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Setting Focus for 2017

The New Year took off like a rocket ship!  It doesn’t always happen that way.  Sometimes I clearly envision my destination for the year to come. I enjoy setting focus for it.  But then, something in the first month starts me off with a sputter and splat!  I fall on my face…..and sometimes take awhile to get back up!

Quote: Setting focus helps you keep your eye on the horizon while taking the steps that are right in front of you. Rachel Payne Life Coach

Not this year!

What I mean is, this year I didn’t stay down.  I did, however, start with a sputter, but I recovered quickly by moving into action.  And the action led to the rocket boost!

On New Year’s Eve, I started getting sick.  I lost my voice, and by week’s end, it moved into my chest.  I could have used that as an excuse to claim the beginning of the year a wash.  But I didn’t.

Instead, I took action.

In the first days of the year, I hired a coach to help me manifest my year.  I showed up for the session with little voice, a lotta cough, and a bit of self-doubt about spending money for a service from someone else that I provide for others all the time.

But, that is the beauty of working with life coaches!  They can see around corners you don’t know are there, or perhaps you do know and have tried to look around them but never could get the right angle.  The session was just what I needed to help in setting focus for 2017.

On the call, several of the blocks I knew that had been standing in my way began to dissolve.  I could feel Possibility taking root and Probability taking flight.  Four days later, I had taken a huge step towards a big dream of mine for Creativity Tribe. (I will share more about that next week.  I can’t wait to let you in on my HUGE secret!)

 

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Tips for Setting Focus

  • Brainstorm what you want to achieve in the coming month, season, or year. Mind maps are my favorite way to do this!
  • Tap into your inner guidance for where to send your attention. Ask yourself…What feels ripe for sharing with the world?
  • Choose three projects to focus on. If one of the projects is huge, break that down into smaller projects. This helps you from feeling overwhelmed and keeps the step ahead of you manageable.
  • Name your projects something clever, 1-4 words. (Eg. Body Wisdom Project, Project Mula Hussle, Stretch4It, Morning Marvelous, Take Five)
  • Make a sign for each project to help with setting focus on a daily basis. Post it where you are most likely to see it.  Your bathroom mirror, the space where you work, or maybe your kitchen.
  • Ask yourself…What’s the next right thing for this project?  Write down a few steps. Then do it!
  • Celebrate each project you complete.

Mind Mapping Creativity Tribe
What is your Focus?

I would LOVE to hear what you are setting focus on for 2017.  Do you have a project that your heart is singing about?  Do you have a fun name for it?  Let me know in the comments.

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Looking for more inspiration for setting focus for 2017?  Find me on Periscope where I share daily tips for helping you design the masterpiece we call life.

Rachel Payne Creativity Life Coach

Best of 2016

Best of 2016…. What a year!

I hit the start of 2016 with tons of excitement.  It felt like a coming out party.  Coming out of what you wonder.  For a couple of years before, I approached life on the struggle bus.  I had a short bout with cancer that I came out on top of, but it took me down a detoured path I didn’t anticipate. As I ended 2015, I was ready to share some big projects with the Creatives of my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, and I began working on e-course ideas for Creativity Tribe Worldwide.

My offerings were a big hit.  I remember feeling so high with delight.  I could see creativity awakening in those who found themselves part of the gatherings.  And over the course of a few months, a local Creativity Tribe started to take shape.

Life Coach events with Rachel Payne

Art Shows

I went on to share my art in two showings, back to back.  Some of my art can tend to be pretty large so I don’t offer it much except in-person.  Both art shows were big successes.  I could sense my art had attained another level of development.  I sold several small pieces, two large pieces, and got commissioned for a piece that just found its way to its new home. (I will share a post about it in the new year.)

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Periscope is my muse!!!

Early in June, the course of Creativity Tribe took a drastic turn….for the better.  I discovered Periscope.

I had been struggling with getting in touch with my audience.  When I had a WordPress Blog years ago, my connections with Creatives were strong.  But social media became a slippery path to get traction on, especially while being occupied with my cancer journey.  Periscope changed the game for me.  I had a theatre and audience in the palm of my hands.

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PeriGirls

It didn’t take long for me to find the PeriGirls community.  PeriGirls is a Facebook Group of female broadcasters, nearly 11,000 members strong.  I dove in, began immediately sharing tips and tricks for connecting more intimately with the Creative Spirit that lives in each of us.  It has been a wild, blessed ride.  I have made some new friends, been able to help people engage their creativity and make small but significant shifts in their lives.

