Doing One Simple Thing Each Day

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Take the time each day to do something that you enjoy.  One simple thing that truly brings you joy.  You deserve it, you matter!

I hear you say, “I am just too busy!  How can I possibly add one more thing to my schedule?  Really!  Who does she think she is talking to?  She must not have kids…she must not work…”

I know the drill.  I hear you, and I have said all of these things before (and still do, sometimes!)  But there are some things to remember….

Remember that you are important.  Remember that you set your schedule.  Remember that you need to re-connect with the earth beneath your feet.  Remember to breathe.

You can create a daily routine that brings joy into each new day.  This will support you in bringing one simple thing each day into your daily routine. Here are the three steps to do just that:

1.  Noticing:

Take 5 minutes each day just to notice.  Stop what you are doing.  Set your timer.  What do you hear?  What do you see?  What do you smell?  What do you taste?  What do you feel?  What do you notice?

2. Create a List of the things that bring you joy:

Get out your journal, or a piece of paper, whatever you use to write and create a list.  List out all of the things that bring you joy;  all of the those tiny, simple things that make you sigh, or smile or just feel joyful inside.  Put this list where you can see it every day.  Keep it close.  This is the essence of you.

3. One Simple Thing Each Day:

Set a time into your schedule.  15 minutes. The first 5 are from step one above.  The next 10 minutes are to be used doing something from your list above.  Get out your day-planner.  Find 15 minutes each day.  Put in that time for yourself each day.  Do it now.  You are worth it

Notice how this changes your day.  Learn what really brings you joy.  Enjoy 15 minutes every day…you have it in your schedule now.  You matter.  You are important to us all.

Acappella Affirmation

Getting Clear

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I have been “hibernating”.  I have been spending time “within” both physically and mindfully.  Now, I am just on the edge of being ready to get out there and connect with others!  I am preparing to get back to the re-awakening of the earth and to exploring creatively.  To expand and join with others and learn about what they have been experiencing these past few months.

I continue to see how my work and life intertwine.  Every action I take connects to something or someone else.  I want to continue to explore this, as it is a wonderful way of creating my life, my daily experiences.

The boundaries are a bit blurred.  When am I connecting as a friend and when is it business?  They seem to overlap more and more and I want to explore this idea.  I want to integrate all that I do each day.

Here is how I am going to get out there with integrity to my personal message.

This year is all about “clarity” for me.  Here is a list of what I am getting clear on right now:

Working and Connecting in my new job: 
I want to connect with others in my new work environment.  I want to look others in the eye and hear their stories.  I will listen to others’stories as the seasons begin to shift again.  How to do this?  I will attend networking meetings, workshop and conferences. The university life brings with it much value in the area of community involvement.  I am looking at all of the options and seeing which fit into my life right now.  Taking this slow, as there is so much being offered. I will be fully present in connecting during my work with colleagues and the greater community of my new work environment.

Volunteering:
This is something that is popping up into my day-to-day thoughts more often.  The need to give back.  Since my drastic job change, I have now been shown how challenging it is to live on much less.  This was something I embraced for years…living on less, being part-time, choosing work that was fulfilling, but low on the pay scale. I use to live intentionally on so much less.  I then worked and worked in a job and on a business.  Money became more of a focus than the work and thus, the work became shallow.  I saw this as it was happening, but now, I have had the universe show me directly!  I will write more on this, but it is still in a tender place for me.  That is why, recently, I have been gently reminded by my spirit guides (yep, that is what I am noticing, and calling from the spirit) to look for ways to dig into what is important to me and volunteer my time.  Doing something for the beauty of connecting to my truth.  To connecting with the natural world order.  The wealth that comes from fulfillment of the soul.  This is a re-awakening for me and I am glad of it.

Inner Creative Voice Newsletter/website:
For years I have focused on blogging about “one simple creative thing” each day.  I use my original blog to house those creative explorations.  I am taking a deeper look at what I offer through my written words, on-line connections and e-courses.  I will be modifying my website soon.  I am clearing out much of what does not serve anymore.  I will be getting very clear in my creative work and the simple need to overhaul what is in need of being let go.  Look for some changes in the next few months to my website.  Clarity and simplicity are in order.  My newsletter will still run each week (I love this connection!) However, I will be letting go of face-to-face sessions as I move forward into creating in a new community in this next phase of my life’s work.  My website will be focusing on “Creative Captures” (an e-course set to open in June), Tarot readings (through email) and Sunday Check-ins offerings several times a year.  I appreciate the on-line community I have formed here and want to stream-line my work to reflect that.

Artist Dates:
I will begin to go on artist dates again.  This time I am planning to visit places out in nature and have my camera ready.

