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Sandy Nelson


Sandy Nelson is an artist, creativity and life purpose coach, speaker and inspirational writer. She maintains a coaching practice in the Minneapolis area and around the world, and leads Creativity workshops and Self Empowerment retreats. Her book Ask Power Questions: A Guide to Get What You Want in Business, Life, and Friendship, is based on her practical approach to getting the results you want

She’s plied her talents from fiber to paint, gaining degrees in Apparel Design, Studio Arts and Arts in Education. Her course Becoming Resilient is the culmination of more than 20 years experience and can be found at DailyOm and she’s been interviewed on Blog talk radio.

Sandy’s a certified Creativity Coach who understands the meaning and purpose of creativity, and gets what makes the creative person tick. There’s a natural rhythm to every artist’s blocks or surges, and she recognizes each step while supporting the individual’s creative process.

With an appetite for tasting all forms of the arts, Sandy Nelson finds inspiring creativity in other people to be her greatest reward.

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Posts by Sandy Nelson:

  • Game Over—Huddle Up!

  • February 11th, 2016
    One of the most meaningful meetings is after the game. Whether you won or lost matters little to this gathering, because this is the moment you can evaluate and learn about what worked and your failures. Learning opportunities [...]

  • Create Smart Goals to Score Big

  • February 9th, 2016
    You won’t make it across the goal line if you don’t learn how to manage the scrimmage line. I suggest you utilize the S.M.A.R.T. principle to focus your goals and craft guiding power questions to make your team a [...]

  • Are You a Star Quarterback on a Winning Team?

  • February 7th, 2016
    The position of your team members is a part of your plan that you need to carefully define. Team roles are important to fulfill accurately so you have all the coverage you need for the abilities you desire. Each step [...]

  • Your Cheerleaders the Chanteuses of Encouragement

  • February 5th, 2016
    Creative people need to isolate for a great part of their work, but it isn’t always a good practice. Sometimes you need to be in the graceful presence of another person to feel yourself in their reflection. Everyone [...]

  • Dink and Dunk for Masterful Team

  • February 3rd, 2016
    A great practice is about asking powerful questions. In my book Ask Power Questions: A Practical Guide to Help You Get What You Want in Business, Life and Friendship, I share my 17 Strategies to Help You Formulate Power [...]

  • How to Draft a Winning Team

  • February 1st, 2016
    To make your team a winner you’ll need to isolate and assemble the attributes that lead to success. Who are the people that work hard to help you succeed? Where and how do you engage your team members? Do you meet [...]

  • What’s Your Quarterback Cadence

  • January 31st, 2016
    Hut-one, hut-two? For your team to function well, good communication is absolutely necessary. In my book Ask Power Questions: A Practical Guide to Help You Get What You Want in Business, Life, and Friendship, I share [...]

  • Know Your Team

  • January 29th, 2016
    You need at least one expert team to help you achieve your goals, and you may need many to reach success. Think about all the teams you have in place now. Your work, doctor’s office, grocery store, coffee shop all [...]

  • Four Personal Keys to Kick Off Your Year

  • January 27th, 2016
    It’s easy to kick off your year focusing on the big stuff you want to accomplish. You’ll find plenty of encouragement to make vast goals so you can attain great things, but as a coach I know that making big goals [...]

  • What Sports Taught Me about My Business Plan and Yearly Goals

  • January 25th, 2016
    You’ve probably read plenty of headlines hawking that you need to plan your year wisely with success in mind. You’re told to make new resolutions that fix challenges, and you’ve heard the pumped up messages intended [...]

  • Did You Want a Trophy for that Competition?

  • August 19th, 2015
    Competitive nature bombards you and you likely compete with it all day long. Don’t think you do? Think again. Are you hurrying against time moving to your next meeting? Getting ahead of that car in front of you? Pushing [...]

  • Are You Showing the World Your Best Image?

  • May 28th, 2015
    Your distinctive presentation is more important now than ever. Your first impression tells people a lot about you. Are you making the most of yours? It’s no longer acceptable for the artsy person to rely on implying [...]

  • Do You Love Doing It? Are You Good at It?

  • May 18th, 2015
    To be good at doing something, you must be fully entwined in the actions that produce your finished creation. You need proficiency and resonance. To be in love with something takes an enormous amount of energy on all [...]

  • Has Your Image Faded?

  • May 12th, 2015
    I write and blog about all aspects and topics related to creativity. Recent trend reports have placed the words creative and innovative on the undesirable list. It’s getting harder to make my points without using these [...]

  • Feeling Discouraged Early in Another Year – Now What?

  • February 19th, 2015
    Are you failing your New Year’s resolutions? Bored and onto a new trend? Starting another project because the current one isn’t going well? Feeling the let down of early winter? You’re not alone in your disappointment. [...]

  • Give Gratitude With Attitude

  • December 2nd, 2014
    Creative people are called upon to find ways to make change. After all we’re change makers.  But how do you create the cause and effect that makes a meaningful difference? Use grace in everything you do. This isn’t [...]

