Posted by: Cathy | August 16, 2017

Are your ARTeries blocked?

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 “blocked ARTeries.” Can you relate?

You feel blocked. Stuck. You can’t move forward. You are desperate for flow but don’t know how to make it happen. The more you think about how stuck you are, the more you feel blocked. It’s a vicious cycle.

The trick with this creativity dis-ease is that flow isn’t something that you find; it’s something that you do. You need to tap back into creative flow and get your creative juices flowing again. Try taking small art breaks throughout your day just to doodle, color, sing, dance, or do whatever creative expression calls to you in the moment. By using your creativity, you strengthen your creative muscles through repetition. When your muscles are stronger, you can do heavier lifting and tackle that creative project you’ve been blocked on.

What do you think? Have you experienced “blocked ARTeries”?

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 | August 14, 2017

Why Creativity gets you in Flow

Which comes first, creativity or flow?

“Flow” is being “in the zone,” when whatever you’re working on flows almost effortlessly, when you and your project or task are one and time seems to fly by.

Flow is the present moment. Creativity is also the present moment.

All creativity happens in the present moment. You can plan a project for the future, you can review a project completed in the past, but all creation happens in the present moment. It’s when you can relax into creating, allowing the present moment to take over, that you experience “flow.”

Flow can be hypnotic and provide a natural high; it’s intoxicating. I think that, when artists say they “don’t feel inspired,” they mean they don’t feel flow, but you need to be present to flow. Working on a creative project opens the door to both being present and experiencing flow. By taking the first step on a creative project, you invite flow to meet you there.

Waiting for flow is like waiting for now; each moment is a different now, and if you’re waiting for the next now you will miss the present now. Flow is active, it isn’t sitting there waiting for you. Take a creative step, and another, and another, and before you know it, you’ll be in flow, intoxicated.

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Posted by: Cathy | August 9, 2017

Ascend, descend, transcend

Dualities are all around us in life, but often we need a third or fourth dimension.

I don’t actually enjoy 3D movies, or maybe I just haven’t met one I’ve especially liked, but 3D in life is essential. To get at the really interesting and important things in life, you must transcend duality.

Life isn’t black or white, good or bad, up or down. Day-to-day life is full of gray, okay, and middle.

The next time you feel stuck with a choice or a creative project, try looking at it in 3D. What dimension are you missing? What could shift your perspective a bit to bring in some fresh ideas or options?

Have some “dimension sets” to compare and transcend the duality of the situation:
* body, heart, mind, soul;
* fire, earth, air, water;
* spring, summer, autumn, winter;
* passion, ideas, resources, values;
* close, middle-distance, far, vanishing point;
* 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months, 5 years.

Use them to help you brainstorm, journal, or frame a tarot reading. Pick a set that catches your attention or make up your own, and try to shift your perspective.

“Not to be boxed in, to be able to transcend boundaries: for an artist, it’s essential.” Shahzia Sikander

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Posted by: Cathy | August 7, 2017

AT: Near-Far

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.

On May 3, 2016, I said: “Near-Far is the measure of perspective you have on a situation or project.” Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be.

Sometimes you need to get really close to something to take in all the nuances, and then you step back to see how things fit in the big picture. Both views are important, and both perspectives give you helpful information, but you need both for balance.

This alignment check-in asks you to notice where your perspective is. Is it time to go near, or step farther away? Which is more natural for you?

Where are you on the Near-Far spectrum? Is that where you want to be?

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Posted by: Cathy | August 2, 2017

Why this is a great time of year to ask for help

I think the third quarter of the year is a great time to ask for help with a coaching session or a tarot reading.

1. Problems don’t wait for a particular date on the calendar! Anytime you want some help is a perfect time to book a coach or tarot reading.

2. As late summer moves into autumn, the days are getting shorter and the nights are a little longer, which makes me tend to get a little more introspective and receptive to advice on my problems.

3. It’s not as popular as December/January, so you have a better chance of booking your favorite coach and tarot reader.

4. The year may not have progressed as you wanted back in January and you’ve probably had to make some adjustments to your goals for the year; now is a great time to get some new insights to help you continue to make progress before the year is over.

