The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the March issue of Creativity Calling!
The month of March ushers in the first day of Spring in the USA and Canada. Funny how that works, since looking out a window of our home that's tucked among the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, I still see snow everywhere. In many parts of the US, however, flowers have long been in blossom.
Regardless when Spring appears in your corner of the world, change is in the air and a fresh perspective can always give birth to latent plans, projects and dreams. Self-awareness is a gift, a means of learning that can challenge our thinking and motivate us to move forward and claim the creative lives we desire. The power is within each of us.
A fabulous way to begin anew is to invite a creativity coach to help you plan and bring your dreams to fruition. Creativity coaches know firsthand the difference it makes when there's a supportive person in your corner. We all deserve that! We hope you enjoy this month's articles and find inspirational the varied perspectives of coaches Diane, Kris and Sandy. Also, do take a couple minutes to check out the CCA Creativity Marketplace, looking over springtime classes and offerings.
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Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
By Diane Germanowski
Spring. The word conjures up so many pleasant thoughts. My daughter has been reacting to her hopes of spring since the first warm days of February. Yesterday she began cleaning her yard, removing rubbish and debris and items that are no longer useful or needed.
She has also begun planning. What to prune and when to prune. What new bushes and flowers to plant. Where to plant them? How will she tend them considering sun and shade, water, mulch, and fertilizer? And when? And then she envisions her spring, summer, and autumn gardens in all their triumphant glory. And she continues her refreshing and renewing knowing she will be paid back in full.
March is a time of renewing, reawakening, and refreshing. We are energized to begin again, realistic and resolved. Like my daughter we are ready, as artists, to "clean our yard". What is working and what is useful? What needs to be pruned and refreshed? What needs to be eliminated? We need to plan, new ideas, new research, new tools, and organization for our projects. And how will we "tend" our "garden?' What is the dream? What is the vision? What is the plan? What time will we devote to our work and when? Like my daughter we must be faithful and diligent in the process and able to see the future richness and beauty of our efforts.
Begin your spring work, keeping the vision and plan in view. Write and post the plan and actions and be constant and resolute. You, too, can enjoy the journey and the beauty and fruits of your labor.
~Diane Germanowski is a certified creativity coach. You can read her blog or contact Diane through her website at www.creativityandmeaning.com
Less is More
By Kris Reichart-Anderson
If there were more hours in the day, more days in the week, wouldn't we create more? Haven't we all at some point thought that? May I propose a more radical idea? I propose that we may need less time, a six-day week with twenty-three hour days. Why? Because when we have less time to create, we tend to use our time, well, more creatively, more productively.
You can do this in several ways. First, start by being more open to your senses, your awareness of touch and texture, your vision of color and composition, your emotions from scent to stink, the sounds of melody and cacophony you hear and your taste of air and sustenance.
You can be more creative with your time by claiming all of your time for creating. Since you know your creative time is limited, be more attentive to patterns and relationships. Begin to recognize the choreography of cars navigating an interstate exchange or the first line of a poem in your alphabet soup.
Make everyday tasks creative. Play with color and fonts when doing routine computer work. A few clicks will bring it back to normal. Listen to music from a different culture or era outside of your usual range. Drive a different route to work or the grocery store.
Fourth, grab the gaps in the time you already have. Why not keep a sketchbook in with the cutlery? Waiting for the teakettle to boil or the oven to reach 350°? That's the time for a few quick sketches. Or maybe keep a box of toothpicks on the counter to arrange into shapes and figures.
Finally, look for ways to hang creative habits on to your current activities. How? Make the last motion of a routine task be the first motion of a creative one. Push away the cereal bowl and pull the journal towards you. Tuck the baby in her crib and pick up your laptop. When you're finished writing, it's time to check on your sweetie and put the laptop away.
There will always be twenty-four hours in the day and seven days in the week but our attitude towards time can change and with it, give us new approaches to using it creatively.
~Kris Reichart-Anderson is a mixed media artist and creativity coach. You can reach Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her blog, The Leaping Net at http://leapingnet.blogspot.com/
Five 'Inspiring Quotes'
From Bev Down
"We are what we repeatedly do-excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle
"The purpose of life is to give you a chance to be the grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are." ~ Neale Donald Walsch
"When life gives you lemons, please, just don't squirt them in other people's eyes." ~ J. Andrew Helt
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~Albert Einstein
"It's Your Life...don't play hard to get!" ~ Freddie Mercury
New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes
begin 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!
A New Start by Sandy Nelson
Ideas! Research! Choices! Sweat! A fresh start brings satisfying excitement! Then what? Most of us don't know what to do next. New beginnings don't come with instructions.
The creative act never stops, it morphs into something new. Change is constant in life, and so is our need for what we'll set in motion. Fresh starts beg for assistance, and coaches ask bold questions that define next steps. How will you handle a new beginning?
Starting something new has a cycle. It's scary, disorienting, exhausting, invigorating, exhilarating and enjoyable. It taxes your emotions and tries your patience. It stimulates your dreams and opens you to endless opportunities. When is the best time to start new?
Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of newness and need to cope with all the changes, or maybe we planned it and now feel overwhelmed or confused. How will you invite change to create a new start? Success! Your hard work pays off when you get to where you want to be. Now there are so many new thoughts and ideas to sort.
How will you handle a new beginning...can you make it a fun journey? What did you prepare for? Who are you now? How will you be alive there? What's exciting...can you claim it and make it memorable? What new change stands out as most important to you? How will you honor it? Will you celebrate? What do you like about making a new start?
Most people need to feel seen and understood. Creativity Coaching is unique blend of skill sets and experience providing clients innovation, reflection and accountability. It boosts their self-confidence, adds clarity and opens opportunities for a better life.
Creativity is the magic glue that initiates launching dreams. It's thrilling to be a coach in this field, working with many original and resourceful people. Helping my clients embark on an ingenious adventure and, providing them the vision to kindle a better life, is deeply gratifying.
I love being a creativity coach because the variety of new beginnings is endless. My practice encompasses the areas of career, spirituality, and life through creativity coaching, and my specialties include helping people find permission to play now, creating resilient bounce, developing the creative process, and original expression.
~ Sandy Nelson is a Certified Creativity Coach. You can reach her at www.Meetyourmuse.com
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Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
- just starting out in exploring your creative desires?
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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!
This is the end of the March 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information.