Posted by: Cathy | February 21, 2018

Keep choosing yourself

When we consciously choose how we spend our days, we are choosing how we live our lives.

Notice what you’re choosing and make sure that you choose yourself, your art, and your intention every day.

I have a day-job. I choose the relative security of bi-weekly paychecks over the stress of trying to freelance. That means I’m also choosing less free time and flexibility, so I need to make my free time count. So I choose 30 minutes per day on my creative writing and on learning Italian language, which are my priority projects this year.

What are you choosing? Have you chosen yourself and your priorities yet today?
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Posted by: Cathy | February 19, 2018

Why creativity is worth it

You and I know that creativity is worth it, even if it isn’t valued in mainstream society.

We constantly hear about art and music programs being cut in schools. We all know the “starving artist” myth; that making art or creative writing won’t pay the bills.

And yet we do it anyway. We know the truth.

  • We know how it feels to flow creatively, how we feel alive and awake in that flow and afterward we feel more like ourselves.
  • We know how doing creative work grounds and centers us, so we can be more present in other areas of our lives.
  • We know how exciting it is to see what another artist or writer has done, to take a few steps in their shoes and see through their eyes, and know we’re not alone.
  • We know that art makes life worth living.

Creativity is worth it every time. Every minute you spend on your creativity is time well spent.

What worthy creative work are you doing today?
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Posted by: Cathy | February 14, 2018

Systems to support your art: Meal Planning

If you want to create more time in your schedule for your creative interests, meal planning is a system that can help.

I’ve heard that we can only make so many choices in a day, and knowing what you’re going to eat for the week can free up your mind to make more important (read: creative) choices, as well as streamline your meal preparation time.

For example, I try to eat 3 meals per day and two snacks. My breakfast is almost identical every day (coffee, juice, croissant), and my morning snack is usually a bowl of instant oatmeal or a granola bar. For my lunches, I try to cook a casserole on Sundays to portion out for the week, or I’ll have cans of soup and a loaf of bread ready to go. My afternoon snack is usually some kind of cheese and crackers. Then for dinner I can steam some veggies and have a vegetarian “chik” patty, or make a serving of spaghetti with red sauce.

I typically do my meal planning on Fridays. I’ll review my favorite grocery store ad to see what is on sale that week to save me extra money and I’ll build my menu around those tempting sale items (e.g., this week’s lunch casserole is from a sale on eggplants).

By having something ready-made and quick to prepare, I save time and energy on my meals, and I can use that time and energy on my creative pursuits.

Give it a try! Meal planning can feed you literally and also feed your creative pursuits!

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Posted by: Cathy | February 12, 2018

Six weeks in, what is stopping you on your intention?

We are six weeks into the year and I invite you to check in:

  • Are you making progress on your intention for the year?
  • What resistance or obstacles are coming up?
  • What is stopping you on your intention?

Never did the course of true love run smooth, and never did a New Year’s intention go off without a hitch. By noticing what is tripping you up, you can tweak your process and build up immunity to those problems. Other problems will arise, and you can check in again in six more weeks, rinse, and repeat.

For me personally, I’ve had difficulty focusing and maintaining my daily routines. Routines are there to help me mindfully build the kind of day and life I want to have, so I’m recommitting to my routines and will try to see what is tripping them up, then tweak them if necessary.

It isn’t the absence of problems that allows us to succeed, but in overcoming those problems and continuing forward.
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Posted by: Cathy | February 7, 2018

To go far, go together

I was recently summoned for jury duty and assigned to a trial for the first time.

The defendant was found not guilty for a marijuana DUI (it’s legal for recreational use in Colorado but not while driving). During the trial, I thought it was interesting to participate in the judicial process but didn’t feel very involved emotionally.

For me, initially, the trial was a disruption in my daily routine; an inconvenience. For him, however, it was a pivotal moment in his life. Later that night, the responsibility of the moment struck me. I was there, I participated in this important moment in his life. We still are strangers, but I was an influencing force in his life on that jury.

We can never predict the impact we have on another person, but we do have an impact. Our decisions affect others. We are all connected in little or big ways.

Take a moment to reflect on the influencing moments in your life. Good, bad, little, big, pretty, ugly; we are the collection of the moments in our lives. Be proud of your collection, pretty or not.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb

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Posted by: Cathy | February 5, 2018

Rest is Part of the Process

Making progress is cyclical. Some days, you get a lot done. Other days, you need to retreat and rest. Both phases are essential, though we’re usually more proud of the active days, as they provide something more tangible to show for it.

In order to build stamina, rest is essential. If you’re training for a running marathon, rest days are an important part of the training routine. Rest allows us to catch our breath, heal our muscles, and reflect on what we’re accomplishing on the active days to be sure we’re on track.

Make regular time for rest from your projects. Give yourself a little place of refuge where you can release expectations, restore your energy, and then recommit to your goals.

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Posted by: Cathy | January 31, 2018

Blue Moon – Jan 31

Today is a Blue Moon:

“A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, either the third of four full moons in a season or, recently, a second full moon in a month of the common calendar.” Wikipedia

It’s a bonus moon, and in pagan traditions the full moon is a time for creating and manifesting (the new moon is for releasing and cleansing; a bonus new moon is called a black moon).

For this blue moon, I invite you to get your manifestation on.

* If you believe in this lunar boost of energy, what could you do with it?
* What is an extra step you can take on your goal or dream this week?
* What is a new tool or habit you could manifest to support your dreams?

Do something awesome to celebrate your creative energy this week and remember to look up at the night sky and enjoy our beautiful bonus moon tonight.

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Posted by: Cathy | January 29, 2018

Fears are tied to Weaknesses

Anytime you feel fear, it is showing you a place of weakness or limitation. In order to overcome your fear, look at the weakness tied to it. Anything that is limiting you is tied to a fear somewhere.

For example, if you have anxiety when a credit card bill arrives in the mail, perhaps you feel your income is too weak to cover your needs and wants. If you want to change jobs but have fear at the thought of applying for something new, maybe you feel your resume might be weak compared to other candidates for a better job.

Fears are just emotions. To dismantle them, you need to deal with facts by looking at the areas of weakness. First, is the weakness true and valid? If so, what steps could you take to build strength in that area?

By focusing on reducing weakness and turning it into strength, you take back your power and move forward.

Don’t let fear put you in a corner. Dismantle the weaknesses tied to your fears.

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Posted by: Cathy | January 24, 2018

What is your muse’s intention for 2018?

If you’ve set an intention or a resolution for 2018, did you also pause to ask what your muse would say? What is your muse’s intention for 2018?

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 22, 2018

Flow is a verb

You don’t wait for flow, you do flow. Flow is a verb. It requires action.

Take your bathroom faucet. There is the potential for water to flow, but you need to show up and turn the faucet. You can stare at it all day long and the water won’t come on until you reach out and turn the knob.

Just so, for your creative flow, you need to show up and take action. If you’re a writer, you sit down, open your story file, and start typing. If you’re a painter, you get out your tubes of paint and begin blending them on a pallet.

The more you move in your creative medium, the more flow can take over. But the first step is to show up and take action. Flow is a verb.

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