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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the April issue of Creativity Calling!

Springtime is finally finding us up here in the northeastern U.S. We still have some snow on the ground but it was 78 degrees today; the birds are chirping away, and I'm enjoying the warm breezes coming through my open windows and screen doors. I adore the seasons and cycles of life.

Whenever Spring arrives where you live, we want to dedicate this newsletter issue to fresh perspectives and intentions and the awakening of new creative energies. Today is a great time to give birth to new beginnings, projects, goals and dreams.

Our CCA member coaches share tools and techniques this month to inspire and assist you with stepping into your creative greatness. Brecia invites us to design a personal renewal ritual. Steve asks us to consider how a sense of order with our creative projects can liberate us. And Nellie shares the roots and birth of the April 15-21, World Creativity and Innovation Week.

New beginnings require courage, focused intentions and a plan of action. Please know that you never have to go it alone - the CCA is here to support, encourage and celebrate you every step of the way!

In honor of World Creativity Week, we want to remind you to join us on April 19 for two powerful CCA sponsored tele-events: the first is a free tele-call interview with Brecia Kralovic-Logan and the second a tele-workshop with Sandy Nelson. More detailed information is listed below in this newsletter.

Also, mark May 10 at 9 PM (ET) on your calendars, when I'll be interviewing Tina Games, also known as the Moonlight Muse, for another CCA "Transformational Tuesdays " live call. More information coming soon. Brecia, Sandy and Tina are CCA certified creativity coaches and we are pleased they're sharing their talents & gifts with you!

Feel free to share this newsletter with others and as always, don't hesitate to contact us with topics you'd like to see featured in future newsletters. We love your input and suggestions!

All the best!

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association

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painting toolsSpring Renewal

 By Brecia Kralovic-Logan

Spring is the time of year when nature reminds us that life is a cycle of renewal. Everywhere we look we see signs of rebirth. What a great time for us as creative people to renew our vision, passion, and commitment to our ongoing growth and emergence!

One way to celebrate our creative renewal is to create a Renewal Ritual Ceremony.

Let your own personal style guide you, but here are a few tips you can use when working with ritual. You may want to include elements of nature like flowers, water, or fire. Engaging your senses and including movement in your ritual will make it even more powerful.

For my ceremony, I drew a large spiral pathway on my driveway with chalk. In the center, I placed a glass bowl of water. Outside of the spiral, on each of the four sides, I placed lit candles. As the night sky began to fill with stars, I entered the pathway with a small smooth pebble in my hand. As I slowly circled toward the center I focused on the commitment I had made to my art, coaching and community service. When I reached the bowl of water, I dropped the pebble into it and watched the ripples undulate outward. After I had walked back out of the spiral, I blew out each of the four candles.

Creating our own personal renewal ritual can help us to fall in love with our creative life all over again. Using a ritual ceremony to celebrate shines a light on our work so we can see its value with new eyes. What kind of renewal ritual can you create to celebrate your creativity this spring?

~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a creativity coach and fiber artist. She is the owner of pebble in the pond art studio in Santa Barbara, Ca. To contact Brecia please visit www.breciacreative.com or breciakl@gmal.com.

Trash TalkArtistic Record Keeping: 3 ways that collecting data can liberate your creative soul

By Steve Harper

Part of the prevailing wisdom about creative people is that we're messy and chaotic. The image of the wild artist is a common one: envision script pages everywhere, paint everywhere, clay, fiber, photos--everywhere. While that may be true of some creative people, it's possible to lean into order--to make use of skills like record keeping when those skills might make a difference. In this season of tax preparation, you can borrow the impulse to document your life and allow it to inspire your artistic side. Try these three approaches and see if they make a difference in the way you see yourself.

List every creative project you've done: The simple act of writing down the projects you've developed can be a tremendous boost. It can create a sense of history as well as a sense of expertise. The list will remind you of where you've been and what kind of artist you are--and might bring a jolt of self-esteem along with it. Everything counts. So why not count everything--including what you wrote/made/drew in elementary school.

