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In Craft a Life You Love, readers will learn how to focus their creative energy and make things (and make things happen) by implementing small—yet powerful— changes in their everyday lives. In this memoir and hardworking handbook, creativity and craft maven Amy Tangerine, shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling In Craft a Life You Love, readers will learn how to focus their creative energy and make things (and make things happen) by implementing small—yet powerful— changes in their everyday lives. In this memoir and hardworking handbook, creativity and craft maven Amy Tangerine, shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. Chapters explore how to craft the soul, craft the right mindset, craft the right environment, craft good habits, rediscover your creative mojo, and maintain momentum, with each section offering exercises for taking your creative practice to the next level. For anyone who has felt disconnected from their creativity or has had trouble saving a space for their passions, Craft a Life You Love will teach you how to make time for creativity each and every day.


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In Craft a Life You Love, readers will learn how to focus their creative energy and make things (and make things happen) by implementing small—yet powerful— changes in their everyday lives. In this memoir and hardworking handbook, creativity and craft maven Amy Tangerine, shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling In Craft a Life You Love, readers will learn how to focus their creative energy and make things (and make things happen) by implementing small—yet powerful— changes in their everyday lives. In this memoir and hardworking handbook, creativity and craft maven Amy Tangerine, shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. Chapters explore how to craft the soul, craft the right mindset, craft the right environment, craft good habits, rediscover your creative mojo, and maintain momentum, with each section offering exercises for taking your creative practice to the next level. For anyone who has felt disconnected from their creativity or has had trouble saving a space for their passions, Craft a Life You Love will teach you how to make time for creativity each and every day.

30 review for Craft a Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun & Intention into Your Everyday

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    An easy and intuitive read that really cemented my beliefs on self care. This book isn't only for crafters and creators...it's for all women who are so busy taking care of others that somehow they forgot about themselves along the way. I found myself nodding my head and saying "yes!!!" and "Amen!" throughout Amy's book. Part book part workbook, it's the perfect combination of anecdote and insight. I adored it. Now to go make something beautiful... An easy and intuitive read that really cemented my beliefs on self care. This book isn't only for crafters and creators...it's for all women who are so busy taking care of others that somehow they forgot about themselves along the way. I found myself nodding my head and saying "yes!!!" and "Amen!" throughout Amy's book. Part book part workbook, it's the perfect combination of anecdote and insight. I adored it. Now to go make something beautiful...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    I'm the wrong audience for this. It looked like it might be a nice little energy booster for the new year, a kind of get-out-of-the-rut read. Who doesn't like more fun? But I can't relate. While there were some nice ideas and good points made, they seem to come from a lot of other books the author quotes. And I increasingly felt it was just another shallow "let me humble-brag about myself while I keep mentioning my company and YouTube stuff" book. Actually, this might be the book that convinces I'm the wrong audience for this. It looked like it might be a nice little energy booster for the new year, a kind of get-out-of-the-rut read. Who doesn't like more fun? But I can't relate. While there were some nice ideas and good points made, they seem to come from a lot of other books the author quotes. And I increasingly felt it was just another shallow "let me humble-brag about myself while I keep mentioning my company and YouTube stuff" book. Actually, this might be the book that convinces me to stop trying to read books in this niche/genre/whatever it is because while reading this I was jolted by how all this "follow your passion" stuff feeds the very insecurities that makes people feel discontent to begin with. I was reminded by a passage in Michell Obama's biography where she was whining to her mother about how, after attending an Ivy League school and securing a spot at a high prestige law firm and making more money than her parents put together had ever made, she wasn't "happy" or 'fulfilled." Her mother, ever the pragmatist, replied she should make the money now and worry about being happy later. It's not that her mother didn't want her daughter to be happy, but there were student loans to pay and obligations to meet. In a later interview, Obama said that was a kind of reality check about just how privileged she was acting. I can just imagine my parents' or grandparents' reactions had someone asked them if they were "following their passion." And yet they managed to do more in a day than most of us do in a week and without needing people to "like" their every effort or a bunch of navel-gazing. And a lot of it was creative without the need for constant applause. So, I guess reading the book had some benefit, but probably not what was intended. It's not horrible either though. While there are exercises and prompts that could be valuable to someone really young or who likes the chipper "let me coach" approach, she ends up talking more about herself and exaggerating her "challenges in life" than anything else. What she calls a crisis is pretty much just life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    i have unfollowed the vlogger who rec'd this. The blame lies with me for buying it. i have unfollowed the vlogger who rec'd this. The blame lies with me for buying it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gab

