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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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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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Possibility Lane

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Dear Creative Spirit,
Did you feel that? That gentle tug at the side of your heart, awakening the quiet dream that rests there? It is a road sign, guiding you down the path just over there. I know it is pointing you towards a journey you have never taken, but, the name on the sign should give you a clue as to where it will lead? Will you follow?

 

What dream is tugging on your heart?  With the new year around the corner, I invite you to join me on a journey to Get Out of Your Own Way Everyday in 2013.  This tele-seminar is the first in a year long series of inspirational talks filled with practical tip and my personal secrets for living a SENSATIONAL life!  Won’t you join me?  Click here for more details on this Creativity Tribe Event.

 

The Twenty Year Path

I’ve been a long-way-home kinda gal since I was young. Over the last couple of years, I have brought my camera with me on my travels  down the road less taken. The Long Way Home Series shares the best of that gypsy spirit with you by offering up the treasures I have found along the way.

Two years ago, my artist hubby, Eric, and I went to Portland and Washington.  I had been invited to the Association for Creativity in Counseling Conference as a presenter and as a recipient of the ACC Graduate Student Award. It was my first trip to the Pacific Northwest. Before I even left for the trip, I had already fallen in love with the idea of this part of the country. Sharing it with my artist hubby made it even more special.

The conference was very intimate. I spent time rubbing elbows with some of the thought leaders in the field of creativity in the helping professions. Going in as a recent graduate, my mind reeled with all the possibility that the conference offered.  I met professors, published writers, expressive art therapists, students, and counselors.

Today as I am pulling these pictures out, I keep wondering why share these pictures with you now, two years later. I think it must be as a way of making sense out of the very high point in my journey that slowly took an unexpected turn from counselor track to life coach track.  My intention in showing pictures for the Long Way Home Series was simply to share all the photos I have taken over the last several years. But “Long Way Home” means something more to me today as I shift my career track.

Many, many years ago….nearly 20 years ago….I had a dream of working with people to help them connect with their creative spirits, to help them heal enough that they might risk sharing a drawing, a poem, a dance, or a play with the world.  I got excited about the idea of using creativity to explore the healing of their expressive self. I went down the road of studying counseling to learn how to help, but somewhere along the way, I realized that modality…that approach….didn’t match how I wished to work with people.  So I have shifted my studies to coaching and am feeling so much more in sync with my original dream…..so much more at home.

I will soon be offering life coaching sessions.  I can’t tell you how much peace it brings me to have the opportunity to nurture my dream in this space….this space that is made for the tending of dreams….mine and yours.

Counseling and life coaching are like sisters in a way. Some traits they share, and some are unique to them.  And for me, I like to imagine that they have a healthy relationship with one another, know how to support one another, understand each others’ gifts and know what their boundaries are.  And just like with real sisters, I think there is room for creativity with each, and I am looking forward to exploring the ways I can use creativity with the coaching partners I am working with.

Whew….I didn’t intend for all this to come forward, but that is the beauty of journaling, or in this case blogging. You start off with an inkling of an idea and when you walk away you have fleshed out the bulk of its essence.

I hope knowing the history behind these pictures and the deep place in my heart this journey to the Northwest holds helps you understand a bit more about where I am today…..how I am exactly where I am meant to be, doing what I am meant to do, in a way that makes me feel extremely blessed. And even though it has taken me nearly two decades to get here, I don’t regret a bit of it. The journey is what life is all about and for me, this journey has taken me the Long Way Home.

 

 

This is just a sliver of the beauty I experienced on this monumental trip. Hope you enjoyed!

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