  • How Do You Define Thanks?

  • November 25th, 2014
    Gratitude in action starts with feeling your own thankfulness then encourages you to put it in action. The following is one perspective on giving thanks and what you can do to keep it in motion. T is for Time– Be thankful [...]

  • What Is The Most Important Question Of Your Day? How To Find The Answer

  • November 17th, 2014
    What’s the most pressing thing you have to do today that will give you the greatest benefit tomorrow? Knowing what you need to get done today, in spite of everything that will jump in front of your efforts is perhaps, [...]

  • Artist: Once Upon A Time

  • October 25th, 2014
    There’s a fairy tale we tell ourselves about our artistic and creative pursuits. We say, “I’m an artist.”  Then boldly forget to back that statement up with real, consistent and meaningful art work. Are you [...]

  • Chocolate, Puppies & Dirt Help Avoid Creative Catastrophe

  • October 6th, 2014
    For me they are all linked in their ability to ground my creative fires. You can’t whirl around on the fumes of creative energy all the time. Sooner or later you’ll fly smack into a wall and crash. The graveyard [...]

  • Labored Days And Skipping Creative Work

  • September 25th, 2014
    Fall brings the annual day to celebrate hard work, by not working. If you’re a working artist you know you’ll pay for skipping studio time. Creative work is hard work. Dancers who miss daily practice will need to [...]

  • Playful Power Of Leaping

  • July 2nd, 2014
    If you can’t think of something playful to do – jump! Your impact will be felt somewhere. In one place you’ll push air out and in another vacuum it in. Amazing! Be the creative playful pump. We have a universal [...]

  • Warning: Explosion At Risk

  • July 1st, 2014
    Once in a while you have to do something that makes no sense. At least to your logical mind. However for you creative mind this will feel like a long run, eating candy, yoga, or great sex! And if you don’t do it there [...]

  • Blogging Beneath The Sway Of Creative Bliss

  • June 10th, 2014
    I’ve been blogging for a while and just discovered another layer of techno skill I need to master. Part of me feels surprised and a little dismayed at learning some simple things that seem obvious now, but clearly [...]

  • Don’t Let Your Creative Tank Run Empty

  • May 13th, 2014
    Creativity needs constant fuel to produce its wonders. If you’re a creative type you probably know all about how you need to feed your artistic flair, but sometimes we run out of energy and we need a fast juicing. Here’s [...]

  • Gear Up Your Creativity

  • May 12th, 2014
    The artist’s calling can be a helpful muse when she yells, but sometimes she whispers and it’s hard to hear her suggestions. Seasonal shifts can bring creative chaos. In spring my own projects move from inside to [...]

  • Life Steers, You Stir

  • March 23rd, 2014
    I’ve been busy the past few months, which is a good thing. However what I’ve been doing is not my art. I needed a decided effort to make any art at all. Creating has become a chore, but I don’t stare at a blank [...]

  • Old Dogs, New Art Tricks

  • March 14th, 2014
    I’ve found a few new tools to make it possible for me to create something on an almost daily basis. This is a very good practice to incorporate into my routine. Of course, I’ve had some pitfalls to navigate, like [...]

  • Pacing Your Playtime Offers Creative Payback

  • February 18th, 2014
    Learning to pace how we play is as important as making the time to play. Are life’s challenges something we must solve quickly, or can we unite with our playful spirit and find creative paybacks? While some creative [...]

  • Will Your New Year Be Full Of Kindness Or A Kind Mess

  • January 30th, 2014
    It’s important to think about kindness in relationship to creativity because creativity thrives in a positive environment. Already well into the New Year it’s time to insure the kindnesses surrounds your creativity. [...]

  • Trading With Creative Currency

  • January 21st, 2014
    Name three forms of currency that could pay for your creativity. Currency is the medium of exchange and usually has a form of circulation. We circulate coins and bills when we shop. We slide plastic which moves money [...]

  • Feeling Challenged by Change? Use the One-Two Punch that Powers Creation

  • November 26th, 2013
    Once in a while things spin out of our control. Of course full control is only an illusion, but it’s an illusion we crave, and on many levels need to maintain our balance. If you’re a creative soul, the wild torque [...]

  • Always Accept Your Muse’s Invitation

  • October 18th, 2013
    Does it seem that your inspirations and ideas come out of nowhere? Perchance they are the invitation from your Muse. Muses can be a bit flighty, air-headed and flippant; and they will take you, their charge, on amazing [...]

  • Can You Create When You’re In The Dumps?

  • October 7th, 2013
    Life seems to demand that creators create no matter what happens to them. But, is this human reality? I mean, can you really be wonderfully imaginative when you’re stuck in a down turn? It could be anything that has [...]

  • What Can A Creativity Coach Do For You?

  • September 5th, 2013
    Through the powerful skill of listening, a great creativity coach offers encouragement, and who doesn’t need more of that? They can also educate about general creative matters, and how you can be creative in your [...]