The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the December issue of Creativity Calling!
Are you already spread thin beneath a mountain of holiday tasks, activities and gatherings? This month our coaches offer gifts for all of us to wrap our minds around -- a plethora of ideas, tips and tools for enjoying the holiday season.
Sandy reminds us to be certain we take time to honor ourselves and have fun doing it. Having recently relocated, Dave shares his thoughts on how to adapt and recover creative goals thrown off kilter due to life changes. Lynn inspires us to give creative, meaningful gifts of the heart this year. And, trusting our inner authentic selves, Brecia shares, is the gift we can give ourselves, whatever the season.
Saying farewell to 2009, let's resolve to carry with us the sweetness of the past year, leaving behind the rest. With a couple deep restorative breaths, let's allow ourselves to be truly present, where we'll always find the real present. Here's to celebrating you and those you love during this wonderful season.
Do you have a creative soul on your holiday list? Why not inspire him/her with copies of the CCA's Inspiring Creativity anthology book or Success Stories E-book? With no wrapping or shipping on your part, one or both books can be purchased today from within this newsletter! Be the spark that lights someone's creativity year round!
Finally, I'm pleased to announce that in January 2010, CCA's Creativity Marketplace will be unveiled, showcasing products and services from our talented coaches. Stay tuned for additional details within an upcoming flyer!
Continue to write us with your questions and areas of interest -- we love your input!
Joy to you and Joy to our world!
Giving the Gift of Self
By Sandy Nelson
Beverly Down, President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Are you on your holiday gift list? No matter your culture, we're all caught up in the energy of this gratitude and giving season. In the rush to increase your activities and the strain of doing so much, are you taking care of you? How would you answer this question, Are you having fun? It's important to stay balanced and that includes being thankful for getting yourself here once again. Feeling thankful for family and friends, and reflecting upon experiences you've had over the last year, leads to celebrating. This season, don't forget to make time for a party of one.
We give ourselves permission to gift others, why not ourselves? What you choose for your personal celebration helps you engage your authentic self. You can wrap it in fancy paper and delicious bows, or eat it out of a sack. Maybe watch a favorite movie, or move your body in an enjoyable way. Spend as much time picking the best gift you can give yourself, as you do for others. You're absolutely worth the effort - and attention. Play with it, make it really fun!
It's also easy to fall into habits about who you give to. However, it might be time for a review of your traditions, attitudes and obligations. Why that person and gift? What is it that you're celebrating? Giving a gift is a special reflection of your relationship with another. Giving a gift to yourself is just as important. You wouldn't show up empty-handed at a birthday party; so make sure to celebrate you.
During the Holidays, we all need extra energy, too. Follow these tips to create a happier holiday for you:
- Stay open and balanced
- Put yourself at the top of your gift list
- Breathe, smile and play
- Gift yourself daily
- Keep it real and make it fun
While you're at it, make a part of every day a party for you.
~ Sandy Nelson is a CCA Creativity Coach specializing in creating resilience, playability, collaboration and an artist and writer. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Managing Life Changes that Affect our Creating
By Dave Storer
This past May, my wife and I moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan to a place in the Iowa countryside. I knew it would take a fair amount of time and effort to make the change, but as it turned out, there were a lot of affects that I didn't foresee.
I was very surprised at how my creative work habits didn't just transfer to the new place. My typical work day and work week look very different now than they did six months ago. I had to get used to new demands, new rhythms and new priorities, not to mention new physical realities.
Something similar-though less traumatic-happens to most creators every year, from about November 15 through January 1. Suddenly, there's a lot more things to do, people to see and demands to be met.
Often, our creating goes out the door until the last bottle is popped and whistle tooted. But you can get creative work done in these difficult times. Here are some keys:
- Our creative goals have to be strong as well as flexible. It's all too easy to have brittle goals, ones that snap completely under the slightest pressure. Try your best to not give up on creating at the slightest difficulty, including the extra demands and pressures of the Holiday season. Figure out for yourself how to adapt your creative goals to changing demands, or talk it over with a friend or creativity coach.
- Our creative projects, goals and ideas can look and feel very different to us after a change in our lives, from the seemingly small change of staying away from our creating for a month or two, to other larger changes, such as changes in relationship, job, or location. Don't worry.
