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Setting Focus for 2017

The New Year took off like a rocket ship!  It doesn’t always happen that way.  Sometimes I clearly envision my destination for the year to come. I enjoy setting focus for it.  But then, something in the first month starts me off with a sputter and splat!  I fall on my face…..and sometimes take awhile to get back up!

Quote: Setting focus helps you keep your eye on the horizon while taking the steps that are right in front of you. Rachel Payne Life Coach

Not this year!

What I mean is, this year I didn’t stay down.  I did, however, start with a sputter, but I recovered quickly by moving into action.  And the action led to the rocket boost!

On New Year’s Eve, I started getting sick.  I lost my voice, and by week’s end, it moved into my chest.  I could have used that as an excuse to claim the beginning of the year a wash.  But I didn’t.

Instead, I took action.

In the first days of the year, I hired a coach to help me manifest my year.  I showed up for the session with little voice, a lotta cough, and a bit of self-doubt about spending money for a service from someone else that I provide for others all the time.

But, that is the beauty of working with life coaches!  They can see around corners you don’t know are there, or perhaps you do know and have tried to look around them but never could get the right angle.  The session was just what I needed to help in setting focus for 2017.

On the call, several of the blocks I knew that had been standing in my way began to dissolve.  I could feel Possibility taking root and Probability taking flight.  Four days later, I had taken a huge step towards a big dream of mine for Creativity Tribe. (I will share more about that next week.  I can’t wait to let you in on my HUGE secret!)

 

Setting Focus mind map

Tips for Setting Focus

  • Brainstorm what you want to achieve in the coming month, season, or year. Mind maps are my favorite way to do this!
  • Tap into your inner guidance for where to send your attention. Ask yourself…What feels ripe for sharing with the world?
  • Choose three projects to focus on. If one of the projects is huge, break that down into smaller projects. This helps you from feeling overwhelmed and keeps the step ahead of you manageable.
  • Name your projects something clever, 1-4 words. (Eg. Body Wisdom Project, Project Mula Hussle, Stretch4It, Morning Marvelous, Take Five)
  • Make a sign for each project to help with setting focus on a daily basis. Post it where you are most likely to see it.  Your bathroom mirror, the space where you work, or maybe your kitchen.
  • Ask yourself…What’s the next right thing for this project?  Write down a few steps. Then do it!
  • Celebrate each project you complete.

Mind Mapping Creativity Tribe
What is your Focus?

I would LOVE to hear what you are setting focus on for 2017.  Do you have a project that your heart is singing about?  Do you have a fun name for it?  Let me know in the comments.

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Looking for more inspiration for setting focus for 2017?  Find me on Periscope where I share daily tips for helping you design the masterpiece we call life.

Rachel Payne Creativity Life Coach

Gr8Full Cre8ives Project

creativity promptAs the holiday season draws near, you may feel your stress levels begin to rise.  Even if it is your favorite time of year, it is not uncommon for it to come with added responsibilities which can mean stretching your wallet and schedule a bit more than usual.  For me, that means it is time to give myself the gift of more peace by upping my game when it comes to self-care.

Holiday stress busters can take all kinds of shapes, but I think the simpler the better!  Gratitude is a great place to start.  It is just a shift in perspective.  I set a goal to recognize gratitude daily…or close to it.  When I do, I feel like life is better and I can give more to it!

That is one reason I am working with the Cre8ive Klatch to spread the value of gratitude, specifically for Creatives.  We would love for you to join us in documenting the gratitudes in your life.  It’s easy.  It’s fun.  And it can make life sparkle a bit more!

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 How it Works….

Simply snap a photo of something that speaks to what you are grateful for and share it on Instagram with the hashtags  #cre8iveklatch #gr8fullcre8ives #cre8gratitude.  We will explore different themes weekly that you can use to inspire your gratitude practice or share straight from the heart.

Looking forward to growing more grateful with you!

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Dear Grandmother Moon: Creativity Prompt

Illuminated Moon

Dear Grandmother Moon

Your light in the sky surprised me tonight.  I have been so focused on what was just in front of me, so focused on what greedily grabs my attention, that I forgot to look up and out.  Yet, even in my self-absorption, you show me how to glow in the darkness of night.

Dear Grandmother Moon

Sometimes when I gaze into your face against the velvet cloth of night, I can feel you like the shining light of a thousand loves beckoning me to remember who I am.

Dear Grandmother Moon

I recall a night so many years ago when I leaned back, cradled by the Earth, and traced you with my finger tips.  You were so far away but felt as close as a dear friend.

Dear Grandmother Moon

I know that tomorrow your light will wane.  As you shrink in size, help me not forget that the process of your coming back is a mirror to all the waxing and waning of my own bright self.

Starla in the Dark 500I am Illuminated.

