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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the December issue of Creativity Calling!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, enjoying special moments with friends and family...and that you are reflecting on your many blessings and successes of the past year.

To help us take inventory and assess where we're heading in 2012, our CCA coaches come bearing gifts. Brecia asks us to focus on our own inner light of creativity during this time that in many cultures is called the "season of lights". Janice merrily invites us to consider our feelings during the transition from past into new. And, in her journey to become a certified creativity coach, Kate describes with timeless wisdom the gifts she has received. You'll also find I've shared a few more of my favorite quotes that I hope will help each of us to expand our perspectives: from dark to light, from endings to new beginnings.

I get excited about new beginnings because I know the power that begins within our minds--with a single thought. Our thoughts, consciously or not, affect our experiences and quality of life. It is my personal prayer that we learn to hold in our conscious awareness only that which we truly want to create. With conscious intention, we will unleash the energy that creates our truest heart desires, which lifts us up and the world about us.

Gifts abound within this newsletter--for yourself and your loved ones.  The "perfect gift" may be: hiring a creativity coach; one or more of the offerings from the CCA Marketplace; a copy of the Inspiring Creativity anthology book or the CCA Success Stories E-book.

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

All the very best,


Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association

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painting toolsCelebrate Your Season of Light

 By Brecia Kralovic-Logan

Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and turn on your creativity. There's a light inside of you.
~ Judith Jamison

These last few weeks of the year are sometimes referred to as the "season of lights." Our awareness of light becomes heightened as the days become shorter and the nights become longer. Many cultural and religious rituals involve the lighting of candles and decorating with lights as a part of their celebration.

It is a good time to think about light in terms of creativity. Most of us are familiar with the classic illustration of the light bulb illuminating over someone's head at the "AHA!" moment. We are often encouraged to let our "inner light" shine or to "spark" our imagination. I invite you to reflect on the metaphor of light as you process where you are in your creative life.

Take a moment to think about these 5 questions:
How does the metaphor of light inspire you?
What sparks your creativity?
What do you do to fan the flames of your creativity?
What parts of your creative life do you want to shed more light on?
What are you doing that allows you to shine your inner light out into the world? 

Take a walk and let your intuitive wisdom play with the idea of light. Or perhaps you'd rather stay indoors and light a candle. Find a way to express what you discover through writing, music, movement, painting, poetry or your own unique talent. Allow yourself to feel the glow of accomplishment as you explore the ways to ignite your inner light.
Shine On!

~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a certified creativity coach and fiber artist in Santa Barbara, CA. www.breciacreative.com

Happy Birthday, 2012!

By Janice Lynne 

'Tis the season of transition, fa la la la la, la la la la!

In running out the clock on 2011 and preparing for the coming year, the increasing tension of longer nights and shorter days here in the northern hemisphere may make us wonder "Will darkness prevail?" "When will the light return?" and "What will the new year bring?"

I don't know about you, but a common association I have with the end of a year is with the old man--Father Time. His hair is flowing and white. He sports a grizzled beard and holds a sharpened scythe in his hand. He is a threatening figure when thought of as a grim reaper, most especially by the way he relentlessly moves on, letting everyone know: "Time's running out." "Time's up!" "Time to move on". Needless to say, time's scythe doesn't easily let us cling to the past, does it? It makes us face the unknown and cut out any foot dragging we've been doing.
But Father Time's scythe is also a tool for reaping what we've sewn in the past year. It seems to point to harvesting what we've planted by saying: "It's time to take stock of what you've accomplished." It suggests: "Let go of the chaff that no longer motivates you." and "Consider planting new seeds!"

As a grandfather, the image of Father Time also tells us that we're coming into a new cycle when we must rise up to bring forth a new baby. You know the one that's been gestating for months, maybe even for years--it may be an unrealized dream or a brand new project--or anything.
Interpreting the cries of a newborn and meeting its need to thrive is daunting. And you may ask yourself: "Do I have the resources to bring something new into the world?" "Can I keep it safe and developing until it fully forms?" "Will I find the support I need to keep going even when I'm spent?"

These are only some of the questions we commonly encounter whenever we create from our vision, in whichever way we do. And this coming year will include facing with fortitude the unknown challenges, and seizing the many opportunities that will come our way. Oh, baby! Whether we think we're ready or not, it's coming...

Happy Birthday, 2012!

~ Janice Lynne, MEd, is a creativity coach, artist, and writer, skilled in accessing and cultivating deeper layers of imagination. Her web address is: www.creating.com

Congratulations to Kate Longmaid, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!

Living the Life You've Imagined By Kate Longmaid

There is a Henry David Thoreau quote taped to my pantry door, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." I've come to recognize it's never too late to move in the direction of our dreams, to live the life we've imagined. Our greatest creative challenge is creating our own lives. Often our biggest hurdle is fear.

For many years, I dwelled in the shadow lands of the would be artist. I had lots of excuses: getting a doctorate in psychology, starting a family, supporting a husband through medical school as a second career. My art had gone underground, dormant beneath the mantle of everyday life. I had persistent dreams of trying to find a space to paint--staking a claim on a corner of a room, a closet, a landing on the stairs. My creative self was calling to me.

As I began reclaiming my art, I ran across the first CCA Creativity Coaching Conference. It coincided with the fall my eldest left for college and I confronted the reality of the looming empty nest. On impulse I signed up. What appealed to me about creativity coaching was that it could bridge my work as a therapist with my art. I could learn ways to foster my own creative process while helping others work towards fulfilling their creative potential.

I have learned many things along the way. Art requires action, commitment, and courage. While there are no guarantees, continuing to show up for our creative work increases the likelihood of success. Many of the challenges that we encounter as creative individuals are universal in nature. My life has been enriched in innumerable ways as a result of reawakening my creativity. As I've taken my art more seriously, I've experienced unexpected successes. I have embarked on living the life I've imagined. As a therapist and creativity coach, I feel privileged to be able to help others do the same.

~ Kate Longmaid, Ph.D. is a psychologist, certified creativity coach, and visual artist who helps people lead more creative and vibrant lives. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and can be seen on her web site at www.katelongmaid.com. You can reach Kate at kate@katelongmaid.com

5 Inspiring Quotes From Bev Down

"Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you."
~ Maori Proverb

"Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter."
~ Bono

" 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

"There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
~ Louis L'Amour

"Look at everything as if you were seeing it either for the first or the last time. Then your time on Earth will be filled with glory."
~ Unknown 

January 2012 - New CCA Certification Courses Begin 

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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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed 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

Are you:

  • just starting out in exploring your creative desires?
  • a working artist who is stuck on a creative project?
  • looking for something new to juice up your creative work?
  • going into midlife and feeling that now is finally the time to do the art you always wanted to do?
  • already a known artist but interested in taking your success to the next level?

For any of these situations, why not hire a creativity coach? Check out our database of over 80 coaches who are ready to work with you and propel you forward. CCA-member coaches specialize in nearly 100 different specialties.

Find a coach here.

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the December 2011 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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