Why It’s Time To Stretch Those Creative Sore Spots

  It’s not always easy to stretch creative sore spots for one very simple, but silly, reason.   Complacency. Often self-imposed.   We get stuck in a routine. There are expectations, excuses, and distractions of all kinds. Other people blindside us with their demands and drama, and we are all too happy to let them because we don’t realize how stuck we feel.   After a while, we think of our creativity as something that’s a shadow in the background of our liv … [Read more...]

Change Up the Brush That Paints Your Creative Perspective

  A change in seasons is on the way and along with it, an opportunity to change up your creative perspective and how you open your heart to exploration.   There are standard changes that come in every season through nature. New things are about to bloom, others are about to complete their journey and need to be released. Seasonal foods, smells, travel opportunities, weddings, classes, or jobs are also often part of this shift. And let’s not forget all the baby critters finally … [Read more...]

Get Raw to Tap Into Next Level Creativity

  If you identify as a creative or entrepreneur, you are secretly, or not so secretly, looking to tap into next level creativity. Especially when things feel stale and too predictable.   You can take things into your own hands and actively cause a little chaos to shake things up. And while blowing up your own life can be an interesting distraction and adrenaline rush, it’s not always a way to next level creative expression (but sometimes necessary).   So for the m … [Read more...]

Change Up Routines, Refresh the Spirit

  It's spring time for me here in the US, which means I'm feeling a pull - a pull to change up my routines and refresh my spirit. I see it as an opportunity to shake off the winter mindset and look at things with the eyes and heart of a beginner as I go inward to reflect on what's next.    At the same time, I use it as a chance to review my habits and see if they are still serving me in positive ways. Habits structure our day and outlook on life, after all, which makes … [Read more...]

Notice and Leverage Useful Insight from Creative Crunch Time Behaviors

  Creative crunch time behaviors are something we all develop. Students, employees, entrepreneurs and creatives alike deal with the sense of dread that comes with looming deadlines and feeling the mental and physical pressure. We also have habits we return to again and again in crunch time that we can use to our advantage - if we stop judging ourselves about them.   Take a moment to pause and think about it. When you have a deadline looming and start to feel the pressure, what … [Read more...]

Balancing Passion With Patience as a Creative Entrepreneur

  Most creative entrepreneurs often have more than one thing we would consider a passion.   Some of those passions feed each other as part of our business, others serve as a way for us to go within and tap into our raw fire and pure joy to rejuvenate. This is how we fuel all of the things on life’s to-do list - energized by the flow to help keep everything moving along.   We also feel comfortable taking creative risks. It’s part of our DNA, in a way. We understand th … [Read more...]

Wake Up to Your New Creative Dawn

    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...]

Finding Your Creative Sweet Spot

  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

  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...]

The Power In Taking Little Steps Forward

  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 d … [Read more...]