How Are You Going To Be More True To Yourself In 2017?

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    Being true to yourself as you transition into the energy of a new year sounds good on paper, but can be a little challenging to put into practice.   January can feel packed with demands, expectations and a call to kick-off something, anything new. Hope and excitement energy feels invigorating, and is a nice shift to help inspire your creative heart. The same energy can also scatter your attention, especially when it’s blended with an underlying sense of urgency … [Read more...]

Appreciation, Creative Inspiration and Seeing With the Heart

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As we all close out 2016 in our own way, it's easy to think about the creative "to-do's" or physical accomplishments that have come to pass. They serve as concrete markers of our efforts and the goals we set out to meet. And let's be honest - who doesn't enjoy seeing a physical path to creative expression and accomplishment? It always inspires a reason to celebrate and connect with a feeling of appreciation!   At the same time, it's also easy to slip into thinking about what me missed … [Read more...]

Acknowledge and Honor Emotions to Take Creative Self-Care to a New Level

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  Every road leads through emotions and triggers, especially when it comes to creativity.   As an emotionally-fueled experience, creativity guides you towards what you feel, fear or want to understand more clearly about yourself and the world around you. And when it comes to truly practicing creative self-care, emotions are the guiding force.   In a way, you are always dancing between what you acknowledge you feel, are afraid to feel or don’t understand how to feel. … [Read more...]

Listening to the Wisdom of the Body to Guide Creative Self-Care

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  Listening to the wisdom of the body becomes essential when you feel overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted.   Yet, it’s in these situations people force things the most, attempting to meet an unrealistic goal, honor a commitment or live up to an unreasonable expectation.   In a culture where being strong all the time and pushing through is expected, listening to the wisdom of the body can seem a bit “airy fairy” or impractical. Add in deadlines and societal … [Read more...]

Transformation and Getting to the Heart of Your True Creative Identity

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  Part of change, real deep inner transformation, has ripple effects on how you honor and relate to your true creative identity.   The way you see, hear and interpret things opens up. What you feel and the degree to which it influences you changes, too. Things that were once satisfying may now feel flat or uninspired, and the people around you may feel like they drain instead of empower you.   This process of opening up towards your true creative identity is why … [Read more...]

Creative Expression Mirrors the Health of your Personal Power Connection

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  Personal power is creative expression in action.  Art, innovation, leadership, healing, cooking - the number of possible expressions is endless and you are free to explore them all.   However, the act of creating is only one step of the whole creation process.   To take an idea into action you must first tap into your personal power, which is deeply affected by how safe, strong and willing  you feel to express yourself. In other words, the quality of what you … [Read more...]

Myths About Creative Mastery: Which Ones Do You Believe and Practice?

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  The idea of creative mastery is undergoing a revolution - and it's all thanks to the connective power of the internet.   Inspiring ideas, connections and technologies are helping jump start new industries, collaborations and problem solving techniques. You can find love, an audience and a sense of belonging. More than ever people want to tap into their true selves, then express and share their creative gifts. This shift is transforming how we define, value and measure … [Read more...]

Dreaming With the E-Brake On: How We Unknowingly Limit Creative Options

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  How do you define creative options for yourself?   As possibilities you hold in your heart?  Clear choices out on the table? Hobbies and weekend passions that spark creativity? A list of alternatives that serve as a back-up to well-orchestrated plans?   Or is it expressed as an automatic gut-inspired choice?   While there's no “one” way to see and act on the creative options in front of you, there's a well-worn way you often go about it - and your … [Read more...]

Dancing With the Dynamic of Being Practical and Staying Open-Hearted

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  When you really boil it down, it's easy to think of life as a dance between being practical and staying open-hearted.   You can twist yourself up in knots trying to find out the “right”, “best” or approved” way of doing something. Maybe even strategize ways to avoid pain, people or situations using a practical state-of-mind.   Yet, people are inherently heart-centric - even though they don’t always admit it. The state of your heart influences decisions, … [Read more...]

Desires, Soul Callings and How Time and Timing Shapes Them

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Do you listen to your desires and soul callings? I mean really listen to their texture and nuances?   What do they feel, smell and sound like? Can you see yourself acting on them, or are they simply a fantasy to play with when you are bored?   Do you feel there is a right time for them, and trust you will know when that time is?   The really cool part about desires and soul callings is that they serve as option placeholders. They are a way to express yourself, … [Read more...]