In order for this to happen, I need to create a schedule that works within my day.  Here is what it will look like:

  1. Plan artist dates, nature walks and lunches these will be set into my planner.
  2. Photograph “creative captures” on my phone
  3. Upload “creative captures” each day onto my blog

This feels good.  I am happy to be getting clear as my life continues to shift and change.  Letting go is difficult for me…I love to hang on until the bitter end!  But I have found, this does not always serve

Singing:
Time to sing more for the joy of it with WoodSong :)

 

Where are you seeing things getting “clear” in your creative life?

Getting Clear

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I have been “hibernating”.  I have been spending time “within” both physically and mindfully.  Now, I am just on the edge of being ready to get out there and connect with others!  I am preparing to get back to the re-awakening of the earth and to exploring creatively.  To expand and join with others and learn about what they have been experiencing these past few months.

I continue to see how my work and life intertwine.  Every action I take connects to something or someone else.  I want to continue to explore this, as it is a wonderful way of creating my life, my daily experiences.

The boundaries are a bit blurred.  When am I connecting as a friend and when is it business?  They seem to overlap more and more and I want to explore this idea.  I want to integrate all that I do each day.

Here is how I am going to get out there with integrity to my personal message.

This year is all about “clarity” for me.  Here is a list of what I am getting clear on right now:

Working and Connecting in my new job: 
I want to connect with others in my new work environment.  I want to look others in the eye and hear their stories.  I will listen to others’stories as the seasons begin to shift again.  How to do this?  I will attend networking meetings, workshop and conferences. The university life brings with it much value in the area of community involvement.  I am looking at all of the options and seeing which fit into my life right now.  Taking this slow, as there is so much being offered. I will be fully present in connecting during my work with colleagues and the greater community of my new work environment.

Volunteering:
This is something that is popping up into my day-to-day thoughts more often.  The need to give back.  Since my drastic job change, I have now been shown how challenging it is to live on much less.  This was something I embraced for years…living on less, being part-time, choosing work that was fulfilling, but low on the pay scale. I use to live intentionally on so much less.  I then worked and worked in a job and on a business.  Money became more of a focus than the work and thus, the work became shallow.  I saw this as it was happening, but now, I have had the universe show me directly!  I will write more on this, but it is still in a tender place for me.  That is why, recently, I have been gently reminded by my spirit guides (yep, that is what I am noticing, and calling from the spirit) to look for ways to dig into what is important to me and volunteer my time.  Doing something for the beauty of connecting to my truth.  To connecting with the natural world order.  The wealth that comes from fulfillment of the soul.  This is a re-awakening for me and I am glad of it.

Inner Creative Voice Newsletter/website:
For years I have focused on blogging about “one simple creative thing” each day.  I use my original blog to house those creative explorations.  I am taking a deeper look at what I offer through my written words, on-line connections and e-courses.  I will be modifying my website soon.  I am clearing out much of what does not serve anymore.  I will be getting very clear in my creative work and the simple need to overhaul what is in need of being let go.  Look for some changes in the next few months to my website.  Clarity and simplicity are in order.  My newsletter will still run each week (I love this connection!) However, I will be letting go of face-to-face sessions as I move forward into creating in a new community in this next phase of my life’s work.  My website will be focusing on “Creative Captures” (an e-course set to open in June), Tarot readings (through email) and Sunday Check-ins offerings several times a year.  I appreciate the on-line community I have formed here and want to stream-line my work to reflect that.

Artist Dates:
I will begin to go on artist dates again.  This time I am planning to visit places out in nature and have my camera ready.

In order for this to happen, I need to create a schedule that works within my day.  Here is what it will look like:

  1. Plan artist dates, nature walks and lunches these will be set into my planner.
  2. Photograph “creative captures” on my phone
  3. Upload “creative captures” each day onto my blog

This feels good.  I am happy to be getting clear as my life continues to shift and change.  Letting go is difficult for me…I love to hang on until the bitter end!  But I have found, this does not always serve

Singing:
Time to sing more for the joy of it with WoodSong :)

 

Where are you seeing things getting “clear” in your creative life?

 

Stories and What They Can Tell Us

photo(181)I have been working on a new creative project. Lots of energy and enthusiasm being spent.  Lots of productive time making something new.  Bouncing my ideas off of others in a coaching group. But each time I embark on a new journey of creating, I find myself becoming angry.

Why does this happen? What is this anger about? What is going on?

My mentor and I were discussing this. She wondered aloud this thought:  “It sounds like the tender spots are where you are angry”…yeah.  Very tender.  The anger is telling me something.

