Posted by: Cathy | January 23, 2019

What is your muse’s intention for 2019?

If you’ve set an intention or a resolution for 2019, did you also pause to ask what your muse would say? What is your muse’s intention for 2019?

She might want a stronger relationship with you. She might want to try a new creative style or medium. She surely has an opinion and would love to tell you about it.

By staying in conversation with your creative muse, you keep the flow of creativity and passion moving. Flexing your imagination in new ways, like imagining these conversations, keeps your creativity active and front-of-mind. In moments when you can’t work on your projects, you can still pause for a cup of tea and have a short call with your muse. Ask how she’s doing, what she thinks, and what advice she has for you.

Invite your muse to participate in your creative planning and brainstorming! You may be delighted and inspired by her comments!

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Posted by: Cathy | January 21, 2019

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day in the U.S., and I invite you to think about your dreams today. Not just what you hope to accomplish this year, but what kind of world you want to live in.

How we live our days is how we live our lives, and you can infuse each day with more of the energy of your ideal world by making conscious choices. It’s not easy, but it’s important to live your values and priorities. The more energy you put into them, the more strength they gain and the more other people can become inspired to follow your lead.

What kind of world do you want to live in?
How is that vision reflected in your values and priorities?
How can you infuse your day-to-day life with more of that energy?

Live the dream and share it with others.
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Posted by: Cathy | January 16, 2019

Defuse Your Fear this Year

What is your biggest fear this year?

By anticipating something that could block you, you give yourself time to prepare a positive response rather than just react unconsciously when it pops up. Really look at your biggest fear for the new year and get curious about what you might be able to do about it.

* What emotional stuff do you need to process to unpack the fear?
* What abilities can you strengthen to counteract the fear?
* What tools or resources could help you against the fear?
* Who could you ask for help or support?

Defuse your fear in the new year and move forward on your dreams and goals with confidence.
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Barbara De Angelis: “Every shift we make will feel strange in the beginning.”

As you’re moving forward on your goals for 2019, you will feel strange. It’s not something to worry about or let stop you, it’s just a fact of personal growth. As you work on a project, your project also works on you. You need to become the person who can achieve your goal.

All goals are about change; you are trying to manifest something you don’t have yet, which means you probably need to do something new or different than you’ve done before. You’re stretching your old limits and expanding your comfort zone. All of this will feel strange until it becomes normal.

Feeling strange may look like fear, discomfort, frustration, doubt, or overwhelm. These emotions are not reason to stop or give up; they are proof that you are effecting change in your life! Take time to respect and process those emotions, but then keep moving forward on your goal.

How are you feeling about your goals for 2019? Have you hit those strange feelings yet?

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Posted by: Cathy | January 9, 2019

Wanderlust or Homing Beacon?

Are you still figuring out your big love or are you moving in that direction?

I like to travel, and I keep coming back to Rome, Italy. I joked with a friend that I don’t have wanderlust, I have a homing beacon. There is something for me in Rome that I’m not done with, so I keep going back. I love the city, the people, the language, and of course the food, and maybe I’ll never be done with Rome, and I’m okay with that. As long as I love it, I’ll keep going in that direction.

As far as your life and goals, do you have wanderlust or a homing beacon?

If you have wanderlust, you’re trying new things, meeting new people, open to seeing what clicks and going with the wind. It’s more about the process of exploration, expansion, and experience.

If you’re moving in one direction, toward one goal, that is a homing beacon; you’re homing in on something, drawn like a magnet.

I’ll compare these concepts with my creative practices. With my art, drawing, and painting, I have wanderlust. I want to draw a wide variety of subjects and play with my paints, trying new techniques and color combinations. With my writing practice, I am revising my novel; I am taking slow steps to complete a large project with a definite end-point.

Neither is better. They both have different intentions and energies. Just notice which is activated for you and honor the energy.

Do you have wanderlust or a homing beacon?

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Posted by: Cathy | January 8, 2019

Top Ten Posts of 2018

Here are my Top Ten Posts from 2018, courtesy of my WordPress blog statistics! Are your favorites listed? If not, I’d love to know which posts were most memorable to you in the comments!