Create a document to record submissions and inquiries: Terrified of rejection? Take your brain off that part of the process. Keeping track of any and all attempts to put your art out into the world can allow you the freedom of evaluating your tactics and gauging your efforts. Include the date, time and location of the inquiry and be sure to create a column where you can write down your feelings about the process. Having such a complete record allows you to fully let go--once you've done your part. If you get the gig, grant or show--that's just a bonus.

Write down your next several projects: How about a creative to-do list? Jot down your proposed artistic adventures and put the list on your wall. You can monitor your progress as you go. It will also remind you to focus on your project when your "regular life" calms down. Happy creating!

~ Steve Harper has a passion for coaching artists to pursue their creative work while keeping a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives. He's a graduate of Yale, the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard and The Juilliard Playwriting program. www.yourcreativelife.com

Celebrating Creativity!

By Nellie Jacobs

This time of year is a natural springboard for re-evaluating our intention, mining our limitless resources, and revitalizing our creativity.

It was back in the spring of 2001 when international award-winning creativity professional Marci Segal first read the national news headline "Canada in Creativity Crisis: Study". Her reaction was shock and disbelief. She became absolutely determined, "to raise awareness that all people by nature are creative and can choose to use their creativity to improve their lives, their work, [and] their community." Little did this modest Torontonian know then that her intention and next steps would resonate around the world. Co-founded with other Canadian creativity specialists, Marci's World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW) is now celebrated in more than 105 communities in 46 countries!

Marci holds a Masters in Creative Studies from the InternationalCenter for Studies in Creativity. She's written books on creativity and personality type. Her client list includes Johnson & Johnson, Citigroup and NASA. Visit her website at http://creativityland.net.

To celebrate creativity, tune in/phone in on Thursday, April 14th, at 10-10:30 am EST on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/igniting-imagination while Marci discusses how she made opportunity knock for herself, how she's done it for others, and five ways you can do it, too. This is the first episode of a new "Making Opportunity Knock with ..." series, all shows of which are numbered and archived online.

~ Best-selling author Nellie Jacobs features Marci in chapter five of her newest book Making Opportunity Knock which is volume one of her inspirational self-help series. For details, visit www.ignitingimagination.com

Creativity Coaching Certification Program for 2011

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.

Join Us On April 19th: Two Special Invitations!

Invitation # 1 
Creativity Coaching Association's 2nd Transformational Tuesdays live tele-event is on April 19th at 1:00 PM, EDT!

Join us for this "FREE" tele-call on Tuesday, April 19, as the CCA's President Beverly Down interviews Certified Creativity Coach Brecia Kralovic-Logan on The A,B,C's of Creative Success: 10 Essentials for Nurturing your Creative Growth.

Let's keep it simple this Spring! Embrace the basics and stir up your creative energy! Discover how seasoned artists and beginners alike can benefit from practicing their ABC'S.

Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a fiber artist and CCA certified creativity coach. She is the owner of pebble in the pond art studio in Santa Barbara, CA. www.breciacreative.com.

The Dial-in number is: 1-218-936-4141

Participant Access Code is: 8673879 # (make sure to hit # after the code)

Invitation # 2 

How To Use The 5 Power Principles of Your Creative Wizardry Workshop/Teleclass!

A special CCA sponsored 5 week program with Sandy Nelson.

Jumpstart your creativity--use the 5 Power Principles to be ingenious! This Spring put zest back into your life and, learn the 5 Power Principles that bring your passion alive with creativity.

Be happier Be healthier Be more dynamic inventing the life you want.

Join us as Sandy, the Play Wizard, makes learning fun-seriously!

Approach your creativity with playfulness, and discover how to break the mold that's kept you from living your dreams. Unearth your gifts and engage your ability to create with passion! Class workbook included.

Sandy Nelson is an artist, CCA certified creativity coach, speaker and inspirational writer. Sandy created and instructs the Creative Play and Permission to Play Now telecourses. www.meetyourmuse.com

Workshop dates: April, 19, 26th May 3, 10, 17

Workshop time: 8 pm EDT (7pm CDT/5 pm PDT)

For more information on this workshop and/or to register, please email info@creativitycoachingassociation.com or call 518-798-6933 

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the April 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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