Million Hearts Club

I even hit the one million heart mark on New Year’s Eve.  It was thrilling!  Big thanks to all of Creativity Tribe’s supporters, the PeriGirls, and especially CT SuperFans!


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Art Oracle e-Journey

Once I found the worldwide stage for Creativity Tribe’s offerings on Periscope, I was ready to share my online course.  Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey was a mixed media art card workshop that invited participants to create cards that expressed their inner cosmos.  The class as a big hit and I had several people request a second round….which I hope to offer early in 2017.

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We rounded out 2016 with an Instagram gratitude challenge called #Gr8FullCre8ives.  I was very pleased with the interactions.  I got messages from several Creatives sharing that they felt the focus on gratitude was meaningful to their lives.  That was one of my favorite parts of the challenge, in fact, getting back-channel messages that fleshed out how gratitude helps to shift even the most difficult time in life.

The last week of 2016 has been one of retrospect and what I call dreamcasting.  I am looking back on what I accomplished, where I fell short, and what blocks come up as I am working towards creating something (art, projects, relationships, or life), and what worked really well. I am also feeling into what the next steps are for Creativity Tribe.  I can’t wait to play at life with you!

Do you use Instagram?  Here are Creativity Tribe’s top nine Instagram posts.  You can find yours at 2016 Best Nine.  Just click over and enter your handle.

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The Turkey Who Stole My Heart

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A Thanksgiving Story originally published on my blog, Art Of Collecting Yourself.

When I was a kid, I had a pet turkey named Tom (creative, I know). Tom was little when he came to live with us.  He was the odd ball out.  The one turkey in a yard filled with lots of chickens; the only male in the hen-house.  If you have never lived with a turkey, day in and day out, you might not know what large egos they have.  This was the case with Tom for sure.  He could strut across the yard better than John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. It was almost impossible not to be enamored with him.

I had just gotten my driver’s license when I discovered that someone had broken into my truck one night and stolen the Alpine Radio I got for Christmas.  I was so upset, so mad. I’d never had anything stolen before.  I hopped in the truck and sped down our long driveway in reverse. At the end of the driveway, I hit a bump. It was Tom, and although he was badly hurt, he was alive. I was crushed.  And honestly….so was he.  The sting of the missing radio was gone, quickly replaced with my concern for Tom.  I would never have hurt him.

Tom had a hole in his little red beard, and he sat a bit crooked, but we hoped he would recover.  We cared for him for several weeks, and eventually he was strutting like nothing had ever happened.  Well almost….

Tom had a reason to live, revenge. It seems turkeys hold grudges just like anyone else who gets blind-sided.  Everyday he waited for me to walk to my truck, the same truck which I had driven when I hit him.  He tried to run up and spur me every day. The spurs are hard and sharp.  I had plenty of reason to be afraid.  He was stealthy and quick. It was an everyday ritual.  I would peek out the window, trying to find him.  When I thought the coast might be clear, I would make a run for it.   I had to carry a broom with me, swooshing him gently away as I came and went.

And when I drove out of the driveway, I learned to be patient.  He would, with his crooked little bird body, attack the tires which had attacked him. I almost ran over him again several times, even though I tried my darndest to stay clear. He just wouldn’t give up.  He was Don Quixote charging at windmills.

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But as much as I was afraid of him, I understood his obsession.  If I had not have cared for him and found him so irresistible, I might have given up on him.  But I just couldn’t.  The family tried to come up with a solution.

We even got him a little female turkey thinking that he would set revenge aside for love.  But Tom was smart enough to keep vigil over the truck by day and romance her by night, a regular TOM Juan.  Eventually, we found new homes for the two, a place where they could roam free from vehicles.  It was, of course, the right thing to do.  They grew old together there.  Happily.tom-juanTom was never meant for the table, and thankfully, he never made it there. I think of him every year as others are looking for the perfect bird for their Thanksgiving table. I wouldn’t hold a grudge at all if in the end, his new life helped him forget me all together.  I know I will never forget him.  He was the turkey who stole my heart.
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We are the Grateful Creatives!

A Collection of posts from the first half of #Gr8FullCre8ives

The #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challenge Prompt


Day 1 Spark: Beginnings

Day 2 Spark: Surroundings

 

Day 3 Spark: Body

 

Day 4 Spark: Mind

 

Day 5 Spark: Heart

 

Day 6 Spark: Traditions

 

Day 7 Spark: Creative Spirit

Day 9 Spark: Creative Interest

Day 11 Spark: Simple Pleasures

Day 12 Spark: Smile

Day 13 Spark: Movement

Day 14 Spark: Something Small

Gratitude Instagram Challenge #Gr8FullCre8ives

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Grateful Creatives… #Gr8FullCre8ives

Several years ago, when I was doing everything I could to pull myself out of a funk I found myself in, I began playing with practicing gratitude on a daily basis.  It didn’t take long for me to feel that I was generally a grateful and appreciative person.  It was a powerful shift for me.  I felt genuinely heart-centered.