    I had so many 'aha' moments while reading this book. Amy sets out her thoughts clearly and concisely and I loved all the creative prompts/exercises too. There are also several very nice colouring pages that I have saved for later! I had so many 'aha' moments while reading this book. Amy sets out her thoughts clearly and concisely and I loved all the creative prompts/exercises too. There are also several very nice colouring pages that I have saved for later!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette (Latte and a Book)

    I really loved it and I listen to it in one sitting. Truly inspiring!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Listened to this audiobook through the library & loved it so much that I bought a copy for myself to have at home & read again!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Loved this book! So inspiring and encouraging. Amy's enthusiasm shines from every single page. Loved this book! So inspiring and encouraging. Amy's enthusiasm shines from every single page.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Klauck

    Loved this book. Really made me stop and think what makes me happy creatively. And not just with paper and glue, but all things.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    This book was not what I was expecting, and I’m SO glad it found it’s way into my hands! It was a fun, quirky reminder of why the things we love are (or should be) part of our lives and why it’s SO important to make time for them. The author acknowledges the myriad reasons we have for allowing the activities that bring us the most joy to fall by the wayside. She understands that if we lose touch with those activities and skills for too long, we might forget their potential to bring us joy. She r This book was not what I was expecting, and I’m SO glad it found it’s way into my hands! It was a fun, quirky reminder of why the things we love are (or should be) part of our lives and why it’s SO important to make time for them. The author acknowledges the myriad reasons we have for allowing the activities that bring us the most joy to fall by the wayside. She understands that if we lose touch with those activities and skills for too long, we might forget their potential to bring us joy. She realizes that interests change over time. Because of this, she doesn’t judge, and her love of a wide variety of crafts shines through to remind us that it isn’t how, or what, or even how well we create that matters. The important part is that we do something, anything, that lights us up, because when we create, it’s the truest, most authentic part of us that shows up to participate.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    Great Inspiration and Guidance This book would speak to anyone who wants to dive deeper into their creative activities (art, cooking, writing, gardening, music, scrapbooking etc) or wants to switch up their craft. Amy shares inspiring stories from her life and includes writing prompts to help think through ways to add creativity where it is most needed. I would also recommend this book to someone who wants to be creative but does not know where to start.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I received this book as a Birthday wish from my lovely husband! I’m so glad I asked for this book! It has opened my eyes to endless possibilities!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Mitchell

    As a fellow scrapbooker, I really wanted to like this book more! After reading my last book, Furiously Happy, this felt to fluffy. I also questioned her knowledge and education to advise people on some of the topics of self care. Loved the bright colors, the opportunity to write, and the quotes in her brush lettering that is signature Amy Tangerine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." "Great things never come from comfort zones." "Be grateful for everything you do not have." "Every time you complain you are simultaneously eliminating an opportunity to think about something positive and fulfilling." "You get to decide which thoughts to focus on." "You have enough time." "Time is really the only capital that any human being has "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." "Great things never come from comfort zones." "Be grateful for everything you do not have." "Every time you complain you are simultaneously eliminating an opportunity to think about something positive and fulfilling." "You get to decide which thoughts to focus on." "You have enough time." "Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can't afford to lose." "When you know what's important, it's a lot easier to ignore what's not."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I had been in a huge creative rut the last year and really needed some inspiration to get creating again. This book really inspired me to make changes to my life and make more room and intentions for doing the things that I love. So important to intentionally make time to be creative and have fun on a regular basis!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Love Amy Tangerine’s positivity and creative flair. I felt very inspired reading this. It’s a lot about creating actual crafts but the concepts can be applied to so many other areas. I plan on reading this again and spending some more in-depth time on the little assignments that follow each little section.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kisha

    I listened to this book via audio and the only thing I would say is that this is a book that needs to be read either in paperback or ebook form. Amy provides many journaling styled questions to help unlock your creativity and gives a lot of insight that you will want to highlight and come back to time and time again. This was an amazing book for a creative mind.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

    Really enjoyed this book! Very inspirational yet practical! Love the workbook prompts that are included throughout the book. It was from completing these that I got the most benefit from the book. If you are a creative person, I’d recommend this in a heartbeat!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ris

    A must-have for all creatives! This is a book that I will keep on my bedside table and will refer back to each time I need a dose of inspiration. Love the Q&A section at the end of each chapter, this gave me an idea to make reflection pages on books that I will read in the future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Just a nice reminder to take the time for yourself and your hobby. Short, packed chapters with some great thinking/writing activities at the end. Colorful with great inspirational quotes and sayings along the way

