Wake Up to Your New Creative Dawn

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    As we transition into the fresh 365 days we call 2018, I find myself drawn to the idea of a new creative dawn - and what that really means for each of us.   In some ways it’s about tossing out old habits and finding new healthier ones. Letting go of baggage and getting clear on what we value and want with a more empowered focus. Setting goals and intentions. You know, standard January fare.   These very practical approaches are important tools, but focus … [Read more...]

Hope As A Creative Guide

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  As we edge towards the end of one year, and beginning of another, we have a chance to get reacquainted with hope and what it means to us.   We can begin to think about... How is it present or missing from our lives The ways we crave it, and sometimes put it on things that don’t deserve it Times we lost it in ourselves,  along with our ability to connect with, and successfully create, what we dream about in our hearts   The idea of hope can get a b … [Read more...]

Creative Hustle Habits: What To Keep, Release Or Grow

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  Ahh, the good old creative hustle. The drive to keep creative ideas alive and flowing while making a little side scratch to build a business, or simply keep our personal creativity flowing in the day-to-day. Freelancers especially understand this dance, as we try to choreograph it with available projects and staying creatively engaged in our work. At times it can be exhilarating, like winning a prize at the last minute that you never expected, and offers great experience - plus … [Read more...]

Lead With a Grateful Heart To Inspire More Creativity and Love

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  How often do you lead with a grateful heart?   Is a daily act or seasonal one?   A community inspired practice or a mindful act of meditation you tap into when feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or ungrounded?   Or do you see a grateful heart as part of who you are intrinsically - the core of what makes you uniquely you because of how you express that feeling?    It can be all and more. There's no one right way. The power is in sharing and … [Read more...]

Making it Through a Creative Desert to the Other Side

  It takes guts to admit when we are in the middle of a creative desert, especially if we aren’t sure how to get out of it to the other side.    The experience can start out innocently enough. Distractions become more engaging than looking at what’s “dried up”, and why. Drama inflicted by others takes on a new level of importance, and there’s always lots of excuses about timing and inspiration. We might also focus on what isn’t working to a fault, instead of what we can cr … [Read more...]

What Do You See as Barriers to Success? Why?

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      Even when we are successful by a variety of standards, our mindset can continue to focus on barriers in our career, relationships, or life.   Some version of these questions might also pop into our head...   When will I be seen and noticed for my true value and talents? How will this get me closer to what I see as “making it?” What is wrong with me that I find it so hard to keep good friendships or relationships?   And so on… … [Read more...]

Facing, and Dismissing, the Inner and Outer Critic

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I can’t put this any simpler; we all face a judgy inner critic that drones on in our mind, and an outer critic (the world) that sprinkles our eyes and ears with nonsense and comparisons. It’s what can turn our self expression into an age old battle between ego (what makes us look good to ourselves and others), and heart (what we really feel and want to express.)    This struggle is the discordant energy that shapes us as people, like wind against beautiful sandstone in the des … [Read more...]

Creative Fog is Natural and Necessary to Ignite Genuine Self-Expression

  Creative fog happens to everyone sooner or later.   It can feel like a spacey, fuzzy vibe that triggers the sensation of being ungrounded or floaty. Creative fog can also make us confused about what’s important, or unclear about what we feel inspired to create.   Sometimes we get locked into this smoky, hazy space by trying to mentally push our way through. We may also unknowingly pile on harsh self-talk, self-judgment, or experience anxiety or mood swings as our i … [Read more...]

Finding Your Creative Sweet Spot

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  Do you know your creative sweet spot; that space where you feel free, empowered, and clear to create anything? Where all the pieces of the puzzle fit together in a way that makes you confident, and inspired to create without burning out?   If you do, keep rocking it!   For the rest of us juggling lots of interests and passion projects, the creative sweet spot moves. A lot.   At times it’s easy to find and nurture. Our vision is clear and feels on p … [Read more...]

Allow Creative Mystery To Enchant You

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  When was the last time you felt enchanted or drawn by a sense of creative mystery, free of boundaries or rules? No plan, no specific path, just open opportunity led by curiosity?   Can you recall when you last tuned into the creative mystery within yourself; to a connection that is felt and envisioned rather than drawn out on paper into a clear outline and process?   Or, do you focus on the “practical” side of creating without inviting in the mystery of what’s poss … [Read more...]