Posted by: Cathy | September 29, 2016

Power of Destruction: Break

Tower logo 080516 On Oct 4, I’m hosting a teleclass called “Leaning Tower”, using the tarot archetype of the Tower to help you connect to your power of destruction. One way to connect to your power of destruction is to break away.

Destruction is often considered a negative force; something to be avoided and resisted. It can be painful and confusing. However, like pulling weeds in a garden to provide space and resources for herbs or flowers, destruction is a necessary part of the cycle of growth. How can we harness destruction in a productive way?

Sometimes, it’s break or be broken. When you realize you’re in a bad situation, you can sit and be a victim or you can break away and move onto something better. By doing the breaking, you take action and call back your power. Break out, break through, break open. The important pieces will come back together in a different form.

If you’d like to learn more about your power of destruction, check out my class information page for Leaning Tower, and register to join us on Oct 4! ($13)

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Posted by: Cathy | September 28, 2016

Year of Living Fearlessly

I do my annual planning birthday to birthday, so here is my year-in-review post (my birthday is Friday!).

My word for this year was Fearless. I think I’d give myself a grade of B for being fearless.

* I took 3 months of singing lessons.
* I took some dancing classes and danced with 5 strangers (nerve-wracking for an introvert).
* I went alone to Paris, Rome, and Marseille.
* I went alone to the Boulder 40s Ball.
* I’ve been painting more and made some progress on my writing.
* I accepted a promotion at my day-job.
* I started online dating again and have been spending time with a younger man, which is new for me.

Cathy at the 40s Ball in June

Cathy at the 40s Ball in June

Highlights
* I saw Il Volo in concert.
* I gave myself a weekend writing retreat.
* I went to San Diego to crash my sister’s family vacation.
* I saw a show by the Bad Plus.
* I saw three Roma matches – two in Rome and one in Saint Louis.

Lowlights
* I got a bad sunburn in San Diego.
* My first internet date went okay but he flamed out over texts before we got to a second date.
* I realized how important zinc supplements are to controling my acne when I ran out of them.
* My car battery died when I was out with a friend.
* I pulled something in my calf and was limping for a week.

Overall, the good definitely outweighted the bad this year.

My tarot card for my personal year was VII The Chariot. When I drew the card last year, I wrote “I’m in the driver’s seat, I can go wherever I want, but I need to set the intention and steer.” I think that’s accurate, especially considering how many trips I took this year!

I haven’t picked my word yet for the new year, although I have started some future planning. One just came to me; maybe my new word should be Open.

How is your year going? Have you done a fall quarter check-in yet for your personal goals? There’s no time like the present!

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Posted by: Cathy | September 27, 2016

Align Time 39: Sweet-Sassy

Coach Blog 060716 align time Align Time is a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

This week, I invite you to check in and consider where you are along the spectrum of Sweet-Sassy.

Sweet-Sassy is about the attitude you bring to your life and projects.

Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be:

* Where are you on the Sweet-Sassy scale?
* Do you want more or less of either?
* Which is more natural for you?
* If one is a challenge, what could you do to improve your relationship with it?
* What could you do to create more balance between them?

Be mindful of your position on this spectrum and the choice you have to adjust it.

If you have any insights or comments, I’d love to know in the comments here or on Facebook!

Posted by: Cathy | September 26, 2016

Love and Good Intentions

Coach Blog 090516 school house Honesty time … my intention for this month was “to get back into a meditation practice. If I make it a labor of love and think about how it will improve my quality of life, I might be able to make it stick again.”

So guess how many times I meditated??

Zero.

I kept meaning to do it. I carry a lotus seed mala bead strand in my purse. I have a little altar with incense set up at home with a cushion. But I didn’t make time to meditate. I set the intention in my head, but then I didn’t bring it with intentionality in my daily routine.

Why is it so hard to do the things we want to do, or things that we know are good for us?

So let me take a minute right now, in the middle of writing this post, to focus on my breathing. Really, meditation is the most simple thing in the world, there’s no reason I can’t incorporate it into my daily routine.

Pause, focus on breath, breathe …

Ahhh. I rolled my neck a bit, sat up a bit straighter, and now I feel great. Don’t I want to feel great more often? It just takes a moment, it brings me back to center, to wholeness.

What makes you feel great, centered, and whole? Can you do it right now? No excuses.

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Posted by: Cathy | September 22, 2016

Autumn Equinox, Make Space

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As much as I love autumn, the natural energy of the season is something I resist. Autumn is about harvesting and then constricting, letting the leaves fall and doing with less. I want to do “autumn cleaning” more so than spring cleaning; autumn is a time to release what isn’t serving us and make space to hunker down through the winter and then refill in spring.

Especially going into the holiday season, autumn is a great time to go through your home and give away anything you don’t love any more. Follow autumn’s example and let your leaves fall. Do it with a sense of gratitude for what you have and pay it forward as donations to your favorite charity; blankets, coats, hats, jeans, candlesticks, canned food.

What is your relationship with releasing? Is it easy or challenging for you?
Do you have jeans in your closet that you can’t zip up? (I do!)
Do you have emotional baggage shoved in the back of your memory? (I do!)

Do you want help working through it so you can get rid of it?

Conveniently, I’m doing my annual T for Tarot sale! My reading prices normally range from $25 to $55, but drop 20% (to $20 to $44) in this sale during August, September, and October (the only months with the letter “T”).

