Tag Archives: #creativeprocess

Ending and Beginning

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.

PeaceLoveJoyMagic

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,

Julie5 for 5 Jump Start icon

New Look!

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,

Julie

The Labor of Art Making.

birthing artOnce upon a time, I taught prenatal yoga classes. At some point during our journey together one of my students would ask about contractions during labor. I would explain that in my experience, it felt like a blood pressure cuff was being tightened around my belly from the inside out and every instinct was telling me to curl up and hold my breath. What I learned is the trick to coping is to do the opposite. Take a deep breath, think about opening, think about being one step closer to meeting my little creation and let go of the fear and discomfort.

This applies to the creative process too. Staring at a blank canvas or white paper can cause my throat to close; my shoulders to lift and round forward; my palms to sweat. Sometimes my chest feels tight.

Knowing that I want to create something but not sure what I want to make or knowing what I want to make but being afraid I can’t do it is paralyzing. Ugh! It’s just like labor. Then I remember what I need to do. I focus on my breathing and give in to the process. I’ve learned that I have to start somewhere. The more I resist and tighten the worse it is. So I breathe, I put some type of mark on my page, then another and another until whatever I am birthing that day presents itself.

It is messy? Sometimes. It is scary? Sometimes. Is the result worth it? Usually. I either make something I truly think is fantastic or I learn things that will help me do “better” next time. I wouldn’t have it another way.

How do you get through the fear stage? I’d enjoy hearing.