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...]

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...]

Give Wings to What Needs to Be Released or Take Flight

  As the energy of release continues with the bold, bright super moon , something even bigger is just over the horizon that's being illuminated in our hearts. You may feel it, sense it or even dream of it, as it tosses and turns in waves within, waiting to be seen or noticed. Or you may realize something is simply so uncomfortable that it must go, whatever the cost.    Welcome to the precipice of death and rebirth; the edge of intuition and reason.    The … [Read more...]

Transformation and Getting to the Heart of Your True Creative Identity

  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...]

Wisdom of the Leaves and Flowing with Change

  Hi there creative souls!   I'm heading out to visit family for a week on the east coast. I'm looking forward to the seeing the beautiful, colorful leaves and embracing a change of pace away from the computer as I catch up with friends and loved ones.   My travel plans will keep me from crafting blog posts for a few weeks, but I'm looking forward to a technology break and the chance to explore new creative insights I can share with all of you soon.   Go … [Read more...]

Release, Surrender and Opening Up to Creative Renewal

As we cycle through the seasons, a natural rhythm evolves in the external world related to the earth, as well as in our inner world through creative renewal.   In spring it’s about planting seeds and taking care of them. When summer rolls around, we are surrounded by what’s grown ripe. In fall, harvest is in full swing, as we collect the bounty of what we’ve planted. In winter, the dormant earth reminds us to turn inward in order to release what’s not growing to begin again, guided by … [Read more...]

Creative Revelations and Taking Chances

As the year slides towards the finish line, there’s an almost universal vibe of reflection in the air. The feeling can be hard to pin down into one word or a string of adjectives. It takes you into and out of memories, wins, regrets and creative revelations. There’s a strong sense of being in two worlds at once, as you honor the one you are in and prepare for the new, ready or not.   You’ve learned. Celebrated. Loved. Released. Expressed gratitude.   And you’ve created. Even … [Read more...]

Creativity Kick-Start: Review Old Ideas to Spark New Inspiration

  Inspiration is a beautiful, mysterious gift. It’s an unpredictable, illuminating and altogether tingly experience that sneaks up on you in interesting ways. While inspiration catches your eye and motivates your heart in the moment, what happens to that insight beyond the moment?   Some ideas catch on fire right away and have a mind of their own.   Other ideas stall, become frustrating or soon feel sticky or clunky, along with your creative drive.   It’s … [Read more...]

Honoring the Birth and Death Cycle of Creativity

  The circle of creation and destruction is a daily ritual that starts with the sunrise and ends with the sunset. Each day, every single person on the planet has the opportunity to create, nurture and then lay something to rest. During this same 24-hour cycle also lies the opportunity to honor the creation and destruction cycle within yourself.   This circle of renewal and release can sound a bit ominous, but it happens all the time without you putting much thought into i … [Read more...]

Release the Old to Welcome in the New Year with Grace

  Photo by ~*Leah*~ on Flickr As we prepare for the year to come to a close, the focus is usually already on the year ahead. You know…buckle down. Get clear. Make lists, Set goals. Get FIRED UP! However, in all the holiday hub bub, often we forget this time of year is also a very emotional one. We mix with family members and acquaintances we only see a few times of year and may not particularly like. We also have to answer big lifestyle questions about love, career and our g … [Read more...]