Use coupon code “2016T20” – See my reading options here!

Let me know if you have any questions or want to purchase a custom reading. Contact me.

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Posted by: Cathy | September 21, 2016

Creativity Dis-ease 2: Stored Creativity Calories

coach-blog-092116-creativity-dis-ease-2-creativity-calories In my role as a creativity coach, I’ve identified 12 creativity dis-eases that get us off-track from our art. Each month, I’ll highlight one.

This month, we’re talking about “Stored Creativity Calories.” Can you relate?

You feel uninspired and lethargic. The longer you go without doing something creative, the more uninspired and lethargic you feel. With low creative energy, you can’t figure out what creative project to work on, so you do nothing. You wait for inspiration to strike and just sit there, waiting, feeling more and more bloated.

The trick with this creativity dis-ease is to do something, do anything, to get moving! Like a physical fitness program, it’s difficult to begin. You might try walking one mile and feel uncomfortable, but the only way to improve is to keep going. Change is always uncomfortable, but don’t let it be an excuse to stop. Start burning your creativity calories in little creativity workouts and you’ll initiate some momentum, you’ll gain some energy, and you can start attempting bigger and more vibrant projects.

What do you think? Have you experienced “Stored Creativity Calories”?

If you feel your creativity health is off, take my free Creativity Health Assessment quiz to identify your creativity dis-ease! Then consider signing up for my free 30-minute Creativity Health Plan coaching session to help you find a solution for your creativity dis-ease.

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Posted by: Cathy | September 20, 2016

Align Time 38: Long-Short

Coach Blog 060716 align time Align Time is a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

This week, I invite you to check in and consider where you are along the spectrum of Long-Short.

Long-Short is a measure of your commitment; being in for the long-haul or the short-term.

Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be:

* Where are you on the Long-Short scale?
* Do you want more or less of either?
* Which is more natural for you?
* If one is a challenge, what could you do to improve your relationship with it?
* What could you do to create more balance between them?

Be mindful of your position on this spectrum and the choice you have to adjust it.

If you have any insights or comments, I’d love to know in the comments here or on Facebook!

Posted by: Cathy | September 19, 2016

Self-care for Artists: Space Out

coach-blog-091916-wonder-room I’m focusing on self-care as I get closer to my birthday on Sept 30, so I can set up some healthy habits and hit the ground running into my new personal year.

One aspect of self-care that often gets overlooked is self-care for artists. Different professions or vocations require different kinds of self-care; however, if you aren’t a “professional” artist or writer, it’s easy to ignore the need for artist self-care.

Every artist should have an artist self-care routine, and it can look different for each artist, but one element I think most would appreciate is a Space Out: time and space to daydream, fantasize, and wonder.

In order to get new creative ideas, we need to make space in our schedules and in our heads for the new ideas to arrive. We need to create a container, a boundary, to protect this time and space so magic can appear. It might look like you’re not doing anything, but that’s the point; we’re making and holding space for a set amount of time. Try one of these options, or suggest others in the comments:

* Literally Space Out by star-gazing on a clear night
* Go sit under a tree with a journal and doodle or free-write
* Sit at home with your pet and a cup of tea
* Watch clouds, or birds, or traffic
* Listen to classical music or nature sounds
* Take a long drive and don’t listen to any music or audio programs
* Meditate
* Take a nap, then let yourself wake slowly and lounge there a bit longer
* Clean out and sort your art supplies

If you feel bored, good! When our lives and minds are too busy, we don’t have enough time and space for our art to breathe. If you get to boredom, your artist will have lots of space to flex and start moving again. Try it and tell me how it goes!

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Posted by: Cathy | September 15, 2016

Power of Destruction: Topple

Tower logo 080516 On Oct 4, I’m hosting a teleclass called “Leaning Tower”, using the tarot archetype of the Tower to help you connect to your power of destruction. One way to connect to your power of destruction is to notice toppling.

Destruction is often considered a negative force; something to be avoided and resisted. It can be painful and confusing. However, like pulling weeds in a garden to provide space and resources for herbs or flowers, destruction is a necessary part of the cycle of growth. How can we harness destruction in a productive way?

Like the party game, Jenga, when you build too high and not deep, your structure can topple over. If you’re trying to get a project done and doing a lot of outside work, you also need to be doing inner work to ground and anchor yourself. Without digging deep, you can’t build high. Superficial plans will produce superficial results.

If you’d like to learn more about your power of destruction, check out my class information page for Leaning Tower, and register to join us on Oct 4! ($13)

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Posted by: Cathy | September 14, 2016

Learning Curve

Coach Blog 091416 goal piechart education Education is a big part of any goal. Every project has a learning curve. Even if it’s something you’ve done before, your perspective has shifted this time around and you will notice something new or different to challenge you.

Learning curves feel hard because of their curved nature; we can’t see what is coming around the corner! The trick to taking learning curves in stride is to stay open, stay curious, and be eager to learn the next thing. Sometimes, we know what it is we need to learn to move forward, and sometimes we don’t realize what we learned until after it trips us up. Learning is always an adventure. It makes every project more interesting.

You probably don’t know what you don’t know until you start a project requiring you to know it. So try new projects, accept new challenges, learn new things, and lean into the learning curves.

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