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Creativity Calling

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the January issue of Creativity Calling!

We at the CCA hope your new year is off to a good start. Did you set some exciting goals for yourself? Are you feeling inspired by the possibilities that lie ahead? We wish you a year where your desires, dreams and goals come to fruition!

The CCA supports you in accessing the creative gifts that matter most to you, and in guiding you to utilize those gifts to better our world.So if you've not yet set some creative goals for yourself, it is not too late. And if your goals have already lost some of their pizzazz, hopefully this month's CCA creativity coach articles will help you look at the year ahead with "new" eyes!

Lyza suggests we take a few minutes of self inquiry to re-evaluate our projects and the time we allot them. Gioya gives us ideas to re-invigorate our creative energy--a starter list to prime our creative pumps. An enthusiastic "Congratulations!" to Samantha Catalina Sinclair, our newest CCA certified creativity coach! Samantha shares a heartfelt story on how creativity helped "save" her life.

We invite you to take advantage of upcoming events for 2015. On March 27-29, there will be a live gathering of creativity coaches, artists and creative souls in Massachusetts. The event is sponsored by Dr. Eric Maisel and it should be a really fun--and educational--time. I will be on hand as a guest speaker on behalf of the CCA. Please check out the details below and join us! Also, the CCA is sponsoring a tele-summit (a day-long conference via telephone conferencing) on Friday, April 17, 2015. The tele-summit, "Catch the Creativity Wave", will feature interviews with many of the CCA's sharpest creativity coaches. Be certain to regularly read this newsletter as additional events (and details) are rolled out.

Lastly, do take a peek at the online directory of CCA creativity coaches at www.creativitycoachingassociation.com You'll find over 100 coaches listed there along with their coaching services: these coaches have openings and would love to help you joyously fulfill your goals this year!

Remember to send us ideas for topics you'd like to see addressed in future newsletters. We love your feedback and suggestions. And, always feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues!

All the best,

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association

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Shaking the tree: Making room for the important things
By Lyza Fontana

The new year is the end of a natural cycle, and it can be a great time of reflection and re-prioritizing. Shaking the tree allows the dead leaves to fall off--allowing the healthy leaves to remain.

When our creative work starts to feel stagnant, overwhelming, or joyless, it can be a good opportunity to re-evaluate our commitments. Here are some dig-deeper questions I've found to be helpful in deciding what to keep, and what to shed:

  1. Do I enjoy this? If not, it might be worth while to keep asking questions... just in case resistance is playing tricks. (For example, lack of motivation might just be fear masquerading as disinterest). Sometimes getting outside feedback from a friend or mentor can breathe new life into things.
  2. Is this still important? If it's an immediate yes, it's more a matter of timing. Do you want to accomplish it this week? In a year? 10 years? If it's hazy, try snoozing it and decide at a later time.
  3. Am I actively working on this? If a project or task hasn't made progress, determine if it's because it's not a priority, if there are too many other priorities, if something is in the way, or if it just needs to be chunked down into smaller action steps. When something is important but there's no action, a coach can be instrumental in helping break inertia.
  4. How would it feel if I didn't accomplish this? If there is a possibility of disappointment or regret, maybe it's a chance to renew the commitment.
  5. Is this my own desire, or an external "should"? Identifying if something is truly coming from within can be useful in weeding out old patterns and commitments.
  6. Did I give it enough of a chance to grow, or am I letting go too easily? Hesitance in letting go may be a message to keep going. Considering the alternative can provide perspective. Think out both timelines (keep it or let it go) to see if a clear answer stands out.

So here's to a year of creative flow! May the remaining leaves on your tree be filled with possibility, joy and creativity!

~ Lyza Fontana is an Illustrator and Creativity Coach nearing completion of CCA Certification. You can connect with Lyza at www.creativehowto.com and www.creativequickstart.com.

New Year, New Creativity:
How to maintain continuous creativity throughout the year.
By Gioya McRae

We sprint into the new year, invigorated, ready to take on new projects. But often our excitement wanes in a month or two. How can we maintain our creative momentum throughout the year? Keep your creative juices pumping with these methods.

