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Spark Your Creative Self-Care Journey

Are you ready to Spark
Your Creative Self-Care Journey?

Well, I have a treat for you. I created a Self-Care Spark Guide that highlights the areas I focused on to ignite self-care in my own life. Now, I am sharing it with you!

Over the last several months, like others, I have been soaking in the stress of the world. It didn’t take long for me to realize that living from a place of stress wasn’t much of a way to live.  It was time to turn it around.  So, I decided I would do myself and the world a gift by upping my level of self-care.  The actions I took really made a difference in my stress experience.  It didn’t change the world but did change my reaction to it.

Benefits of a Creative Self-Care Practice

I also found I had more to give.  I showed up to life in a more open way.  Instead of putting up an invisible but energetically tangible wall around situations that might ping my stress, I felt more centered and available.  I could give more support to others and had more to give to my own creative projects. I even found myself raising my voice for change without needing to be overwhelmed by the stress that can come with transformation.

Understand your unique voice with Creative Self-Care

Feeling the benefits of self-care for myself, I knew I wanted to share the highlights with you. Self-care is both a calming and strengthening force for those interested in living the Creative Life.

Self-Care Sparks Guide: A Gift

  • A full-color guidebook featuring a handful of nurturing actions to jumpstart your self-care journey.
  • An invitation to the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group…for ongoing creativity and self-care boosters!
  • Updates on Creativity Tribe: tips and events for connecting creativity &  life.
  • And lots of good vibes from yours truly!

 

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Self-Care Spark Gift Rachel Payne with Creativity Tribe. Life Coach, Expressive Arts Facilitator, artist, spirituality, creativity

Opening Up to A Better Day

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It doesn’t take much for most of us to get bogged down by a situation.  Perhaps we just woke up a bit sore or have that nagging to-do that feels like it is going to get the best of us for another day.  Often we can’t even put our finger on what kicked our anxiety into gear.  There is just a heaviness that follows us around.

But just as easily as it comes on, we can help the residue of funkiness fall away if we have a few tricks up our sleeve. For me, having a few practices that cultivate mindfulness and help get my thoughts out so I can see them can make all the difference.

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Favorite Mindfulness Practice

Simply focusing on the breath.  This technique is super easy and can be done anywhere.  Invite yourself to find your breath.  Then witness it move in and out of the body.  No need to breathe a certain way.  Nose or mouth, either works.  Simply witness.  You will notice almost immediately that there is a sift, however slight, in your stress level.  Perhaps you will feel an emotion come up.  If so, take a few minutes to honor it.  It is there to serve you.

I know that even in the most difficult of times giving space to my feelings has allowed me to arrive at a place of release that could only come by letting go and honoring them.  We spend so much energy trying not to feel the difficult feelings.  Simply by turning and looking at them, we can move to a new space….often opening up to the easier feelings like peace and joy.

Favorite Expressive Practice

Journaling is by far my favorite expressive practice.  My journal is a hodge podge of feelings and images that range from visually spectacular to scribbles, scratches, and mental malarkey.  The biggest trick to journaling is to give yourself permission… permission to explore your feelings and thoughts without censorship… permission to be messy… permission to feel… permission to show up without anything profound happening… permission to write and draw dark feelings, hard feelings, bright feelings, any feelings… permission to take time for yourself (as little as 15 minutes is clinically proven to boost your immune system….that’s some good medicine!)… permission to shine… permission to move to a place of deeper understanding of who you are, how you work, and what in the world wishes to help you move closer and closer to joy.

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Combine the two practices above by first attending to the breath (3-5 minutes) then opening your journal to see what wishes to share itself with you.  You might also note how you are feeling before the breathing.  You can assign a number to your anxiety or discomfort or simply give what you are feeling a name.  Do the same at the end of your journaling.  Try this prompt a few times in the next week or so to see if it might be something that helps you open up to a better day.  I hope it does.

Let me hear from you….. I would love to hear from you if you decide to do the Creativity Prompt.  Feel free to drop a note in the comments to let me know how it goes.  I know the rest of the Creativity Tribe could grow from your experience as well!

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

When Life Makes Other Plans

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Today marks a week that I have been on the road making my way from South Texas to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.  I will be teaching a workshop at the retreat called Passport to Dreams Come True.  The workshop takes mixed media techniques and blends them with bookmaking, journaling, creative visualization as a means of helping flesh out the vision and plans of our big hearts. Not surprisingly, as is the case often in life, my journey cross country is giving me lots of lessons to prepare me for helping others make their dreams a reality.

One of the dilemmas that comes out of saying we want to attract or create something in our lives is that life is good at throwing you a ringer.  We say to ourselves, “I want to accomplish XYZ, and I can see that if I do A+B+C that will get me there.”   Then, life alters the equation, and we are left trying to get things balanced without losing our original goal.

I started my trip out with destinations along the way up to Wisconsin.  First a few stops in Texas, then Oklahoma.  When I got to Oklahoma there was some trouble in paradise.  Something in my suspension went haywire.  I was bouncing an grooving all over the road.  No, fun.  I questioned if I should get it fixed, give up and turn back.  That is when I called on my Inner Wanna Be….the Gypsy Wild Woman.

I asked myself how she would manage this.  In my imagination a gypsy carries their home with them.  There would be no reason to turn back because where they were is where they should be.  I also imagined she wouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.  And so I did.  And the world responded with generosity.  My timeline was altered slightly, but in the end, I was able to get to my next destination.

The journey didn’t look like I thought it would. I imagined I would travel during the day with plenty of time to rest and with the option to look around the next new place before turning in.  Instead, I traveled at night with rain and lightening clearing the way for me.  I drove safely but didn’t stop very often because I felt a pull to get in and get settled.  Although that may sound frantic, it wasn’t.  I had plenty of good tunes to keep me company.