Discovering that it is difficult to keep a project going with anger all around, I needed to find a way to work “through” or “around” the anger.  So, I distract myself with painting, stories, dancing…something creative, but more mundane and a bit mindless.  This creative energy frees up my mind so that I can “trick” my anger into thinking I am busy with other things.

When I do this I call it “spinning”.  Spinning reminds me of the stories of the spinning wheel where I can get busy creating (like the wool on the wheel).  This opens the door to metaphor and takes me away from my need to “control” a project.  New ideas flow in.  In this way, I begin to create gold from straw.

When I began drawing this image…of a spinning wheel…I thought of “turning straw to gold”.  I was reminded again of the story of Rumpelstilskin.  You know, the one…the millers daughter, the father says “she can spin straw into gold” to the king…and the king wants to see this…and if she cannot, she will be put to death…?  Then, a strange little man appears.  He tells her he can spin straw into gold…but it will be at a cost to her.  She will have to discover his name, or give up her child.

I found the story and read several versions of it.  It resonated with me.  However, as I usually do, I attempted to logically “organize” the story.  This caused me to be more frustrated, as I was not seeing or feeling what this story was trying to tell me.

So I went back to my “dream capture” work.  I read the story as if it were a dream I had had.  Then, I did the following:

  1. Listed out all of the characters
  2. Listed out the “key words” in the story that resonated with me
  3. Re-read each word and wrote what that word meat to me in my current situation

And then….I began to notice what the story was telling me.  Here is what I discovered

  • The little man (Rumplestilskin)=anger/creative fire/naming
  • The miller’s daughter=rest/creativity/giving
  • The king=accountability
  • Spnning wheel=creating/spinning/asking for help
  • The baby=creation (project, artwork…)

While each of these “characters” has an independent role, ALL of the characters create one “psyche” for me.  We have all of these qualities within us.

In order to create something, it takes much energy…and much rest is also needed.  We must give of ourselves and ask for help.

In the end, a baby is born and we will not give it up.  It is our “creation” and we are amazed at what we have made.  Also, what it takes to get there.

What did I learn?

That this story resonates with me.  Also, this story will repeat itself again and again as I continue to create, rest, ask for help and complete a project.  Even though Rumpelstilskin stomps himself into the ground at the end of the story, that little man will be back…and next time, I will know his name.

Noticing the Slippery Slope of Gossip

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Here is a scenario from my life that seems to happen each time I enter into a new social group or workplace.

New person (could be anyone) to me: “Hey Susan, I want to tell you something. I don’t usually tell anyone these things, but you just listen so well! I feel like I can tell you anything…”

And away we go! My ego lights up and is engaged, “They like me! They get me!” I am the one who is supportive! I am the best listener! They don’t tell these things to just anybody!

The situation goes down from there. The slippery slope. I am hearing things that might be harmful to others who are not present, I might begin to pass judgment on the speaker or the people who are involved in this situation of which they are not privy, or I might engage in choosing sides.

And then, I hear this same person later move on into another situation and I hear… “Hey ________, I want to tell you something…I don’t usually tell anyone these things…”

Gossip…oh no. It is everywhere.

Our society and culture runs on it. How can one prepare for this? It is socially acceptable to discuss how we feel about others and in many cases, we are not even aware that we are gossiping. Our egos are “in” because we want to be liked.

How do we disengage from the gossip, yet connect with others in group relationships that are healthier? This is a story that I can find in EVERY social and group situation I have been in. How about you?

Letting go of gossip continues to be a theme for me. Hooking in to the drama of a workplace seems to always be the biggest hurdle; the slippery slope. I so want to be liked by others. This is a constant lesson for me. I continue to work on “letting go” of what others think of me. I get so attached to feeling “liked” that I lose focus. There will always be those who do not like me. My role is to follow my truth.

Letting go of taking things personally is another theme that plays out for me. Detaching from situations and gossip allows me to see things from another perspective. I may not be liked for appearing impersonal or aloof, but the truth is, talking about others when they are not present to share their story is just ethically not right for me. It does not fit with my truth. Each of us plays a role and we need to be honored for all sides of every story.

I have written about his before. Our culture and society is set on judging and inclusion being based on “liking or not liking” someone. You are either in the club or out of the club based on a set of rules that are ambiguous. This is a culture I know all too well.

The challenge to remain neutral, yet be included in the workings of a group is difficult. To be upfront and honest about not engaging in the negative talk of others brings on a delicate challenge. This is a challenge I want to bring into the forefront of my social interactions.

With all of this swirling in my mind, I am setting up some affirmations to repeat when I find myself in situations that involve gossip. Here they are:

I set my intention on being present in every social situation for the highest good. I honor my own truth by engaging in dialogue that is inclusive and respectful to all.

How do you navigate the slippery slope of gossip?