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We are the Grateful Creatives!

A Collection of posts from the first half of #Gr8FullCre8ives

The #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challenge Prompt


Day 1 Spark: Beginnings

Day 2 Spark: Surroundings

 

Day 3 Spark: Body

 

Day 4 Spark: Mind

 

Day 5 Spark: Heart

 

Day 6 Spark: Traditions

 

Day 7 Spark: Creative Spirit

Day 9 Spark: Creative Interest

Day 11 Spark: Simple Pleasures

Day 12 Spark: Smile

Day 13 Spark: Movement

Day 14 Spark: Something Small

Gratitude Instagram Challenge #Gr8FullCre8ives

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Grateful Creatives… #Gr8FullCre8ives

Several years ago, when I was doing everything I could to pull myself out of a funk I found myself in, I began playing with practicing gratitude on a daily basis.  It didn’t take long for me to feel that I was generally a grateful and appreciative person.  It was a powerful shift for me.  I felt genuinely heart-centered.

As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I partner with Creatives who wish to live a more authentic, expressive life. I often begin by inviting them into a heart-centered flow through a gratitude practice.  The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

I have partnered with Creative Life Coach, Julie Jordan Scott, to bring you a month long gratitude challenge. Like me, Julie finds cultivating gratitude an essential practice for Creatives.Creating Gratitude #Gr8fullCre8ives

Sacred Creative Practice:  Don’t JUST think of this as counting your gratitudes.  That can be helpful, yes, but allow this challenge to also help you boost your creativity. Encourage yourself to think outside the box. Instagram allows images.  The images can be works of art in and of themselves.  They can also document your art, a poem, an altar, movement, music, singing, and reading of poetry.  Using both the image option and the video option there is so much you can do to express your gratitude. Let us spark you to stretch. Together we will create gratitude and our gratitude will help us stretch our creativity.

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Big Take Aways

WHAT: Gratitude Challenge using #Gr8FullCre8ives. (It helps to remember there are two 8’s and two L’s).

Why: Gratitude brings peace of mind.  Peace of mind helps us feel safe.  Safety encourages self-expression.  Self-expression is a balm to the spirit.  ….and oh, so much more.

WHERE: The challenge begins on Instagram where we have created one image with prompts for each day in November.  Use the word or phrase for that day to spark your creativity.

Periscope BONUS: We will be broadcasting around #Gr8FullCre8ives theme on Periscope. (See links below for Periscope profiles for Creativity Tribe and Julie Jordan Scott.) We will take the prompts from Instagram and create questions to scope about.  Please find us there and JOIN US in scoping if you would like.  You can also search for #Gr8FullCre8ives in Periscope or Twitter to follow along. (See the Twitter feed for #Gr8FullCre8ives at the bottom of this post.)

HOW: Start today…or whenever you wish to jump in during November.  The challenge is about creating a practice. We are not looking for perfection….we are encouraging participation.  Find the image with the prompts, repost to your Instagram, begin letting those prompts spark your posts.  Use #Gr8FullCre8ives so we can find you.

Team Gr8FullCre8ives

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Rachél Payne on Instagram and Periscope

#5for5BrainDump with Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott on Instagram and Periscope

Follow #Gr8FullCre8ives on Twitter…scroll below.

What Story Will You Tell?

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What Story Will You Tell?

Last week, I took part in Julie Jordan Scott‘s #5for5BrainDump. This 5 day writing challenge on Periscope invited participants to dive onto the page for a simple five minutes each day to connect the heart and head.

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To be honest, I had hit a wall with my personal writing and this writing challenge was just the gentle nudge I needed to get the words flowing again. Several days during the week, Julie wrapped up the writing session with a #ScopeTrain. Writer volunteers could share their fresh, raw writings immediately after they were written…or could share something written during that week.

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I took part of several of those occasions and was excited to be the last reader of the week. I would love to share that last poem with you. I found as I was writing that part of the message coming out was a message for Creativity Tribe…for YOU. Enjoy!

The Storyteller

Rachel Payne Creativity Life Coach


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Missing Mojo & The Skull Trade

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 Missing Mojo

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing about the Paint Mojo workshop I went to with Tracy Verdugo.  Last week I showed pictures of the process and got to one part of it that seemed to jump too far ahead….my camera pooped out on me and I just missed a few steps. I found one more image that I want to add. (Judy Witkins….this is especially for you.  Hope it helps you see the process a bit better.  It is a hard process to show.)

Let me catch you up…. (for more pics head over to the original Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo post.)

We had layered in symbols and done a wash…then tucked in automatic paintings inspired by a poem….

