Welcome to the April issue of Creativity Calling!
Springtime! I love it so, especially after a very long and cold winter in the Northeastern USA! It feels so good to be outside again without a coat: so light and free and the child within is ready to play. Witnessing baby buds abundantly springing forth on bushes and trees, the green shoots of flowers pushing through the earth...everywhere one looks is new growth. As without/as within, we also are inspired for new personal and professional growth.
We at the CCA have lots to share regarding this new season. This month's articles, written by our CCA creativity coaches, echo the desire for birthing new joys and new perspectives so that each of us can authentically live the life of our dreams. Bonnie reminds us of the importance of play in an artist's/creative's life. Lynn speaks of how we mirror nature and why we may want to consciously clear out the debris from our mental spaces, leftovers from the previous season. Darlene Frank, the newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach, shares how becoming a certified coach greatly assisted her in her confidence and growth as a person. Congratulations, Darlene!
In addition to the growth related thoughts within this month's newsletter, please check out the CCA's upcoming May 8, 2015 Tele-Summit (see below). The theme is, "Catch the Creativity Wave: Success Strategies for Growing Creativity". Join us on one or all five of the tele-calls as this is a FREE one day LIVE CCA tele-summit designed with you in mind. My conversations with these five certified coaches will inspire you to plant new seeds....as soon as possible!
We are grateful for your readership. Feel free to pass this newsletter along to anyone you know who enjoys an uplifting, inspiring message and will appreciate some tools to enhance and expand her/his creativity!
As always, we love your input and suggestions.
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Tending our Creative Gardens
By Lynn Wyvill
Spring pulls us out of our homes and into our yards where winter has left a mess like picnickers who haven't cleaned up after themselves. The debris needs to be cleared away to make room for new growth.
But it's not just our lawns that need loving attention after a long, cold spell. Our creative spaces need a spring cleaning, too. I'm not just talking about our studios and offices, but our mental space, as well.
Like dead branches on trees and bushes, we need to prune away projects that aren't going anywhere. You know, the ones that we started, but now frustrate us, or we just don't like. It's the only way to make room for new projects that do excite us.
Just as the leaves that accumulate in and around bushes need to be removed, we need to rake away the negative thoughts that choke off our creative growth. Sweep them away so that we have space to grow.
Just as we clean up the yard to plant flowers, sow grass seed and fertilize so everything will thrive, we must do the same with our creative garden. We need to gather new ideas to plant. Read, go for a walk, listen to music, get up, get out, experience new things, whatever we find inspiring, interesting, and intriguing.
Warm sunshine and fresh air give us hope. Although the growing season may seem a bit slow to start, the day finally comes when we see that first crocus popping its pretty blue head through the ground in the garden. It's the same thing with our garden of creativity. One day, it blooms.
But our work is not done. We have to tend to a garden regularly--weeding, pruning, watering, even replanting sometimes--to see results. And it's the same way with our creativity. Do something to nurture it consistently and often.
It takes a lot of work and love to coax a garden and our creativity into full bloom. Just as our flower beds blossom with daffodils, primroses, tulips, azaleas and ripe buds on trees break open into green leaves, our creative gardens burst into paintings, prose, poetry, dance and every delightful variety of creative work.
~ Lynn Wyvill
, a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, is emerging from her creative hibernation and seeing the first blooms of some new writing. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kick Back and Play!
by Bonnie Perry
What does a "successful" artist look like to you? One who with a constantly producing--nose to the grindstone--type of persona? This is one approach to making art, but isn't creating really about opening the heart and expressing emotions?
Nurturing the childlike sense of play is invaluable in creating a meaningful life. All too often traditional work ethics from the past have nearly extinguished the spark of play. As creators, in particular, play is essential--not a luxury.
Play is part of creativity.
Creativity is a process composed of many activities. All too often we focus upon bearing down and getting the work done. Yes, this is necessary, but it is not the only part of making art. All too often the drive to produce gets us stuck in our intellect or in the groove of an old tape about doing it "right." The "should's" start to drag us down.
Play is an investment.
Play is not being sidetracked or distracted. Taking time to romp through your imagination is a way of honoring yourself as well as filling the well of ideas, inspirations and getting into the flow state of creating joyously and with ease. Think about the times when the words or the ideas or colors seemed to come together by themselves. Play opens that door and reinforces that path.
What does play look like?
Play does not have to be an official act. It can easily be incorporated in simple, daily activities.
- Notice colors in the vegetable isle in the grocery store
- Walk in nature - in the woodland or along the shore
- Attend a musical event
- View a museum exhibit
- Chat with a friend over lunch or coffee
Simply try changing the lens of how you see the world.
