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Spark Your Creative Self-Care Journey

Are you ready to Spark
Your Creative Self-Care Journey?

Well, I have a treat for you. I created a Self-Care Spark Guide that highlights the areas I focused on to ignite self-care in my own life. Now, I am sharing it with you!

Over the last several months, like others, I have been soaking in the stress of the world. It didn’t take long for me to realize that living from a place of stress wasn’t much of a way to live.  It was time to turn it around.  So, I decided I would do myself and the world a gift by upping my level of self-care.  The actions I took really made a difference in my stress experience.  It didn’t change the world but did change my reaction to it.

Benefits of a Creative Self-Care Practice

I also found I had more to give.  I showed up to life in a more open way.  Instead of putting up an invisible but energetically tangible wall around situations that might ping my stress, I felt more centered and available.  I could give more support to others and had more to give to my own creative projects. I even found myself raising my voice for change without needing to be overwhelmed by the stress that can come with transformation.

Understand your unique voice with Creative Self-Care

Feeling the benefits of self-care for myself, I knew I wanted to share the highlights with you. Self-care is both a calming and strengthening force for those interested in living the Creative Life.

Self-Care Sparks Guide: A Gift

  • A full-color guidebook featuring a handful of nurturing actions to jumpstart your self-care journey.
  • An invitation to the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group…for ongoing creativity and self-care boosters!
  • Updates on Creativity Tribe: tips and events for connecting creativity &  life.
  • And lots of good vibes from yours truly!

 

Creative Self-Care Spark E-Book Free Gift

Self-Care Spark Gift Rachel Payne with Creativity Tribe. Life Coach, Expressive Arts Facilitator, artist, spirituality, creativity

Pet Therapy for Creative Stress Relief

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Happy Friday, Creative Spirits!!!  I’m diving into a bit of pet therapy for creative stress relief this week.

I spent the night cuddled up with one of my StudioCats, Gypsy.  I knew the night might be a bit restless.  I had to go to bed early and get up extra early. So I plugged in my essential oil diffuser, dropped in a bit of Vetiver Oil and tucked myself in.

That is when Gypsy joined me for a snuggle that lasted most of the night.  She curled up extra tight when a morning storm with high winds, lightening, and rain arrived just before dawn.  I think we helped each other with a bit of pet therapy for stress relief.

Art Studio Cat Gypsy is sleeping

I started the day thinking about how HAPPY my fur family makes me.  They make me laugh, provide beautiful companionship, and good stories with other family members and friends.

We are fostering a momma kitty and her kittens, and last month fostered a little dog we named Bijou (which means Jewel.)


Our house is alive with little, furry love connections.  Makes for great work breaks and stress busters.

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President Slinkin’ loves being the center of attention!

We are sharing pics and stories of our fur babies
in the Creativity Tribe FB Group today
for a bit of group pet therapy for creative stress relief.
Hop over and show off your little loves!

Are you looking for a quick stress buster?  Don’t have a fur baby?
Here is some good medicine for you!  >>Enjoy<<

Walking on Sunshine: Life Beyond Cancer

I am Light India ArieLast year, I created a music playlist on my Kindle called Walking on Sunshine.  I was playing with a bit of music therapy as a creative solution for bringing light into my life during a difficult time.  I had uterine cancer, and an ongoing, nasty story running in my head had been telling me I was going to die.

Rachel Payne in shadow and light.
Dramatic, I know.  But heads do that to us sometimes.

Mine had been spinning the tale for a few decades.  My mother had died at 45, and her father before her also died at 45.  Somehow, the script got stuck playing on a loop in my head too.  I tried time and again to make it stop altogether, but as 45 drew closer, it began to manifest itself.  So when I found out at 44 that I had cancer, I began planting seeds of sunshine in my life more rigorously.

womb doodle(This image is from my Cancer Journey journal.  
Look for today’s journal prompt at the end of this blog entry.)

The stress management playlist had a great collection of sunny songs.  I would listen to it several times a day and run creative visualizations around in my imagination…..

… What life beyond cancer would look like.
… What life beyond cancer would feel like.
… What life beyond cancer would….you name it!

My imagination took me there!

Paths to healing include will, belief, forgive, love, and have faith.
What’s Today?!

Exactly a year ago today, I grabbed my playlist, cranked it up and dressed myself for the ride to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital.

MD Anderson Cancer Hospital

MD Anderson Cancer Hospital

I was due for surgery early in the day.  I felt myself walking into a shadowy path, but I felt filled with light. The songs were alive with all the stories I had layered into them with my imagination, and I relished them like a castaway imagining the succulent meals at the end of their lonely journey.  I was feasting on the sun!

