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It’s alive!

creatively onward classroom is open

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,

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Fall Workshop!

Let’s play!

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.)

Sept 30th Workshop Flyer

Weekly Themes

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,
Julie

Spring is a wonderful time for new adventures.

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!

Julie Baker Yoga Teacher & Creativity Catalyst

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I Challenge You! It’s Blog Hop Time!

Yes, it is game on! I am challenging Kiala Givehand creator the The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals to play along with this week’s Monday Mission on my YouTube Channel.

Take a peek at the Creatively Onward YouTube channel to see what I mean. Feel free to join in the fun! To see who is next on the Blog Hop click here!

Announcing Creatively Onward’s YouTube debut!

Announcing the official launch of Creatively Onward’s YouTube Channel. We have now gone LIVE! This is both thrilling and terrifying! I am putting myself out there in a big way with the intention of creating a positive, empowering, inspiring and creative community with whom to share and grow.

One year ago this month, I stumbled upon Jennifer Lee’s Right Brained Business Plan Product Development online course. My experience with online courses had left me feeling isolated and frustrated. I felt I was missing something by not being in a classroom hearing the dialogue. This class was different. This community of creatives is wise, inclusive, knowledgeable and fun. Learning was presented in an interactive way that inspired me to rise to the challenge of being in business. Creatively Onward was born.

I began with a glimmer of an idea, a rough concept for a deck with creativity prompts and a personal Facebook page that I barely knew how to work. After one quick year, Creatively Onward has a website, Instagram, Twitter, a business Facebook and YouTube. All set up by me through trial, error (lots of error) and some guidance from my teenagers. It’s not perfect but it’s done and it’s mine. Yowza! This is another step in the preparation for online class offerings, as well as, potential workshop events that combine my mad yoga skills with my love of creativity. It has been a year filled with many growth opportunities. As 2015 winds down I am feeling grateful for growth, new friendship, possibilities and creative connection.

Planning is already underway for 2016. There are rumblings of exciting opportunities emerging. I say, “bring it on.” Hope you will join me for the adventure! Sign up for the newsletter and subscribe to my channel.

Click the link below to view my premiere video and feel free to share it. Go Creatively Onward!

Creatively Onward YouTube

Open For Business!

Creative self-care, anyone?  Join me Wednesday, September 30th to create a “Live Your Words” accordion book. This class marks the commencement of my foray into business in the Pacific NW. Bring a friend and come ready for fun, fellowship and creative play!

class offerings

Creative Snacks #3

Here’s another tidbit to inspire your creativity. Grab your goodies and get situated. Let’s play.

  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. Think of your ideal day. What would you do? Where would you go? What colors do you see? What smells are there? Are you inside or outside? Do you share your day with anyone?
  10. Start writing. Describe your ideal day even if it is silly and far-fetched.
  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 playing.
  16. Optional – ask yourself what would have to happen for that ideal day to take place?

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Routine and Ritual

Soothing music, candles, essential oils, low lighting, these are tools that I have used to set the stage when teaching yoga classes. It allowed students to begin to bring their awareness to the mat and leave their stress at the door.

Taking a bath, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, the reading of a favorite book, are cues used to help my children be ready for bed. They knew it was time to wind down, relax and prepare to sleep.

A cup of tea, my journal, inhaling deeply as I extend my arms wide, sweeping them over my head until my palms touch, then exhaling as I bring thumbs to my heart prepares my mind to express thoughts.

This week, I realized that while I had established several routines and rituals in my life, I had yet to create one to open or close my studio time. This event has always been worked around my family schedule. Run kids to school. Work for 2 hours. Go to grocery store. Work for 1 hour. Eat lunch. Work for an hour or two. Pick up kids from school. Run to lessons or sports. Fix dinner. Clean up. Put kids to bed. Work until the work gets done. Sound familiar?

Now I find myself in a transition. Next fall my kids will, for the most part be on the same school day time schedule. Yipee! Goodbye 3 separate drop off and pick up times. Hello, consistent extended studio time and a new routine.

How shall I open and close my creative studio hours? Maybe it’s lighting a candle when I come into my studio, playing my favorite song or preparing another cup of tea. Perhaps, I will ceremoniously close the door and take a quick walk around the block to clear my head and be ready for family time at the close business each day. I’m not sure what it will look like but I have learned that it is important to have those transition markers. Let me ask you, how do you make it work?