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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the December issue of Creativity Calling!

This month our coaches come forth bearing "gifts" for you and me. During this hectic holiday season these gifts can be opened now to help us hone our focus and stay centered. It is all too easy to slip into overdoing versus just being ourselves, while within we know the greatest gift we can give another is our uniquely creative and authentic self. We all receive the "present" when we allow ourselves to live in the moment.
Susan offers tools for lightening up our load and letting go of discordant energy that we carry so we can be fully present. Steve reminds us of the wonderful gift we give others by fine-tuning our listening skills. Barbara shares a timely message on how much more each of us has to give. And Colleen shares her passion and understanding of how staying lovingly committed to our creative selves ripples out into the world and inspires others.

Within this newsletter you'll find links for many creative gifts and product offerings from the CCA coaches. Gift giving ideas include a wealth of goodies found at the CCA Marketplace, the Inspiring Creativity Book and the Success Stories E-Book. You can give the spark that lights up the creativity of those you hold dear.

Lastly, as we say farewell to 2010--we hope you'll take some time to reflect on your blessings and successes (an inventory) and give thanks. Another idea while fashioning your 2011 intentions and goals is to include a gift for yourself--a creativity coach who can assist you in turning your dreams into reality! Our website provides a generous listing of talented and caring coaches who would love to be of service to you.

On behalf of the CCA, I send gratitude and joy to you, our readers. From our hearts to yours, we send you the warmest wishes for a happy, love--filled holiday season and a spectacular new year!


Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association

Airplane in Flight with TicketsThe Gift of Traveling Light

 By Susan Miller

Traveling quite a bit the past year has taught me a lot about what I need and don't need through packing my bags. What do I really need to bring with me? I usually find in the piles of perfect packing that I only use a small amount of what I take with me! I ALWAYS regret the consequences of heavy baggage: higher fees, sore shoulders and back from lugging and lifting, etc..

Is life like that? Do we carry around unneeded baggage with us where ever we go? Lightening up would bring a lot of freedom, wouldn't it? What is the baggage that weights you down? How do these "bags" affect your productivity and creativity?

In traveling, I may need a skycap who can carry this weight OR I can get rid of some things. What are these burdens that I keep with me? What makes me hold on so tightly? To get rid of things I need some important strategies:

1. Spiritual Practice: Taking time to establish quiet and reflective routines that allow for centering. I can more easily see the TRUTH about myself and LET GO of the burdens that hinder my personal growth and effectiveness in life.

2. Reframing: I can recognize Negative Thought Patterns that crowd my luggage space and replace them with True and Affirming Thoughts that allow for freedom and energy in my life.

3. Visual Anchors: I can Visualize an anchor that helps me to get back on track. I use the anchor of a joyful skycap taking the heavy suitcase from me. He puts it on a plane and it flys away - this skycap then hands me the perfect lightweight bag. I look inside and find exactly what I need for that very moment!

During the holiday season, more than likely you will be packing your bags to go somewhere. When you do, take a few moments to reflect on these questions: What do I need to let go of? What do I really need right now? Give yourself the gift of travelling light by using conscious tools that can whisk your baggage away and give back to you exactly what you need.

~ Susan Miller, PhD, LPC, NCC is enrolled in the CCA Creativity Coach Certification Program, is a Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, and is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor www.MillerCounselingServices.com 

Landscape, snow and trees and star
The Gift of Listening

By Steve Harper

The other night I went out to an Indian restaurant. When my dinner came, I found it too spicy: I could barely eat it. This was challenging because I ordered it mild. I called the waiter over, and told him my dilemma. After an apology and some thought, he offered me several options. I chose one.

Later, when I'd finished my meal, I realized that I was satisfied not only because the food was tasty, but because the waiter listened to me. He paid attention. And that made me feel good.

Listening is a simple but powerful skill. It's a key coaching tool, but equally valuable in customer service and, let's face it, any interaction. It goes a long way toward bringing people together.

Here are three ways to use the gift of listening--see how many you incorporate into your life.

1) Empty your mind: Taking in the other person without thinking about what you might say next is a great way to stay completely present to someone else. Simply focus on the words and the energy. Drink it in.

2) Reflect back: Not sure you got the story? Re-state it without judgment or interpretation. Try starting this way: "So I hear you saying that..." Getting clarity about what you heard is essential for a good listener.

3) Be a witness: Take time to ask the other person if they want feedback about what they've shared. If they do, find out what kind of response might be helpful and honor the request. If they don't want any, respect that. Sometimes people simply need to be witnessed.

Whether you're talking with a stranger, a creative collaborator or a family member, listening is a sign of respect. Take time during the busy holiday season to slow down and really pay attention to the people you come in contact with. It's bound to enrich your relationships and enhance your experience of other people. And once you've listened well, someone might return the favor.

