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Creativity Calling

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the March issue of Creativity Calling!

Spring has sprung according to our U.S. calendars. However, where I live in Lake George, New York, I woke up today to find an inch of fresh snow on the ground! Now this doesn't deter me from having visions of blossoming flowers though. In fact, a Spring sneak preview is on the horizon; my husband and I are leaving in a few days for Washington, D.C.

The infamous cherry blossom extravaganza is happening as you read. Along with a bit of business, I'm looking forward to visiting the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, taking in some of the fabulous Smithsonian Museums and other attractions in our nation's capital. I am so grateful to live in this creative, diverse and abundantly beautiful country.

This time of year is inspiring to so many of us with the re-awakening of nature's aliveness and color. Does the thought of new beginnings excite you? Some folks embrace change, and some like settling into a groove. What is your creative style for traveling life's journey? I was thinking this morning of how much I love the Sierra Club's philosophy of "man a part", versus "man apart", as in being separate from our natural world and our environment. Do you feel connected to, a part of, this wild and wacky world in which we live?

Self-knowledge, in my opinion, creates a smoother, more fruitful and "joy-filled" journey. This month, allow us to accompany you on a mini-voyage into a springtime of promise and possibilities! Starla gives us fantastic reasons for viewing Springtime as the perfect time to re-connect with our creativity and joy. Carrie reminds us to be conscious in our intentions as we move through the seasons of life so that we'll produce the best bounty---whether internal or external. Sandy explores the power of asking purposeful questions, giving examples of how practice can benefit all of us in navigating our best lives. In fact, Sandy recently wrote a book called Ask Power Questions: A Practical Guide to Help You Get What You Want in Business, Life, and Friendship. You can find Sandy's book in the CCA Marketplace.

Congratulations to Abe Rucker, the newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach! Abe shares wisdom he's gleaned along his journey to becoming a certified coach. He also speaks of re-igniting our creative passions during challenging times, and honestly looking at what, within our creative lives, is within and outside our control.

Enjoy this month's newsletter, your mini-voyage for traveling into the creation of your dreams and goals. Feel free to share the newsletter with friends, family and colleagues and continue to send us your input or future newsletter topics. We appreciate you!

Spring Blessings to You,

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association

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In this issue:

  • For the Joy of It ~ By Starla J. King
  • Seeds Don't Plant Themselves ~ By Carrie Worthington
  • Awaken Your Questioning Skills ~ By Sandy Nelson
  • Regaining Our Creative Mojo ~ By Abe Rucker, Newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach!
  • New CCA Coaching Certification Courses Start in January 2016
  • Tap into Our Database of Creativity Coaches
  • Shop the CCA Marketplace

For the Joy of It
By Starla J. King

I've spent the past several years studying creativity, looking for scientific evidence that creativity isn't just a "nice to have," but a "need to have." I needed the science to convince myself as much as to convince others that the time I spend on creative projects is time wisely spent.

The supporting science is definitely there (Google "benefits of creativity" for a sampling), but I've been surprised to realize that my most compelling reason to practice and advocate for creative living is quite simple: creating matters because it brings us joy.

Even in the midst of great grief, anger, or frustration, creating can turn those emotions into something tangible that makes sense...and is ultimately satisfying, even inspiring. Joy then quickly finds a foundation on that glimpse of peace, fueled by the inherently positive act of making something that didn't previously exist.

And joy? Our joy matters because it infuses our thoughts, perspectives, actions and interactions with contagious positivity and possibility. Stress decreases, health improves, and life itself flows more smoothly because living from joy is living from our authentic selves.

Think for a moment of the fresh energy of springtime, as nature reveals the art she's been working on all winter. Moods are lifted, grudges are dissolved, and our creative spirits wake up more with each new flower, warmer day, and splash of blooming color.

This is a perfect time for us to realign with the creative work that matters most to us and to re-commit to that path. It's the perfect time to reconnect with our joy.

This doesn't have to be complicated; simply use the following questions to move forward:

  1. What priority do you want to give your creative time and energy?
  2. Does your To Do list reflect that priority? How or how not?
  3. What is one tangible action you can take to strengthen your creative priorities, your joy?
Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, author

Go, create, for the joy of it.

~ Starla J. King is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, writing coach, creative and technical writer and editor. She is also an author whose "Wide Awake" books focus on the personal power of everyday awareness. You can reach her through http://outwriteliving.com.

Seeds Don't Plant Themselves
By Carrie Worthington

Spring is here.

Shifts in climate, be it external or internal, are known to produce growth and change.

In preparation, those who work the soil might research seeds for the largest yield, or investigate how to grow bigger blooms in their backyard gardens.The earth will be tilled, nutrients added, and seeds planted with great anticipation of the possibilities.

Then...they wait.

For creatives of all types, winter, be it metaphorical or physical, is also something to emerge from. Just like the gardeners and farmers, creatives also benefit from preparation, seed planting, and fertilization. After setting their intentions, they also wait to see if their seeds will produce.

"You're frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds."
~Steve Maraboli

While agriculturists consult the Farmer's Almanac, seed catalogs, and the wisdom of other farmers during the preparation stage...Creatives also have options available as they plant their seeds of creativity.

