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Tweaking the Tribe: Finding Kindred Spirits

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Nine months ago, I took the leap from my WordPress blog to an independent, stand-on-my-own website that I built from scratch without much know-how.   When I first published it, I could clearly see some of the places I wanted to take the website and my business but some of the process and destination were hidden from my view.  The more comfortable I get here, the more it feels like home.  Like a fabulous fixer-upper, there is always something to work on, something to tweak, and some addition that would make it just right!

The Creativity Tribe concept comes from a deep desire to help others get in touch with their instinctual spirit of creativity. I believe that creativity is powerful, healing, and can make our lives rich and meaningful.  Creativity is something that can help us connect to the most authentic places in ourselves while providing the opportunity for us to cultivate support and encouragement in the relationships around us.

Just think about it…. when you see a child expressing themselves through the creative arts…. dance, song, doodling, or make believe…. they are bring out something pure in themselves.  They honor you with their expression.  They invite you into a sacred space.  This is the same invitation I make to you.  Come play with me.  Come into a sanctuary for your creative spirit where others are gathering to share the small ways they are making big strides in life. 

Our New (FREE) Community

I have created a community on Facebook that I have been keeping a big secret, waiting for just the right time to share it with you.  It is my surprise gift to you….gift being my word for the year!  It has a spattering of creative spirits who regularly invest in that part of themselves that brings forth ideas and inklings.  It also holds a space for individuals who wish to bring more creativity into their lives or to live life in a creative way.

I call them the Creativity Tribe.  To qualify to join you need only have a desire to connect with your own creative spirit and be willing to support the kindred spirits who find themselves answering that same call for themselves.  Follow the link below and ask to join the group. Please note respectfully that I will not be accepting personal friendship requests as I am practicing setting boundaries between my personal and professional accounts.  I hope you understand.  That said, I hope you will consider joining the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group and that you find it inspiring!

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Claiming Your Place and Sharing Your Site

For more ways to connect with Creativity Tribe, proudly share the Creativity Tribe badge on your blog with a link back to this website and feel free to leave your creativity-based site on the Faces of Creativity Tribe page.  This helps build community, lets your visitors know you invest in your creativity and support the creative endeavors of others.

I am teaching for Angels In My Studio 2013

Are you curious about the upcoming Angel In My Studio 2013 e-course that I will be teaching in?  Hop over and check out the goodies or click on the AIMS2013 page on this site to watch the video I made sharing about the ANGEL in my studio!

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Indulging ME

Just over a year ago when I embarked on the journey of working for myself, I placed one thing at the top of my list of values….self-care.  I wanted my serious business woman self to honor the hard, working dedicated but oh-so-human self.  In the beginning, I worked that into my day like a teenager with a new driver’s license.  I took my time getting up in the morning, lit candles as I was blogging, burned incense while painting, napped if I felt like it, created one-person retreats…..I lived up the self-care.

Then I got all filled up, and I began to push myself.  The drive to reach for my dreams felt good.  It was empowering. I have felt unstoppable. One dream after another fell into place. I got a contract to teach at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat, was one of Mixed Media May‘s featured artists, taught a drama camp and then an art camp, had my first e-course (Touch the Moon), my first one-woman art show, got my website up (created it myself….oh that was a feat!), began offering my Life Coaching services and was featured on a radio show.  In between, there were a thousand little firsts, tiny parts of dreams clicking into place, big connections with individuals, and plenty of witnessing the ah-ha’s of the Creatives who find their way here.

Week before last, I felt like I was running for a marathon.  I was stretching myself to the max to keep up with the energy my dreams were setting off.  I LOVED IT!  I got SO much accomplished.

Then, I crossed the line, finishing the busiest week of my year so far.  I exhaled and all the wind in my sails went with it.

Now, I find myself craving the quiet. I see myself needing more me time, less work time, and the one who lobbied for self-care is poking her head out again to say, “Hey, remember what you promised?”

Yes, I do remember.  Gratefully, I remember.

So as the year winds down, so will I.  I make no apologies of it, need not sympathy for feeling disconnected from my drive to push forward.  I know this is part of the creative process.  This is a vital part of sustaining long term creativity, the part where we recognize our accomplishments, celebrate them, and rest.

