Posted by: Cathy | June 21, 2017

Creative Block Buster session

* Are you stuck in a mucky creative block?
* Are you tired of being held back and want to reclaim your creative power?
* Are you ready to get moving creatively and bust your block?

Creative blocks can strike at any time, but they’re usually a symptom of a deeper problem like fear or paralysis. By shining a light on the deeper problem, we can bust your block at the root so you can move forward.

My “Creative Block Buster” is a 45-minute coaching session where we will:

* Identify the root of your creative block
* Boost your creative confidence
* Make a plan to move forward with your creative project

When you register for the Creative Block Buster, we will work together to schedule your session (45 minutes) at a time

that’s convenient for both of us. I’ll send you a couple of questions to review in advance to help me frame our session. I will follow up with you via email two weeks after your session to see how your new routines are holding up.

Creative blocks are a big waste of time and energy; resources you could be using on your creative work! You don’t need to sit stuck in a block. You can bust out and move forward again.

Register for your Creative Block Buster and reclaim your creative power! (45 minutes of coaching for $60)

(First, take my Creativity Health Assessment quiz and try my Creativity Health Plan session for free!)

Contact me to schedule your session.

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Posted by: Cathy | June 19, 2017

AT: Admire-Inspire

Last year, I hosted Align Time, a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction. A few of my prompts got more hits than others, so I’ll elaborate on those here on the blog.

For Aug 16, 2016, I said: “Admire-Inspire is noticing how much energy you spend admiring others versus doing something to inspire others. Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be.

Sometimes you need to take in inspiration, but it’s healthy to put it back out and do something with it, not just keep it stuffed up inside you. It’s a cycle, like so many things in life. You need to circulate. Admire things around you and do something that gets you, in turn, admired.

This alignment check-in asks you to notice where your inspiration is. Is it time to rest, look around, and be inspired by others? Or is it time to take inspired action?

Where are you on the Admire-Inspire spectrum? Is that where you want to be?

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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 a “Misaligned Creative Self-Image.” Can you relate?

You consider yourself a creative person. Art and creativity are important to you. You enjoy other people’s art. You have a list of creative ideas or even a sketch pad of ideas for projects, but they don’t often move beyond the idea phase. You think about being an artist but you don’t follow through and make the art.

Like someone who reads travel guidebooks and pins photos of Paris but never steps on the plane, you need to go beyond your planning into action.

Action can be scary, because it opens us up to things like responsibility, failure, and criticism; but you won’t get anywhere if you don’t take action.

Take the reins today and do something creative. Live your value of art and creativity each day. Don’t just fantasize about making art. Empower your creative self-image to take action. Pick one of your ideas, any idea, and make it a reality!

What do you think? Have you experienced a “Misaligned Creative Self-Image”?

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 | June 12, 2017

Creativity Camp Challenge workbook

Summer is a time for fun, adventure, and exploring. Apply these qualities to your creative life for some extra spark and inspiration! Get wildly creative!

To help you do this, take my Creativity Camp Challenge with four different activities combining creativity and nature:
* Wriking (writing-hiking),
* Alfresco Color,
* Image Hunt, and
* Nature Collage.

Download this free workbook here!

Tell me about your Creativity Camp Challenge adventure on my Facebook page!

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Posted by: Cathy | June 7, 2017

Easy, breezy

This summer, invite some br-ease into your life.

Go with the flow. Take the path of least resistance. Save your energy for the things that matter.

Get inspired. Take deep breaths. Slow down. Focus on the little things.

Clear the air. Let go of any doubts or unflattering thoughts you have about yourself or your dreams. Let a breath of fresh air carry away your fears. Focus on what is possible.

Let life be easy, breezy for a while so you can refocus on your goals and carry them off over the long term. Take a break, and then make a break-through.

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Posted by: Cathy | June 5, 2017

Fly Your Freak Flag

On May 22, I wrote, “If we don’t fly our creative freak flags, an internal part of us dies a little each day. ‘Mainstream’ life isn’t enough for us. We need brighter colors, bolder statements, complicated harmonies. We want more out of life. ‘Mainstream’ doesn’t give us more, so we have to make it ourselves.”

In the U.S., Flag Day is coming up on June 14. This Flag Day, be intentional about flying your freak flag!

* Do something, anything creative. Even just sit and daydream for 15 minutes.
* Doodle your personal freak flag image.
* Take your doodle one step farther and actually make a fabric freak flag by drawing or embroidering your design.

Post your creations on social media. Encourage everyone to fly their freak flags!

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Posted by: Cathy | June 2, 2017

Links Lasso May

Coach Blog 060216 links lasso I’m sharing a monthly links round-up, I call it my Links Lasso, of interesting articles and things I’ve found each month. Here are the goodies I came across in May:

Posted by: Cathy | June 1, 2017

Happy Five-year Blog-iversary!

My site anniversary is this week; I started this blog on June 3, 2012. Each year, I’m still pleasantly surprised to find that I still enjoy writing my posts and continue to have topics to share!

To my followers, whether you found me today or 5 years ago, I’m so grateful our paths have crossed and I hope you continue to enjoy what you find here!

Help me celebrate and improve going forward by answering a few poll questions …

* What are your favorite blog post subjects?
* What do you value about this blog? my website?
* What can I do to help you even more? What do you need?

Answer on my SurveyMonkey page (anonymous) or in the comments.

Posted by: Cathy | May 29, 2017

Align-Time: Soft-Hard

Last year, I hosted Align Time, a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction. A few of my prompts got more hits than others, so I’ll elaborate on those here on the blog.

For Sept 6, 2016, I said: “Soft-Hard is noticing how you are pushing forward. Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be.

Sometimes you need a soft touch, when things are uncertain or you have low energy or stamina. Sometimes you need to try harder to gain momentum and make a big push ahead, but no one can’t sustain a hard push all the time.

This alignment check-in asks you to notice where your effort is. Is it time for a soft touch or a harder push? What can you do to cultivate energy and stamina for a harder push when you need it?

Where are you on the Soft-Hard spectrum? Is that where you want to be?

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Posted by: Cathy | May 24, 2017

A wellness program for your creative dreams

Summer is coming, I’m sure you’ve been told by various magazines to “get your bikini body ready.” But what about your creative dreams, are you ready for them?

* Are you tired of stifling your creativity?
* Do you ache to have a healthy creative practice?
* Do you need help crafting a program to support your creativity?

We all have heard about the importance of personal health; physically, mentally, and emotionally. But how is your creativity health?

We are all creative and to be a healthy, well-rounded person, we need to attend to our creativity health along with the other aspects of personal health. With vibrant creativity health, we show up with more joy and satisfaction in every other area of our lives; work, relationships, and community.

My “Creativity Health and Wellness Program” is a 45-minute coaching session where we will:
* Set a foundation to counteract your primary creative dis-ease
* Design a 3-part creativity wellness program
* Identify symptoms of getting off track so you can keep moving forward

Your creativity is an important piece of your personal health and you deserve to live a life of creative action and play. Take steps toward creativity health and wellness and prioritize your creative time. I can help you create a routine and foundation for your creative wellness.

Register for your Creative Health and Wellness Program and get moving toward vibrant creativity health! (45 minutes of coaching for $60)

(Start with my free Creativity Health Plan session to see if I’m a good fit as your coach!)

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