Remembering Your Kick Ass Self

There is never a perfect picture. There is never a perfect age or stage- when we look back with nostalgia at a time in our life- we are simply shining the flashlight on the best parts, the highlights, if you will.

So- without thinking too much- what age were you when you knew what you  loved? Things may not have been harmonious, or perfect, but you had a strong sense of what you enjoyed, what you wanted to be, do or have… were you three years old and loved to spin around to music till you got dizzy and fell over? Were you seventeen and you were a passionate vegan, who loved indie cinema and bohemian op shop clothing? Were you twenty-one and had gained your independence? What age were you when you knew what you loved? That age holds all the answers.

If your seventeen year old self (or what ever age you have chosen) had a message for you right now, what would it be? “Wear Doc. Martens, listen to Tori Amos, do a drawing and smoke a cigarette.” Cool- except for that last one. A cup of tea will be a good replacement: only listen to the advice that’s good for you. Listen to the guidance and act on it.

Exercise- Advice from Your Chosen Age

Insert the chosen age “When I was ___ years old I loved to…” and then list the numbers one to twenty. Next to each thing that you’ve listed, write the feeling of the experience- for example, when you were seventeen maybe you loved going to art galleries, and the feeling you experienced was inspiration. Identify the feeling for each thing that you loved.

Now- next to each item, write an action step that you can take immediately, or over the next week that can address the items on the list. For the above example, the action step would be to go to an exhibition. If you loved The Beastie Boys when you were fourteen, listen to an album. If The Labyrinth was your favourite movie when you were nine- watch it.

When you reconnect to the things that brought you so much joy, you remember why they did in actual fact inspire you. You remember a vital part of yourself you may have forgotten. You reawaken within yourself an aspect of your creativity and true essence that holds the key to your current happiness.

I‘d love to hear from you after you do the exercise- what did you remember? What action steps did you take in reconnecting to your past passions/interests?

 

 

 

 

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CREATIVE STATE OF MIND

“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping the sense of wonder in the world”- Marc Chagall

Hi Friends,

Let’s make 2015 our year of living creatively. The above quote inspires me. While some of the world is in a current state of crisis, chaos, disorder and disharmony…we as artists/creators- need to focus on making beauty, seeing beauty and sensing wonder. If there were to be a creative movement in 2015, where people focused on what makes their heart sing, rather than tapping into a fear mentality, then I believe there would be a radical shift in consciousness- creative consciousness.

Here’s a fun exercise to tap into your Creative State of Mind…

1. Write numbers 1 to 20 down a page.

2. At the top of the page write “Stuff that makes me Happy”

3. Don’t think too much, just write the list as fast as you can.

4. What comes up? Going to book stores, being with family, writing, singing, cooking?

5. Grab a highlighter and highlight all the creative activities/things you have listed

6. Now grab another piece of paper and write the numbers 1-10 down the page

7. At the top of the page write “Creative Things to Expand My Mind in January”

8. From your first list, choose ten creative activities- remembering that most things are creative- exercise is creative, fishing is creative- choose your top 10-

9. Look at your list and put it into action. For example, your list might look like this- 1. Going to the Movies 2. Drawing 3. Running on the Sand 4. Yoga 5. Agatha Christie Novels 6.Singing in the shower…etc. Next to each item- write down something you can REALISTICALLY do this month to feed this part of your soul. Eg- 1. Rent my five fave movies and invite my closest friends over for a movie marathon on New Years 2.Go to the art store, buy some coloured pencils and a sketch book and spend one hour on a Saturday doodling whatever I feel like. 3. Run on the sand 4. Go to a yoga class or download a Yoga app on my phone and do some in the backyard 5.Get into the bath, put on some Bach and read some Christie for an hour 6. Sing in the shower, every morning- create a playlist of my favourite “Shower Sets”…and so on

10. When you take the time to create a list like that, you can be an active participant in your daily creative practice. When you are making/doing something- whether it be a sculpture or a loaf of bread…you are in a creative state of mind. Enjoy! Claire x

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