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We then added stencils and other markings…and painted back what was off balanced or added color to help even things out.  I wasn’t in love with mine and was feeling frustrated, so I grabbed some paint and let it wash over some parts and drip around….that’s where that runny blue at the bottom came from.  Then I walked away.  Sometimes you just have to walk away.

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This is what it looked like at the end of the day on Saturday.  I wasn’t in love with it.

Our next step was to look into the painting and see what came to us.  The runny blue patch towards the bottom seemed like it could be a skirt and before I knew it, I had fleshed out a woman…turned mermaid.  That moment of desperation with the blue became the catalyst for something beautiful that ended up touching my heart deeply.

This process is sort of like painting blind.  As you go along, you realize you were creating an image with your intuition that you would never have achieved intentionally.  That is the mojo of it all!  MAGIC!

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The Skull Trade

That isn’t all the MOJO I have been spinning.  A month or so ago…maybe two at this point, I joined an online artists’ group hosted by April Cole.  April is a blogger that I have been following since I was a new brand new blogger.  I considered her a kind of wise woman that I would turn to for inspiration and direction.  That, of course, would be news to her.  I have just secretly basked in her passionate offerings without offering much beyond energetic support.

But  I joined The Studio – Artist Community and decided to spin some real energy with her.  It has been super fun. She has a great collection of creatives there, offers lots of opportunities to share/trade art.  It is seriously like a party for artist.

My First Trade with The Studio: Journal Cards

The challenge was to create Day of the Dead journal cards to trade.  I love Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). It is a huge celebration in my neck of the woods. In fact, my hometown (and lots of my artist friends) throw a shindig that is touted as one of the top festivals in the US for the holiday.  They close several blocks down town and bring the flavor of this beautiful Mexican tradition to life.

Here was my skull card…

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My card went to Belinda Dworak.  Here’s her card…

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Here is the card I got back… from Kate Robertson

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What fun it is to share art! In fact, it is one of my very favorite things about art.  SHARING!

Super special thanks to April Cole for sponsoring the challenge.  Loved it!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

 

What is a Goddess….

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Recently, I joined a brilliant gathering of women in co-creating The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal.  The mixed media, multi-country journal is the brain-child (perhaps that should be heart-child) of Texas artist (and world traveler) Sofia Dabalsa.  Sofia and I met on-line while taking Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae Roberts.  Not long after the class ended, we arranged a meet-up and have been cultivating a friendship ever-since.

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Texas Fly Girls: That’s Sofia in the middle with the beautiful, long, curly hair and me in the green.  We are joined from left to right by Christina Fajardo, Ann Marie, Amy Hillenbrand, Rose Duncan, and Lisa Stamper Meyer.  Christina and Rose are also part of the Goddess Chronicles. 

Being part of the Goddess Chronicles is one of those game-changers for me, the way Flying Lessons was.  I have always been comfortable with the word goddess, but I know lots of people who aren’t.  They struggle with it’s alignment to a form of deity.  I took that to heart when I joined the project.  Latching onto it gave me the opportunity to figure out how to make the word safer for others while still being true to myself.  Certainly my intent would not be to convert someone to my way of thinking, simply hold up a mirror so that the word might be reflected in a new light.

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Another part of the project that drew me in was the fact that The Goddess Chronicles will eventually make it’s home at Girls Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.  My friend Rhonda Wilson Williamson is President/CEO, so contributing to the girls she works with brought the intention close to my heart.

When it came time for me to do my page (which I can’t show you because the project may potentially go to publication…..but a good story will potentially satisfy your curiosity) I contemplated those people who might not get the Goddess thing and tried to put myself in the shoes of the girls who would ultimately take possession of it.  I kept thinking…What is a goddess anyway?  Over and over the answer came….Just another name for woman.

It is simple and profound all in the same utterance.  The word lets us know that we are special, that we have always been enough, that we don’t have to try to be more. We are enough today. We were enough yesterday.  We are enough at our best, and enough in our worst moment. Always enough.  It also informs us that goddess is common and universal…not touchable, but everyday.  When I say everyday, though, I mean it as it refers to all the beauty of what woman is.  Beauty in her simplicity, authenticity, and in her the complex intricacies she exudes.  What a paradox, woman…what a paradox, goddess.

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Lastly, the pages I offered for The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal became a reminder to myself of how precious I am.  Everyday I have the opportunity to honor the goddess I am.  I honor her by creating a life worthy of the divine-feminine in me.  I honor her by being in my power when others need the gifts I have to offer and especially when others are in their own power.  I honor her in small ways, like mindfully choosing how I talk to myself, and in the big ways like making self-care and self-love the standard of living that I set for myself.

The Goddess Chronicles isn’t just about me, though. It is packed full of amazing women.  I would like to invite you to get to know them…be inspired by them, and maybe along the way you might make friends with the goddess in YOU.  Sofia is featuring the goddesses on her blog so you can do just that. This week I was one of the featured artists.  I would love for you to stop by and support Sofia and what she is doing.  She proudly sports the Creativity Tribe badge, so feel free to let here know you dance to the same groove!