Know this: Our strongest and most true creative needs and goals remain more or less constant in the face of almost any change. Some creative ideas, goals and plans do fall away in the face of change, but what's left is simpler, clearer and closer to your deepest creative desires.
Right now, I've cut away a lot of different projects and focused on finishing my first novel, and I couldn't be happier.
Happy Holidays and have fun surfing the waves of your own changing creative season.
~As a creativity coach, Dave Storer focuses on helping writers and other creators establish effective and satisfying creative practices. You can reach Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website, www.thecreativitycatalyst.com - Don't forget the "the"!
Gifts from Your Creative Heart
By Lynn Wyvill
Holiday gifts don't have to come from a store or cost any money. I think some of the best gifts are the ones that come from a person's creative heart. So in the spirit of the holidays, I'd like to share some suggestions for gifts that won't cost a dime and will bring comfort and joy to others, as well as nurture their creativity. I am talking about the priceless and precious gift of your time and talents.
How about sharing your artistic experience with someone on your gift list by giving a lesson in the medium that you work in-watercolor, oils, pastels, charcoal, collage etc? Is there a writer on your list who would like someone to read their work and provide feedback? You could organize a get-together after the holidays for people to work on their individual projects with the support of a friendly group. Maybe someone would appreciate an offer to watch their children for an afternoon so they have time to work on a creative project. Children might enjoy a few hours of coloring or finger painting with you.
If you have someone on your list who claims they don't have a creative bone in their body, you might want to give them the gift of a few hours to introduce them to their creative side by painting to music or making a collage with them. How about a phone call or e-mail encouraging someone who may be struggling with a creative project?
An invitation to attend a free art exhibit or concert with you in the New Year would give you and the recipient time together. How about a gift of helping someone set up or organize their creative work space? Think about re-gifting art supplies that you never use or an art book that you loved and no longer need.
And don't forget to give thanks. How about a hand-written note or letter thanking someone who supported and encouraged you this year in your creative work?
These are just a few ideas to get you started. I know that if you use your creativity and imagination, you will think of more gifts from your creative heart.
~ Lynn Wyvill is a Certified Creativity Coach specializing in helping people discover and express their creativity through the spoken word and their businesses. You can contact Lynn at email@example.com
New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes Beginning in January 2010!
" Life is not about finding yourself...
Life is about Creating yourself.
~ E.W. Wilcox
If you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice, we invite you to explore CCA's Certification Program. Our program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.
For details, please visit our Certification Program web page for a full explanation of the courses offered and requirements.
CCA Creativity Marketplace Coming Next Month...
Congratulations to Brecia Kralovic-Logan,
CCA's newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Trusting your Inner Wisdom
by Brecia Kralovic-Logand
I believe that each of us has the inner wisdom to create a rich life that is a unique expression of our individual spirit. I refer to that inner wisdom as our "natural, authentic knowing."
What does authentic knowing look like in our creative life?
Authenticity refers to living your life according to your own inner guide and to being faithful to your true self. Authenticity and creativity go hand in hand. When you are working from your natural authentic knowing you are in the zone to create work that expresses your original and unique point of view.
Sound simple? Many creative people experience challenges when striving to work authentically. This is because the full circle of the creative process involves both natural authentic knowing and not actually knowing.
This is where creativity coaching can be very helpful. The coaching relationship can provide a safe space where you are encouraged to listen to your inner urgings. By asking questions and then listening compassionately a coach can provide a sounding board for you so that you can clarify your creative vision and take action to manifest what you want in your life.
More importantly, in reflecting back to you the wisdom that you innately have, you come to trust your authentic knowing as you explore the unknown. Creativity coaching supports you as you discover the path from your passionate center of authentic knowing to creating whatever you can imagine.
I am thrilled to be a CCA certified creativity coach and look forward to sharing the transformative power of the coaching process with you. .
~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a certified creativity coach and artist who works with women who want to explore their passionate, original, natural development as creative individuals. She teaches creativity workshops and classes using fiber art as a way of exploring the creative process. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA where she teaches, coaches, writes and creates art. Please visit www.pebbleinthepondartstudio.com
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This is the end of the December 2009 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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