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The Blessing of a Year

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I love this year, this 2014.  I think that is a strange thing to feel, though…love for a year that has yet to take off. But perhaps what I really feel is deep, abiding hope and compelling possibility.

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I felt this same way at the beginning of 2013.  My imagination was alive with amazing projects that were ripe for springing to life. But the year had other things in store for me. It held the secret of forced healings in areas of my life I had pushed aside as I charged forward in my career as a Life Coach and Creativity Guide.

As I write this, I am tempted to throw all my realizations, wisdom, and stories out for you to witness. But this year has been so personal and so magical that sharing it feels like shining a bright spotlight on something better served by cradling it up close to the shadowy protection of a subtle internal light….the light of one’s own heart.

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The important part to take from my year, if you want to take anything at all, is that those shadowy, difficult times when life throws challenges your way can be the answers to the wishes you have been making for yourself with that still, quiet voice you can barely hear.  We all have those deep yearnings whispered when we look at the places within ourselves that cry out for peace or release.  Sometimes growing into all we want for ourselves must come from personal healing and soul searching.

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And so, for me 2013 brought huge shifts into deeper understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, and celebration through paths I never would have called in consciously.  But am grateful for none the less.

And 2014?

It will wrap up some of those realizations and help me put a bow on the big package filled with 2013’s blessing, but will also leave space for me to pick up and re-examine those original amazing projects.  Some will fall away, having lost their energy, others will rise to the top for me to cultivate with a new, inspired perspective.

In these first days of the new year, I welcome the balance of both.  I am still toying with this fresh place while reaching for the great heights I see myself shooting for.

I hope this in-between time finds you contemplating what last year meant for you while throwing seeds broadly into the months ahead.

Happy New Year, Creative Spirits!  

May it be blessed by all it brings your way!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Lessons from the Road

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This week I packed up my world, grabbed my favorite artist man, and left my hometown in South Texas behind.  We have stayed with family and friends along the way.

I am traveling in celebration of my Inner Gypsy Wild Woman, that part of me that has always wished to vagabond around with flowing skirts, bangles up my arms, leaving a trail of creativity behind. Wisconsin is my destination for an Art Retreat I will be teaching.

As I have made my way up to Dallas (where my artist hubby, Eric, and I are staying now) I have made mental notes about how traveling in my Gypsy personae changes the journey.

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My first lesson is about giving and receiving.

Being a guest raises some discomfort for me, no matter how gracious the hostess. I just hate putting people out.  But when I set my fears aside, I know that the offers of help, the free meals, the comfy bed, and invitations to share life for a few days is really what connecting is about.  It is how we tell others we care about them. It is how we bless one another.

Along my journey (up closer to Chicago) I will be staying with Helen Bond of Motherland Rhythm Community and the Benkadi Project, who I met when she was touring the U.S. doing drum workshops.  Helen shared that her travels to West Africa taught her a similar lesson.  She told stories of how the villagers didn’t understand her inclination to spend time along as Westerners are apt to do.  They worried she was ill.  I have other friends whose travels took them out of the country to other cultures where time alone was thought of in the same way.

This lesson of the Gypsy Wild Woman to find blessings in connecting with others and even counting on others along the way feels innately good.  When I can put aside the part that thinks I need to play small and be totally self-sufficient, the giving feels soothing and healing.

This trip has brought out the giving in others as well (and that too can be a blessings….to be the giver).  I have had friends, family, and strangers contribute to my journey.  Sometimes it is with food or money, services, travel tips and personal stories.  Who am I to deny their giving….their opportunity to bless and be blessed.

So I am leaning into the giving.  I am soaking in the spirit of sharing.  I practice standing or sitting solidly in my body, connecting to the Earth, and taking in the goodness offered.

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Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s

Exploring the Lessons:  If you are curious about your Inner Wanna Be, begin asking it to share its wisdom with you.  Record it in some way, either in your journal, with a video or a blog post. If you feel like sharing, add it to the Inner Wanna Be page (at the bottom where the linky is.)  I would love for you to take an inner journey with me as I make the journey up the middle of the US with my Gypsy Wanna Be.

Interesting in the other activities we are doing to engage the IWB?  Head over to the Creative Activities and Prompts Page for the full list.

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