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21 Days of Self-Care: Re-Treat Yourself Well

It's time to retreat yourself well. 21 days of self-care

21 Days to Re-Treat Yourself Well

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The need for self-care seems to hit when it is most inconvenient. Life gets busy.  Life piles it on.  Someone you care about needs a little extra care….or a lot.  And you are lift wondering how in the world to make it all work without dipping into reserves that already feel shallow.

Several years ago at the height of “going places” in my career as a helping professional, I got a hard taste of burn-out. Finding my way back to center meant balancing my busy schedule of pursuing my dreams while also committing to a consistent practice of meaningful self-care.

I have found that weaving this self-care into the rhythm of life is ideal.  If we make plans to take care of ourselves the same way we plan for taking care of business, we can have both.  If we don’t, we are often left wanting more of life and not having the energy or focus to make it happen.

With that in mind,  I have woven a spirit of renewal into a 21 day self-care e-course with Re-Treat Yourself Well.

Rachel Payne in shadow and light.

When self-care takes a back seat, you can feel low of spirit, low of energy, and challenged to find your way back to the bright side of life again.

That is why I have designed Re-Treat Yourself Well, a 21 day self-care e-course, in a way that helps you consistently schedule a tiny bit of time for investing in yourself in a big way.

Image by Liz Ophoven

Creativity Tribe’s Re-Treat Yourself Well e-course explores simple practices that you can weave into multiple areas of your life.

Retreat Yourself Well ... 21 Days of Self-Care with Life Coach Rachel Payn

Re-treat Yourself Well E-Course:

When:  21 Days…starting Monday, August 21st (This event is closed.)

Where:  Online with daily prompts delivered to our Re-treat Yourself Well Portal

What: 21 days of gentle art-ivities, guided meditations, and simple, stress busters to spark epic self-care… Specifically designed to help you lean into more fully enjoying this masterpiece called life.

How:  Re-Treat Yourself Well blends self-care practices with creativity.  You will feel like your own personal self-care mentor.  When life gets a little crazy, you will use your dynamic self-care plan to respond to it.

  • Scheduled Self-Care:  I have created this re-treat with your busy schedule in mind.  Busy is a great reason to practice self-care…..in a smart way.  We will get focused on Mondays and sprinkle the week with tiny sparks of inspiration that can be done in 15 minutes.
  • Mojo Monday:  Hour-long group calls set the tone for your week. Those calls will be recorded so that you can listen when it is most convenient for you.
  • Daily Self-Care Sparks:  You will receive inspirational nuggets like meditations, easy self-care actions, journal prompts, art-ivity projects, and mindset tweeks to help guide your self-care journey into a personalized practice of renewal.
  • Personalized Renewal Style: I will help you identify your unique approach to filling-the-cup, so that you can feel assured your self-care practice offers time-efficient renewal actions JUST for you.
  • Inspired Community:  Tap into an inspired, online community where you can share your journey and connect with other self-care focused creatives. I will be available within our private Facebook group during the 21 day retreat to offer encouragement and guidance.

Who:  Anyone who wishes to invite renewal and relaxation into their life in a more mindful, creative way.

Price: $75 with two payment options (see below). (This event is closed.)

Why:  Because you deserve to… Re-Treat Yourself Well.

 

Creativity Tribe's Virtual Self-Care Retreat: When you are too busy for self-care, that is exactly when you need it the most.

Rachel Payne self-care coach
Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

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Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo

Paint Mojo Austin

I absolutely am in love with Tracy Verdugo’s Paint Mojo approach to painting.  It is intuitive, based in a love of symbolism, an invitation to stretch yourself and let go of what painting is supposed to look like….it is beautiful and messy all in the same moment.  And sometimes the messies is where the beauty really surprises you!

I wanna share the evolution of my painting so you can get a feel for the way the workshop went.  But realize I can’t boil down a two day workshop into a small post.  So if you want the expanded version, you will have to catch Tracy the next time she comes around or….OR….. Head over and sign up for her upcoming Paint Mojo book.  (Can you say, Santa’s wish list??! I am eagerly awaiting mine!)

Pre-order Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo

Wanna dive into my Paint Mojo process with me?  Come on in! 

Tracy had us start our large piece by adding symbols to our painting.  This is the same way she started the first Paint Mojo I attended and I loved the idea so much that I have created a Symbol Journal that I have been filling with interesting symbols for the last year.