How will I do it?  Well, to start off, a corporate holiday party, of course.  I am taking my employees (that would be me) out for a spa day to include a luxurious massage (which I traded for some art a couple of weeks back….score), all the chai I can handle, and adding naps to my very short to do list.  I am also going to do an inventory of my accomplishments and put them up somewhere….maybe tack a gold star to them.  Oh, and throughout the holidays, I am going to unabashedly brag about myself to anyone who will listen.

I am indulging in the splendor of my year.

And I have to admit that sharing this with you warms my heart so much. Last year at this time, I wanted what I have today so much.  Some days I felt so incredibly stuck, not being able to see the other side of it. But I always trusted that something would come out of my dreaming.

I am full of gratitude (please don’t just pass by that word without feeling the beauty of it) for the community that joins me on this journey…..for the artists, the bloggers, poets, dancers, followers, leaders, likers, the dreamers, the hopers, wishers, wanters, and the quiet ones who secretly pop in when no one is looking….for all of you who help hold this dream up…..I am full of gratitude.

What do YOU celebrate this year? What would you brag about if someone would listen?….don’t leave me bragging alone. How would you celebrate if you were me? I would love to know what self-care and celebration look like for you. I can always use a new idea!

Today’s Indulgence….a MEDIA FAST. Yep, I am spending 12-21-12 by checking out of the internet, news, books, radio, tv, and phone and am checking in with myself, my friends and family, and my intuition.  Wanna join me?

My Art was Destroyed

Have you ever done mixed media art?  It is my new passion, partly for the product it creates, but mostly for the process.  I love it because it mirrors life itself.  It is messy, textural, organic, and holds the potential for beauty to come out of destruction.

I have been working on a painting the last several days….and nights.  It has been in my mind for a month.   I am creating it for an art show.

The Details

Is 2012 the End of Times? Doomsday? Armageddon? Well, if this is indeed “The End” my friend, K Space Contemporary has a “Final Countdown” for you! “The Apocalypse Show” is a huge group exhibition of artists from all across Texas and features their unique takes on the end of the world scenario. It’s also K Space’s 5th Anniversary this year so please come down, experience a fantastic show and help us party like it’s “1999″! If this is “The End of the World As We Know It”, you won’t want to miss possibly the last show ever!!! It’s going nuclear!

The Process

 I am taking the painting through some of the painting layers that I learned at Tracy Verdugo’s Paint Mojo Texas Retreat.  The process is complicated, and honestly, I am sure I have forgotten a few steps.  But I am pleased with the parts I have remembered.  I don’t want to make Tracy’s art. Instead, I want to explore my own themes, calling on some of what I learned from her.

One of the consistent themes in her process is to let the painting have its own life so that we never know when we will lose some little or big part of it that we have been in love with since it made its way onto the canvas.  That is the push and pull of the process for me.  I hate it because I sometimes am directed (by the process) to completely destroy parts of the image that I am totally digging.  But the part I LOVE about the process is that I only destroy out of a sense of trust in the process itself.

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And that, my friends, is what I cherish about life…about being a Creative.  That is at the heart of the work I am doing as a Life Coach.  Trusting that something beautiful can grow out of chaos, pain, destruction, and difficulty. 

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So, enough talk about the painting. Let’s see the progression.

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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!

The Creative Cycle

The last month has been RICH with creative experience.

First an art retreat.

Paint Mojo Texas with Tracy Verdugo

Then, I jumped into Art Every Day Month and began pumping out art for myself, my friends, and two art shows

that I finished this weekend.

At the end of this creative streak…I remembered the wisdom my friend Gail shared with me about the creative process.  I want to share that nugget with YOU.

This process can be an essential element to safe-guarding your creative momentum. It can be scary to take a break because we think it means we might turn the creativity OFF.  But my experience is that it conditions us for more creativity.

For me, I was able to jump back in with a new energy and a new enthusiasm for my work.

This new piece (still in process) is being created for a show coming up in a few weeks.

Here’s what it is about:  Is 2012 the End of Times? Doomsday? Armageddon? Well, if this is indeed “The End” my friend, K Space Contemporary has a “Final Countdown” for you! “The Apocalypse Show” is a huge group exhibition of artists from all across Texas and features their unique takes on the end of the world scenario. It’s also K Space’s 5th Anniversary this year so please come down, experience a fantastic show and help us party like it’s “1999”! If this is “The End of the World As We Know It”, you won’t want to miss possibly the last show ever!!! It’s going nuclear!

I started the new piece today, using the techniques I learned in Paint Mojo but using death, chaos, destruction, renewal, and resilience as the focus for my work.

The Beginning of the Process

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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!

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