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Creativity Tribe 2013

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So many new things are going on here at Creativity Tribe in the New Year, I figure I better start talking about them….if for no other reason than that I just might pop from excitement if I don’t!

First, I have begun fleshing out the tribe aspect of Creativity Tribe.  I have been asking myself how do I reach out to more Creatives, connect with Creatives from different disciplines, and help the people who resonate with the idea of a Creativity Tribe connect with each other. I have also been exploring how to offer opportunities for connecting with and celebrating ourselves!

Here’s where I am at……

{This Sensational Life Challenge}

 I have reached out to Creatives from a variety of disciplines to join me in an upcoming blogging series that focuses on the senses. This Sensational Life Challenge is an opportunity to delve into the rich experience that life has to offer.  Each week, we will explore some aspect of life that one might say is sensational.  I have included some of the original senses, but being a Creative, I just had to stretch the concept to other less traditional senses.  So we will be playing with the sense of touch, taste, hearing, etc. but will also explore, for example, concepts like a sense of direction, knowing, or letting go. One thing they all have in common is that they will help you tune into This Sensational Life. (I hope you are digging on my play of words.  It is certainly done on purpose. I think the more we engage our senses, the more ALIVE we feel, and the more alive we feel, the more we connect with the essence of who we are!)

I don’t want this to be JUST about the posts though. I am pairing each post with an invitation for you to share your perspective and experience on the week’s focus.  Dive into the senses with me!  Discover a new sense with one of our guest bloggers. Craft your own sensational life, one week at a time, one day at a time, one vibrant moment at a time!

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 {Body Wisdom Project}

 Starting the first New Moon of the year, I am joining with Jessica of Hearth Roots on a project very close to my heart. The  Body Wisdom Project invites us to listen to our bodies, to ask ourselves, “What if my body is my teacher?  What would it want me to know?”  BWP will offer 13 Moonthly themes that will encourage us to cultivate a relationship with our body like never before.  Jessica and I invite you to join us on the journey.  More information about this, including a peek at our shared website will come soon.

{Creativity Tribe Teleseminars}

 One of the best parts of being the curator for a space like this is getting to interact with the Creative Spirits who find their way here.  When I first started out on this journey, I wished for rich, meaningful interactions. Well, this year, I want to invest in that possibility even more, so I have created a series of teleseminars that will give us the opportunity to invest in our own creative journey while connecting with others who are on similar paths.  Each event will include a time in which I share tips, tricks, or hints for improving or understanding some aspect of life to help you move into the flow of a life well lived.  I will open the call for questions a hot seat coaching.  Hot seat coaching is short and sweet coaching sessions that dive in and help you get a direction for moving towards what you want in life. Calls will be recorded so that if you are unable to make the time, you can still gain from them by listening at a later date.  I am beginning the Creativity Tribe Teleseminars with 5 Secrets to Getting Out of Your Own Way Everyday in 2013 and Getting on with a Sensational New You.  You can register for the series here. And meet me the second Wednesday in January for our inaugural call!

 

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{Coaching ….me & you}

Above all the wonderful plans I am making for 2013, having the opportunity to work with other creatives to craft their lives, their businesses, their sense of self, their creative growth, their projects, and their dreams is at the very, tip-top of my list of favorite things.  The relationships that come out of coaching are extra special. They are a blend of gentle guidance and a shared journey. They are about personal growth, creative aspirations, and meaningful connections. This kind of one-on-one work will support this community in a profoundly personal and deep way. If you are interested in learning more about working with me, you can find that information here. I would love to visit with you to find out if we are a good match.

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Radio Show {Take Two}

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Two weeks ago, I was a guest on Lucid Waking radio show.  Several friends wrote in to say they were not able to get the link to work, so I am reposting some of the details about the event.  It might be better timing for some of you to listen as we get deeper into the holidays.

By listening to The Spirit of Giving interview, you will discover….

  • the dynamics of giving
  • how to avoid giving burn out
  • when not to give
  • how to expand the gifts you have available
  • how giving leads to getting

Special thanks to my dear friend and partner in giving, Jessica of Hearth Roots.  She has been a great sounding board for my giving  journey and has blessed me by sharing her own.  That kind of sharing is really at the heart of the Spirit of Giving.

Lucid Waking Radio….click to listen.

 

Indulging ME

Just over a year ago when I embarked on the journey of working for myself, I placed one thing at the top of my list of values….self-care.  I wanted my serious business woman self to honor the hard, working dedicated but oh-so-human self.  In the beginning, I worked that into my day like a teenager with a new driver’s license.  I took my time getting up in the morning, lit candles as I was blogging, burned incense while painting, napped if I felt like it, created one-person retreats…..I lived up the self-care.