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The sunshine stories told of the life of my deepest desires…..

….Told of art shows, fabulous paintings that would bless those whose walls they graced, and connections with people who wanted to work with me on making their dreams come true.

…. Told of retreats I would teach, workshops for inspiring personal growth and cultivating connections with something within that was both sacred and creative.

….Told of a deepened relationship with friends, family, community, and that something Greater than us.

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Change Your Story, Change Your Life

I walked into the hospital feeling like those new stories out-shone the old story.  So many lovely things clicked into place to make the new stories feel like they were taking form in the present moment.

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The surgery went well.
The staff was excellent.
I recovered easily and quickly.
My tests came back with GLOWING results. 

 All was well…..and still is.

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Life a Year Later:  Shadow or Light?

When I sat down to write this post, none of that was in the plans.  None of the cancer stuff anyway.

I was excite (am excited) because this is my 200th post on this site.  It coincides with a stream of awesomeness that has taken shape over the last month or so.

Rachel Payne art show

Walking On Sunshine: Life Beyond Cancer

I wanted to write about everything that was going right in my life.   When I went to type the title, “Walking On Sunshine”, it made me think about the playlist….and then the cancer….and “Wait a minute!  What is today?”

A quick look at the calendar confirmed the surgery was exactly a year ago.

My subconscious mind must have been toying with it.  Love all those sychronicities.

As it happens, I realized I have created many of my “life beyond cancer” imaginings.  That is exactly what I set out to write about.  My dreams are coming true….and sometimes more quickly than I know what to do with!  Great problems to have, huh?!

Red Tent of Houston at Women's Retreat

I am celebrating!

Last week I taught at a Women’s Retreat, then came home, hung a one woman show of paintings that I am so in love with, sold over half them, have been booked for more art classes, more workshops, more art shows, …… one thing after another is going SO right.  Did I mention, 200 posts?!

I feel like I am…..Walking On Sunshine.

Walking on Sunshine

And don’t it feel good!

Celebrating….one year, all clear!

Journal Prompt:  
What would life be like for you
if you were Walking On Sunshine?

Continue the Walking on Sunshine conversation in the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group.  I would love to support your shiny, glowing life! 

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Self-Care Practice: Let the Love In

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Self-Care Practice:
Give Yourself Permission

Simple self-care is essential during times of high stress.  We often feel guilty or unworthy of giving to ourselves, especially during the holidays.  We have so much focus on getting for others, doing for others, and the importance of being in service, that we forget to include serving our own spirit.

This is not about being selfish or ego centered.  Far from it.  It is about building yourself up to the glory of all you really are….just for the simple act of existing.  You are worthy of so much.

These self-care ideas are a great gift of love to yourself.

Embrace the Season of Giving
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Give yourself permission to let the love in.
Feel LOVE soak into your body
mind
and spirit.

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Give yourself permission to put YOU on your list of priorities.
Indulge in what you need to make life the best it can be
without apology!

give yourself the gift of massage

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Give yourself permission to breathe deep and easy.
Let the breath fill your body and
clear out whatever your spirit
wishes to let go of.

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Give yourself permission to stay under the covers a little longer
tomorrow….and  again
the next morning….and the morning after that.

two super cute cats cuddling

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Give yourself permission to take up space,
not to shrink when you feel you are in the way.
Practice settling into the moment
and owning your part in it.
This is your exquisite existence.

Step into the Light

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Practice giving permission to bloom today.  You deserve it!
Flowers Bloom

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Use the Self-Care Practice Guide as a reminder…
Pin, Share, Add to your journal.
Post in a place where you can be reminded
to claim yourself as a priority in your day.

Great self-care practice. Give yourself permission to let love in.

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Rachel Payne life creativity coach

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Ready to spark your self-care journey? This full color guide to gives you a handful of self-care actions to help you manage stress and up your self-care game. Filled with tips and tricks, this e-book helps you bust stress so you can more fully connect with the heart of your creativity.

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Welcome to CT

Hi, I am Rachél.... the quirky, big-hearted soul behind Creativity Tribe, a sanctuary for your creative spirit. As a life coach and artist, I know the importance of community, celebration, and transformation. Creativity Tribe is abuzz with connections to other creative bloggers and offers tips and stories to inspire your creative lifestyle!
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There is a beauty that comes out of sharing a journey with another person....a dream for yourself, a direction for a project, a way out of the muck that holds your Creative Spirit back. Let's talk about working together. creativitytribe@gmail.com