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Best of 2016

Best of 2016…. What a year!

I hit the start of 2016 with tons of excitement.  It felt like a coming out party.  Coming out of what you wonder.  For a couple of years before, I approached life on the struggle bus.  I had a short bout with cancer that I came out on top of, but it took me down a detoured path I didn’t anticipate. As I ended 2015, I was ready to share some big projects with the Creatives of my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, and I began working on e-course ideas for Creativity Tribe Worldwide.

My offerings were a big hit.  I remember feeling so high with delight.  I could see creativity awakening in those who found themselves part of the gatherings.  And over the course of a few months, a local Creativity Tribe started to take shape.

Life Coach events with Rachel Payne

Art Shows

I went on to share my art in two showings, back to back.  Some of my art can tend to be pretty large so I don’t offer it much except in-person.  Both art shows were big successes.  I could sense my art had attained another level of development.  I sold several small pieces, two large pieces, and got commissioned for a piece that just found its way to its new home. (I will share a post about it in the new year.)

Rachel Payne Corpus Christi art

Periscope is my muse!!!

Early in June, the course of Creativity Tribe took a drastic turn….for the better.  I discovered Periscope.

I had been struggling with getting in touch with my audience.  When I had a WordPress Blog years ago, my connections with Creatives were strong.  But social media became a slippery path to get traction on, especially while being occupied with my cancer journey.  Periscope changed the game for me.  I had a theatre and audience in the palm of my hands.

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PeriGirls

It didn’t take long for me to find the PeriGirls community.  PeriGirls is a Facebook Group of female broadcasters, nearly 11,000 members strong.  I dove in, began immediately sharing tips and tricks for connecting more intimately with the Creative Spirit that lives in each of us.  It has been a wild, blessed ride.  I have made some new friends, been able to help people engage their creativity and make small but significant shifts in their lives.

Million Hearts Club

I even hit the one million heart mark on New Year’s Eve.  It was thrilling!  Big thanks to all of Creativity Tribe’s supporters, the PeriGirls, and especially CT SuperFans!


Periscope Million Hearts Club
Art Oracle e-Journey

Once I found the worldwide stage for Creativity Tribe’s offerings on Periscope, I was ready to share my online course.  Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey was a mixed media art card workshop that invited participants to create cards that expressed their inner cosmos.  The class as a big hit and I had several people request a second round….which I hope to offer early in 2017.

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We rounded out 2016 with an Instagram gratitude challenge called #Gr8FullCre8ives.  I was very pleased with the interactions.  I got messages from several Creatives sharing that they felt the focus on gratitude was meaningful to their lives.  That was one of my favorite parts of the challenge, in fact, getting back-channel messages that fleshed out how gratitude helps to shift even the most difficult time in life.

The last week of 2016 has been one of retrospect and what I call dreamcasting.  I am looking back on what I accomplished, where I fell short, and what blocks come up as I am working towards creating something (art, projects, relationships, or life), and what worked really well. I am also feeling into what the next steps are for Creativity Tribe.  I can’t wait to play at life with you!

Do you use Instagram?  Here are Creativity Tribe’s top nine Instagram posts.  You can find yours at 2016 Best Nine.  Just click over and enter your handle.

creativitytribe 2016 best nine

We are the Grateful Creatives!

A Collection of posts from the first half of #Gr8FullCre8ives

The #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challenge Prompt


Day 1 Spark: Beginnings

Day 2 Spark: Surroundings

 

Day 3 Spark: Body

 

Day 4 Spark: Mind

 

Day 5 Spark: Heart

 

Day 6 Spark: Traditions

 

Day 7 Spark: Creative Spirit

Day 9 Spark: Creative Interest

Day 11 Spark: Simple Pleasures

Day 12 Spark: Smile

Day 13 Spark: Movement

Day 14 Spark: Something Small

Gratitude Instagram Challenge #Gr8FullCre8ives

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Grateful Creatives… #Gr8FullCre8ives

Several years ago, when I was doing everything I could to pull myself out of a funk I found myself in, I began playing with practicing gratitude on a daily basis.  It didn’t take long for me to feel that I was generally a grateful and appreciative person.  It was a powerful shift for me.  I felt genuinely heart-centered.

As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I partner with Creatives who wish to live a more authentic, expressive life. I often begin by inviting them into a heart-centered flow through a gratitude practice.  The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

I have partnered with Creative Life Coach, Julie Jordan Scott, to bring you a month long gratitude challenge. Like me, Julie finds cultivating gratitude an essential practice for Creatives.Creating Gratitude #Gr8fullCre8ives

Sacred Creative Practice:  Don’t JUST think of this as counting your gratitudes.  That can be helpful, yes, but allow this challenge to also help you boost your creativity. Encourage yourself to think outside the box. Instagram allows images.  The images can be works of art in and of themselves.  They can also document your art, a poem, an altar, movement, music, singing, and reading of poetry.  Using both the image option and the video option there is so much you can do to express your gratitude. Let us spark you to stretch. Together we will create gratitude and our gratitude will help us stretch our creativity.

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Big Take Aways

WHAT: Gratitude Challenge using #Gr8FullCre8ives. (It helps to remember there are two 8’s and two L’s).

Why: Gratitude brings peace of mind.  Peace of mind helps us feel safe.  Safety encourages self-expression.  Self-expression is a balm to the spirit.  ….and oh, so much more.

WHERE: The challenge begins on Instagram where we have created one image with prompts for each day in November.  Use the word or phrase for that day to spark your creativity.

Periscope BONUS: We will be broadcasting around #Gr8FullCre8ives theme on Periscope. (See links below for Periscope profiles for Creativity Tribe and Julie Jordan Scott.) We will take the prompts from Instagram and create questions to scope about.  Please find us there and JOIN US in scoping if you would like.  You can also search for #Gr8FullCre8ives in Periscope or Twitter to follow along. (See the Twitter feed for #Gr8FullCre8ives at the bottom of this post.)

HOW: Start today…or whenever you wish to jump in during November.  The challenge is about creating a practice. We are not looking for perfection….we are encouraging participation.  Find the image with the prompts, repost to your Instagram, begin letting those prompts spark your posts.  Use #Gr8FullCre8ives so we can find you.

Team Gr8FullCre8ives

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Rachél Payne on Instagram and Periscope

#5for5BrainDump with Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott on Instagram and Periscope

Follow #Gr8FullCre8ives on Twitter…scroll below.

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!

 Gr8Full Cre8ives Project:
@creativitytribe on Instagram

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  Gratitude: I have a #resilientspirit. What are you grateful for? #Gr8FullCre8ives #cre8gratitude #cre8tiveklatch #gratitude View on Instagram

 

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Life is good. #DoingWhatILove #CreativeLiving #EssentialOils  #studiotable #cre8gratitude #Gr8FullCre8ives #cre8iveklatch

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