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marylou

    Very inspiring!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenge: Romance Readers 2018 August Reading Challenge: Book that puts a smile on your face (4); second of two books on creativity which speak to my soul and make me smile.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    An easy read with great writing prompts, short, easily applied chapters. Great ideas and full of inspiration!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Nelson

    This was a great book and it was really inspiring. I love her philosophy about life and appreciate her encouragement to participate in the craft that I love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    a wonderful book. Highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading this a few more times

  25. 5 out of 5

    mairead

    I feel a little harsh subtracting a star because there was one sentence that was too much like paraphrasing Ferris Bueller without just quoting it that I could not with it. Was great as an audio book train commute read and some lines really stuck with me (more below). Also liked the journal prompts. I feel like I was much more into the first third of it, especially based on what I wrote down. Although willpower section resonated and I didn’t take any notes so could just be more on me/train condi I feel a little harsh subtracting a star because there was one sentence that was too much like paraphrasing Ferris Bueller without just quoting it that I could not with it. Was great as an audio book train commute read and some lines really stuck with me (more below). Also liked the journal prompts. I feel like I was much more into the first third of it, especially based on what I wrote down. Although willpower section resonated and I didn’t take any notes so could just be more on me/train conditions. “You will always feel better if you are just you” “You do not have to live within anyone’s paradigm” “Let yourself be yourself” “The abcs of me” “When you are stuck, stop whatever you are doing and listen to the words you are saying to yourself. What words are you using? Are you feeding the evil wolf and starving the good wolf? Write those words down. See how they make you feel. It won’t be pleasant. Then cross those words out in heavy black ink. Use a colorful pencil or make to replace them with five positive actions, emotions, or truths that you can claim in place of those fears.” “Great things never come from comfort zones.” “Feeling nervous means that the thing we are being asked to do matters.” “Open yourself to finding evidence that you are on the right path. —> evidence reel: not just a list of the signs you have been given but what you have given yourself. Allows you to focus on your successes reinforcing the idea that your life matters and has meaning.” “Synchronicity with the universe” “We are the creators of our own happiness” Blaming elegantly — Toni Robbins “When you blame elegantly, something marvelous happens. You will have an easier time forgiving the people in your life. And the heavy weight of resentment will become lighter and lighter. “ “I never want resentment to stand in the way of being joyful or carefree.” “My happiness is not beholden to someone else’s behavior.” “You get to decide which thoughts to focus on and which ones to replace. You get to decide whether you will allow grumpy thoughts to remain in your head, or whether you will actively and intentionally work to replace them with thoughts that make you feel joyful.” “Replace complaints with thoughts that make you feel happy. I am frustrated about but if I think about it another way I can see that it’s actually an opportunity to... You get to decide which thoughts to focus on.” “Does this feed my soul” “The rule of positivity” “Naturally benevolent universe” “When you throw goodness into the world, you will attract goodness “ “Thoughts and feelings fuel actions”

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brent M. Jones

    Does loving what you do attract creativity? In the book, "A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine", she starts out talking about how to “craft a life that you love” and “Crafting the Soul”. She asks the question “what is it that we love?” She then presents this quote from Howard Thurman who was an influential African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because the w Does loving what you do attract creativity? In the book, "A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine", she starts out talking about how to “craft a life that you love” and “Crafting the Soul”. She asks the question “what is it that we love?” She then presents this quote from Howard Thurman who was an influential African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive”. What a great introduction into discussions about creativity. We just know already in our hearts that creativity is close by when we are doing the things that we like. Finding a way to break through to the subconscious is part of how we open ourselves to new ideas. This part of our thinking responds to emotions, feelings, and thinks in pictures. They work together to tell the conscious what to do. Later in her books she asks “Does this activity feed my soul”? She also discusses the role of thoughts and feelings saying that they fuel ones actions. The conclusion is obvious. We need to find ways to think good thoughts and have good feelings. Loving what you do, being in touch with your thoughts and feelings, and then connecting with things that are new requires some work. We need to search for new input into our thinking. We overcome weaknesses in a very similar way by changing how the subconscious sees things. Feeding it new information. Leonardo da Vinci said that artists are” links in a chain”. They build on what they find. What they add then that becomes something that the next artist can continue to build on. Creativity is what is added. Fiction can be somewhat like this. Ordinary plots become science fiction when one of the characters becomes an alien. A historical book becomes fiction when one of the characters does something in the book that was not done in real life. It is what you add to what is there that is the creativity. The subconscious responds well to visual input. It thinks in pictures. It responds well to what you write down. Keep a journal of each day. Write down what you want to accomplish. Read everything you can get your hands on. Read about the subjects where you want to add your creativity. Read what you enjoy. Reading is key. Pictures help. They stimulate ideas. Creativity is the result of connections. Connect the events in your life, and the books, and the visual input you get. The result is that you then add something of your own

