The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the September issue of Creativity Calling!
This is, by far, my favorite time of year. Along with crisp fresh air, fall delivers an energy of excitement and new beginnings. Newness always abounds as I revisit my goals and hopes for continued joyful growth.
For assistance in smoothly navigating this transitional month, we have lovely words of encouragement and wisdom from our CCA Creativity Coaches. Barbara offers suggestions for gently shifting our perspective into a more structured focus while maintaining our balance. Steve's excitement for learning is contagious, and his invitation to make the time for a fun "creative review" of our last season before moving forward is sound advice. Once we have chosen our focus for this season by choosing what presently matters most for us—Lynn asks us to call forth our stick-to-itiveness, so that we can carry our creative expressions forward into fruition. After consciously connecting with our true passion, Tina suggests asking the Universe to super-size the successful outcome.
Our art and creativity are a healing balm not only for ourselves, but also for this world that we all share. Cheers to you in your creations and in savoring the changes this new season brings!
As always, don't hesitate to contact us and let us know of special topics you would like to see addressed in future newsletters. We love your input!
All the very best,
September's Subtle Shifts in Direction
by Barbara Millman Cole
Beverly Down, President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
On our journey of ever blossoming creativity,
We find ourselves pulled off course on tangential paths, Leading us away from our intended track,
Yet we may regain our proper longitude and latitude,
As we strike a new balance with these subtle shifts of the season.
As summer's slide into a new routine required flexibility, so the subtle shift and return to structure in September requires our pointed attention. Just as children home from school for the summer vacation or guests who arrived for extended stays transformed our routines and threatened our balance, the return to school and autumnal social demands require us to refocus our projects, time and commitments. How do we maintain our creative goals? How do we keep our intended shores in our scopes?
September is a time when school, work and civic communities reenter our space, bringing their exterior forces into our interior lives and impacting our ability to focus, concentrate and maintain clear vision of what we know to be our creative purpose. Being observant, remaining calm, and steering confidently are what allow us to ebb ever forward through these rip tides of responsibility, expectation and duty. While a letting go of routine is required during the breezy summer months when relaxation beckons and loved ones call us to leisure, focused, precise schedules are called for at summer's end.
Sudden shifts in the wind may change the course of our vessels without our consent, but it need not be a permanent shifting. The water is yielding enough to allow us to wander off course, yet return to our intended bearings and regain command of our boats when we so choose. Intention is what keeps us buoyant. We do not capsize. Rather, with focused intention, we float upon the waves, calmly drifting with the current, before gently, but confidently, turning our rudders back toward our true direction.
During this transitional month, allow yourself to devote space to your writing, painting, dancing, creative strategic planning or new program development. Begin this period with your destination in mind. Attain an ever-present movement forward on creative projects by maintaining the balance that successful navigation of these inevitable changes requires.
Slip into the warm pea coat of autumn's return to structure, set your sails to catch the winds of your desired course and hold steady your rudder as you ride these waves of change.
Barbara Millman Cole is an award winning writer of Short Literary Fiction, a Write-Shop facilitator and Creativity Coach who helps people delve deep to discover their true meaning. Understand why you create so you can know what to create. She can be reached at email@example.com. ©2009 All rights reserved.
The Back To School Impulse
by Steve Harper
I love the fall. It's my favorite season, and puts me in mind of all the years when I was heading back to school. I enjoyed carrying books under my arm and wearing light sweaters as the weather turned from warm to slightly brisk. Today the season strikes me as an opportunity for preparation; a time to gear up and get going.
Whether you're going back to school this fall or not, here are some ways to translate those old study habits into opportunities to make the most of what lies ahead.
1) Get supplies: Go to the stationary store and get yourself a notebook (for journaling, sketching or any other kind of creative record keeping). Chronicle your fall in a new way. In the old days a notebook might have been a mysterious space—you'd fill it with key ideas from a course or seminar designed by someone else. These days the space is yours—use this tool to collect your thoughts, projects, wishes and plans for the days ahead or the day you're in.
2) Write yourself a syllabus: Back in the classroom days, it was the teacher who set the agenda. The opportunity now is to guide yourself into a space of new discovery and learning. Map out your activities for the next several months. Set goals like the teacher used to. Design a personal course of action for the last part of the calendar year.
3) Sharpen your pencils: Take the time to repair, refine and gather your tools. You may no longer use pencils, but the principle still applies. Inventory your essential items and make sure they are ready to be used. You'll be that much more prepared to face creative and life tasks if you have what you need at your fingertips.