Symbol Journal 1

Inside my Symbol Journal, I collect and record personal symbols that have shown up in my  life with deep meaning or that have come in for a day that seem to capture the moment in a certain way.   When I apply them to my paintings, they flesh out a new story for me.

Inside Symbol Journal

Some of the symbols you might see in my painting (and their meanings for me) include a flower (growth), spiral (going inward), doorway (entering another realm), heart with cross at the bottom (neverending love), flaming chalice (sacred woman), female reproductive system (personal healing), and pelvic bone (cradle of creation)… to name a few.

Paint Mojo Austin 1

Next we added color washes.  These have the potential to bring the painting to life and give it cohesion.

Paint Mojo 2

It may take a patient eye to look for differences between these two pics.  At this layer we took small paintings we did as automatic responses to a poem and added them to the painting.  It was a stretch, but added more dimension and interest to the canvas.

Paint Mojo 3

I know it is a big jump from this image to the next.  My camera gave out on me, so some of it will remain a mystery.

Mermaid 500

At the very end, we looked into the mess of colors, symbols, textures, and marks that we had created and attempted to cull something out of it.  I sat with trust and tried to be open.  I felt a twinge of fear that I might not find something or that I might fall into having to force an image out, but in the end, a woman showed herself to me.

The skirt (or waist as it is now) was the first part to peek out.  Then, as I worked with her, she showed me her fabulous mermaid tail.   I was overwhelmed once I got her sketched out.  So much so, that I started to crying.  The image touched something deep inside.

I continued to work with her and soon, the moon over her womb appeared.  It was perfect.  The symbols I had chosen were my way of calling up the feelings and themes that circle around the uterine cancer diagnosis that I got this summer and the upcoming surgery that will ultimate leave me physically unable to have children.  I went to the workshop knowing I wanted to “go there”….knowing I wanted to give myself space to explore what not having a uterus will mean.  I also wished to invite myself to a new understanding of the womb itself.  As I painted, I asked myself, Is the womb a physical thing or could it be more?

The mermaid showing up as she did helped me somehow re-vision myself.  Uterus or not, I am a woman.  Or as the painting whispered to me that day in the circle of my Paint Mojo sisters….I am a Womb-Moon.  From the day I was born until the day I die….I am a creatrix… a supracreative… a spinner of dreams into reality…. a holder of space for the birthing of delicate cries for grand existence.  Take any part of the body away and I am still as much so….and perhaps with the trance-formation, even more.

That’s my mojo….ultimately. 

Paint Mojo Austin

Big thanks to Tracy for unleashing such beauty from each of us, for opening a circle that could hold our inner world as we turned it into an outer work, and for guiding our hands and hearts on the journey to discover our MOJO!   You are a dear friend and a gift!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

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!

Stress Less Holiday E-Course

For years, I have been hosting pre-holiday parties.

We gather together to support one another’s vision of what the upcoming season will look like….

….how we can move past the chaos of the holidays and into a place of personal peace.

We help each other create more beautiful, more meaningful, less hectic holidays.

This is my invitation to you to choose a more relaxing holiday.  Join me and the gathering of Creatives as we create PEACE in our corner of the world during the StressLess Holiday E-Course.

You might be thinking, “I can’t add MORE to my holiday list of To Do’s.”  Imagine though how starting the holiday season with an INTENTION and a plan for SELF-CARE will make tackling that long list of hafto’s and wantoo’s more MANAGEABLE. Imagine having a plan for the difficult times with the difficult people or the difficult food. Imagine setting yourself up for SUCCESS. Now imagine having a CIRCLE of people who want to help SUPPORT you in making your intention happen.

 StressLess Holiday E-Course: Give Yourself the Gift of Peace

{Package ONE} E-course

  • Transform Your Holiday Guide Book
  • Intentional Art Candle Project
  • Personal Peace Meditation
  • Private Facebook Group to support your StressLess Holiday
  • Bonus: Weekly Holiday Cheer email spirit boosters through the end of the year
  • Bonus:  Special discounts from a variety of artists to encourage a handmade holiday
Add even more peace potential into your holiday with a 30 minute Vision Guide tele-coaching session for trouble shooting your holiday. That’s right, you and me on the phone working through your most potential snags, pit falls or worries, and problem solving you into a plan for a more serene holiday.

Package ONE

  {e-course} = $35
 {e-course + tele-coaching} =$50
Registration open now.
The course kicks off November 1st and goes through December 31st. 

If you have any questions about the e-course, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Rae@CreativityTribe.com.

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