My Feature on Sofia’s Blog

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All is Well

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One day several years ago as I was sitting in one of those over-stuffed chairs that used to be scattered through out the local Barnes & Noble, I began a light conversation with a man…a stranger.  I don’t remember much of what we talked about, but I do remember how he ended the conversation. He simply said, “All is well.”  And walked away.

All is well.

It echoed in the space where he had been sitting, lingered there for a long while until it found its way into my journal.

All is well.

I carried the words around for me for quite awhile, pondering them.  What if….All is Well?

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I have needed All is Well lately.  A series of mishaps has left me feeling off balanced the last month.  Scattered around me is the evidence that All is Well, but in my core, in my gut, All does not feel Well. All feels, well, off!

I could list the mishaps and give you plenty of good stories to elaborate on what has me feeling this way, but I really don’t want to do that. Not because I don’t want to share, but more because I want All to be Well. I want balance and peace.  Some of my mishaps have not been settled yet though.  There are some very personal happenings that are in limbo, that will only find resolution in time and which I can do absolutely nothing to truly help.  I both love and hate this predicament. I hate it for its discomfort and love it because it is one of the characteristics that makes life what it is.

This ambiguity is life.  This turning of my stomach in the middle of the night is life. This preoccupation with the past to make sense of the present in spite of a possible future is life. I feel it because I care about for others and for myself. I feel it because what was once lost is now found….again.  I feel it because I am alive.

Even in the pain…..All is Well.

Even in the not knowing…..All is Well.

Even when there is no end in sight….All is Well.

All is Well. All is Well.

 

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All is Well.

 

Thank you to Rosemary of Reflections of My World for inspiring this response as part of This Sensa-ational Life.  Please have a peek at Rosemary’s post and discover what a Sense of Well Being is for you.  The linky is open through the end of this week.  

 

 

This Sense-ational Life {well being}

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This Sense-ational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected way of life.  This week’s post features guest blogger (and dear friend of mine) Rosemary from Reflections of My World.  Rosemary’s site highlights areas of her life, including her love of photography and her mindful, courageous journey to wellness after being diagnosed with an illness of her thyroid.  She is living a Sense-ational Life one day at a time and inspiring others to do the same.    

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Sense of WELL BEING
What does that mean to you and me?

The dictionaries say well-being is a noun and that it is a good or satisfactory condition or existence.

We can have money and security, and even perceived advantages over others at times, but that may not truly serve our best interest or well-being.  Did we have to give up a part of ourselves (our uniqueness) in order to gain that wealth and security?  If so, we may not really be contributing to our own sense of well-being.

What are some of the little things that add to your sense of well-being? Is there fluff that you could eliminate that would allow you to replace it with something that validates your well-being?  Perhaps practice, saying NO to others when you know that request to serve or provide something just doesn’t feel right to you.  Trust your instincts.  REMEMBER, you can always say, “Sorry, I have a prior commitment.”  They do not have to know that the commitment is to take care of your own sense of well-being.

For me – it would be a balance of what is important to me.  To look forward to those daily tasks that allows me to truly enjoy “being in the moment and knowing that all is well with me”. I honestly can say my well-being has never been better.  This is me just after a haircut/style last week after a chunk of about 7 inches of my hair broke off after a radiation treatment. Relatives wanted me to go short, but I knew that didn’t feel right, so I did what would nourish my sense of well-being.  I think it shows too.

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Here’s hoping you will take a few minutes and access your sense of well-being!

My website has also added a real sense of well-being for me. To be able to express my passions and thoughts and not worry what others may think.  Please feel free to visit my blogs and many pictures at Reflections of My World.

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Sharing in This Sense-ational Life: Complete the Circle

If Rosemary’s post inspires thoughts about how you can or do experience a Sense of Well Being in your own life, I invite you to share your thoughts in a post and enter that post address in the linky below.  Make sure to link back to this post so your readers can discover Rosemary’s thoughts on well being and wellness too. Then, check back for others (including myself) who will be writing about This Sense-ational Life.
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New Traditions

Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day?  Turkey Day!  You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air.  Then Mom would call everyone inside.  You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz.  A prayer.  A sip of Aunt Joyce’s sweet iced tea. And then weighing that plate down with your favorites.  One by one you went around, each person saying something they were grateful for when what you really wanted to focus on was what was on your plate. But by the end of the day, you would collapse in some soft corner into a turkey coma, your heart and tummy both satiated, both filled with gratitude for the day and your life.

