -- Magsamen's own dynamic process of creative thinking and being -- you will embark on an exciting personal journey of self-discovery. You'll learn how to connect with everyone in your life in inventive new ways, through everyday things, caring gestures, meaningful moments, and simple gifts that really make a difference. You'll also discover how, where, and when you can use your own creative language -- the images, words, sounds, foods, or crafts through which you most easily express yourself.

To Sandra Magsamen, Living Artfully is connection. It's the ultimate form of communication. It's recognizing and embracing your own powerful, creative abilities. And the first step on the journey to Living Artfully is to rediscover the gifts of imagination, curiosity, and playfulness -- gifts that you already possess. Each chapter presents a wealth of practical and fun ideas that you can tailor to suit your own circumstances and preferences and that will jump-start your imagination and free dormant or forgotten talents. By giving yourself permission to be yourself, you'll embark on a personal renaissance, connecting with your inherent sense of fun and optimism and discovering that even simple tasks of everyday life can become perfect, natural outlets for your newfound creativity.

Filled with Sandra's stunning, four-color, signature artwork, Living Artfully is not a how-to book but a why-to -- uplifting, motivational, and fun. It is also a guide into a new cultural movement in which people choose to live with a creative purpose, celebrating the people, places, and moments that make life truly meaningful.

About The Author

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Sandra Magsamen is an internationally acclaimed artist and author who shares her meaningful messages and motifs through a widely popular range of books, ceramic gifts, cookware, stationery, home decor items, greeting cards, and calendars, all bearing her signature images and Messages from the Heart™. She lives in Maryland with her family.
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 20, 2013)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743298643

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Raves and Reviews

"Open this charming book on any page and you will find fresh ideas for making your life more satisfyingly creative and fulfilling. Sandra Magsamen's generous mind shines through her writing and seems to brighten one's whole world. This is a book to pick up every day for a refresher course in how to live a beautiful life." -- Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

"Living Artfully is bulging and vibrating with creative illuminations, inspired action-taking, and insightful reflections on the art and joy of being splendidly human. Sheer delight!" -- SARK, author/artist SARK's New Creative Companion,

"Sandra's ideas about how to live a life filled with joy, meaning, authenticity, and creativity will never go out of style. Meaningful, inspired, and classic, Living Artfully is destined to positively and forever change the lives of individuals, communities, and the world." -- Albert Nipon

"Magsamen's book is full of warmth, beauty, creativity, and a deep love for the world and all that is in it. . . . A practical vision for a meaningful, joyful life." -- Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living

"A beautiful reminder of the power that radiates from the smallest act of kindness. Creative, inspiring, honest, and heartfelt, this book will touch the lives and hearts of many people all over the world." -- Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

"Joyful inspiration and wise guidance for discovering true happiness. Living Artfully is a practical handbook for embracing 'La Dolce Vita' -- the sweet, soulful life." -- Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and Discover Your Genius

"You can live your dreams with help from Sandra Magsamen's inspired Living Artfully. This book will change your outlook forever. It's a beautiful guide to the art of living." -- Kathy Ireland, Chief Designer and CEO, Kathy Ireland Worldwide

"A joyful approach to daily life, woven with heartwarming anecdotes, inspiring quotes, and a multitude of creative ideas." -- Jennifer Appel, owner of The Buttercup Bake Shop and author of The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook

"This is a warm and practical book." -- Dr. Edward de Bono, author of Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step

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