~ Steve Harper is an award winning actor, writer and a creativity coach. He is dedicated to helping creative people design sustainable lives. Find out more: http://yourcreativelife.net/

Woman making snow angels

So Much to Give
By Barbara Martin  

It seems to me that every person is creative and being so, offers a "special something" to the world. We express ourselves differently, of course, but whenever we pass along a creative insight or that little flash of recognition, we affirm the best of what it means to be human.

 It's that creative inspiration, the flash of insight, the brilliant spark, the shining moment that elevates the mundane to the sublime. When we share that with another person, we forge an instant connection between the two of us.

Whether we share that moment of recognition with a child or with an adult, with a stranger or with a loved one, it is significant and meaningful and essential to our well being. And whether you consider creativity to be a special gift or talent or something we all enjoy innately (if only we would allow ourselves to do so), then you also intuitively understand the meaning of a true "pass-along" or gift-sharing a special moment in a way that you, and only you, can.

Each time a creative person, and we are each creative in our own way, offers their unique perspective to another, we open their eyes and heart to a new glimpse of the world. This is an offering of joy and wonder that we can give any time we choose.

This season of gift giving might be an especially good opportunity to offer up that special something that only you can do/know/see/feel/hear. It might be a thing you have created like a painting or a song or a poem. It might be something to experience, perhaps a visit or a call or a meal. Or how about a fleeting moment--a photo, a smile, a hug, a nod.

You might consider this kind of creative flow to be a sharing of the light, or sharing the love, or simply being divinely human. But sharing, expressing, or communicating through your creativity--whatever it may be that you uniquely see and feel and sense and care about--is forever a pure gift of awesome-sauce, with or without a cherry (or a ribbon) on top!

~ Barbara Martin is a creativity coach, writer and artist. Reach Barbara by email BarbaraMartin2@gmail.com or visit http://reptitude.com/ or send a quick 140 to @Reptitude on Twitter.

Colleen Hayward

Congratulations to Colleen Hayward, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!

A Passion for Self-Coaching
By Colleen Hayward  

celebrate this moment of completing my CCA coaching certification. As I embarked on this path, I thought it would be pretty easy to become a coach. After all, I have a 30-year career as an art professor. Coaching felt natural from the start and I felt confident I have what it takes to be successful. Two years later, I am finishing the certification training, and now I understand the "why" of this long process - I wanted those skills for myself, and this I could not push along. As a teacher, I had all the right words to say to another, but what did I have to say to myself?

Now I have discovered how to put into play a few powerful words and make a couple of directed commitments to my own complicated and habitual inner dialogue. Like training my dog - come, sit, stay! Each of these three words can contain a wealth of wisdom when it comes to enticing oneself to create for the long run. And, my new mentors in this profession speak a language that dovetails with my Vipassana spiritual practice - relax, observe, allow. I am beginning to see evidence that my creative work is in the right relationship to my voice and all that feeds me.

My clients want to know how I do it, how do I work and show? I have a self-coaching practice! Whew! I acknowledge that remaining committed to my clients keeps me honest with my own practice, and I come back to my studio everyday. There is a symbiosis here that I benefit from - my clients and I are seekers, supporting them supports me, too.

I hope you can sense my passion for self-coaching. I am looking forward to teaching future workshops in my community that are centered on this approach. And I plan to get back to studio teaching as well, with a fresh attitude of asking powerful questions and supporting others to find solutions that fit, thanks to this creativity coaching training.

This season of gift giving might be an especially good opportunity to offer up that special something that only you can do/know/see/feel/hear. It might be a thing you have created like a painting or a song or a poem. It might be something to experience, perhaps a visit or a call or a meal. Or how about a fleeting moment--a photo, a smile, a hug, a nod.

You might consider this kind of creative flow to be a sharing of the light, or sharing the love, or simply being divinely human. But sharing, expressing, or communicating through your creativity--whatever it may be that you uniquely see and feel and sense and care about--is forever a pure gift of awesome-sauce, with or without a cherry (or a ribbon) on top!

~ Colleen Hayward. My coaching website is a work in progress!www.thestudiodoor.net. And the website that shows my artwork is www.colleenhayward.com. I welcome and enjoy feedback from veteran coaches, and also welcome new clients. You can write to me at thestudiodoor.hayward@gmail.com.

New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes
begin September!

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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--Mark Twain

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the December 2010 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.  

Note: If you are a life coach, executive coach, literary agent, therapist or any other profession involved with creative people, and you are interested in joining the Creativity Coaching Association, please drop me a note at join@creativitycoachingassociation.com for information.

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