Welcome to the November issue of Creativity Calling!
With immense gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness, we in the CCA approach the upcoming holiday season. Many thanks extended to you, our newsletter subscribers, along with the CCA's program instructors, administrative helpers, and our ever-growing roster of exceptional creativity coaches.
I, personally, am honored to know many of you and to be of service to the CCA!
Around this time each year, I set my personal intention(s) to be fully present and open to giving and receiving joy, love and magic. Time moves quickly; I want to savor existing moments and create new memories for coming years! Life speeds us near the holidays and often with just a bit of conscious forethought, we can reframe what matters most to us and it makes such a difference.
This month, the CCA's coaches' articles gift us with information that clarifies and simplifies what we desire individually and collectively. Jill offers tips and tools for stepping into the holidays respecting who you are and with that as a foundation, creating what is most important to you. Nellie reminds us that it is normal to experience deep and heightened emotions during the "festive season" and we can use these powerful insights to fuel exceptional creative work. Along with congratulations to Denise A. Agnew, the newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach, we thank Denise for sharing the creative truths she has discovered along her path in coach training.
We've recently enhanced the About CCA page with a bit more history about the association, check it out.
Lastly, we hope you will take a peek at the upcoming events list (within this newsletter), and then join us. You don't want to miss a thing with all that's planned during 2015. The Creativity Coaching Association is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year--having given a full decade of service in supporting, enhancing and expanding both creativity and creativity coaching worldwide! We have much to celebrate...and much to be thankful for!
As always, we love your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues!
With beauty and blessings to you,
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Gild it with Gratitude
by Jill Jones
Holidays can be a frenetic time that eats into our creative practice, so it's important to be grateful for any small moment we can carve out to celebrate our creativity. Here are a few basic reminders.
Be aware of all your senses.
Breathe in the smell of sage roasted turkey, pumpkin pie spice, coffee, evergreens, and brisk chilled air. Feel the warmth and comfort of a roaring fireplace, a well earned compliment, happiness and joy.
Put your creative spin on traditions.
There are traditions and obligations to uphold during the holidays, but feel free to be creative every step of the way especially in holiday baking, entertaining, shopping and decorating. Be bold!
Ease up on yourself.
Comfort food or delivery from a neighborhood café makes things easier for informal get-togethers. Escapism at the movies capped off by a discussion with friends and family while sipping cocoa or enjoying creative cocktails is grand.
Start a gratitude list.
Focus on how rewarding creative opportunities felt this past year. It only takes a few minutes of thought to develop an impressive list.
Be content with simple creative pleasures. Here are things you can do in just 15-30 minutes to keep your mind sharp and the creative juices flowing.
- Listen to a full symphony while watching the snowflakes fall outside. Translate that experience into a poem.
- Sketch out a new direction for your next big painting.
- While sipping latte at the coffee shop, jot down overheard conversations to serve as ideas for your next short story or novel
- Practice a second (3rd, 4th or 5th) language on duolingo.com
- Read a chapter or two in a clever, thought provoking book.
- Free-write about your creative activities from this year. Include a bold, creative road map to take in 2015.
- Go for a brisk walk in a winter wonderland with a grateful, happy heart. Sing and dance as you enjoy nature and solitude.
On the holidays be in the moment and enjoy. Don't fret about shoulds or shouldn'ts. Breathe deeply and respond with warmth. There will be plenty of time after the holidays to eat less, move more and do good creative work. Right now it's time to celebrate and feel gratitude for friends, family, creativity and you.
~ Jill Jones
(www.coachthearts.com and www.brainwavesart.com) is a CCA certified creativity coach, artist and writer. Contact her at JillKJones@sbcglobal.net
Holiday Emotions can Fuel Creativity
by Nellie Jacobs
As the holiday season and year end approach, some of us can experience all kinds of heightened emotions. Mixed with the joyful anticipation of festivities and gatherings of friends and family can come sad thoughts about a myriad of disappointments and losses.
In my own experience, embracing my deep emotions and subsequent reactions has resulted in a wide range of creative benefits that include articles, artwork, television shows, podcasts, books and poetry.
I believe that if we identify our feelings and reactions--and if we explore the reasons for them--we can turn our insights into opportunities that fuel raw creativity. As example, without self-editing (at least in first drafts), I fired off "Just Let me F***n Dance!" a few days after taking my teenagers to a holiday concert where, embarrassed, they kept whispering to me to sit down. Reading that particular item of poetry to audiences inspired the most wonderful discussions among participants who were moved to share their own stories. Can you imagine the conversation with my late, beloved 90 year old mother-in-law about the poem's title? I love to share that, too, because its description has become a piece of comedy on its own.
So, as the holiday season approaches, let's welcome the depths of our emotions. Let's mine our reactions and express them. Let's use our insights as springboards for infinite creativity. Let our feelings fuel the development of music, plays, movies, poetry, dances, performances, paintings, sculptures, pottery and quilts. As I see it, powerful reactions can lead to exceptionally powerful creativity.
