The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the August issue of Creativity Calling!
Often the last few weeks of a season create anxiety. Especially summer. We can find ourselves scurrying about attempting to cram in and complete multitudes of activities and projects.
The irony of it all is slowing down a bit and carving out moments for reflection creates a gentler and more productive transition into any upcoming season.
This month our CCA creativity coaches, Barbara and Steve, both offer insightful and practical solutions for crossing the threshold from summer to fall. Then Lynn reflects on benefits she received from attending the CCA's first Creativity Conference and offers tips on preparing for the approaching one during October.
Lots of goodies and surprises await those attending the October 15-17, 2010 CCA conference in Lake George, New York. Creativity: Let it be Life! will include an art show, book store and creativity resource room as well as top notch presenters, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, luxurious (but affordable) accommodations, great food, live entertainment and much more. And the beauty of the Adirondack Mountain area during the fall is icing on the cake! We hope you'll join us. Check out full details at www.creativityconference2010.com.
Please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues. And remember we covet your feedback, so keep sending CCA your feedback and suggestions. We appreciate you!
All the best,
Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Back to School for Grown-Ups
By Barbara Martin
The end of summer, September, means "back to school". This national event reminds all of us about schedules and time passing. It can bring up nagging regrets about our plans and all those "could", "should" and "would only if" items on our personal to do lists. While some of us are totally on track with our creative efforts, many among us feel guilty or ashamed or frustrated. Because we have fallen behind.
What can we learn from this? You probably already know what to do.
Back in your school days, you experienced the results of planning every time you moved up a grade: steady effort, a clear goal, and a set time frame yield results.
In other words, know what you want. Focus so clearly you feel it in your bones. Concentrate on one step, then the next step. Do something on it every day. Bit by bit, you will pull ahead.
Another solid lesson from school is that a teacher/mentor/tutor/coach can help you. Get help and guidance and support when you need it.
It's always better with friends. Connect with a supportive and energetic group or a creativity buddy who shares and appreciates your creative dreams. Meet regularly.
It's exciting to anticipate new beginnings. Pick up a new tool for your creative work, learn a new technique, get out and explore somewhere new. Step outside the comfort zone and treat yourself to the creativity equivalent of that tantalizing first day of school.
School calendars include every possible holiday. Celebrate your accomplishments so far. How could you help yourself meet your interim goals going forward? How will you celebrate when you do?
Remember kindergarten? Weave yourself a gently supportive structure to nurture your creativity. Include a daily walk to shake the sillies out and clear your mind, plus daily time for sheer play. Be kind to yourself. Take naps! Invent your personal ritual or habitual equivalent to "always lay out your clothes the night before" to ease your way into creative flow.
Plan ways to make creativity your top priority subject for the 2010-2011 year so you stay on track, make the grade and soar. By next June, you'll be ready for summer vacation all over again!
~ Barbara Martin is a creativity coach, writer and artist. Find more of her writing about creativity at http://reptitude.com or contact her at BarbaraMartin2@gmail.com or @Reptitude on Twitter.
The Joy of Ending The Summer
By Steve Harper
When I was little, the end of August was a tremendously difficult time. I wasn't interested in going from the care free days of playing with friends and watching TV to days of homework and standardized tests. Among my fellow students I wasn't alone. But there are many adults who feel the same way. For example, if you're like my mother, a high school guidance counselor, you love your summer vacation and dislike the fall. And since it's not possible to hold back the change of seasons, many folks (like mom) are left with the challenge of moving through that difficult space as September approaches.
Perhaps there's an easier way. One idea is to turn the whole thing around and cultivate joy in the waning days of the season. Here are some thoughts on how to do that:
Take your summer fun with you: Allow photos, beach balls, sea shells and other reminders of your adventures this season to become inspiration for good times and positive experiences ahead. This could involve using summer items to create a celebratory work of art, or maybe one item might be enough of a reminder to carry you forward with good thoughts. Create a joyful touchstone of the past as an indicator of future adventures.
Make a fun pact: Commit to a person, place or fun summer activity that you will re-connect to it (or him/her) within the next 2 months. Record your promise on a calendar, in an email or a call to a friend or loved one. Keep yourself motivated by mentioning your pact. Count down to the day of re-connection and celebrate when the moment arrives.
Make a list of your favorite fall activities: Even if summer is your top time of year, there's likely something about the fall that you enjoy. If it's not about the changing of the seasons, maybe it's about how your community or family marks the arrival of autumn. Make a list! The clearer and more specific you are about what you like, the more you'll be creating anticipation for the unique delights of the upcoming season. Have fun!
~ Steve Harper is a creativity coach as well as a writer, actor and teacher. He is dedicated to helping people show up fully in their creative gifts. http://yourcreativelife.net/.
|~View of Lake George courtesy of Carl Heilman II
The CCA Creativity Conference:
Reflections and Suggestions
By Barbara Millman Cole
Would you like to have one whole weekend dedicated to everything creative? If you answered "yes", and who wouldn't, then you should plan to attend the CCA's 2nd International Conference in Lake George, New York, October 15 - 17, 2010. This is a wonderful opportunity to recharge your creative batteries, whether you are
a writer, artist, creativity coach, entrepreneur, or someone who wants to discover and enhance their creative abilities.
I attended the first conference in 2008, and I can tell you that this event is an excellent value that includes inspirational speakers, entertainment, delicious food, and Lake George decorated with stunning fall foliage. If you are thinking of bringing your family, there is plenty for them to do. Lake George is a lovely town, and the surrounding area is rich in history.
What made this conference special was that the size of the group, along with a program that offered many opportunities to socialize, made it easy to get to know other attendees. It was fun to meet people from the creativity coaching classes I had taken as well as those who write for the newsletter. I even reconnected with an actor I had hired for a video production 10 years earlier! And of course, I made many new friends with people who came from 15 states and 3 Canadian provinces. I am looking forward to attending this year!
When you come to the conference, be sure to bring plenty of business cards so you can easily exchange contact information with others. Think about bringing a journal and camera to capture ideas that will fuel your creative spirit once you return home. And because it's fall in Lake George, pack a sweater or jacket for cool nights. The boat cruise on Saturday night is a special event when you are bundled up in the brisk autumn air as you enjoy the gorgeous scenery surrounding Lake George.
The CCA's 2nd International Conference will be the perfect place to meet others who share your passion for creative exploration and self-expression. You don't want to miss this opportunity to gather new ideas, to be inspired, and to inspire others. You'll return home with new energy and insight concerning your creative abilities and work.
~ 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.
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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.
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for a full explanation of the courses offered and requirements.
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