Welcome to the February issue of Creativity Calling!
The calendar shows the first day of Spring is less than three weeks away. As seasons are changing, I love to take trips away from home to "empty" and reflect on where I've been, where I am, and where I am going.
This month my husband and I traveled to Florida to visit destinations on our bucket list---South Beach and Key West. Art filled and vibrantly alive areas, we loved leaving the frigid winter weather of upstate New York and thawing out in the glorious sunshine and warm temperatures of Florida!
Traveling is not everyone's cup of tea, but it's important to find activities that speak to us and make our hearts sing. I love that this month's newsletter places a spotlight on honoring our creative child who lives within each of us. Our CCA creativity coaches highlight the importance of creative work and creative play, for leading a balanced life is crucial to being our best selves. Bonnie gives us practical and intentional suggestions on calling forth our inner child. Lynn recommends that we keep a "play date" journal and I immediately designated a specific notebook for this purpose! Kris poses great questions about recognizing the rhythms in our lives, and whether we view creativity as seasonal. Lots to think about. Enjoy!
Our desire is that you will continue to bless the world with your creative work while simultaneously enjoying your day-to-day journey. Do know that we, as creativity coaches, are here for you and love assisting you as you pursue and live out your grandest dreams. This is not selfish thinking, it is self-less! In my opinion we all deserve lives brimming with joy.
Feel free to share this newsletter with others and please, keep sending us those ideas for future newsletter topics. We love your input and suggestions!
All the very best,
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
In this issue:
- Nurturing the Creative Spark, By Bonnie Perry
- Play Date Journal, By Lynn Wyvill
- Slow Work Season, By Kris Reichart-Anderson
- New CCA Coaching Certification Courses Beginning Soon
- Tap into Our Database of Creativity Coaches
Nurturing the Creative Spark
By Bonnie Perry
Call forth and honor the creative child within with by being focused and intentional.
1. Show up for creating
Setting aside a specific time and place invites your muse. Experiment to find the time. Are you most alive creatively mornings before the world awakens or late into evening when all is settled? Finding a special place enlivens the creative flow---a quiet spot facing nature or a special nook surrounded by things your love. The routine sends the message that you're ready to work.
2. Approach with delight
Attitude matters. Do you look forward to your creative time as drudgery or as a coffee date with a special friend? Listen to your self-talk. Your frame of mind can serve to invite ideas, words, colors, and more to joyously come forward. Try opening your heart to your creative self and see what happens. Rather than approaching your time as a duty or a "should," try framing it as a play date with your creative self.
3. Stimulate your senses
Go for a walk or watch a nature-oriented video feed. Tuning in to the majesty of the smallest beauties around can connect into the awe of our surroundings. A pair of glistening mallards preening or a sound of the ocean can connect with the deep place within from which expression blossoms. Visit an art gallery or museum. Notice the colors of the vegetables in the grocery store. Imagination flourishes when fed. Bring your small pad and pen along---just in case the magic happens.
4. Connect with others
The synergy of sharing ideas, successes, obstacles and solutions with other artists and writers has many benefits. Knowing that others travel the same paths and encounter the same obstacles grows community. Listening to what is working with another can also be a source of inspiration or an idea transmuted to serve another situation.
5. Give permission to rest
Being still is powerful. Meditate, walk or daydream. The critical parent voice that can drive shame and a sense of not doing enough undermines our creative self. Allow yourself time to just be still to replenish your creative flow.
~ Bonnie Perry, CCA Certified Creativity Coach, specializes in igniting and nurturing creative sparks of expressions of all types to produce art and enhance daily life in a holistic way. Contact her at email@example.com and through Awaken Wisdom & Whimsy at www.bonnieperry.net
Play Date Journal
By Lynn Wyvill
We're encouraged to play as adults. Experts recommend scheduling time to play on a regular basis. It boosts creativity and happiness and most of all, it's fun.
That's a great idea, we shout, and resolve to play often. We probably play for a week or two with great enthusiasm.
Then, life happens. We get sidetracked and decide that play is a luxury instead of a necessity. We think we shouldn't "waste" time and besides, we really don't have the energy. Next thing you know, we can't remember the last time we played. We abandon play altogether, even though we enjoyed it.
There's a solution for this---a play journal! This is where we can track our fun, just like we might record gym workouts, runs, what we eat, what we spend, and anything else that is important to us.
I started a play journal last year where I keep a list of fun things I've done, the date and my thoughts about them. The entries aren't long and don't take much time.
My definition of play is broad. Whatever is fun, makes me happy, is new or different from the routine is "playing." Making a new soup recipe, watching a program or movie I really want to see, going for a walk with a friend, or having an interesting conversation all count. And those things show up a lot in my journal.
I recommend keeping a journal dedicated only to your fun so that you can see what you are doing or not doing. When a journal entry for one play date is January 4 and the next one isn't until January 14 (or later), you see you've got some serious catching up to do. You may notice that while you are having fun, you may not have had FUN in far too long. Maybe your play dates all look the same, and you need to shake things up a bit.
A journal devoted just to play makes us---dare I use a serious word---"accountable" for our fun time. It keeps us on track to devote more time to caring for our creative selves by having more fun every day.
~ Lynn Wyvill, a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, is a writer and improviser. Her 2016 goal is to fill up all the pages in her play journal. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slow Work Season
By Kris Reichart-Anderson
Sometimes I do my best thinking with a garden hoe in my hands.That was the case this past weekend as I prepared my veggie bed for planting. And so I thought:
Does art have a season?
Gardeners know that different plants grow best at different times. Does creativity? I can only think of one: plein air painting.Yet how often have we heard of someone use the seasons, natural or societal as a reason not to create. Natural and societal seasons? Explain.
Well, the natural seasons are times like winter, spring, typhoon, fall, rainy, black fly, windy, summer. Some examples of societal seasons are the holidays, tax season, summer vacation, when school starts, before quarterly reviews, after the annual conference. You get the idea.
Seasons are great reasons not to create, not to show up at the keyboard, the easel, the potter's wheel. People nod in agreement when they hear someone say, "Oh, my studio is too cold/hot in winter/summer." "Oh, I never get any writing done during tax season." "Oh, I can't wait until the kids are back in school so I can start weaving again."
Stop. Stop right there. Creativity isn't seasonal. Creativity is always available to us if we create an environment where it is recognized and nurtured. So, how do we create that environment under less than ideal circumstances?
Work in short bursts. No time to paint with kids home? Try five-minute sketches of their jam-covered faces at the breakfast table. What about time spent waiting? I've done some of my best quick sketches waiting for meetings to begin.
Use technology. Why not? It's truly amazing the number of apps and programs that are available now. Have you investigated what's out there for creative folks like us? What's stopping you?
Get a buddy. Connect with a friend or colleague to encourage each other through the season of slow work.
Take a class. Teach a class. Either way, it's a commitment to be creatively involved. The engagement and interaction provide encouragement and a fresh perspective.
Finally, remember, creativity can sometimes, like a garden, need a fallow time to lie dormant. Perhaps a seasonal slump should be acknowledged as a season to step away and evaluate what to plant next.
~ Kris Reichart-Anderson is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach and gardener in Del Rio, Texas. Reach Kris at email@example.com or read her blog at
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