Monthly Archives: March 2015

Creative Snacks

A dear friend of mine teaches a workshop about meditation “snacks.” These are short teachings of ways to relax, breathe and go within for short periods of time. It’s a great way to begin a meditation practice or if you are pressed for time to squeeze one in.

I was thinking of my friend today, of her meditation snacks. I started to wonder, could this work for encouraging creativity? This question kept flickering in my mind. Yes, I believe it can. See what you think. Will you join me?

  1. Commit to trying it, as an experiment.
  2. Gather a small journal (6″x4″; 5.5″ x 8.5″) or notebook and a pencil.
  3. Set up your space, in your home, in your car or at the park just make a place.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Notice how your mind feels right now.
  6. Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  7. Notice how your body feels. Is there tension?
  8. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  9. Begin by writing your name repetitively until you fill the page.
  10. Use your pencil to shade in the spaces around the lines that make your name (or use colored pencils/markers).
  11. Stop when the timer sounds.
  12. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  13. Notice how your mind feels now.
  14. Put it away without judgment. It is the process we are focused on, not the product.
  15. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for experimenting.

That’s all. Seems so easy doesn’t? So why don’t we do it? That’s a post for another time, I feel. Stay tuned for more Creative Snacks. There’s even a workshop coming soon! Check back for details.

#creativesnacks

A Recovering Perfectionist

I get it. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to get started and grow from there. That’s a hard one for me. I want to know the ending and I want to do it all “right.” It wasn’t always this way.

As a child I barreled full speed ahead wanting to learn as much as possible, as quickly as I could with no fear. The joy was in trying new things and being present. Not a care in the world. Somewhere along the journey to being a grown-up, I became overly concerned with the outcome. I wanted it all to be “perfect.”

That attachment to the outcome limited my choices. Caution became the voice in my ear saying, “I don’t know if you can do this well. Let’s pass on this one.” Hmmm, think I missed out on some fun? I do. I’m sure there were opportunities to really make a mess of it but have so much fun doing it that I wouldn’t have cared. Most of the time, I didn’t go down those paths.

It’s all good. My past actions and choices put me where I am now, letting go of my attachment to the outcome and focusing on my process. It is time to take a leap, knowing it could go either way. Care to join me?

This space,  the online home for Creatively Onward is a work in progress. It is a place to synthesize the experiences of my life as a graphic designer, artist, yoga teacher, wife, mother, daughter, sister, woman, friend and colleague into a thriving, engaging, inspired, creative community who collectively envision a life with more art, joy, well-being and fulfillment. You are invited to join me for however long this space meets your needs.

This site will evolve as I do. New items will be popping up in the next few weeks and months, including an eCourse or two. It may be a potpourri until I find the true voice of Creatively Onward but that is part of the fun! Here’s to the start.

How about a little something to ponder. As Julia Cameron asks in The Artist’s Way, “What would you do if you didn’t have to do it perfectly?”