Then I got all filled up, and I began to push myself.  The drive to reach for my dreams felt good.  It was empowering. I have felt unstoppable. One dream after another fell into place. I got a contract to teach at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat, was one of Mixed Media May‘s featured artists, taught a drama camp and then an art camp, had my first e-course (Touch the Moon), my first one-woman art show, got my website up (created it myself….oh that was a feat!), began offering my Life Coaching services and was featured on a radio show.  In between, there were a thousand little firsts, tiny parts of dreams clicking into place, big connections with individuals, and plenty of witnessing the ah-ha’s of the Creatives who find their way here.

Week before last, I felt like I was running for a marathon.  I was stretching myself to the max to keep up with the energy my dreams were setting off.  I LOVED IT!  I got SO much accomplished.

Then, I crossed the line, finishing the busiest week of my year so far.  I exhaled and all the wind in my sails went with it.

Now, I find myself craving the quiet. I see myself needing more me time, less work time, and the one who lobbied for self-care is poking her head out again to say, “Hey, remember what you promised?”

Yes, I do remember.  Gratefully, I remember.

So as the year winds down, so will I.  I make no apologies of it, need not sympathy for feeling disconnected from my drive to push forward.  I know this is part of the creative process.  This is a vital part of sustaining long term creativity, the part where we recognize our accomplishments, celebrate them, and rest.

How will I do it?  Well, to start off, a corporate holiday party, of course.  I am taking my employees (that would be me) out for a spa day to include a luxurious massage (which I traded for some art a couple of weeks back….score), all the chai I can handle, and adding naps to my very short to do list.  I am also going to do an inventory of my accomplishments and put them up somewhere….maybe tack a gold star to them.  Oh, and throughout the holidays, I am going to unabashedly brag about myself to anyone who will listen.

I am indulging in the splendor of my year.

And I have to admit that sharing this with you warms my heart so much. Last year at this time, I wanted what I have today so much.  Some days I felt so incredibly stuck, not being able to see the other side of it. But I always trusted that something would come out of my dreaming.

I am full of gratitude (please don’t just pass by that word without feeling the beauty of it) for the community that joins me on this journey…..for the artists, the bloggers, poets, dancers, followers, leaders, likers, the dreamers, the hopers, wishers, wanters, and the quiet ones who secretly pop in when no one is looking….for all of you who help hold this dream up…..I am full of gratitude.

What do YOU celebrate this year? What would you brag about if someone would listen?….don’t leave me bragging alone. How would you celebrate if you were me? I would love to know what self-care and celebration look like for you. I can always use a new idea!

Today’s Indulgence….a MEDIA FAST. Yep, I am spending 12-21-12 by checking out of the internet, news, books, radio, tv, and phone and am checking in with myself, my friends and family, and my intuition.  Wanna join me?

Bad Dreams, Bad News, Bad People

I have written and erased, re-written and erased this post several times. I even made a video to go with it.  I decided to “go there” and then think against it. But this time I am going to keep writing in hopes that whoever might need to hear what I have to say will find it.  You see, I like to write about things that inspire….I like to stay out of politics and the ugly side of life.  But the fact is, something in me says I need to talk about this. So I am going to listen to that voice.

Just about anywhere you go this week, you will have had a conversation or heard the news about the massacre at Newtown, CT.  (This is where I get so stuck…..I bet you thought you might be able to come here to get away from that…a sanctuary, a place of reprise.)  Well, everywhere I go people are talking about it and I have started noticing that there is a trend in which people are starting to feel the trauma of the event in a very personal way.

Schools are going on lock down all over the country. Folks are extra vigilant; they are watching everything they can about the tragedy in hopes of making sense of this senseless act. And as a result, people are feeling traumatized.

This is what mental health professionals identify as secondary trauma.  A traumatic event happens to someone else and those around them, those that witness it, hear the story or who are somehow affected by the story begin to also experience the stress of the trauma.  As a helping professional in a family violence shelter for over 2 years, I saw who difficult secondary trauma could be.  It is hard to understand because we think, “This didn’t happen to me. Why should I feel the effects of it?”  But we do.

We might experience Secondary Trauma in these ways:

  • We lose sleep.
  • Our mind races with thoughts of the event or varying scenarios that play the trauma over in different ways.
  • We might have bad dreams.
  • We might find our actual reality mirroring some part of the event (like having our own child’s school put on lock down).
  • We might feel compelled to watch as much about the event as we can.
  • We might need to watch the news to assure ourselves that our security is intact.
  • Our body may be filled with anxiety and stress.
  • We may feel fearful, worried, unsafe, sad, and/or in shock.
  • The event may bring up our own unhealed traumas from the past.

