Grab your cup of coffee. It’s time for a long overdue catch up! There have a lot of good changes here since June/July and it’s time to bring you up to speed.
This past summer I attended a super creative writing retreat in Asheville, NC. While I was there, I found myself in that allusive “flow” we all hear about and maybe experience once in a while. Honestly, I had not experienced being in that flow in eons. Possibly since a college art class. What emerged from that was not only a super cool piece of art but also an ah-ha moment. The ah-ha moment was self awareness around the experience, the feeling, and the need to make more room for that in my life.
Following the retreat though, my life turned upside down for a few months. This was actually a good thing and I credit the shifts in energy I experienced during the retreat for allowing me to step into power and create space for better opportunities. I thankfully left a very toxic organization in July and took some much needed time to decompress and heal. My son was on summer break and we spent time at a local pool and enjoying the company of friends. I hosted another vision board workshop with some great women who showed up, were present, and created some very intentional boards.
But it meant my summer was less carefree than I would have liked and more managing the admin of our family’s lives for a few months. And while situational, it didn’t leave much time for anything else.
By the end of summer though, new opportunities were unfolding: a new board position with the Philadelphia chapter of AIGA and a new day job as an organizational change professional back in IT thanks to an old friend. I also kept coming back to some of the ah-has I had both at the creative retreat and also in working with another coach. All of these moments centered around me as an artist, me as a mentor and teacher, me working more with creativity.
Which brings me to this: I’ve intentionally scaled back some offerings as I’ve settled into new roles and listened to this new calling. I want to build more of a community, both online and offline, where we can connect and talk about creativity more holistically, as it relates to our lives as well as our work and our creative businesses.
I’ve created a new free guide —Jumpstart Your Creativity— as a stepping stone for anyone who wants to access creativity. Because here’s what I’ve seen (and what I know to be true): All of us, even artists, get stuck or struggle to get out of our own way. We all struggle to remember the last time we felt we were in a flow and wonder how to get it back. We all at times feel cut off from our essential selves. We can get attached to old stories and outcomes. All of which hinders us or makes us feel less than. It’s a vicious cycle.
This guide is an opportunity to pause and step off that wheel. It’s a way back to resilience, to believing that you have what it takes to think from a higher place and figure things out from that place. It blends mindset and strategy work and is perfect for entrepreneurs as well as those who desire more creativity in their lives or in their careers. Creativity is absolutely is available and accessible to you. I hope you’ll check it out.
Outside of that, as you may have seen from my previous post, we had to say good bye (or “until we meet again”) to our 12 year old Boston Terrier last week. Jules was my best friend and loyal companion. She had a lot of health issues over the last 2 years and while treated, had also lead to a decline in her quality of life, especially these last few months. She rallied a bit and we did celebrate her 12th birthday on November 14 before holding her, crying, and telling her we love her a million times, as she passed two days later. It’s the hardest thing to do as pet owners. They really are a huge part of our family and lives. So our hearts are broken and mending at the moment.
Anyway, thanks for being here, for checking in, and for listening.