What? We cannot be on the cusp of 2018 already! This year has evaporated. And yes, I say this every year about this time. There are days that seem to last forever and there are those that are gone in a flash. Together they weave the magical tapestry that is my life. I’m wrapping up 2017 and celebrating my 49th year on the planet by reflecting. What a year it’s been. Launching my daughter to college. Teaching yoga at a local studio. Strengthening my drawing skills. Learning to paint with acrylics. Creating and presenting a yoga & art workshop. Launching a small online class. Watching one son find success in a new sport. Giving myself permission and time, to examine my own thoughts. Remembering I too, am a priority. Watching my other son begin to understand his path. Seeing my husband be genuinely appreciated by his employer. Knowing those who have handled loss with grace and grit. Understanding that it all has value. Feeling abundant gratitude.
What will 2018 have for me, for you? How will my creative spirit show up? What does it need? How will my humanity show up? What do I need to give myself permission to do? As a wife, mom, teacher, business owner, woman, human, what is on the horizon? What adventure awaits? I am ready and willing to find out. Are you?
Blessings & Peace as you closeout the year and usher in the new.
It’s alive! My first ever online class offering is live and ready for those who wish to play. And it’s FREE! The 5 for 5 Jump Start for New Habit Nurturing is open and can be found in the
Creatively Onward Classroom. This is the first of several classes that are in the works. I am
currently researching, planning, shooting video, making audio files and attempting to focus my energy and ideas in order to bring you more, more, more. This is an exciting journey. I am filled with gratitude for those whose wisdom has influenced me throughout the years, as well as, those who I have yet to meet. Welcome to my Creatively Onward community!
Peace & Light,
I’m super excited to share that I am finally going to be opening the Creatively Onward Classroom within the next 8 weeks. After struggling for the last 2 years to educate myself on the world of online classes and workshops, I am ready to release a class. I am currently taking one more round of classes to cement the tech portion of creating a class in my brain. I have content ready to go, just need the set up. So stay tuned! I may be slow but I haven’t given up. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be sure you are one of the first to learn of the opening.
The in-person version of my Intention setting workshop is ready to roll and will take place,
Saturday, September 30th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Awakening Yoga Studio
(This workshop was originally scheduled for the 16th and has been changed due to Hurricane Irma.)
I’m having a bit of fun as I experiment with using themes for my week. My thought is to organize my yoga classes, my personal creative practice and my daily living around a main idea. It has been an interesting experiment so far. July 10th our theme was Curiosity. What do you want to know or understand? Ask questions, compare and contrast issues, see the world from another’s point of view. Be an observer.
July 17th we practiced calling in Joy. This one was a little trickier. One evening, I was told the yoga class I taught was “hard.” I suggested the joy may come from it being “over” for the night. We had a good laugh. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. It is a matter of perspective. At times, my joy is derived from the nonsense of whatever I’m doing being over. Other times, it comes from the activity itself. A breath, an exquisitely drawn line, the color pink, whispers, a fabulous sunset, managing a stressful situation or person, all bring me joy.
This week we are working on Grace. Can you allow a bit of grace to flow to those who irritate you? How about those that light you up? Can you send a thought of grace to yourself? How well do you accept where you are today? Your best today may be different from your best yesterday or different from someone else’s best. Is that a problem? Can you find the grace?
Next week I’ll be playing with Freedom. Seems like some interesting feelings could come up. Until we meet again.
Go Creatively Onward,
Rolling out new images. As I gain a clearer understanding of what I want to do with my
enterprising life, the design changes. You will notice an updated header for this site. I’m still
incorporating “Creatively Onward,” but it feels that this is more of a tag line and underlying
sentiment for how I roll than for what I am. I have always been about forward movement, color, using the senses, radical amazement, energy and connection. I am Julie Baker, graphic designer, catalyst for yoga and creativity, mother, wife, woman, sister, daughter, teacher, student and so much more. I am grateful everyday for all with whom I share this journey.
Join me as I move “Creatively Onward.”
Light & Love,
Green, pink, purple, yellow, white, color is everywhere. It is spring a time for new beginnings and fresh energy. And this means newness in my business life as well. The Universe keeps sending yoga messages my way. I am listening. It pleases me to announce that I will be teaching at Awakening Yoga Studio starting in the next couple of weeks. This is a great space in my new home town, with a wonderful group of yogis. If you’re in the area, check it out.
I have a few other ideas marinating, workshops, self-care mini retreat with yoga and art, and of course, the online class for my non-local friends. It is still in production. I’m getting closer. The tech is my block at the moment. If I wanted to contract it out, it would be done. But that’s not in my DNA. I love to learn which means I’ve been doing the work. I’m slow but consistent just like the tortoise. It will get done eventually. Until next time, go Creatively Onward!
From an elevation of 596 ft. to 10 ft., 2980 miles from the PacNW to southern Georgia, I am learning about my new home state. It has always been a belief of mine that I could “have it all” as the saying goes. However, I have learned that it doesn’t necessarily mean having it all at once. For me, I’m good with my top 3 (family, career & spirit) shifting order as the need arises. I account for each in their own way but one usually wins out for a stretch. This past summer and early fall, it was family. My design / teaching / art making business took a back seat as we made a move across the country.
It’s all good now. Team Baker has settled into school, sports, jobs, life. Once that happened I began to nourish my depleted spirit. I treated myself to a couple of art related eCourses; played with new markers and water soluble pastels; walked; practiced yoga; met my neighbors and allowed myself to process this massive change. Going from Kansas to Seattle to Georgia within 4 years is a lot. As I continue to process my new situation, I am listening and following my intuition; taking time to breathe; and reconnecting to me.
As 2016, comes to a close, I am reminded of all for which I am grateful. Even the stressful times have lessons to be learned. I’m doing my best to forgive myself for what I feel I did not do well this past year (I am a recovering perfectionist so this is really hard). My successes are celebrated. I am looking ahead and planning for 2017. I’m excited for what the new year will bring. What is front and center in my mind’s eye is the eCourse that I have been talking about for a couple of years now. It feels like the timing is right. The information is flowing through me. I have been writing and am getting ready to shoot my videos and record the audio. Stay tuned to learn how you can take part. Until next time.
Light, love & blessings!
Bring on the sunshine, flowers, new growth and new beginnings. I am ready. Lots of change in the air. I enjoy that type of energy but I can also feel overwhelmed. My wise friend Maria, tells me to “trust and surrender.” I’m trying. Really I am. But there are those “special” days. You know what I mean. That’s when I turn to creativity.
I paint, sing, go outside, hangout with my family, make time for myself, focus on my breath or practice yoga. If you are in search of a creative outlet to help you navigate the spring energy, I have some ideas.
If you are within driving distance, join me for the “Live Your Words” book class. We will make an accordion book focused on what you want to bring into your life; healthy eating, art, exercise, gardening, chickens, yes chickens. This will be a visual representation of your focus or goals.
For all creative souls who are looking for a spark, tune in to the Creatively Onward YouTube channel and participate in the Monday Missions. Enjoy quick, weekly, creativity challenges. Take 5 minutes or 5 hours, whatever meets your schedule.
One more opportunity to play, join me in the Journey Within class where I am a guest teacher this May. I have been busy getting my segment together. Producing the video is giving me anxiety. But that is my perfectionist streak and inner critic creeping in where they do not belong! I’m learning and growing through the process and will have something for you all to see. I promise!
Until next time…