it’s sunday – which means it’s creating dreams come true day. creating dreams come true is a free ongoing e-course and creative community to support you in living your dreams. if you are new, please feel free to join in. the more creative dreamers the better!
i want to start with a little reminder this week:
you are magic.
there is no limit to what you can do.
you may have noticed some changes happening on my website. one of them is this:
i wrote this because i wanted to write something that really expressed why i do creativity workshops. this is hard to do because is so intangible. it’s about how a person changes when they really get this. how their eyes light up and they sit a little differently when they really feel like the ideas and dreams they have inside them are wanted, loved and needed in this world and that they have the ability to make anything happen.
this is more of the inner work i’ve talked about. i find the inner work of creating dreams come true is much more important than the outer work, because when we get in touch with this creative being within us we can relax about all of this. one of the things i focus on in my create a map to your dream come true workbook is relaxing into the dream instead of pushing and working to make things happen.
pushing and working to make things happen usually creates stress and overwhelm. also, when we achieve our dreams through this method, the dreams themselves tend to create more work and stress for us. it’s like we’re doing all this work in order to get somewhere where we can relax and feel ok. but we never get there because there is always more to do and somewhere to go and a reason not to relax about it all. and it feels like part of what is driving this is a need to prove ourselves.
but if we shift inside and see ourselves as magic, see ourselves as creative beings who can create anything, then we can let go of the need to prove that we can do it because we *know* that we can do it, and so we can let go of the stress, we can let go of the pushing and trying to making things happen.
we really can relax into our dreams.
so how does that feel for you? can you take a deep breath and feel it? is there somewhere inside of you that knows this is true?
when i talk about letting go of the struggle and relaxing into our dreams, this is all on the inside. this doesn’t mean we stop taking action on the outside. when i am relaxed and sure of myself as a creativity workshop facilitator then it’s easy for new workshop ideas to flow, then it’s easy for me to turn my workshops into workbooks and kits, there is an ease and flow about the whole thing. when i’m not sure of myself and wanting to make something big happen in order to prove myself, there is stress, there is worry, there is a need to push and make it happen and my ideas don’t flow in the same way.
creative dream check-in
last week we talked about being present with all parts of our dreams, including obstacles. did you experiment with this at all last week? are you finding yourself more or less present?
please join the comments below and let us know where your dreams are growing and flowing and where they’re stuck. also share any questions or ideas about this week’s topic. there is no “official” assignment this week but you may want to write about and experiment with the idea of “relaxing into your dreams” and what that can mean for you.
well i did spend much of the week being very present with what was in the way for me. i was sad, tired and overwhelmed and i just let me be that way without trying to change it. i didn’t have a lot of energy so i just didn’t do very much. i watched movies and knit, i did a little gardening but mostly i was just very still – lots of naps and bubble baths. but by the end of the week i was feeling much better. that is one of the gifts of allowing your feelings to be what they are – being present with them opens up a space for the feelings to work themselves through and now i feel like i can carry on without any underlying or lingering sadness. i can miss my grandma without feeling as sad because i took the time to really be with the shock and grief when it was happening.
feels good to be learning and stretching. i feel like my business plans for ABCcreativity are coming into sharper focus. and i have started putting my new creativity kit together – creative with money. i am having a blast with it.
i also got my sewing machine set up in my livingroom:
i’ve bought fabrics and started drafting patterns for some cute summer clothes. and i am starting a sewing blog! i’ll share that link when it’s ready.
with all the stress of my grandma being in the hospital and then passing away, i’ve been a bit off on all the great improvements i had been making with my health. i am starting to get back into yoga but my body has lost some flexibility and strength so i am going slowly and being gentle with me.
i love that spring is here. i am tending to the seeds i planted and cleaning up my gardens. it’s so nice to be out in the fresh air.
and as i wrote this week i did plant my money seeds and am watching the grow.
oh and i was interviewed by jamie ridler for her amazing creative living with jamie podcast! talking with her is such a treat. i’m looking forward to sharing that with you when it is available.
looking forward to hearing your updates!
andrea schroeder creates creativity workshops, downloadable creativity kits, art and guided meditations to support you in knowing and remembering that you are a creative being and you can create anything.