What can help?

Here are a few things that might help bring you back to a feeling of peace and calm.

  • Make a space in your life to honor the loss. Light a candle, say a prayer, attend a vigil, write a poem, make a donation.
  • Set aside a time for connecting with a calm state of being.  (One way to do this might be to spend 15 minutes before bed listing 5 gratitudes and then focusing on your breathing.  You may find your mind wandering onto the event or a stressor, but just gently bring yourself back to the breath.)
  • Go on a media fast (no news) or limit your news intake.  This can be especially helpful in the evening to help keep your mind as calm and peaceful as possible before bed.
  • Try to balance judging your safety (and that of your children) with maintaining your peaceful state of being.
  • Connect with your love ones.
  • If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the tragedy and unable to comfort yourself, you may consider seeking the assistance of a helping professional, a counselor, clergy, or your doctor.
  • Know that you are not alone.
Resources

I would also like to share a resource for talking to your kiddos about death and violence.  Martha Atkins is a friend of mine and one of my secret mentors (wink).  She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to grief, death and dying, and blending kids in with those subjects. She knows about life too, and how to live a good one!

Find her posts here:

Talking About Death to Kids 

Decoding Death Messages from Kids – Part One

More to come….check out the Martha Adkins blog.

You are a Resource!

Help grow the list of ways others might connect with peace during times of high stress like the one we are experiencing as a result of the tragedy in Newtown, CT.  Share with us YOUR ideas for what works, what is working, or what you are considering.

 

 

 

Creativity Tribe Cats {Shatzie}

Some people have bats in their belfry. I have cats in my studio. They come with me to work everyday. It isn’t a far leap from the house to the studio.  I work out of a sunroom on one side of the house. The cats love the sun and being close to me.  If you spend much time on the Creativity Tribe Facebook page, you might have seen pictures of them there or followed the long line of nick names we have given to one of our new cats.

Well, I thought it was time to officially introduce the feline line of the tribe and share their stories with you. 

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First there was Shatzie. When my artist hubby, Eric, and I first moved into our 1949 Cape Cod style cottage, it was the HEAT of Summer in South Texas.  The a/c was broken, and even though we had most of our 21 windows open, there was little breeze to be found. We were inspecting the carpet in the sunroom when we heard a very insistent “MEOW! MEE-YOW!”  We peeked down the hall only to find a very pregnant cat sauntering towards us.

“Hello!” she said. “It is about time someone moved back in. I have been bored, hanging out with the birds in the backyard.  I am very pregnant, bytheway, and will require lots of attention now and even more when my 4 boys arrive.  (Her oldest, Domino, is seen in the first picture in this post sporting the cool specs. ) As long as you are willing to pitch in and treat us well, we will allow you to live here.”

And so, a long relationship between Shatzie (which means Sweetheart in German) and her four boys (none of which are any longer with us, except for Sam who visits every 4 months or so) began.  Shatzie is our cat, but also our best friend. Life without her would be….well, unthinkable.

 

I will be introducing the twins in the next post of this series. Hope you enjoy the furry ones; we certainly do!

 

Self-Care for Survival

Because awful things happen and we often struggle with how to make sense of them….

Because there is no making sense of the senseless….

Because our hearts are designed to feel….

And our society often tells us not to…..

Or fails to teach us how to care for the heart that cares….

Because I care that YOU care and want you to feel the same comfort you wish for others….

 

For all those affected by the tragedy at Newtown or by any tragedy….. peace.

Possibility Lane

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Dear Creative Spirit,
Did you feel that? That gentle tug at the side of your heart, awakening the quiet dream that rests there? It is a road sign, guiding you down the path just over there. I know it is pointing you towards a journey you have never taken, but, the name on the sign should give you a clue as to where it will lead? Will you follow?

 

What dream is tugging on your heart?  With the new year around the corner, I invite you to join me on a journey to Get Out of Your Own Way Everyday in 2013.  This tele-seminar is the first in a year long series of inspirational talks filled with practical tip and my personal secrets for living a SENSATIONAL life!  Won’t you join me?  Click here for more details on this Creativity Tribe Event.

 

Bridging the Years

About 15 years ago, a couple of local artists held a New Year’s workshop that used mask making to consider the year that had passed and the one to come.  The link to masks was created by using as their focus the Roman god Janus who is depicted with two faces, one face looks into the past, one to the future.  I loved the concept because I think during these weeks that lead up to the New Year it is human nature to take stock of the year that is closing and begin cultivating the year ahead.