4) Write about your summer vacation: Or draw, collage or create an iTunes playlist to bid a fond farewell to whatever the past few months have been—prepping yourself for the new season. Taking stock of where you've been is often a grounded way to move into whatever might be next.
Enjoy the fall!
Steve Harper is a creativity coach as well as an actor, writer and teacher. He is dedicated to helping people show up fully in their creative gifts. http://yourcreativelife.net/
by Karen I-Kemper
Stick-to-itiveness is a funny word that I first heard in grammar school. The teachers used it a lot to motivate us to learn, grow and complete our work. Why they just didn't say "be persistent" or "persevere", I'm not sure. Maybe they thought that this term, "stick-to-itiveness ," would well ... stick with us.
I haven't thought about this word in a long time, but it occurred to me recently that this is a wonderfully imaginative word to apply to our creativity. Stick-to-itiveness is the difference between doing our creative work or letting it shrivel up and blow away like the last leaves of autumn. What a shame that would be! We would be robbing ourselves and the world of the fruits of our creative expression.
So when can we use some stick-to-itiveness?
We need it to fight the old "I don't have a creative bone in my body syndrome." A healthy dose of stick-to-itiveness helps us to see ourselves as creative people. It can help chase away our inner critic and negative comments by others. In other words, stick-to- itiveness helps our creativity bloom.
Believing in ourselves is just the first step in our building our creative lives. We need stick-to-itiveness to show up and do our creative work. Not once in a while, not only when the creative spirit moves us, and not only when we have the time, but regularly making the commitment to express our creativity and keeping it. It doesn't matter if it's for 30 minutes, four hours or an entire day. Creative projects can't come to life if we don't show up!
We need stick-to-it-tiveness to complete our work. It's easy when everything is flowing and seems nearly effortless. But when the going gets tough—we don't like what we've written, the picture isn't going according to plan, or we're stuck and don't know what to do—that's when we really need stick-to- itiveness. We work through our doubts, fears, anxieties, and uncertainty. We don't give up or give in.
Think of stick-to-itiveness like adhesive tape. Imagine that you have a dispenser fully loaded with it. Now pull off a piece of stick-to-itiveness and apply it to your creative life and see what happens.
Lynn Wyvill is a Certified Creativity Coach specializing in helping people express their creativity through the spoken word and their businesses. You can contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New CCA Fall Creativity Coaching Classes
Begin October 1, 2009
" 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.
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Forward by Gail McMeekin, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Author of The Power of Positive Choices and Boost Your Creativity, Productivity, and Profits in 21 Steps
Congratulations to Tina-Games Evans, CCA's newest Certified Coach!
Making Your Life Full-Size
Bringing Passion Into Your Life
by Tina Games- Evans
As a creativity and life purpose coach, I work with clients who desire a deeper connection with their authentic self. Through my signature coaching program created around the phases of the moon, we engage on a journey of self-exploration—one that leads to a life of purpose, passion and creative expression. And some of the most exciting work that we do comes around the full moon.
One of the gifts that the full moon gives us is an overwhelming desire to come alive. Whether that's bringing a passion front and center or finally making the decision to take a giant leap forward with something that we've been holding close to our vest—the timing just feels right.
Imagine driving through a fast food window and placing an order—only this time the menu lists the one thing that you've been contemplating for quite some time. Perhaps it's that book you've been working on for eons, but keep finding yourself facing one creative block after another. Or maybe it's that business that you've been wanting to start, but you haven't yet gotten the courage to just go for it. Whatever it is—it's on the menu right now. And the clerk (who happens to be representing the positive energies of the universe) says, "What can I get for you today?"
This is your moment. Will you order it? Will you tell the universe, "Yes, this is the right time for me. I'll take it."
Then the clerk says, "Would you like to super-size that?"
With the full moon on our side, it's a perfect time to say, "Heck yeah!"
Whenever the moon is in the full moon phase, her energies are incredibly powerful. With her light beaming brightly from the sky, she showers the earth with the capacity to forge ahead. Projects and endeavors that are began during a full moon carry a special passion and energy that is unmatched during any other moon cycle.
What is it that you want more than anything? Take a gamble on it during a full moon phase and you may find yourself being pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Tina Games-Evans is a creativity and life purpose coach, working with mothers who are challenged by issues related to the loss of personal identity. Her websites are: www.MoonlightMomsCircle.com, www.journalingbythemoonlight.com and www.Journalin gMoms.com.
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