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Okay. A friend suggested I read this on the grounds that Ms. Tangerine had some pretty good suggestions and kept the Newage goop to a minimum. While both observations are correct, there really wasn't anything new and exciting in here. Note: I am probably a good twenty to thirty years older than her target audience, so having a longer perspective may have something to do with my having "seen it all" before now. That said, the exercises are interesting, and have helped renew my interest in art jour Okay. A friend suggested I read this on the grounds that Ms. Tangerine had some pretty good suggestions and kept the Newage goop to a minimum. While both observations are correct, there really wasn't anything new and exciting in here. Note: I am probably a good twenty to thirty years older than her target audience, so having a longer perspective may have something to do with my having "seen it all" before now. That said, the exercises are interesting, and have helped renew my interest in art journaling, so I will give the book that much credit. And Amy's story is interesting, if not a bit indulgent. Many of us who are trying to make it don't have parents or a partner in the background to prop us up if we have a fall or a bad spot, and I think that far too many books of this kind overlook that. Ms. Tangerine at least acknowledges the help she got at crucial moments from her parents. Still, it was a fairly quick, enjoyable read, and I'd say that there are people who could benefit from reading it. That I just didn't happen to be one of them is no fault of Ms. Tangerine's, and I wish her all success and hope many of her target audience find this book and buy it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Easy to read and inspiring! None of these concepts were new to me but it’s always nice to have refreshers and I liked that she included journaling prompts (even thought I didn’t do many of them...I spend enough time journaling my own “stuff”). I think what I liked reading the most was the authors personal stories...at times I wished she included more of that and less of the motivational fluff! Don’t get me wrong, I mean “fluff” in the sincerest of terms because it WAS motivating! But it was also Easy to read and inspiring! None of these concepts were new to me but it’s always nice to have refreshers and I liked that she included journaling prompts (even thought I didn’t do many of them...I spend enough time journaling my own “stuff”). I think what I liked reading the most was the authors personal stories...at times I wished she included more of that and less of the motivational fluff! Don’t get me wrong, I mean “fluff” in the sincerest of terms because it WAS motivating! But it was also very light and like I said, I’ve heard it all before. A great starter book though for people that are a little lost in what they want to do with their life and also for Moms (or other people) that haven’t had a chance to spend time on their passions and this is a great reminder that it’s not only ok, but extremely important to uncover those forgotten parts of yourself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Mare'y

    so.. i was kinda expecting more of this book when i first heard about it .. thought it would contain more fun or "crafty" activities .. but what it turned out to be is that this book is basically a bunch of personal stories with a bit of advice or tip at the end, and some questions to help you reflect on what you've read, or something to keep you journaling .. not really the kind of creative crafting I was expecting .. or maybe not with a lot of variety.. i got bored by the last third and just wa so.. i was kinda expecting more of this book when i first heard about it .. thought it would contain more fun or "crafty" activities .. but what it turned out to be is that this book is basically a bunch of personal stories with a bit of advice or tip at the end, and some questions to help you reflect on what you've read, or something to keep you journaling .. not really the kind of creative crafting I was expecting .. or maybe not with a lot of variety.. i got bored by the last third and just wanted to get through it and mark it as finished! i'd recommend this book if you like self-help books with lots of colourful quotes and "Happy life" lessons.. nothing wowing or anything .. just sweet, gentle reminders. otherwise, honestly it was a waste of money :")

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I know that this book is probably more my jam than it may be for others. After all, I am a scrapbooker, crafty girl, and a fan of Amy Tan, but there is lots of good stuff for everyone and I always enjoy reading about anyone's life story regardless of their area of expertise. Amy does a fabulous job of sharing an insight, including an example or anecdote to illustrate the principle, and finishes off each section with some questions you can ask yourself (like a workbook). Then she moves on. I trul I know that this book is probably more my jam than it may be for others. After all, I am a scrapbooker, crafty girl, and a fan of Amy Tan, but there is lots of good stuff for everyone and I always enjoy reading about anyone's life story regardless of their area of expertise. Amy does a fabulous job of sharing an insight, including an example or anecdote to illustrate the principle, and finishes off each section with some questions you can ask yourself (like a workbook). Then she moves on. I truly hate self-help or motivational type books that ramble on and repeat themselves over and over again. This was a quick and inspiring read from the online library, so I may have to buy myself a hard copy...

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