Open up to new arts. If you paint, take a dance class. Do you write? Learn to play a musical instrument. You get the idea. Stretching in new directions will enhance our original chosen crafts and our lives in general.

Rub elbows with the best in our crafts. How do we improve our gifts? We gain insight from others who do it better. There's a saying, "If you're the smartest one in your group, you need to get a new group." Spending time with people who are exploring their talents in grand style, will inspire us to do the same. Network with these creatives. They may even be open to a collaboration!

Commit to some quiet time. Incorporate meditation or reflection time into your schedule. We get wonderful ideas when we quiet our thoughts and let the mind wander. Even ten minutes a day can make a difference. Find a quiet place or take a walk. You'll soon be flooded with fresh ideas.

Teach someone your craft. Sometimes we forget how much we've learned about our chosen creative venue. Offer to teach an interested novice. You will be amazed at how much you have learned about your art over the years. Techniques you take for granted will be brand new skills for your pupil. You will both be rewarded with new confidence and creative stimulation.

Break a pattern. If you've been dancing the same routine or painting in the same style for years. Commit to exploring new techniques. You may surprise yourself with a new passion.

Open your mind to the possibilities. I encourage you to use these tips and to brainstorm your own list of creativity boosters. Keep your artistic burst of energy going throughout the year. You'll be glad you did.

~ Gioya McRae, CCA Certified Creativity Coach, founded Mocha Mind Communications: Coaching for Write-Brained People. She coaches people in writing and self-publishing. http://mochamind.com and info@mochamind.com. ©2014 Gioya McRae

Congratulations to Samantha Catalina Sinclair,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!

Confessions of a Creative Late Bloomer
By Samantha Catalina Sinclair

Creativity saved my life. My third year in a doctoral program, I received some very distressing news that I had breast cancer. My first thought was, "But wait! There's so much more I want to do!" I wanted to write poetry, to dance the tango, to write and perform a one woman show, to draw, but my schedule never seemed to permit the time. Getting a cancer diagnosis was a wake-up call that I might not have another chance to do these things. So I took a break from grad school and focused on healing my body and soul.!

In the first grade our teacher made the students sign contracts that planned out our activities for the week. I agreed to finger paint on a Wednesday, but when I saw my friend playing with clay, I joined her squishing the colorful balls of goo through my tiny hands. I soon found myself in the office, and was paddled with a few other children who had broken contracts. It would be twenty years before I would play with clay again. Once I "grew up," I put away childish things. Well-meaning people on my path steered me away from pursuing the arts. I have come to believe that stifling my creativity contributed to my illness.

While going through my treatment, I began cavorting with a band of creative women with whom I did art rituals. We made collages and painted pictures to symbolize my transformation to cancer free. I made a bust of my bust, decorated it, and burned it in a bonfire with the others while we howled at the moon. Someone drew a butterfly on my throat with colored pens so that I could open my heart chakra and speak my truth. I leaned heavily into these experiences that were medicine for the soul.

Art has become a sacred process for me, a mode of being as essential as breathing. With a supportive creative community I have learned to play again. I've written poetry, a solo performance piece, grew corn and made a doll from the stalks, and I'm just getting started. Nothing has given me more joy than making art again. But a tie for first place is coaching my clients to ignite their creative spark into a roaring blaze. My late blooming muse is living out loud now- and getting her hands messy in lots of clay!

~ Samantha Catalina Sinclair is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, with a private life coaching practice in the San Francisco Bay area. As chief muse at Creatrix Studios, she leads expressive arts playshops to unleash creativity and heal wounds around art making. Contact Samantha at muse@creatrixstudios.com or visit her website, www.creatrixstudios.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 March...
"Creativity Coaching Extravaganza"
This live event (March 27-29, 2015) is being held at the Rowe Center in MA and is hosted by Dr. 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 April...
"Catch The Creativity Wave"
A one day CCA live tele-seminar on Friday, April 17, 2015 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 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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Life is not about finding yourself...
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~ E.W. Wilcox

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the January 2015 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

Note: If you are a life coach, executive coach, literary agent, therapist or any other profession involved with creative people, and you are interested in joining the Creativity Coaching Association, please drop me a note at join@creativitycoachingassociation.com for information.

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