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Message to Grandmother Moon:  Begin your correspondence with the archetype of Grandmother Moon by sitting quietly, allowing yourself to dream on what you might say to her and what she in turn may share with you.  Allow yourself to sit for awhile with floating thoughts until you feel the impulse to go to the page.  That may mean moving from the outdoors to the indoors or turning on a light to help you capture your message.  Let the message come as a sentence, a full letter or a drawing.  There is no right or wrong with creativity.  I would love for you to share your message with us.  You can share a link to a post in the comments or share directly in the comments below.  The Moon inspires….let her inspire you!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Opening Up to A Better Day

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It doesn’t take much for most of us to get bogged down by a situation.  Perhaps we just woke up a bit sore or have that nagging to-do that feels like it is going to get the best of us for another day.  Often we can’t even put our finger on what kicked our anxiety into gear.  There is just a heaviness that follows us around.

But just as easily as it comes on, we can help the residue of funkiness fall away if we have a few tricks up our sleeve. For me, having a few practices that cultivate mindfulness and help get my thoughts out so I can see them can make all the difference.

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Favorite Mindfulness Practice

Simply focusing on the breath.  This technique is super easy and can be done anywhere.  Invite yourself to find your breath.  Then witness it move in and out of the body.  No need to breathe a certain way.  Nose or mouth, either works.  Simply witness.  You will notice almost immediately that there is a sift, however slight, in your stress level.  Perhaps you will feel an emotion come up.  If so, take a few minutes to honor it.  It is there to serve you.

I know that even in the most difficult of times giving space to my feelings has allowed me to arrive at a place of release that could only come by letting go and honoring them.  We spend so much energy trying not to feel the difficult feelings.  Simply by turning and looking at them, we can move to a new space….often opening up to the easier feelings like peace and joy.

Favorite Expressive Practice

Journaling is by far my favorite expressive practice.  My journal is a hodge podge of feelings and images that range from visually spectacular to scribbles, scratches, and mental malarkey.  The biggest trick to journaling is to give yourself permission… permission to explore your feelings and thoughts without censorship… permission to be messy… permission to feel… permission to show up without anything profound happening… permission to write and draw dark feelings, hard feelings, bright feelings, any feelings… permission to take time for yourself (as little as 15 minutes is clinically proven to boost your immune system….that’s some good medicine!)… permission to shine… permission to move to a place of deeper understanding of who you are, how you work, and what in the world wishes to help you move closer and closer to joy.

creativity prompt

Combine the two practices above by first attending to the breath (3-5 minutes) then opening your journal to see what wishes to share itself with you.  You might also note how you are feeling before the breathing.  You can assign a number to your anxiety or discomfort or simply give what you are feeling a name.  Do the same at the end of your journaling.  Try this prompt a few times in the next week or so to see if it might be something that helps you open up to a better day.  I hope it does.

Let me hear from you….. I would love to hear from you if you decide to do the Creativity Prompt.  Feel free to drop a note in the comments to let me know how it goes.  I know the rest of the Creativity Tribe could grow from your experience as well!

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

Painting Up a Storm

Art Heals

There is a storm in my body.  I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it.  Recently it made itself known in a big way.  And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me.

In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting.  The painting felt good.  I could tell it was doing something in my body.  Something…a hormone or feel good chemical, perhaps the workings of my creative spirit….something was helping the storm dissipate.

storm 1

This isn’t a huge surprise to me….this feeling that comes when we dive into creativity, no holds barred.  That is one of the benefits of art, it is a catalyst to healing.  And so, I am painting up a storm….or should I say OUT a storm.  And my body feels grateful.

storm 2

So grateful for the release that I have just kept painting…..a piece of cardboard, a bigger piece, a small canvas, then larger….then the entire top of my studio table.  The more I paint, the more cleansing.  The more I paint, the less dark the storm.  The more I paint, the better I feel.

storm 3

This is how creativity leads to healing, how it helps us understand ourselves, and connect with the world we have spinning inside.

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Creativity Prompt:  Invite yourself to sit with simple art supplies….pencil and paper, pen and paper, cardboard and paint.  Nothing fancy, just what is at hand.  Close your eyes and let the supplies give life to what you feel.  You don’t have to paint pain….but you can if you wish.  You don’t have to draw storms, but you can.  Perhaps what wishes to come up is that smile that doesn’t get to glow often enough or bright enough.  Don’t think too much and don’t halt what comes forward.  Make a mess.  Start with silly, ugly, scribbly, doodles, dashes, and wing-a-dings.  It doesn’t have to make  sense or look beautiful.  Think of it as giving your creativity permission to wander around.  When you are done, let it be what it is. Share it or keep it to yourself.  But KNOW….that this kind of self-expression builds bridges to healing us.  It gives us permission to express who we are and love ourselves in the process. 

Creatively yours….

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

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