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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the March issue of Creativity Calling!

It snowed several times in this last week! Despite our calendar saying the first day of spring is less than one week away, winter does not seem to want to leave us here in the northeastern United States. Some things are beyond our control, aren't they?

We have some fun articles from our coaches this month on subject matters that we do have some say in, most thankfully. So, are you ready to lighten up your load this spring? We are here to help. Lynn and Leslie share practical ideas and suggestions on how we can lighten up both mentally and physically. I'm more than ready! Let's make choices for a greater life, then watch as the universe aligns with our intentions. Journey with us in letting go of the old, in order to make room for new growth and fulfillment.

And for even more inspiration this spring...the CCA is offering a special 5-week workshop/teleclass during April. We are bringing back Sandy Nelson, the "Play Wizard" to share an in depth training on "How To Use The 5 Power Principles Of Your Creative Wizardry". Find all the details within this newsletter.

Please remember to send us your ideas for topics you would like to see addressed in future newsletters. We love your feedback and suggestions

All the best!

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association

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painting toolsHave a Spring Art Swap

 By Lynn Wyvill

It's spring--a time of awakening from the winter doldrums. Preparing a garden in the spring involves clearing out the flower beds of winter debris to make way for new growth. Clearing out your art work space accomplishes the same thing--you are making room mentally and physically for new inspiration and creative projects. Take a look at all your art supplies. Be honest. Is stuff stacked everywhere and threatening to topple over and bury you? Is there stuff there that you aren't likely to use--ever--because it just doesn't inspire you anymore? Then, why not have an Art Swap with other artists? Our local art group holds one every year for its members. It's a popular event and a great party. It saves money and the planet, and who doesn't like that!

Here's how it works. You bring anything you no longer want--frames, paper, paints, glue, art books, fabric, beads, we even had an easel at the last one--and put them on display. Each person who brings something puts their name in a bowl. The first name drawn gets first choice of selecting one thing from the display. The next name drawn gets to select and on it goes until everyone who has brought something has claimed something they want. Then we open it up to everyone to select from what's left. At that point, there's no limit on how much someone can take. Of course, while all this is going on, we talk, sip wine, eat and catch up on what everyone is working on.

An Art Swap is a terrific way to recycle, clear out your work area, and give something to another artist who will use it. You might find art supplies you've always wanted to experiment with that didn't cost a dime or a book on a technique you've wanted to learn about. It's spring! Throw a party with purpose. Make room for new art supplies to delight and inspire you.

~ Lynn Wyvill is a writer, abstract painter, and a Certified Creativity Coach specializing in helping people find their creative voices and express themselves through the spoken word and their businesses. You can contact Lynn at lynn@grantstreetcommunications.com.

Trash TalkSpring is time for Trash Talking

By Lesley Riley

Ah Spring, sunshine, flowers....spring cleaning....trash. It's not much of a leap from spring to talking trash. I'm talking about trash talk--the talk that comes from that trashman in your head, better known as your inner critic.

Trash talk is commonly used by athletes and fans at sporting events to criticize and distract a player from the game. It's verbal intimidation. Good athletes train themselves to block out all distractions. They are skilled in the art of focusing. It's part of what they practice every day from a very young age.

Your inner critic is an expert at trash talk. She knows all your buttons and isn't afraid to push them. Since Spring is a time for new beginnings, what better way to begin anew than to learn to brush off the trash talk coming from your inner critic. Try one or all of these strategies to make a clean sweep and really take out the trash.

1. Follow the Dalai Lama's advice that "the enemy is a very good teacher". What is your critic trying to teach you? What's the hidden message? Are her taunts designed to spur you on, to push yourself towards your better self? Maybe she's hoping you'll get hoppin' mad and prove her wrong.

2. If the trash talker is there so are your fans. Look behind you, they're the ones pushing you forward toward artist success. Listen to their cheers. They drown out the trash talk.

3. Trash talkers thrive on inaction. Get to work and she'll get going. If you're listening to the trash talk you're not focusing on what you are doing. Get lost in the work.

4. Substitute trash talk for positive talk in the form of affirmations, "I am extremely successful at everything I set my mind to." "My art gets better each and every day." "I love to create and take joy in the process."

5. Know this: If you're hearing trash talk, it's because you're attempting to do something great. Take it as a sign, congratulate yourself for your outstanding ability and then get back to the task at hand.

~ Lesley Riley is an internationally known creativity coach, artist, workshop instructor and author, with a passion for spreading the magic of art. Lesley provides resources, coaching and mentoring to artists at ArtistSuccess.com Reach Lesley at Lesley@ArtistSuccess.com

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

A special CCA sponsored 5 week program with Sandy Nelson

Workshop Description:

Jumpstart your creativity--use the 5 Power Principles to be ingenious!

Tired of stumbling along in the cold of winter? Time to come out of hibernation! 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.

Delight in your imagination to: find a new job, become an author, enjoy exotic travel, sing a solo, receive a financial windfall, dance on stage, paint your masterpiece--manifest whatever you desire! The 5 Power Principles give you the practical tools to remove the blocks that get in your way; and the Play Wizard way makes it 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)

Cost: $227.00 per student

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

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.

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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 join@creativitycoachingassociation.com for information.

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