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Confessions of a Gypsy Wanna Be

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When I was maybe 5 years old, I dressed as a gypsy for Halloween. It was my mother’s idea, but I loved it.  Somehow it expressed some aspect of my nature…. a little wild, very colorful, a tendency for the dramatic, with a sense of something mystical.  I held onto that gypsy child as I grew into a woman although often she has taken second fiddle to obligations of adulthood.

She emerges from my subconscious in subtle ways… bangle bracelets and dangle earrings, love of various cultures, and the need to shake my hips and tip my tush when I dance. One area of life the Gypsy-self has never really gotten to live out freely is my curiosity for travel.  I stay pretty close to home most of the time and even when I  travel, I am probably more cautious than many people.  But as I said in my last video, I am getting ready to embark on a three week adventure up Middle America and back again from Texas to Wisconsin to teach at Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.

Setting aside three weeks for one event isn’t really my style, so I have been contemplating how to keep the Creativity Tribe home fires burning while away. I decided to do the trip up in style…gypsy wild woman style, that is!

That’s right, I am giving my Inner Wanna Be (my gypsy) an adventure.

During my trip, I am going to explore what it would be like if I gave license to that Bohemian spirit.  I will ask myself…  What would change from just traveling as plain ol’ Rachél (okay, so I am not that plain to begin with, but I am going to push it even further?  What of the Gypsy Wanna Be wishes to be expressed?  What keeps me from going there?

I am going to stretch myself to be courageous.

Now you may see me as a pretty courageous person. I am here on Creativity Tribe spinning my artsy magic all the time. But the truth is that everyone has room to stretch and grow.  Everyone has someplace they hold back that is just itching to bust out and stretch its big, powerful wings.  This trip crosses that sweet spot for me and it seems the Gypsy Archetype holds the key to moving past the fear. So that is what I am going to share.

But that isn’t the whole picture….and this is where the adventure gets good and juicy.  This is where the Creativity Tribe comes in.  I want to give YOU the same opportunity for growth and adventure that I am creating for myself.  I am inviting you to join me for a Journey of the Inner Wanna Be. Think of it as a creative event with sacred play as its medium.

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What is Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?

We all have parts of ourselves that wanna thrive and have the ability to lead our lives, our development of self, our experience of joy to a new level of fulfillment.  Sometimes those parts of ourselves sidetracked, scared, or even buried by a number of things.  But they show up occasionally, tapping us on the shoulder, asking to come out to play and if they are lucky, we have learned how to give them what they need.  Sometimes we need a hand though, a little encouragement, because stretching ourselves by being authentic is not just satisfying, it might be a bit scary.

I want you to take this journey with me.  I will be engaging one of my many Inner Wanna Be’s (that little girl who always dreamed of being a gypsy).  And I would love it if you would look inside and ask which of your Inner Wanna Be’s would like to go on a journey of self-discovery with me.  We have a few weeks to get ready for our adventure, and then, the world is ours!

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Are you interested in joining the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?  Make sure to subscribe (below) to the blog where I will be posting updates on my trip, prompts and invitations to develop and share your own journey. Expect a badge for the event soon.  I can’t wait to get started.  But in the mean time, drop a note in the comment box letting us know what some of YOUR Inner Wanna Be’s are!  Let’s get this party started!

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Working on Workshops

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On Tuesday’s This Sense-sational Life post, I talked about the Sense of Choice and my shift from working for someone else to building a life around my dreams.  This week, my dreams are in front of me in a big way.  On Saturday I will be presenting at the South Western Unitarian Universalist Women’s Conference along with Jessica of Heath Roots.  I will also set up my art as a vendor.  What fun!

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Whole Woman Workshop

Jessica and I are sharing our Whole Woman Workshop there.  During the event, we invite women to come into the circle of sisterhood and explore through dance, storytelling, and doll making the essence of who they are as a woman.  You know you love what you are doing when you just can’t wait to do the work in front of you….and that is the case with this workshop.  I will let you know how it goes.

Touch Drawing

Last week I taught a Touch Drawing workshop at the Art Center of Corpus Christi.  I had a wonderful blend of individuals coming together to explore what was a new technique for many of them.  I loved watching them wade slowing into the process of going inward and discovering what wished to be expressed with the hands.  Working with a new media or a new technique can force a Creative to step outside their routine and engage the actual process of being creative.  That can be an uncomfortable place, but on the other side of the fear we often discover something about ourselves that we had maybe forgotten….like what it feels like when we don’t give up, how we act in the face of uncertainty, and the joy of embracing curiosity.

 This quirky woman began as a touch drawing of mine and grew into a mixed media piece.

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I think it is inevitable that while we work on one kind of project our mind brings up other similar projects for us to toy with.  I love to take full advantage of those times.  They provide yummy ideas and energy to boost creativity.  This has definitely been the case with all the workshops I have been planning.  These two have led me to think about the workshop I am teaching at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Retreat in Wisconsin this coming April.

Passport to Dreams Come True

The workshop I am teaching there is near and dear to my heart.  It began as a seed when I was working on my Masters in Counseling.  Passport to Dreams Come True.  It came out of my love of bookmaking, doll making, and helping others nurture their creative spirit.

Passport to Dreams Come True

Within each of us is space where dreams take seed. Art is the perfect medium for accessing the symbols, stories, and inspiration to help those dreams become a reality. Join Rachél Payne as she introduces journaling techniques for exploring your inner landscape and blends them with bookmaking for a dynamic and transformative creative adventure. You will walk away with a process for accessing your heart’s desire and a work of art which documents your own personal journey to it’s discovery.

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Plan on hearing lots more about this Art Retreat.  Starting early April, I am hitting the road as I drive up the center of the country and back again on my own creative journey!

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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?

Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood

 

Oh boy, do I have an exciting 2013 planned!  And one of the highlights is teaching at Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.  The event is the weekend of my birthday, so I decided to do it up right and turn what could be a quick jaunt up to Wisconsin (from Texas, lol) into a leisurely drive-about. Yep, ROAD TRIP!  I can’t wait.

So my birthday wish is to meet lots of creatives there. Hint!  This is the perfect time to plan for it. Just give a little nudge to the Santa ….and all the little elves….. in your life.  In fact, we have done some of the work for you!

Just grab it and print it out…..easy, breezy!

I hope to see ya there!  April 17-19, 2013….It’s just around the corner!

For more details and to see a super cute video of me sharing my excitement about the event, head over the the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat page.

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