Behind the scenes, too, I was not alone.  I think this is going to be the big lesson of this journey I am taking by myself.  I am never alone really.  The day I was trying to get my car fixed, one thing after another put off the work.  It was my birthday, and I asked friends and family….and the Creativity Tribe Facebook Page gathering…..to focus my birthday wishes on getting it fixed and me safely to my next destination.  They did. And I made it.

At breakfast this morning at the Walnut Street Inn in downtown Springfield, Missouri, I was greeted by 9 couples who travel B and B’s yearly.  “Are you Rachél?” they asked.  I was delighted, a room full of strangers who knew my name.  “We were looking for you last night.” My heart was warmed.  Never alone.

And so, today starts out with a meet-up that happened spontaneously through the Creativity Tribe FB page.   Here in Springfield, I am meeting with Ginger Davis Allman with The Blue Bottle Tree .  Then, I leave for St. Louis where I will stay with someone I have never met through AirBnB.  I am expecting to feel that same sense of welcoming from the world each day and to give it where it is needed.  I think my Gypsy Wild Woman makes her way through life like that.  It isn’t part of the journey I expected, but I am delighting in it, leaning into it, and loving it…..even when, and especially when life makes other plans.

Follow my travels more closely by joining me on the Creativity Tribe Facebook Page.

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Gathering the Inner Wanna Be’s

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It starts today….prep for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s.  A month’s worth of peering inward to see what wishes to come forth into our lives….what wishes to be played out….what is willing to risk being a little vulnerable for the sake of finally going “there”.  Who knows what will come of our social experiment.  Here we are, a bunch of people in love with the idea of being creative, deciding to play What-If together.

What if I indulged this thing I always wished of being and brought a bit of it into my life?  What if I stopped hiding behind what I should or shouldn’t do and when out on a limb to do what I WISH to do?  What if I did it with other people who were risking just like me?  What if….

The great thing about this journey is that it can be as simple or intense as you would like.  Want to mostly just dream of your Inner Wanna Be’s and claim ONE DAY out of the month to put that into action?  Great!  Want to journal daily and push yourself to see what a month of playing out your fantasy in some way would be like?  Go for it!  Perhaps you just want to watch as other creatives dive in….there is room for you too.  The Creativity Tribe Inner Wanna Be Gypsy Caravan is big enough for all!

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Preparation: Exploring Your IWB’s

We start by going inward and asking what of yourself wishes to be known.

  • You can do that by finding a quiet space free from interruption.
  • Keep pen and a pad of paper or journal (perhaps one you will keep all your IWB journaling in) close by.
  • Close your eyes and get comfortable.
  • Say to yourself something like this…..I am thinking about those parts of myself that never really got a chance in the spot light, parts that I haven’t made space for in my life.  I wish to name them and recognize them now.
  • Let your mind drift around as you remember interests you have had, archetypes you have resonated with, and character types you have dreamed of being.  Let yourself dream on this for a bit.
  • When you feel like your heart and mind have explored your Inner Wanna Be’s, let you hand begin listing them on the page.  Try not to edit the process.  Let the list be impractical, fantastical, and improbable …as well as authentic.
  • Once you have listed your IWB’s, consider sharing them with the group on the IWB page.  You can do so as part of a blog post or as a video response to the video below.

Rachél’s Inner Wanna Be’s

 

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This Sense-ational Life {Connection}

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Creativity Tribe Event….Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!  I have created a special way for us to connect with one another this year….Creativity Tribe Party Line!  It is the perfect way for us to explore what works in life and how to move forward with what wishes for improvement. Calls are free, so click the icon below to sign up for your spot. Isn’t it time me talked?!

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This Sense-ational Life {Connection}

About five months ago when I was journaling at one of my favorite local cafe’s, I began thinking about the progress I had made in my life. I thought about some of the difficulties life had given me and some that I created for myself.  I thought about areas of my life that were blooming and just what had brought me to that spot….and I realized with much of the progress I had made that being mindful, being present sat the core of my healing.  As I was writing, I toyed with the thought that the more I got in touch with my senses, the more sense-ational my life became.

 

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The phrase was clever. I sat with it for a long time, musing over its playfulness and the wisdom it captured. Then I imagined sharing it with YOU.  Sharing This Sense-ational Life….a weekly challenge where we will explore some aspect of life that one might say is sensational. What a great way to connect with ourselves and others.

That’s what I do, you see.  I am sort of a connection junkie. I love a good connective relationship, one that makes me feel alive and that shows me something real about the person in front of me. And if the connection is super conductive, I know it because the person in front of me gets me…you know, really GETS me…and I get them.  That circular witnessing of one another is called reciprocity. It is the gem stone in a relationship for me.

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Connecting often includes others senses. We listen to one another…and hear one another. We intuit meaning.  We share breath and create one moment after another.

I decided to begin This Sense-ational Life series with A Sense of Connection because it holds so much meaning for me personally and because this space is about that.  Connection has many nuances. Sometimes I try to hold a diagram of it in my head. One relationship can have many points of connection within it. The couple (be they lovers, friends, family, strangers, co-workers, or life coach and client) has a certain quality of connection to each other and each person has a connection to themselves.

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Hi, I am Rachél.... the quirky, big-hearted soul behind Creativity Tribe, a sanctuary for your creative spirit. As a life coach and artist, I know the importance of community, celebration, and transformation. Creativity Tribe is abuzz with connections to other creative bloggers and offers tips and stories to inspire your creative lifestyle!
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There is a beauty that comes out of sharing a journey with another person....a dream for yourself, a direction for a project, a way out of the muck that holds your Creative Spirit back. Let's talk about working together. creativitytribe@gmail.com