3 Ways to Plant Your Seeds of Creativity

  1. Consult the "Almanacs"Seek out schedules for classes and workshops at Art Centers, Music Schools, Colleges, and Libraries. Take a course outside of your comfort zone. Exposure to new media, techniques and genres sow the seeds for future works. Take a chance. Sign Up!

  2. Commune With Others Look for networking and connection opportunities. Get out in the world. Exposure to others cultivates thoughts and passions on a multitude of subjects and levels. These connections are the seeds of great stories, passionate music and expressive art. As creatives, we often work in solitude, but these interactions can make our works bloom. Be Brave!

  3. Experience Beauty in the First PersonFeeling the mist from Niagara Falls as you clench the railing is a very different experience than seeing it in a photograph. iTunes can't compete with a heart melting concert at Madison Square Gardens. Tapping into beauty first hand fertilizes our creativity. It brings us back to a primal appreciation for all creation. It tills our creative soil and provides hope for our personal harvest. Touch It, Feel It, Hear It, See It!

    "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."
    ~Robert Louis Stevenson

~ Carrie Worthington is an Artist, Presenter, Instructor and CCA Member working towards certification. Visit her website at www.myartfulpursuits.com

Awaken Your Questioning Skills
By Sandy Nelson

Questions are the greatest tool for creation. A powerful question unlocks secrets revealing codes that help you discover what you seek. With a purposeful question you can solve problems, meet challenges, discover new pathways, develop skills, and design an executable plan of action.

What projects are queued up waiting for you to take action? / How will you accomplish your work in detail?

What activities help you evaluate your progress? / Do you need help sorting through things and organizing your next steps?

Creative folks use rich questions to help navigate their process, define goals, measure accomplishments, and celebrate achievements. Are your questions serving to help you attain success? Not every question gives you the answer you want. Sometimes you need to pay special attention, not just to what you're asking, but how and who you ask. A good question can help avoid assumptions, both with other people and in your own thoughts.

What will motivate you into action on a project, challenge or to celebrate a success? / What's your next move?

There are many kinds of questions you can use to gather the information you need and multiple styles in which you can communicate your questions. Each of these questioning methods serves a specific purpose to strategically create what you want. Getting the correct response you desire may take some effort on your part, but it's usually worth your while in the long run. A doctor can ask their patient, "How do you feel today?" But they will get more information if they ask, "What do you hope to get from this series of treatments?" Whether you need a simple or more complex question depends on what you want to get.

Do you want to write a book? / If you wrote a book what would it be about?

What does working and living creatively mean to you? / How can you use your creativity to specify and reach your goals?

Potent questions are the juice of creativity. Why not promote power questions to get you started along your path creating something great?

~ Sandy Nelson is the author of Ask Power Questions: A Practical Guide to Help You Get What You Want in Business, Life, and Friendship, and a Certified CCA Coach, artist and speaker. She's passionate about inspiring others to live a creative life. www.meetyourmuse.com

Congratulations to Abe Rucker,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!

Regaining Our Creative Mojo
By Abe Rucker

As artists we strive to express our creative endeavors to bring our audience entertainment, beauty, and joy. We love performing, writing, or creating. We are gratified when our work is praised and accepted by our audience. This gratitude elicits confidence and can even energize our creative juices. Unfortunately there are times when the audience and marketplace are not as embracing and accepting of our artistic undertakings.These times can result in creative stagnation, loss of confidence, loss of interest, and even low self-esteem. When this happens, how do we re-ignite that creative spark?

Here are some helpful suggestions:

  1. Accept that responses to our artistic expressions, whatever they might be, are subjective and not personal. Responses to our artistic endeavors are based on the various preferences of the audience and marketplace. Remember, we are in great company. There isn't a writer, performer, musician or artist whose work is liked by everyone.

  2. Accept what we can not control. Understand that we have no control over the audience's likes and dislikes or whether they choose to purchase our work or not. This acceptance liberates us to place our efforts on what we can control-the work itself.

  3. Focus our efforts on doing our best work and on the most effective method of presenting and promoting our talent.

  4. Memorize a few affirmations and inspirational quotes to immediately challenge and dispute our inner critic's negativity.

  5. Socialize with positive, uplifting, and encouraging friends and colleagues for support and feedback.

  6. Reflect on our past successes by visualizing and writing them down.

  7. Spend time in nature for rejuvenation and clarity.

These suggestions for regaining our creative mojo do not provide a one time fix or overnight results. This is an ongoing process to be used periodically throughout our creative activities. We may need to use different suggestions at different times.

~ Abe Rucker is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, award winning painter, and teacher. Abe can be reached at artlight7@cox.net

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  • just starting out in exploring your creative desires?
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For any of these situations, why not hire a creativity coach? Check out our database of over 100 coaches who are ready to work with you and propel you forward. CCA-member coaches specialize in nearly 100 different specialties.

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Life is not about finding yourself...
Life is about Creating yourself.
~ E.W. Wilcox

If you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice, we invite you to explore CCA's Certification Program. Our program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the March 2016 Issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

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