The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the July issue of Creativity Calling!
Summer ushers in wonderful opportunities for relaxation, fun and adventure! I love the added freedom this season brings: days and weeks when we give ourselves permission to just "be" as we slow down and savor the moments.
For weeks, my husband and I have planted and cultivated flowers and vegetables outside our home. We're more than pleased with the results. Likewise, as I read this month's newsletter articles, I know the useful tools offered by our CCA coaches will bring us pleasing results as we use these tools to cultivate our inner landscapes. What's really being offered is freedom!
Change, movement and growth are the nature of life, and awareness of our growth brings forth personal power. As we embrace our learnings (life lessons) and challenges, fulfillment can be ours.
Brecia gives us simple tips for anchoring our creative growth. Nanette encourages us to gently stretch ourselves beyond what we label as our personal limitations. And Miranda shares tools for creating the kind of summer we most want and living it. Happy reading!
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All the very best!
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Checking on Our Creative Growth
By Brecia Kralovic-Logan
Lately, I've taken to hanging out on my deck to watch things grow. I have a nice view of my garden boxes and can gauge the height of my sunflowers and hollyhocks as they reach skyward each day. I watch as blossoms turn to fruit. I watch as tiny, baby quail grow more confident as they hunt in the grass; and I watch the baby orioles as they begin their first flying lessons.
As I observe the drama of nature unfolding in my backyard, I am reminded to bring awareness to the growth and expansion that is happening in my own creative life. How many of us plunge into our work each day without really noticing how much we've grown? Are you taking the fruits of your creative labor for granted?
Summer time is a great time to take stock of how far you have come along your creative path. I keep a journal where I like to record my goals for each year. Then, I imagine where I would like to be in my creative life in 3 years, and in 5 years. I write down all that I dream of creating, achieving, developing and manifesting. This way, I can check on my creative growth and expansion as I move toward, and past my goals.
How do you keep track of your creative growth? Do you keep a written record like a journal, draw out intention maps, or document your progress on YouTube? By bringing our awareness to our creative growth, we give ourselves an opportunity to feel the joy of living our passion. So sometime this summer, find a quiet place to sit, and note how high you have reached, how confident you have become and how far you have flown. Feel the joy and then keep right on growing.
~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a creativity coach and fiber artist in Santa Barbara, CA. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.breciacreative.com.
Our Journey toward Creative Expansion--
Braving the Discomfort Zone
By Nanette Saylor
When we seek to expand creativity we are looking to stretch beyond the limitations of our past and to experience something new, exciting and fulfilling
Our creative essence is not separate from us. It is not reserved for some people at some times and not for others. This energy is available to everyone at anytime by simply accepting and believing in a world without limits.
To learn to believe we must push into new, often unchartered territory, identifiable only by the level of discomfort we feel as we try to move forward. And we must create new experiences. This is the discomfort zone.
Eleanor Roosevelt said: "Do one thing every day that scares you."
For me, scary equals uncomfortable, mustering up enough courage to brave
this new world is challenging.
A few tips to help you push through:
- Remember, this too shall pass. Hang in there. Take a deep breath. Feeling a particular emotion is rarely permanent. Visualize something fun or beautiful and your fears will be gone quickly.
- It's not as scary as it seems. Ask yourself, are my fears real? Am I just imagining a potential outcome that has little basis in fact?
- Then ask, what's the worst that can happen? Seriously, if everything goes wrong, is the result life threatening? Probably not. So, how bad is it really?
- Whatever the other potential outcomes...so what? Remember this catchy phrase: SWSWSW - some will, some won't, so what? someone's waiting! Just keep moving. Just do it.
- Lastly, you can't win if you don't play! You'll never know if you can draw a face until you try. You'll never know if you can hit the high notes unless you push. You never know how your work will be received until you finish it!
Don't be afraid to try.
"Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life."
To experience true creative expansion, be impulsive. Do something you know you've always avoided. Go somewhere different and talk to everyone. Experiment. Create with new materials and then switch. Play a game. Dress out of character and do something crazy!
~ A gifted speaker, writer, and creativity coach, Nanette is the founder of Wise Well Women. She inspires entrepreneurial women to courageously explore all life's possibilities. www.wisewellwomen.com
Your Superlative Summer
By Miranda Hersey
Summer has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere, and with it our idyllic intentions for slower days, family time, vacations or staycations, reading, trips to the beach, gardening--whatever the very best of summer means to you. Perhaps you'd also like to make progress in that novel, keep a daily art journal, or head to the fabric store. With more hours of daylight at our disposal, many things feel possible. But from our decades of experience, we know that in the blink of an eye, summer will be over. The weeks that we anticipated so eagerly will somehow condense, folding onto each other accordion style, and suddenly September will be here again with its academic calendar, new notebooks, and whiff of autumn. What are well-intentioned creatives to do, aside from stocking up on sunscreen and new watercolors?
During June, I like to offer my clients an exercise adapted from The Art of Possibility, the excellent book by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander. Based on the Zanders' practice of "Giving an A," I ask my clients to write me a letter, dated September 1, explaining in rich detail exactly why their summer "was awesome."
This exercise serves several important purposes. I invite you to try it yourself, and to share it with others. The first benefit is that writing this letter requires you to think in concrete terms about what you want to do this summer--and what you don't. It's a process that combines clarity with the power of visualization. Writing the letter from a future vantage point helps you think through the logistics of what can reasonably fit within the next 2+ months. You might see that you won't actually have time to spend three hours in the studio every day and take the kids to the beach every week and write two e-books and put in a new rock garden and train for a half marathon. You'll be forced to prioritize and edit, which is vital. Because yes, you can do anything, but you can't do everything.
So. Why was your summer awesome?
~ Miranda Hersey is a writer, creativity coach, facilitator, and host of the blog Studio Mothers. As a business owner and the mother of five, Miranda is passionate about helping others live deeply satisfying, creative lives. She lives in rural Massachusetts, happily overrun with people, books, and animals.
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