That bridging of the two years is exactly what I have done the last week or so and hope to continue into the New Year.  I will try to share my process here in hopes that it might help you work through your own transition.

I began thinking about 2013 about a month ago.  I like to set an intention for the holidays, and this year mine was to practice being in a spirit of giving.  The events that lead up to me discovering my intention also encouraged me to take that idea of giving and pull it into my intention for the New Year.  Last year I chose a word for the year – clarity.  It took me up until New Year’s Eve to pick my word, but this year it came to me quite easily. My word for 2013 is gift. As 2012 ends, I am wrapping up my studies with the word clarity and considering the word gift.

My intentional holiday candle (that I created as part of the StressLess Holiday Cheer Party) has the Spirit of Giving as its focus. I have kept it lit while I work in the Creativity Tribe Studio these days.  It makes me very happy.

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I am also going to use a gratitude jar into 2013.  I discovered it through a Facebook share yesterday.  I have had a similar process in years past with a gratitude file, but the jar is so much more engaging.  I look forward to exploring the stories it will hold when I open it up and look through it just before 2014.

These little things….the candle, choosing a word for the year, creating a jar to hold gratitudes….these kinds of things are ways of deepening the beauty we find in life and of creating moments that have more meaning.  I encourage you to explore something like this for yourself.  It is a great way to write the story of your life….why not make it a story of your choosing!

 

The Transition

It’s coming quickly, the end of the year, and I keep surfing between thoughts of  this year and the next.  What did I accomplish?  What fell through the cracks?  What do I want the coming year to be like?  What do I want my focus to be?

I bring little routines and rituals into my days in an attempt to tack down time. It feels like it is moving so fast.  So much action is packed into the next couple of weeks for me.  My husband and I just made a whirlwind trip to his hometown for a funeral, quickly visited with family, and rushed back to work.  This weekend we will make the same trip to fit a holiday visit in with his family, then back for work.  There is the shopping for home and holidays, handmade gifts, parties with friends, and more family….all the while tending to the everyday business of life.  You know the drill, I bet this story could be yours.

The tacking down of time is a trick we humans use to give meaning to life.  When I write about Creativity Tribe, I often say one of my main intentions is to bring meaning and magic to our lives.  That could just sound like a lofty cliche, but for me it is so much more.  Bringing meaning to life allows me to give added value to my experiences.  Magic is my way of talking about my belief that much of life is created by our actions, thoughts, intentions, and imagination.  Both these ideas express that we are not just victims to a life that happens out of our control.  Even when something happens that is not our choice, like death, disease, a break up or the like, we have a choice about how it affects us, how deal with it, what it means to us, and how quickly we let go of it and move on. These two ideas work together to help us frame moments and movements in our lives.

Life itself is one continuous, every evolving experience.  We don’t get breaks.  We don’t get a vacation from it. It keeps coming at us, second by second.  As humans though, we attempt to stop the merry-go-round to stay with a particular event and sometimes even imagine some experiences follow us throughout our lifetimes.  Take for example how I changed my story to change my life, disconnecting from the belief that I would die at 45 as my mother and grandfather had.  That is a sticky event that was carried two generations after my grandfather died.  I gave that belief to myself, just as my mother gave it to herself.  I assigned that meaning to my life.  And when it no longer suited me, I chose to shift to a new belief.  Instead of feeling a overwhelming dread about life quickly moving me towards 45, I have feel joyous and relieved….magic!

As we transition from 2012 to 2013, I am tending to some of the tacks I put in place last year and readying the tacks I wish to use for the coming year.  More about that tomorrow!

 

 

 

Spirit of Giving with Lucid Waking Radio

I had a great time sharing my story about the Spirit of Giving last night with Rev. Shar of Lucid Waking Radio.  A few months ago I had an epiphany about what giving meant to me.  I would love to share it with you in more detail. WHY?  Because giving in this way has brought me more joy than I have felt my entire life….ever.  And if my experience and what I have learned could bring some higher level of joy to you, that would be an even bigger gift.

Speaking of gifts, I make a special offer on the call that I would love to share with you. 

By listening to The Spirit of Giving interview, you will discover….

  • the dynamics of giving
  • how to avoid giving burn out
  • when not to give
  • how to expand the gifts you have available
  • how giving leads to getting

Special thanks to my dear friend and partner in giving, Jessica of Hearth Roots.  She has been a great sounding board for my giving  journey and has blessed me by sharing her own.  That kind of sharing is really at the heart of the Spirit of Giving.

 

 

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