5. Back-to-school is like a new year for many, so you can get a year reading on the school schedule or some coaching on your academic goals.

A 7-card chakra spread with my Jeu de Tarot deck

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 “2017T20” – 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 | July 31, 2017

Links Lasso July

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 July:

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Posted by: Cathy | July 26, 2017

Get in touch with yourself in a creative way

If you’re looking for more resources to help you set goals for the year, check out my e-workbook: The Art of Self-Examination ($4)

* Do you love yourself?
* Do you value your gifts and accomplishments?
* Do you know what your gifts are?

In order to really love yourself, it helps to know who you are! This workbook provides six exercises to help you get in touch with yourself in a creative way. Self-Examination via Creative Expression!

With this workbook, I hope you learn more about your authentic self, where you excel, and why you are an awesome individual. Knowing these things, I hope you gain self-confidence and prioritize taking care of yourself. We care for the things and people we love!

Let’s explore who you are and why you’re so loveable! Buy your copy here: The Art of Self-Examination e-workbook ($4)

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Posted by: Cathy | July 24, 2017

Build your creativity container

Last week, I encouraged you to think about “What kind of container would most help your creativity right now?” (“A creativity container is anything that helps you get your creative work done. It holds space for your creativity to develop.”)

Today, I invite you to build your container. Clear off space on your desk, put time in your schedule, etc. Take steps to make your creativity container a reality to support your creative practices.

If you’re still not sure what kind of creativity container you need, consider why you’re not getting your creative work done and go from there.

  • If you think you don’t have time, begin by building a regular art date in your calendar.
  • If you don’t have mental or emotional energy, begin with a self-care practice and some easy art, like coloring.
  • If you aren’t sure what to work on, begin with some brainstorming or browsing ideas on Pinterest.
  • If you’re stuck in resistance, make it the focus of a meditation or prayer practice.

I said last week, “A creativity container is like a corral where your creative projects can safely graze and grow stronger. It is a boundary you set to mark your creative time and protect your creative projects.”

Make your container, create a safe space for your creativity, and build some momentum on your creative dreams.

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Posted by: Cathy | July 19, 2017

Bust a block with a Creativity Container

To bust a creative block, make a creativity container – a small space of security where your creativity can thrive.

The more safe you feel, the more your creativity can expand. It’s like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; if your muse doesn’t feel safe, she won’t be able to express herself.

When you’re suffering from a creative block, first focus on some self-care practices to nurture yourself, then focus on creating a safe container for your creativity.

A creativity container is like a corral where your creative projects can safely graze and grow stronger. It is a boundary you set to mark your creative time and protect your creative projects.

A creativity container can be:
* One hour on Saturday mornings where you do some art journaling in your bedroom.
* An app on your phone where you write poetry over your lunch break.
* A leisurely drive where you sing at top volume on a country road.
* An art class at your local library or recreation center.

A creativity container is anything that helps you get your creative work done. It holds space for your creativity to develop.

What kind of container would most help your creativity right now?

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Posted by: Cathy | July 17, 2017

Creativity Dis-ease 12: Creative Overwhelm

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 “Creative Overwhelm.” Can you relate?

You are probably a “Renaissance” soul and want to try everything. There’s so much you want to do, so many ideas, techniques, different ways to be creative. You could do this, that, or the other thing. You have supplies in your closet for a dozen different art or craft forms; knitting, collage, watercolors, cross-stitch, acrylics, beading.

You’re overthinking your creativity and over-committed.

The key is to get back to basics. Look at all of the things you want to do but pick one project and commit to it for four weeks. Set a schedule to try different modalities or projects if you want (knitting one month, painting the next, photography the one after), but do one thing at a time for a set period. Ease into a weekly or daily routine to make progress on your one project. Keep moving and start finishing things.

Having big ideas is one thing, but it’s another to have some finished projects under your belt. You’ll feel more accomplished, more satisfied, and more focused when you finish what you’ve started. Don’t let your creative power flounder with indecision and overwhelm. Pick a project and make it happen.

What do you think? Have you experienced a “Creative Overwhelm”?

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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