Creating New Order Out of Chaos

  Despite how messy it may feel, creating new order out of chaos offers a powerful opportunity to step up and reset your life in positive ways you could never plan for outright.   Chaos rolls through everyone’s life at some point, no exceptions. The experience of chaos is different for everyone. It can creep in slowly, like thick fog rising on a chilly fall evening, or pop in suddenly like a thunder clap. And even though you KNOW chaos is a normal part of life, the way it s … [Read more...]

Creative Friction Is The Gift You Never Knew You Wanted

  Yes, you are reading this correctly - creative friction is the gift you never knew you wanted.   I could give a speech about how every great writer, artist, and entrepreneur faces challenges or obstacles they need to overcome, but we’ve heard that one a million times. I can also share insights on the hero’s journey and the essential role it holds in making us the fully baked humans we are meant to be, but tons of other folks have already done it.   I want to hig … [Read more...]

Honoring Creative Opportunities That Almost Were

  Whether we realize it or not, honoring creative opportunities means celebrating what has, or has not, come to pass.   Any creative, artist, or entrepreneur can share a list of creative opportunities that were almost...something. Perhaps they were almost profitable, popular, manageable, effective, successful, noteworthy - notice the trend here? This realization is not new, mind-blowing, or unique. Yet, those same creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs can spend a lot of time … [Read more...]

Mindful Ways to Manage Creative Expectations

  It happens to the best of us when we create - the rise of pesky creative expectations!   When tuned into the passion of the creative process and fully engaged, energy is high and we are immersed in building what we envision. Inspiration is flowing and the creative process is organically emergent and natural.   What we might not realize is that we are also adding a few creative expectations to the mix, unconsciously.   For example, we can create art, a … [Read more...]

Ways to Establish Inner Balance During Creative Crunch Time

  Stress is part of life, but often much more noticeable during creative crunch time.   Sensations related to the bubbling up of stress are easy to ignore. We have TV and social media to help distract us, while a few drinks or a good meal also does the trick. These habits help take our mind off of focusing on all the little to-do’s and help us recharge for a bit. Yet, ultimately, they don’t address the most important element - how we cope with stress in the day to day … [Read more...]

Natural Momentum is a Free Creative Superpower

  Connecting with our unique natural momentum isn’t always…natural.   When the brain keeps diverting us to expectations, rules, and shoulds, the natural momentum of life and creative expression gets muted. Demands on the self and what we need to “force” can take over, while the heart’s desires become an afterthought, or seen as a frivolous luxury.   I wish I could say I’ve never let my brain take over and tell me how much better everything would be if I just FORCED m … [Read more...]

Branching Out Into New Creative Waters

  Branching out into new creative waters is about more than trying something different or uncharacteristic of your norm. More than starting a new healthy habit or spiritual ritual.   I’m talking about a heart based decision to stand fully in who you are, even when your legs are shaky and your voice cracks. When fear creeps up the back of your neck, but you step forward anyway, willing to face the emotional challenge and find new ground to build an authentic creative foundation … [Read more...]

Balancing the Weight of Evidence and Trust in Creative Endeavors

  There’s no way around it; embarking on creative endeavors has a baked-in requirement - that we learn the unique balance between evidence and trust. The balance doesn’t have to be equal in measure, but it does need to feel authentic, and in alignment with what we value and want to create.   If we place too much focus on “evidence” we can convince ourselves right out of an idea, or into one built around safety rather than inspiration. When our values are not our own, but based … [Read more...]

Creative Empowerment is a Commitment to Practicing Your Truth, Moment to Moment

  There’s something about the idea of creative empowerment that can feel a bit slippery as a concept.   Is it an action? Feeling? Belief? All of the above?   Something we are born with? Learn? Practice?   A lofty goal that can never be attained?   I like to think of creative empowerment as an invitation to live into what we are becoming through what we are creating, moment to moment. Or in other words, how we step into life and act or react to w … [Read more...]

Practicing Creative Closure and Coming to Peace With What Is

  In my experience, creative closure is an essential part of the creative process. It’s the part that stings, disappoints and sometimes sets us back, as much as it teaches humility, imbues us with hard won wisdom, and sets us free.   The challenge is in understanding how we come to creative closure in our mind and heart, even when saying goodbye to something feels forced or like a last resort.   As much as we want reasons and clarity why something isn’t flowing or … [Read more...]