~ CCA Member and creativity consultant Nellie Jacobs is an artist and author whose revised ebook edition of Grading the Teacher, a best-seller first published by Penguin Books, is now available. Website: http://www.nelliejacobs.com
Congratulations to Denise A. Agnew,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Creative Energy and Creative Truth
By Denise A. Agnew
When I started creativity coaching training, I wished to learn new ways to bring into focus a truth I believed in and still believe to this day. Creative people must create, or the host of mental and physical problems that come from denying their creativity is enormous. From my own creative work and coaching experience, I've repeatedly witnessed the misery that comes from individuals not acknowledging and acting on their creativity. Creativity, for some, is as vital to life as breathing.
Despite this reality, fighting against a societal belief (and internal belief) that says creativity isn't worthy may not be the best tactic.
Perhaps discovering personal creative truth is better.
What do I mean by creative truth? It's surrendering to the understanding that for some creativity is vital to physical and mental health. I've seen creative people talk themselves into a restrictive box filled with "shoulds." I sincerely believe creative individuals can be assisted by coaches to help them discover their personal creative truth. While there are infinite creative truths, a few jumped to mind as I trained to become a coach that I believe are vital for lifelong creativity.
Creative Truths I've Discovered
Any impulse to create should always be honored.
- Stifling creativity because of outside expectations is often damaging to free expression.
- Individuals must discover which creative method motivates them and recognize there is no wrong way to create.
- Acknowledging a childlike desire to play (recess if you will) usually results in joyful creation.
- Problems with inspiration begin when you talk yourself out of being who you are as a creator.
- Refilling the creative well often gives the creative individual what they need to boost them over any roadblock.
- Creating what you believe is interesting and meaningful is top priority. Creating what someone else deems worthy will eventually be unsatisfying.
I hope every creative journey you take brings you the greatest of happiness and health.
~ Denise A. Agnew
, CCA Certified Creativity Coach, and owner of Creative Pen Coaching, brings over twenty years in the publishing industry into her creativity coaching. Denise helps individuals excavate their way to the truth behind their creative challenges. Contact her at www.creativepencoaching.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special CCA Events for
2015--Save These Dates!
To celebrate the Creativity Coaching Association's first decade of service to Creativity Coaching and to Creativity For All, we have several events scheduled and more being planned!
* In January...
"Cultivating a Creative 2015"
We will kick off the new year with a Transformational Tuesday Interview on January 13, 2015. Join Bev Down, CEO & President of the CCA, as she speaks with Starla J. King, about goal setting for creatives. Goal setting can be a controversial topic for creative professionals, as much of our meaningful work comes through spontaneity and inspiration.
Starla shares that what is needed is a way to set goals that work with our creative personalities, taking into consideration the unique challenges of creative work, and providing the spark needed to enjoyably turn ideas into reality.
This will undoubtedly be a lively discussion on how to create the future state we dream of for our creative work in 2015--with enough structure to guide us, and enough flexibility to free us. This is a "free" tele-call and the CCA's gift to you --the call in number and pass code will be shared shared next month.
Starla J. King is a CCA certified creativity coach and writing coach at www.OutWriteLiving.com She is the author of the book WIDE AWAKE: EVERY DAY. Daily Inspiration for Conscious Living.
* In February...
"Catch The Creativity Wave"
A one day CCA live tele-seminar on Friday, February 20, 2014 devoted to the creative gifts, talents and genius that lie within and belong to us all. Hosted by Beverly Down, CCA President, this special day will be spent with a bounty of our top CCA Creativity Coach Professionals who will inspire and motivate you in creating your best work in the year to come... and beyond. Save this date--more details will follow soon.
* In March...
"Creativity Coaching Extravaganza"
This live event (March 27-29, 2015) is being held at the Rowe Center in MA and is hosted by Eric Maisel, a prominent creativity coaching pioneer and author of many popular books on the subject of creativity and for artists.
Eric writes: "If you are a creativity coach, this is the place to meet your peers, make new friends, and learn the ins and outs of the profession of creativity coaching. If you're a therapist or life coach, this is place to learn about creativity coaching. And if you're an artist-writer, painter, actor, musician, etc.-this is the place to learn some super important principles about how to create deeply and regularly and how to maintain a creative life. Come on over!
Beverly Down, president of the Creativity Coaching Association, will also be there to chat about the association and answer questions. We'll have a lovely Friday get-together with hors d'oeuvres by the fire in the comfy lodge, dinner in the lodge's charming dining room, and a first gathering that Friday evening. Then a weekend of fun and information!"
Mark your calendars: http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=348
* In the Fall of 2015...
CCA Creativity Coaching Conference & Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the first decade plus of the Creativity Coaching Association!
This will be the third live International gathering for the CCA. Plans are underway, and stay tuned for details as they are confirmed!
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