Your Return on Investment When You Take a Media Break: Creativity Renews!

Episode Summary

Take a media break and experience renewed creative potential. Guaranteed!

Episode Notes

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.

How would it feel to regenerate your creativity with a media break? What do you imagine might be the return on investment if you took a break from newspaper headlines, television, social media platforms, even emails for an hour, a day, a week?

I can tell you this, although you probably already know: our creativity dries up when we’re constantly bombarded by outside sources. Even more so when what we consume causes stress, anxiety.

Practical Tip: Take a media break to reconnect with yourself and expand into your awareness, your creative potential. You will experience a sense of calm, balance, freedom, where new ideas and concepts come alive to flourish in your life, in your work.


Diane F. Wyzga
Diane F. Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

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  1. I love how you allowed for a matrix solution on the Friendship Bench, Diane. One axis is the length of time and the other is how many noise generators we could take away.
    To me this opens the possibility of being aware in our media consumption, be it news, entertainment, or social, and using it rather than being used by it.

    What you are pointing to is the good practice of keeping the sabbath – which to me is more about pausing doldrums of any kind than as it is about sitting still reading special literature. Pausing creates awareness.

    • How beautifully said, Charlotte.

      Leave it to you to parse the inner language, the unspoken messages. I record my 60 Seconds & hope that friends like you help me understand what’s been put out into the world.

      I’ve been re-reading a favorite book of mine: A Gentleman in Moscow. The main character is talking about a clock that his father had made. It chimes only twice: once at noon, again at midnight. He reflects a man who rises early, breaks his fast and gets to work will have enjoyed a productive day by noon. After which he takes his meal and has the liberty to stroll, enjoy conversations, visit the shops, read, and so on. Understandably he was of the noblesse oblige & not peasant class.

      Still, that notion of liberty to be free to do what one would like to do………….. having turned my back on InYourFaceBook, Instagram, TV, and creating my Device Free Zone weekends is a response to the longing I feel around that notion of liberty, freedom. Maybe others will walk along, too.


    It still takes me a little while to navigate through the labyrinths. I could use a ball of that magic yard Theseus used to escape the Minotaur.

    Many thanks for your kind & encouraging words, Byron. Your generosity of spirit means a great deal to me. It’s nice to know that when I’m facing the blank computer screen there’s a reason to keep on creating.

    Kindest wishes ~ Diane

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