As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I partner with Creatives who wish to live a more authentic, expressive life. I often begin by inviting them into a heart-centered flow through a gratitude practice.  The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

I have partnered with Creative Life Coach, Julie Jordan Scott, to bring you a month long gratitude challenge. Like me, Julie finds cultivating gratitude an essential practice for Creatives.Creating Gratitude #Gr8fullCre8ives

Sacred Creative Practice:  Don’t JUST think of this as counting your gratitudes.  That can be helpful, yes, but allow this challenge to also help you boost your creativity. Encourage yourself to think outside the box. Instagram allows images.  The images can be works of art in and of themselves.  They can also document your art, a poem, an altar, movement, music, singing, and reading of poetry.  Using both the image option and the video option there is so much you can do to express your gratitude. Let us spark you to stretch. Together we will create gratitude and our gratitude will help us stretch our creativity.

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Big Take Aways

WHAT: Gratitude Challenge using #Gr8FullCre8ives. (It helps to remember there are two 8’s and two L’s).

Why: Gratitude brings peace of mind.  Peace of mind helps us feel safe.  Safety encourages self-expression.  Self-expression is a balm to the spirit.  ….and oh, so much more.

WHERE: The challenge begins on Instagram where we have created one image with prompts for each day in November.  Use the word or phrase for that day to spark your creativity.

Periscope BONUS: We will be broadcasting around #Gr8FullCre8ives theme on Periscope. (See links below for Periscope profiles for Creativity Tribe and Julie Jordan Scott.) We will take the prompts from Instagram and create questions to scope about.  Please find us there and JOIN US in scoping if you would like.  You can also search for #Gr8FullCre8ives in Periscope or Twitter to follow along. (See the Twitter feed for #Gr8FullCre8ives at the bottom of this post.)

HOW: Start today…or whenever you wish to jump in during November.  The challenge is about creating a practice. We are not looking for perfection….we are encouraging participation.  Find the image with the prompts, repost to your Instagram, begin letting those prompts spark your posts.  Use #Gr8FullCre8ives so we can find you.

Team Gr8FullCre8ives

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Rachél Payne on Instagram and Periscope

#5for5BrainDump with Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott on Instagram and Periscope

Follow #Gr8FullCre8ives on Twitter…scroll below.

Lotus Dreams Mural

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One of the best gifts of being an artist-married-to-an-artist is that we understand the creative process and can support one another as we work on a project.  This last year, he has been a trouper.  Creativity Tribe has bloomed in so many ways.  He has been right there beside me, attending workshops, acting as my cheerleader-man, my roadie, my counselor, and my behind-the-scenes partner.

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Creativity Tribe is thriving, in part, because he is as dedicated to sharing a love of creativity as I am.

So why all this talk about my artist-hubby?  Well, this last weekend, he was commissioned to paint a large mural for a local tea house, Lotus Dreams Tea.  I will be following his progress here and on the other social media spots I hang out on.

Check back often to follow our progress!

Last Day to Join

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Hello, Creatives Spirits!  

A beautiful array of Creatives is gathering for the Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey.

This 21 day e-course invites you into a personal journey of exploration within an inspired community.  That’s Creativity Tribe.  We will be blending meditation with mixed media art techniques to create our own personalized collection of art oracle cards.

The class just kicked off today.  Tomorrow will be the last day to join.  Come inside and art oracle with  me!

Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey….get the details.

Mixed Media Art Oracle Cards
Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey….get the details.

Rachel Payne Creativity Life Coach

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Mixed Media Art Guided Meditation Art Card Trade More than an e-course. It's an e-journey!
The moment I discovered art cards, I was in LOVE!  They were small enough to finish in one setting, great for art-on-the-go, and somehow, somehow…… the small canvas could hold big parts of my heart!  I’ve been making these little beauties for a decade now, and in the last few months, I started a creative practice that speaks to me both creatively and spiritually.

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I am delighted to bring you along on this journey of self-discovery with me.  Creativity Tribe is hosting the Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey.  This is a 21 day eJourney…. an on-line class… designed to give you a simple but powerful creative practice in the form of art oracle cards.

