The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the July issue of Creativity Calling!
For those of us living in the USA, we are just a tad past the first month of our glorious summer season. "Summertime, and the living is easy..." How is it feeling for you?
This month, our CCA creativity coaches share how to use the relaxed flow of the season and the beauty of our natural world to inspire our inner worlds.
Lynn takes us with her on a walk along the beach and shows us how enjoying the treasures of nature can mirror and inspire our true creative nature. Steve suggests we allow the essence of summer to connect us with ourselves and with others for fun discoveries and new collaborations. Our newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach, Leilani Squire, tells us how her journey as a creative person has deepened a thousand fold along the path of becoming a creativity coach. Great insights!
Lastly, the entire month of July inspires me to deep reflection on both personal and worldwide freedom. I've included one of my favorite quotes on freedom.
We hope that something within this newsletter inspires you, not only to enhance and expand your creativity, but also to embrace the unique and amazing creative being you are!
Please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues. And remember to keep sending CCA your feedback and suggestions. We appreciate you~
With Summer Love!
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Ocean of Ideas
By Lynn Wyvill
A perfect day is walking along the beach. The familiar and constant, yet ever changing, ocean is comforting. And gathering rocks and shells is so relaxing.
These are the ocean's gifts to us, carried in wave after wave as it rushes onto shore. Here are the irresistible pink, lavender, gray, and ivory colors; the odd shapes; the jagged edges; the ridged and rippled surfaces.
Sometimes, these treasures are found easily, glistening in the sun. Other times, they are buried in the sand.
Isn't the creative process like this?
Inspiration comes and goes, ebbs and flows just like the ocean, but it never goes completely away. It contains the gift of creative ideas. All we have to do grab our pail of curiosity and set off to explore, to observe carefully, and to listen attentively.
At times, our search for ideas seems easy, finding just what we're looking for. If we're lucky, we may even find an idea that's fully formed, like a whole perfect shell on the beach. But many times, our exploration starts with sweeping away the gritty sand of doubt and fear.
Then, just like gathering shells, we collect bits and pieces of colors, shapes, words, emotions, lines of dialogue, photos, ticket stubs--anything and everything--that we tuck away in a box, a journal, a notebook, or a drawer.
We don't know how these disparate things will go together or even if any of it can be formed into a cohesive whole. What we do know is that we must have all of them. They stir a memory, a deep feeling in us. They speak to our heart and prick our imagination.
We store everything away until one day we pour the contents of the box, notebook or desk drawer out onto a table, just like we do with those buckets of shells. We sort through the fascinating, the odd, the beautiful searching for tiny sparks that can be ignited into creative flames. Arranging and rearranging over and over until our creative vision springs to life and we bring a story, picture, song, or dance into being as the ocean of inspiration continues to flow within us.
~ Lynn Wyvill, a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, is a writer who is working on a book of essays about nature. Her blog is http://lynnwyvill.wordpress.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Creativity: Three Ways the Feel of Summer can Guide your Art
By Steve Harper
The warm weather can be a tremendous inspiration for long walks, beach outings and camping trips. But your creativity can also be sparked by the easy, relaxing flavor of the summer months. Here are a few ways to translate the traditional vibe of vacation into your artistic process.
1) Make your own summer shorts: Take inspiration from your wardrobe and mold your creative projects into a short form. The discipline of developing artistic work in miniature can bring fun and a new precision into your process. If you're a novelist--write a short story. If you write short stories--create a haiku. Imagine smaller canvasses, sculptures, dances--powerful and compact--like a Bonsai tree. Pay close attention to how brevity demands a new approach. Make note of what you learn along the way, and incorporate it into your regular process. Lean into a creative mini-adventure.
2) Seek out cool drinks: Connect with other creative folks over a refreshing summer beverage. Design an outing that is both simple and collaborative. Take someone out for iced-tea or coffee and brainstorm. This is a fantastic way to discover new projects and opportunities, share joys and challenges, or just catch up with fellow creatives. You might even make it a regular event. Gather with the same group--or with multiple groups. Pour the lemonade and collaborate on ideas. Watch for new discoveries and out-of-the-box ideas.
3) Organize a pot-luck: Do a creative share-a-thon as a fund-raiser or maybe just for fun. Call it a salon or call it a party! If you dislike planning, gather your fellow artists for an impromptu event. Show your work or teach the group how to do what you do. In a series of these gatherings you can demonstrate your process and learn how others work. Not only will you enjoy showing your work to your peers, you might find new people to support and be supported by. Share your creative work, and enjoy the fellowship.
~ Steve Harper is the founder of Your Creative Life: an organization that helps creative people design sustainable lives. A CCA Certified Creativity Coach and proud member of the CCA, he's also a graduate of Yale, the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard and The Juilliard Playwriting program. www.yourcreativelife.com
Congratulations to Leilani Squire, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Beginning in Order to Complete
By Leilani Squire
As I stood on a cliff overlooking the ocean a few years ago, I listened to a tiny, quiet voice within, which was calling me to step onto the new, somewhat-scary path of a creativity coach in training. Since that first step, I have learned that the tiny, quiet voice within knows what I need and what my creative work needs. I have learned how to identify distractions and say "No!" to them in order to stay focused so I can complete my creative work. When I stop, listen and focus I am able to begin; I am able to continue through the middle of the creative process even when doubts, frustrations and distractions beckon me to quit. I hunker down and keep going because I have learned how to trust the many facets of the creative process and this empowers me to complete the project. This is how I make myself proud. This is how I produce a body of creative work. This is how I share with others what I see and feel and know of both the inner and the outer worlds of me.
Before I began the journey of becoming a creativity coach, I was full of distractions, full of doubt about my ability as a creative person; I was tossed upon the winds of fancy and criticism. Of course there are still times when I doubt and crave distraction, I'm human, but I am much more aware of how tempting and easy it is to become derailed from my creative dream. At these times I chat with myself to bring me back to center so I can focus on the task at hand and complete the work in front of me. My relationship with the creative process and my creative dreams has deepened a thousand fold since I took my first brave step on that cliff overlooking the ocean to become a certified creativity coach with the Creativity Coaching Association. I am so grateful for the journey I have been traveling and continue to travel; and I hope, help others do the same.
~ Leilani Squire is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, writer, screenwriting consultant and advocate for U.S. Veterans to tell their stories through prose and poetry. www.leilanisquire.com
An Inspiring Quote On Freedom:
Our Deepest Fear
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~ From the book, A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson
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