1. Abund – Abundance as a verb
2. New level, new devil
3. Eclipse Astrology
4. Creativity is Your Superpower
5. 12 Days of Gratitude Challenge
6. Creative Astrology: Creative advice by the signs
7. Playing with Project Timeframes
8. Systems to support your art: Morning routine
9. Track Your Progress
10. Why creativity is worth it

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Posted by: Cathy | January 7, 2019

Janus: Are you looking forward or back?

January is named after the roman god, Janus, the god of beginnings/ending, gates/doorways, passages, and transitions. He had two faces; one looking forward to the future and one looking behind to the past.

As we gain momentum in the new year, check where you are facing. If you’re still hung up on something from 2018, or even something from yesterday, you can say goodbye and turn to face the future. If you are focused on the past, you’ll never make progress on your future. Mourn what you need to, release what you need to, and then turn and face forward.

Review of the past is important, but it’s a step in a circular process. Review, look forward to the next goal, take steps toward it, reach the goal, review, etc. Don’t get stuck wallowing in review. Something is calling you next, and you need to release the old to welcome the new.

Focus on what you want next and consider what you need to get it; how to become the you who can make it happen. Focus on your potential and what you can do, not what is already done.

Look forward and go to meet your future.
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Posted by: Cathy | January 2, 2019

Your Intention for 2019

Let’s start the new year out on the right foot by setting an intention.

I believe an intention is better than a resolution. Firstly, because resolutions have been so abused in the past, you may have a bad history with resolutions. Secondly, the word “intention” feels more open, flexible, and full of possibilities, while “resolution” sounds like a legal term.

Your intention is less about making a new rule for yourself as it is setting a mood for the year, month, week, or hour.

When making your to-do list for the day or looking at your goals for the week, you can keep your intention in mind and filter your tasks accordingly.

My intention for 2019 can be summarized as “Creating a foundation for my future self.” The me I want to be at the end of the year has certain qualities, such as daily practices for art, writing, and spirituality, and becoming more fluent in Italian language. My daily intention will be the same as my yearly intention, to take steps on all of these practices regularly to create the me I want to be.

What is your intention for 2019?

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Posted by: Cathy | December 31, 2018

Q1 mini-goal, what do you want to create?

I like to do my annual planning quarter by quarter. This way, I can make course-corrections as the year progresses and not feel behind on my overall goals.

For example, Q4 had a personal set-back, but I successfully finished Inktober and started a new daily creative challenge. I also finally worked through a problem that had me stuck on my novel revision and was able to move ahead again. Plus, I had a great vacation in Rome again, as always (it was my 8th time there!), and I’m growing my Italian language skills a little every day.

So now, I can recalibrate and set a new goal for the first quarter, January through March. This gives me a fresh start and I can focus on what I can do today and tomorrow and not what I didn’t do yesterday. I want to take another watercolor painting class online, and I bought an art project/lesson bundle in November and already marked 26 of the 100 classes I want to do and “scheduled” them throughout the new year; I want to complete two per month. I’ve been having such great momentum on my art that I decided to focus on it in January and let my novel rest until February, when I will continue my novel revision.

Now it’s your turn: looking forward for the next three months, what is a mini-goal you want to set for yourself? It can be a subset of a larger goal, or it can be a stand-alone goal. Try to focus on only 3-5 mini-goals at a time, one for each priority area of your life for the year. For example, you might have a fitness mini-goal, a creativity mini-goal, and an education mini-goal. What do you want to create for yourself in Q1?
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Posted by: Cathy | December 26, 2018

What have you made this year? Q4

We’ve finished the year! It’s time for review.

  • What have you made so far creatively?
  • What were your “highs”, personally, professionally, creatively, etc.?
  • What were your goals for the year? How did you progress on them?
  • What worked well for you so far? What do you want to keep doing?
  • What tripped you up? What could you change about those things/situations so they go more smoothly in the future?
  • Who do you want to be next year and what do you need to do to make that happen? What do you want to change or add in 2019?

If you have other favorite review questions/prompts, let me know in the comments!

Regardless of what you did or didn’t do in 2018, tomorrow is a new day and you can start fresh. Take what serves you forward and leave what doesn’t serve you behind, and recommit to yourself and your goals each day.

You can do it! You’re creative; you can do anything when you combine vision and action.

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