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I will share my favorite tips, tricks, tutorials, and inspiration each day.  You will also have the opportunity to experience creating within an inspired community.  The course includes a Facebook Group where we will share our experience, our stories, symbolism, and process.  With that kind of connections, creative juices are promises to flow!!

Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey blends creativity and spirituality….

  • Mixed Media Art Tutorials
  • Create your own Art Oracle using Playing Cards
  • Enjoy a simple, safe meditation that connects you to your heART
  • Join Rachél in Guided Visualizations
  • Facebook Group to share your Art and Experience
  • Plus, BONUS: Art Card Trade the week after the course

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More than an e-course….It’s an e-journey!

21 Days
September 19th – October 9th
with a BONUS Art Card Trade
October 10th.
Investment: $45




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Create Your Own Art Oracle

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Have you ever wished to have your own art oracle?  To have a collection of cards that might give you insight into the workings of your life?  Beautiful cards with images, symbols, and stories that speak directly to your heart?  Now is your chance!

Join me, Rachél Payne, for a 21 day guided e-journey where mixed media altered art cards meet the inner sanctuary of Self.  Our time together will include my favorite tips, tricks, and tutorials for creating dynamic, mixed media art cards, as well as, a simple, creativity practice to help you connect more deeply with your own Inner Sanctuary.

This sacred creativity gathering spotlights a personal journey of discovery in the midst of inspired community. Dive into this experience as a way of getting to know yourself more fully, but be prepared to allow the Creativity Tribe community to inspire your art and your heart to expand and deepen all at the same time.

Mixed Media Art Oracle Cards

They class is filling up with the most beautiful array of people. Artists.  Writers.  Dreamers.  Spiritualists. Ordinary, everyday people who wish to spark meaning and magic in their lives.  Sound like your kind of people?

Give yourself the gift of inspiration.  21 Days ….just enough time to walk away with a collection of cards you will treasure.

Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey blends creativity and spirituality….

  • Mixed Media Art Tutorials
  • Create your own Art Oracle using Playing Cards
  • Enjoy a simple, safe meditation that connects you to your heART
  • Join Rachél in Guided Visualizations
  • Facebook Group to share your Art and Experience
  • Plus, BONUS: Art Card Trade the week after the course

More than an e-course….It’s an e-journey!

21 Days
September 19th – October 9th

with a BONUS Art Card Trade
October 10th.

Investment: $45




Life Coach Rachel Payne

Tune into Your Dream

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“Tune into your dreams,” he said.  Sitting with one of my mentors at Cafe Calypso, whispering between the words of the folk songs that come wafting by, I am caught up in his words.  I feel a bubble form around us.  People float around the bubble but never stop to engage.  I am grateful for this time with him, alone.  His thoughts make my mind expand.  His heart opens me to more fully loving this life that we have shared for nearly 30 years.  Dr. Erwin was once my college freshman English professor and is now my mentor, my friend, and my muse.

He talks to me of my dreams and says, “Many people are never confronted by their dreams.”  The word CONFRONT hits me hard.  Confronted by a dream?

As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I often work with Creatives who play with dreams that are whispering to them.  Dreams do that.  They start with a whisper and become louder and louder.  Sometimes they become loud because they need our attention.  I also think they grow in strength as we give them attention. The more we tune into a dream the more the dream grows and blooms.

Families gathered at the Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative SpiritThe Pop-up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit invites participants to “Tune Into Your Dreams.”

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Are your dreams speaking to you?  Whispering?  Are they speaking loudly?  What would happen, do you think, if you turned the volume up?  What if you invited your dream to confront you? Would you open yourself to it?

I invite you to play with opening up to your dream.  Dreamwork is powerful. Ask your dream to show you the way, to show you the next right step to move towards fully embodying it.  Invite yourself to tune into your dream and lean into your own amplified existence.

Life Coach Rachel Payne
Rachél Payne, MS is the heART and soul behind Creativity Tribe.  She is a Life Coach, Sacred Creativity Guide, and Arts Educator. Rachél’s passion is help others fall in love with themselves and their life using creativity and spirituality.  She lives in Corpus Christi, Texas (just off the Gulf of Mexico) where she offers sacred creativity workshops and one-on-one sessions crafted to her client’s needs.  She also works with Creatives and Wanna-Be-Creatives via the internet. (Note….we are all creative, some just don’t yet fully own it.) You can find her under the Creativity Tribe handle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…and nearly everyday live and on replay through Periscope.

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