The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the February issue of Creativity Calling!
Since the beginning of time Love has inspired some of the world's greatest creative works. Even so, have you encountered people who speak negatively about Valentine's Day? Certainly, the consumer driven definitions of what "love" means causes all of us to roll our eyes at times. Regardless, it is a fact that our personal attitudes color and shape our experiences. In other words, I cannot allow myself to become cynical and will, instead, allow others to have their experiences while simultaneously choosing to create my own reality. It's just too important. What does my heart say? The energy I send out is affected by the way I think. And I know that I cannot love anyone or anything if I do not first appreciate and love myself. I've always said that loving Self is not selfish, but selfless. For when we love ourselves, we have more to give to others and our world.
This month two of our CCA creativity coaches, Barbara and Deb, offer supportive and compassionate thoughts on self-love. It's vitally important to practice self-care on a daily basis (mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually) in order to live a balanced, creative and productive life. As we more fully love ourselves, we feel confident about who we are and each day becomes an adventure!
Beth's newsletter article focuses on that sense of fun as she encourages all of us to lighten up and view social networking as a game. Good stuff since truly we are all meant to live joyful lives! Speaking of joy-it's time to mark your calendars for the next Creativity Coaching Association conference to be held October 15-17, 2010 in beautiful Lake George, New York. Plan now to meet and mingle with some of today's most creative people and enjoy the special activities as well as the unique, transformative workshops. Stay tuned for more information in next month's newsletter.
Check out the last CCA conference: http://www.creativitycoachingassociation.com/coaching-conference2010/index.shtml
Feel free to share this newsletter with others and please, keep sending us those ideas for future newsletter topics. We love your input and suggestions!
Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Let the Love Flow!
By Barbara Martin
Let's take poetic license with the lovey-dovey Valentine's Day holiday and tap into it as an annual reminder to practice good self-care, to love and nurture ourselves as creative beings.
Creative people thrive on love, kindness and nurturing! Why? Because being creative is hard work. When we are in flow and creating with ease, we totally crank the mental energy. We thrive on constant ambiguity and act with adaptability, flexibility, originality, and ingenuity. We are open and receptive, we notice and explore whatever is new or different; we question constantly, yet we are often enthusiastic, too. And, we generate ideas ALL the time.
Without that creative energy, simple breathing itself can seem like a heavy choice. Once we've pumped the creative well dry, gravel rattles around in our brain instead of ideas. Then negativity rises up hard and fast or seeps slowly into the depths of our being, and the ever-present doubts, critics, and naysayers become overwhelming.
Nonetheless, creative people also possess fantastic resilience. Despite repeated failures, we keep trying because there is something deep inside us that matters and we must get it out. We'll attempt to drill down and power through using self discipline, or persistence, or whatever tricks we've picked up over the years to keep going-or we'll feel tortured beyond terrible for not doing it.
Maybe there is a kinder, gentler option for keeping our spirits up, our energy rolling and our eyes bright? Instead of browbeating and berating ourselves, feeling regret or feeling anxious, or doubting or questioning...couldn't we, instead, loosen up and love, nurture and be kind to ourselves?
We begin with healthy food, sleep, and exercise. To support our creativity, we can commit to indulging ourselves with the so-called "luxury" of time for playful, restorative activities. Take a cue from Julia Cameron, the doyenne of creativity coaching, and routinely without fail reserve time and resources to refill our creative well until it overflows naturally.
What fills you up?
Pay attention to your very human need for love and nurturing, for uplifting self-care. Be empathetic with yourself as you build creativity-sustaining practices into your life. Let each step toward self-care renew and reinvigorate the wellspring of your creative power. On Valentine's Day, and every day.
~Contact creativity coach Barbara Martin at BarbaraMartin2@gmail.com, through blog site http://reptitude.com/ or as @Reptitude on Twitter
3 Steps to Playing a Social Networking Game You Can Win
By Beth Barany
As a creative, you may think that social networking is waste of time. And you're right. It is -- if you don't create a game plan, and play a game you can win.
Before I get into why, let's define social networking. According to Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, a feature writer on suite101.com, social networking "refers to a community where one connects and communicates with others on the Internet," including blogs, instant messaging, email, video, chat rooms or forums, i.e., Twitter.com, Facebook.com, and LinkedIn.com.
For creatives, social networking is a way to share our work with new audiences, find allies, and increase sales.
Why a game? Games are fun! Games are play. Coming to social networking as a game can create a lightness and joy that can be conveyed in the way you communicate online, and help you create genuine connections.
Why play a game you can win? Because winning is fun!
Playing a game you can win has three main steps:
- Set up your game. You get to define the rules, the game's parameters, and how to win. Winning can be in any of these three areas:
. Play the game. Interact with your connections by offering useful, timely, and genuine content.
Track. As one of my mentors says, "Winners keep score!"
- Time: When will you play the game and for how long?
- Actions: Be specific, i.e., post content, or "friend" or "follow" a new connection.
- Tracking: Keep track at least monthly.
BONUS: Celebrate your wins! Tell your new Facebook and Twitter buddies! We will cheer with you.
An example: You can decide to spend 30 minutes a week, once a week on Twitter, and the same amount of time on another day on Facebook. You win by visiting at least five friends in each location and interacting with them, by clicking "like" on something they wrote on Facebook, reading and commenting on their posts, or posting. Online social networking is new and evolving. We are the game makers and game changers. Don't just take my word for it. Check out this post on The Relationship Economy blog, "Social Game Changers": http://www.relationship-economy.com/?p=8761.
~ Beth Barany is a Certified Creativity Coach, Writing Coach and Writing Consultant. © 2010 all rights reserved. www.bethbarany.com
Five 'Inspiring Quotes'
From Bev Down
" Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky." ~ Hafiz
" Love Yourself...Trust your choices...and everything is possible." ~ Cherie Carter- Scott "
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman
" Make yourself happy, and the world will follow suit." ~ Beverly Down "
You have your brush and your colors, paint paradise...and in you go!" ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes
start April 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.
Congratulations to Deb Atkinson,
CCA's newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Be Your Own Sweetheart by Deb Atkinson
This is the time of sweethearts. Small and large tokens of affection and love are given and received with the words: "will you be my sweetheart?" And with these exchanges are the implications of "hug me," "care for me," "love me" more than you have before.
Creatives are incredibly generous individuals. They love to be wanted and needed. They give and give of their time and energy that often there is nothing left when they turn to their personal and creative needs.
This month begin the habit of asking yourself to be your sweetheart. Once you say yes, with all the smiles and laughter, remember that you are now committed to loving and caring for yourself more. Now when you start to not treat yourself to something, you ask yourself: "Does my sweetheart desire this?" Focus the attention, lavish the praise, and pamper yourself as your own sweetheart. Being your own sweetheart means that you come first in your love and life; it also means everything fits and everything is exactly what you want, no fuss with returns. ;)
So write an ode to yourself, a song to dance to with yourself, slot in time for a cup of tea and a book on the sofa... whatever makes your sweetheart happy. Spoil and pamper your sweetheart.
Then when life sticks its nose back in, you will be charged and ready to take it on with all your creativity. You will be able to give of yourself to your creative work in deep ways that you didn't realize you had because in the back of your mind is the reminder you are your sweetheart and you are loved.
~ Deb Atkinson is a Certified Creativity Coach. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org - or her weblog/site: http://www.debatkinson.com
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This is the end of the February 2010 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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