It’s been a while since I wrote or did anything.
This winter has been marked with snow storms that have halted things for days (we’re at the point where my child’s school is handing out homework to make up for lost time and planning for make up days) and significant loss.
On February 1, I lost my beloved grandmother. My Nana was 96 and she was the last of my grandparents. She outlived them all and the loss has been monumental. I’ve felt in ways I never imagined.
So things have been slow-moving since December.
Still, I wanted to share some cool things I have done or will do or am working on for the spring.
I was in Manhattan in January to visit the Met, to see a performance by the lovely contemporary classical ensemble Ethel, and see some arts colleagues I hadn’t seen in a while. I also had some 1:1 time with a really good friend of mine (we go back to high school days) and it was so great to catch up. The Met was incredible and with any kind of museum, I go big and I’m all in. I leave overstimulated yet very aware of needing to fuel my artistic soul with more of those experiences.
I work with my own coaches on and off through the year and I have been part of a very fun creative writing group since mid January. We have been using Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic as a guide for our writing and between the awesome women in the group and the gentle prompts, I was reminded how much I enjoy writing and in particular, the creative process around it. Is there something creative in your life you’ve shied away from? You miss? That you did at one point and sort of wish you could make time for again?
I hosted a vision board workshop in late January. Being a reschedule from December (because…snow), I had a few less folks yet it was really enjoyable and productive. I love my two Gabby Bernstein oracle decks and they provided terrific thought, prompts, and inspiration. See some photos in the gallery.
In early February I saw the amazing Steven Page of The Barenaked Ladies perform with The Art of Time ensemble. This is a fabulous collaboration where Page covers American Songbook and singer/songwriters he’s admired and his voice is exquisite. It was such a treat to hear him and his stories (the one where he mentioned fellow Canadian and 90210 start Jason Priestley had my friend and I screaming like college kids all over again).
Winter often leaves me hibernating or feeling disconnected so in addition to these efforts, I’ve made a conscious effort to connect with others in the creative economy. I love LinkedIn for this purpose. It may be someone I connected with years ago or someone from my high school or college. I reach out and introduce myself and have had some great coffees and phone calls fueled by curiosity.
This weekend I’m joining a good friend in the Catskills for a women’s retreat, well, that is if this latest Nor’easter storm doesn’t immobilize the region.
Next week I’ll be part of a panel of experts at my local Chamber of Commerce to talk about marketing and branding. I’m most excited about us talking to our peers so I imagine good problem solving dialogue will ensue!
What’s coming down the pike?
I am waiting to hear about a very cool creative leadership program the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Arts & Business Council are producing. If it comes to fruition, I’ll be learning design and user experience methodologies for problem solving. It sounds super cool and a different approach than what I know and use daily.
I have a few other ideas for workshops and online programs. I get a little hung up on the producing of things though and I’m guilty of my own procrastination. There are so many women creatives out there though whose stories about the creative process and connection are meaningful and I want to hear them and provide them a platform for others to hear and relate. There’s also the art journalling I’ve been back and forth on for a while (finding the right space). I’ve also considered using a book as a prompt for creative process. And a more formal program for telling your brand story. Lots of ideas. I need to just pick one and run with it!
Anyway, that’s what’s been going on. Looking forward to spring, new beginnings, new adventures, new opportunities, and new connections.