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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

The Power In Taking Little Steps Forward

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  There’s always power in taking little steps forward.   Little steps allow you to feel into something slowly, build clarity bit by bit, and ignite sparks of courage that prompt you to leap outside of your comfort zone.   Small, consistent efforts also create forward movement, guiding energy towards growth and awareness by how things feel in the heart, instead of how the mind thinks they should be or flow.   As you tune into more heart-centered choices … [Read more...]

Do You Embrace or Suppress the Creative Storm Brewing Within?

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  There’s a creative storm brewing within you right now. Yes, you.   It might not feel like much of a storm. Perhaps it seems more like a collection of thoughts, desires, emotions, and experiences circling about, building momentum. Churning. Brushing up against each other, causing a little friction and fire as they dance together.   But that’s how the creative spark works.   It’s not a mind thing, it’s an inspiration thing. A feeling thing that’s unique … [Read more...]

How We Unleash Natural Talents When We Get Clear On Our “No’s”

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  The word “no” looks small on paper, but it’s a powerful word to express when it really means saying "yes" to something much bigger - our natural talents.   As little ones we learn about the word “no” pretty quickly. Sometimes we were doing something legitimately unsafe and needed to be redirected. Other times the word was expressed with annoyance because of the state of mind, mood, and ingrained personal fear patterns of our caregivers, making us a bit … [Read more...]

Why It’s Essential to Blaze a Fresh Trail Between Playing it Safe and Taking Risks

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  We each have a unique way of playing it safe or taking risks with our life choices and self-expression.    It’s influenced by our age, personal circumstances, levels of fear, and patterns we’ve learned while growing up. The hurt we have accumulated, and held onto, also plays a big role in how we blaze this trail for ourselves, and what we expect is possible for us.   For example, risks within a relationship may seem so much scarier than the ones along our … [Read more...]

Creative Opinions, Which Ones Are You Taking to Heart And Why?

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  There will always be people who want to share their creative opinions about what we do. Their words can come across as a harmless, simple suggestions meant to inspire or motivate us, or they may cut wide and deep, venturing into preachy territory.   These two ends of the creative opinions spectrum can start out with good intent, but don’t necessarily foster our creative spirit. However, while you are unable to stop people from sharing their thoughts, what they say is not … [Read more...]