The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the November issue of Creativity Calling!
With a smile in my heart, I want to thank the diverse group of creative souls who comprise our CCA community! This talented group includes you, our newsletter subscribers, along with the CCA's program instructors, administrative helpers, and our growing roster of wonderful creativity coaches.
I am honored and privileged to know so many of you-thank you for contributing the best of yourselves. It's also my joy and privilege to be of service to all who are a part of the Creativity Coaching Association!
This month, our CCA coaches once again dish up a tasty offering of articles to begin the holiday season. Brecia inspires each of us to create a "Creative Life Commitment" statement. Nellie spotlights the importance of recognizing, of honoring our individual gifts and talents all year 'round. Jocelyn offers a new perspective on what we pen in our gratitude journals. Finally, I share another of my favorite poems, "Love after Love", to remind us that a joyful and contented life lives within each of us.
As we grow increasingly aware of the power of gratitude it behooves us to look through varied lenses and then take action upon our insights.
We're grateful for your readership and love your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues. Enjoy!
With love and appreciation,
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Clarity, Commitment and Gratitude
By Brecia Kralovic-Logan
In this article I would like to share... (oh wait, there's the phone...), I would like to ("Honey, the kids need to be picked up from school...), I would (137 emails!!) like to share a way to... ("Yes. I will volunteer on Saturday."), focus on living creatively in the middle of our busy, sometimes chaotic, lives.
How can we keep our mind, heart and creative spirit aligned when there are so many demands on our time that distract us? The months of November and December are a great time to clarify what is important to us as creators. One supportive strategy that you might like to try is writing a Creative Life Commitment. Like a "Mission Statement," a Creative Life Commitment helps us to keep a clear view of what we value and why we create.
Here are a few questions to help you think about forming a Creative Life Commitment:
- What is my creative activity about?
- What do I want to stand for?
- What is the essence of what I want to share with the world?
- What fundamental belief fuels my work with spirit and gives me a reason to create?
Read each question and listen for the answers. You may want to journal about each one and then try to summarize your thoughts into a concise statement. You could start by writing "I am committed to..." at the top of your page. Keep your statements clear and brief. Once you have finished, read it aloud and notice how you feel when you say it. Trust your own intuitive sense of when it is just right.
Post your Creative Life Commitment in a place where you can see it and read it often. Allow yourself to feel gratitude for the unique path that you have chosen. Once you have clarified what is important to you, you can focus your energy on those things that support you and pass on those things that do not serve your creative purpose. You may still have to pick your kids up from school, but you will have a clear idea of your individual, creative pathway and why it is important for you to create in your own unique way.
~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a fiber artist and certified creativity coach in Santa Barbara, CA. She can be reached by email at: email@example.com. Visit her web site at www.breciacreative.com
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
by Nellie Jacobs
As this year winds down, once again we approach the holiday season of introspection, celebration, gift-giving and receiving. This time of year offers us yet another opportunity to appreciate our creativity. There are a multitude of reasons to consider ourselves lucky as creative individuals. We have been gifted with experiences and abilities that are absolutely unique to us. No one can replicate them. As a result, we each have a mind whose thoughts, reasoning, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills are different than anyone else on earth.
We artists, writers, dancers, and musicians are so lucky that our creativity can be stimulated by virtually anything. Ideas can spring from events, personal pain or loss, a search for a solution to a problem, or a determination to explore as far as possible a theme or method or medium. A creative trigger can be something as simple as a word said or comment made. One literal example of this is bestselling suspense author Joy Fielding who would record interesting bits of conversations she heard at parties and on public transportation, saving the words on scraps of paper to later insert into dialogue in her mystery books.
Our creativity transcends time and space. It can manifest itself regardless of our age and level of talent. Consider Justin Bieber and Clint Eastwood at either end of those spectrums. By actively pursuing our individual ability to create we are not only recognizing our gift, we are also honoring it.
The ultimate bonus? At the very least, products of our creativity offer inspiration, delight and food for thought to others as well as to us. We are so fortunate that our passion and determination to be creative can inspire creativity--because when we are truly into that creative zone, nothing can be more satisfying and exciting. Our creativity is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
~ Creativity consultant Nellie Jacobs is a best-selling author and award-winning artist. Visit her website at www.ignitingimagination.com.
Gratitude: a wellspring for Creativity
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Gratitude is known for a lot of things, but did you know it can be a great resource for your creativity?
Take a moment out of your busy life and make a list of everything you are grateful for in your life. Now, take a deeper look and ask yourself is their inspiration here? Can you see the next project within the list? Maybe a few of them can be weaved together into a much larger project. Maybe the list leads you to somewhere else instead.
I keep a daily journal and find that going back through it gives me ideas from time to time. But, there are times when trying to access my own gratitude doesn't inspire me to create so that's when I started to keep track of another kind of list: the things I take for granted.
It helps sometimes to step back and take note of attitude shifts. I find that writing a list about what I'm lacking to appreciate in my life is often riddled with conflict. Stories write themselves. Characters come alive. I find myself writing stories filled with compassion when I do this exercise the most. Maybe it will help you create something beautiful too.
Another gratitude trick I like to do for inspiration is all about perspective. Make a gratitude list or a list of lacking of appreciation for someone you know. Try and step into their shoes and see what it is that they see for a moment. You may find that doing this often may help you explore ideas you may have not otherwise been open to before.
Now, what will you create today?
~ Jocelyn Paige Kelly is a writer, CCA member, creativity coach and certified Story Coach™. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Narcissus, by Waterhouse
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life
~ Derek Walcott
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This is the end of the November 2012 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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