Years have passed, so have some family members, the food on the table comes sprinkled with statistics about how much water you will might retain, weigh you might gain.  You feel the strain of a Black Friday early morning sale calling. Suddenly Christmas is at your door and the pressure is on to make this the perfect year.

Gratitude seems oh-so-far away. You know you should feel it, but does it have to feel so forced?…forced through a wall of stress. How in the world do you get back?

Several years ago I asked myself the same question.

My answer….new traditions.

This year I was excited to add to the my personal holiday traditions by joining Sherry Richert Belul of Cherry Blossom Soup for the New Black Friday Love List.  I knew for several days that I wanted to participate, but couldn’t figure out who I wanted to make my list for. I decided to let the day lead the way.  When Friday came around, I got sick.  I recovered quickly and then my hubby got pretty sick.  Spending my time those couple of days after Thanksgiving caring for myself and then for my honey, my thoughts went to the team of helpers we turn to when we need a hand with our health.  We are both doing well now (whew), but I am remembering that when we are truly in need, we never worry about being alone.

We currently have three special health care providers we use. One is a specialist and two are chiropractors.  Each has helped us out of some difficult times or sent us down roads towards better living.  My Love List this year is for each of them.  I created a card, made prints and tucked our gratitudes inside.  They will go into the mail this afternoon.  I think we often spend so much time getting down on the medical profession that we forget the gifts they give us.  This year I am especially thankful for them.

I want to thank Sherry for sharing her new holiday tradition with us.  It is one I look forward to incorporating year after year.

 

Art Every Day Month UPDATE

I have loved this new practice of being creative every day. I am looking forward to the end of the month only so I can look back and take stock of what has come of it.  One of the most dear acts of creation has been the new friends I have made and the new blogs I have discovered. What an amazing group of people….and still so many to explore.

Make sure if you have stopped by and you think you might like to “join” the festivities around here that you grab the badge and connect with us by leaving your blog address on the Faces of Creativity Tribe Wall.  The more the merrier!

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Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere! Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

Circle Art

This last week when I attended the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat with Tracy Verdugo, we spent time exploring our personal symbols.  I have to confess that jazzed me like nobody’s business!  I like symbols.  I look for them out in the world, in the way of logos, graffiti tags, signs, patterns, etc.  I collect books that explore ancient markings including hieroglyphics, runes, labyrinths and mazes.

This evening at the bookstore, I sat, listening to folk music and letting my pen explore the page.  I began with one of my favorite symbols, the simple circle.  I added marks, allowing my hand and mind to automatically go from one strata to the next.  Gently, but quickly, a mandala appeared.  A mandala is a symbol which is said to represent the inner self.  It is like taking a snap shot that reflects some aspect of the self in that moment.

 

 

These mandalas were drawn during one of the few rain storms we have had this year. The lightening was so frequent friends kept saying it looked like a disco outside.  The water means a bit of relief from the drought.  There is something psychologically renewing about rain, especially when the world is turning brown from a lack of it.  These mandalas call forth renewal, growth and abundance….for the city around me…and for the part of myself that needs to be quenched.

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I have added a new page to my site (oooo, just LOVE doing that.) I hope you will check out.  It has another kind of mandala….a Self-Care Mandala. Head over and get a copy of it, then let me know how it works for you!  It’s a freebie!

 Check out the other AEDM entries for Day 4!

Big welcome to all the other AEDM’ers. I would like to invite you to add your creative art site to the Faces of Creativity Page if you feel called to join us.  Help me meet a goal of a total of 50 links on that page by the end of the month.

Let’s grow a tribe, together!

Healing Art

Several years ago when I was very sick, I made my way back to health while preoccupying myself with little drawings. I called the simple little sketches my Fairy People, although they rarely had wings and some were even skeleton folks.  I think I must have thought of them that way because something in me felt like modern medicine and even alternative medicine was not fully helping. I unconsciously turned to my imagination to help me escape the pain and wished for an ounce of magic or miracle to cure me.  Something I was doing worked. When I drew, the pain left for a bit. And eventually I recovered.

I have been in a bit of discomfort for the last couple of weeks. Nothing life threatening or even anything to worry about. My spine has been working out some alignment issues.  This week while organizing my studio, I found a little stash of my Fairy People.  My back (which had been the thing that made me sick all those years ago) seemed to want to grasp at them again, as if to call on the same relief they had given way back when.

This morning I went to the chiropractor and have been taking care of myself with periodical naps and just being mindful of my movement.  When it came time to think about my creative project for Art Every Day Month Challenge, I remembered that it was Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, also called All Soul’s Day) and that we were planning to attend the street festival tonight.  I decided to explore the skeleton drawings I had done back then and to do another.

 

Then….

Now…

By the way, I am feeling a bit better. (wink)

 Check out AEDM Day #3!

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