Give yourself permission.
Playtime often opens the flow of inspiration. Befriend the child within and allow time to play. Writing a list of what makes your heart skip.This can be your playlist. Take time to experiment and notice how you feel. Many times the outpouring that occurs after play is astounding us all.
Give it a try.
~ Bonnie Perry
- CCA Certified Creativity Coach and Past-Life Regressionist. Her specialty is igniting and nurturing creative sparks to produce art and enhance daily life in a holistic way - heart, mind and spirit. email@example.com
Congratulations to Darlene Frank,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Smarter, Wiser, More Creative
by Darlene Frank
Completing the CCA program is worth celebrating, and here's a quick look at four huge benefits I gained from this training.
Increased emotional intelligence. Reading your classmates' homework assignments and being coached by smart, creative people captures the attention of vigilant parts of your psyche. My Inner Critic showed up, dressed to the nines to intimidate. When a friend heard my list of failings compared to my fellow coaches, she said, "Do you have amnesia?" Her response startled me back to reality and acknowledgment of my own worth. The mere appearance of such insecurity invites us to reconsider it. The homework and coaching assignments showcased individual differences and the phenomenal range of our creative talents. In that light, every classmate became my Muse. I'm smarter now.
Keys to secret knowledge. Reading each of five books from the program reading list was like entering the private chambers of a wizard. Inside that author's laboratory of unique concoctions, an alchemical process took place that returned me to my own world altered by the wizard's sacred space. As a writer, I've always experienced books as magical. But books about creativity? I wouldn't have guessed.
Enhanced creative powers. Ironically, the CCA program immerses us in the world of creativity without requiring that we create any art in the process. Yet as soon as I began the classes, creative ideas began to pour into and out of me. I produced more art than usual during the program.
We don't need to learn "ten new ways to be creative." We simply need to notice how we are already creating--in thought, word, and action--all day long. With greater awareness of how and what we create, we find ourselves becoming artful in ways we never imagined.
Amped up creative confidence. During the program I designed and taught three public workshops about creativity and writing. The first felt like a risk. A year later, my message and confidence had evolved. By the following year, I felt like a different person.
You cannot complete the CCA program without expanding your creative confidence. By program's end, your Inner Critic might still be dressed to the nines, but not to intimidate. This time, she feels much better about herself. And you.
The CCA program should come with a warning: Fasten Your Seatbelt--Creative Change Ahead.
~ Darlene Frank
is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach and a writing coach who helps writers create powerful work. Her creative nonfiction about personal growth and transformation appears in several anthologies. You can reach her at www.DarleneFrankWriting.com
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 May...
"Catch The Creativity Wave: Success Strategies for Growing Creativity"
A one day CCA live tele-summit on Friday, May 8, 2015 devoted to the creative gifts, talents and genius that lie within and belong to us all. Hosted by Beverly Down, CCA President & CEO, this special day will be spent with a group of our top CCA Creativity Coaching Professionals who will inspire and motivate you in creating your best work for this year... and beyond.
Please be on the lookout for an invitation from the CCA to you with ALL of the content details, with bridge line phone numbers, passwords, etc. for you to join us in this FREE event. This is our gift to you! You will receive an announcement/invitation on or before April 30, 2015.
The CCA is very excited to share these "real conversations" which are sure to uplift, inspire, and give practical tips, tools & techniques for expanding creativity!
Here's a sneak preview of the heart-centered creativity coaches (and successful business women) who were selected, along with the topics we will explore:
May 8, 2015 "Catch the Creativity Wave: Success Strategies for Growing Creativity".
Live conversations with Bev Down, CCA President and the following CCA Creativity Coaches:
*Look for your invitation with more details on or before April 30th!
- 10 - 10:45 am, EDT "Being a Creativity Steward" with Melissa Rosati
- 11 - 11:45 am, EDT " Self-Care with a Creative Flair" with Nanette Saylor
- 2 - 12:45 pm, EDT " The Power of Creative Collaboration/Connection" with Susan Miller
- 1 - 1:45 pm, EDT " When Opportunity Knocks...Be Sure to Answer " with Doreen Poreba
- 2 - 2:45 pm, EDT " Building a Real-Life Creative Practice" with Miranda Hersey
* In September...
CCA Creativity Coaching Conference & Celebration
CCA Creativity Coaching Conference & Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the first decade plus of the Creativity Coaching Association! The event will take place in Lake George, New York on September 25- 27, 2015.
This will be the third live International gathering for the CCA. Plans are underway -- stay tuned for details as they are confirmed!
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