The #InstajoyProject Day 6
Welcome everyone to Day 6, and a special welcome to the people who are still joining us... even on the second to last day of the #InstajoyProject.
As much as I hate to mention it, we are nearing the end of our week together, and I am turning our attention to themes that will help us once we move beyond our time together. My hope is that this week is the start of something bigger for you: that you will continue developing a creative practice, continue nurturing your creativity.
Several people have commented on Facebook that they hope to stay in touch after this week, and our Facebook group will remain. You are welcome to connect there and continue to share. I hope to stay in touch with you all. I will run further #InstajoyProjects in the future: these will utilise our same Facebook group so be aware our group will grow. I'll keep you on my mailing list, so will let you know when new projects are coming up. and you will be welcome to join in.
I've also got some exciting opportunities coming up that I'll share more about at the bottom of today's post.
First I wanted to talk about two themes that have come up for some people during the week, and which I think are relevant to us all. The first is gratitude and the second is what to do when it all goes wrong.
The fact that it's Thanksgiving along with all of your wonderful feedback and comments have brought gratitude to the fore today for me. Practising gratitude goes beautifully with a creative practice because gratitude helps us appreciate everything more - especially when the going gets tough.
We've seen a comments this week from some of you realising how hard you can be on yourselves: how high your expectations are, how disappointed you can be when things aren't perfect. When we're being mindful, we're much more able to recognise thoughts that are unhelpful to us - thoughts that leave us dissatisfied with our efforts, sabotage our progress, or that even prevent us from trying at all.
Gratitude is a great enabler of positive thinking. Try implementing some of these tips in your creative practice:
- First, catch the negative or unhelpful thoughts - notice when you have them. Don't criticise yourself for them. Just say 'That's interesting' and focus on what you can do to change them.
- Try replacing unhelpful self-talk with a gentler approach: think about what you have to feel grateful for in this moment. 'I'm grateful I have this creative time,' 'Trying something new gives me an opportunity to learn,' 'I'm grateful I have these materials to use.'
- There is ALWAYS something to feel grateful for, and in the moments when we get down on ourselves, gratitude will help pick us back up
- Write down your gratitude list - this is a powerful practice
What to do when it all goes wrong
Because - you know, life. Some days, it just won't work out like you'd hoped. And that's okay. Life or the Universe goes crazy for a moment - things get in the way. These are the facts of the busy, full lives we lead.
But I wanted to take a moment to remind us all, that every day, and every moment, we begin again.
Just because something didn't work out as we hoped (there's that attachment again) it doesn't mean it's all a flop and we can't try again! I hope that looks silly written down on the page - as if one little setback would stop us from maintaining our creative practice! Ha! And yet... that's what happens sometimes. It's a bit like being on a strict diet for weeks, and then the floodgates open because you slip up and sneak in that one bar of chocolate... So here are a few tips for getting back on the horse if it all goes awry.
- Remember that you can begin again
- Be determined and resolute in your commitment. You're doing this for you, and you are so worth it!
- If you find yourself resisting after a setback, do one small thing - anything - that will get you back creating. Paint or doodle on a plain piece of paper. Rearrange your art supplies. Determinedly do something that will get you back on the horse. In my experience, this needs to be something easy, that has no pressure or expectation attached to it. Once I do something easy, I'm able to transition quickly back into the 'real' work
- Refer to the gratitude tips above - recognise if you have negative thoughts and reframe them to something more positive
- Recognise what you HAVE achieved
- Remember that we are human, and by definition, imperfect. We will make mistakes, but they are just mis-takes, and we can have another take right away
- Let it go - recognise that any less-than-hoped-for outcome is fleeting, and will pass. Make sure it doesn't have a lasting effect, and just let it go
What's next for you?
If you're wanting to go on in your creative practice and are wondering what is next, I wanted to offer some super-exciting specials just for my wonderful #InstajoyProject women.
25% Off All Coaching Packages
For one week only, I'm offering 25% off my regular coaching packages. These are:
- My signature 1 month Creative Coaching package. This comprises 4 Skype or phone calls in a month. The timing is perfect to finish 2015 strongly, and then cement a transformational creative practice for 2016.
- My VIP Virtual One Day Retreat. This package is like a day-spa for your creativity. We work together for a whole day via Skype (with breaks!) We work on anything and everything of your choice - unlocking creativity, dissolving blocks or making progress on a specific project.
Read the full descriptions of these two packages by clicking on the links in their titles, and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 6 December to get your special discount code.
Anchors and Wings - My Signature Course, Coming February 2016!
I am so excited to announce that on 1 February 2016 I will be launching a new course, and I would like to offer #InstajoyProject members the first opportunity to enrol! I haven't announced it anywhere else yet, but I would like to offer you special introductory pricing of $57US (it will be $75 at full price).
Anchors and Wings is all about grounding ourselves in a creative practice so that we can give flight to the projects, work or artistic mediums we're passionate about. It's about developing the skills, habits and attitudes we need to achieve our dreams - and then getting it done.
I will share the knowledge and the how-to of my creative career: I'll give you the best of what I know about creativity and how I've made it one of my super-powers. You can work on whatever you wish, this course doesn't have a specific theme like making mandalas. Anchors and Wings is about developing our creativity, no matter our medium - because the truth is, we use creativity in everything!
I'm planning to pour everything I know into this programme, and it's ideal for you if you:
- Want to start 2016 strong, by cementing a creative practice as part of your routine
- Are ready to experience the surprises and joys that regular creativity brings
- Want to be supported in working on your own creative projects
- Have been resistant about bringing your projects to life
- Feel afraid about fully unleashing your creativity
- Want to access your creativity and apply it to your life or work
- Would like to work more creatively
- Would like to participate in a community of supportive, creative women
The details are:
- Runs for five weeks from 1 February - 5 March 2016
- An online course comprising worksheets, videos, and practical exercises
- A private Facebook group for discussion, sharing and supporting each other
- There will be an option for private one-to-one coaching as part of the course
This introductory pricing is available to you all for one week only - until Sunday 6 December. To enrol, please email me at email@example.com and I'll send you your special discount voucher!
A note about me:
As well as being an artist, writer and creative coach, I am a certified NLP Practitioner with a background in adult training and development. I am triple degree qualified in Commerce, Physical Education and Leisure and I’ve combined my business and what I love ever since.
I started my career in non-profit, transitioned to business, and then worked in marketing, training and personal development. For the last 7 years, I’ve followed my entrepreneurial heart, creating my business. In that time, I’ve looked after seven-figure marketing budgets for clients, written strategy for national organisations and completed artworks that have travelled the globe.
My latest projects include starting to write a book, while stepping deeper into all things creative and sharing my art around the world. My mission is to create a global community of women who are honouring their creativity, utilising it as one of their super powers, and going after all they desire in their lives.