Your Creative Genius Is Bigger Than The Obstacles

[Knitting Pattern] Rainbow Superhero Blanket

By Andrea Schroeder | April 22, 2013

One of my favourite self-care things is my Rainbow Superhero Blanket, which I designed and knit so that I could have something cheery to?wrap around me any time I need a shot of nurturing/refuelling/comfort or a little nudge of remembering that I am a creative genius.

And I leave it in a pile of colour on my giant hot pink cushion and it makes me smile all day long.

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Because it’s one of my favourite things, I share a lot of photos of it in Facebook and people are always asking about it, so I am sharing the pattern, which is a very simple pattern I designed for it, so you can knit your own.

Let’s all be superheros!

Supplies

  • 7.5 mm knitting needles (If you knit loose, use 6.5 mm needles)
  • 14 balls of?Knit Picks Shine Sport yarn?(or similar, or totally different – your choice! Shine Sport is what I used – it’s soft and silky and easy care plus comes in bright colours)

Yarn!

 

There are 7 colours in the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) you can get 2 of each or 2 different shades of each (which is what I did – though some colours I used have been discontinued since then) or make up your own rainbow using just your favourite colours.

Blanket Size

14 balls will give you (roughly, depending on your gauge)?147 cm (58″) square.

You can, of course, get more yarn if you want a longer rectangle blanket.

Blanket Knitting Pattern?

Cast on 226 stitches in red.

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Begin stitch pattern.

 

STITCH PATTERN

Row 1 (right side) ? knit

Row 2 ? knit 5, purl to 5 stitches from end, knit 5

Row 3 ? knit 5 *(K2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; repeat from * to 5 stitches from end, knit 5

Row 4 ? knit 5, purl to 5 stitches from end, knit 5

 

To make the rainbow: Start with red, work your way through the rainbow??(red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple – or else make up your own rainbow!). ?What I did was knit each ball to the end, and just attach the new colour wherever the old one ended.

 

Continue in stitch patten until you have about 6 rows worth of yarn left (I measured it out, measuring 3X the length of the row for each row, and then leaving extra for binding off) then:

 

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row, bind off.

 

Enjoy! And if you knit it, I’d love to see your photos on the?Facebook?page!


Courageous. I don’t feel it.

By Andrea Schroeder | April 18, 2013

On May 3rd we’re doing something special in the Creative Dream Circle… we’re going to invite the Goddess of Courage to join us in the Circle of Miracles (AKA Tele-Playdate), and see what kind of treasures she brings us.

Even though I’m the one who planned this event, I am afraid of this.

I’m noticing that I often do things that I would define as courageous, but still I don’t feel courageous.

I imagine that a person who is courageous does brave things and never feels afraid.

Which is ridiculous! ?I know that the only people who are never afraid are the people who never do courageous things.

And yet – it’s how I feel.

I don’t feel courageous.

And I want to feel courageous.

Well, part of me wants to feel courageous. ?Most of me is scared!

Given the fact that I have done all sorts of courageous things even though I don’t feel courageous – what kinds of crazy risks would I take if I did feel courageous?

That is the fear.

It’s pretty ridiculous, I mean embracing courage and building a healthy relationship with her would probably only help with the work I’ve been doing in developing my Department of Internal Steadiness.

So I am really looking forward to inviting the Goddess of Courage into our Circle of Miracles.

It feels like she can help me.

I imagine, with the Goddess of Courage on my side, that I could:

  • deal with my inner critics even more effectively and quickly than I do now
  • feel more confident in deciding to do things that I know are right, even though they scare me
  • more forward faster with new ideas + plans

Which will help me:

  • be happier and more creative
  • have more energy because it’s not all tied up in making those decisions
  • make more money, faster

Wow, seeing it broken down and written out like this has already shifted something inside.

My fear about befriending courage is a grumpy little old man peeking out from under his hat and looking at this and is almost-actually-interested-but-totally-not-willing-to-admit-it. ?He is saying “Hmmmmm courage may be helpful after all…” ?

I’m going to leave this right there, if I try to push him, he’ll fight back. ?If I give him some space, I think he’s going to come around…


ps: The May Courage Event is for Creative Dream Circle members, which you are welcome to join right here. ?I’d love to have your courageous (or not-so courageous) self be a part of it!

Creative With MONEY

By Andrea Schroeder | April 17, 2013

Creative With MoneyI am so happy to share that my new program, Creative With Money, is now available!

Money wants to be your friend and your ally in bringing your dreams to life.

This self-guided program leads you through the process where you can start to create that kind of helpful and supportive relationship with money.

Participants say that this process has helped them heal and evolve their relationships with money and bring spaciousness and ease into how they handle money.

More than one person has called it “life-changing”.

>>> CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT.

 

 


[note to self] The bigger your dreams are, the more steady your foundation needs to be.

By Andrea Schroeder | April 10, 2013

I have declared April, May + June 2013 to be a Creative Cocoon.? I am working on a new project and wanted to create this cocoon that is filled with all of the qualities it needs to grow into all that it cam be: spaciousness, trust, wonder, magic, creativity and structure.

What is really cool + different about how I am approaching this project is that I am creating it IN in the Creative Dream Circle.? So my fellow creative dreamers get to watch how I bring it to life – they get to see the magic unfold.

And, of course, they get to see my every stumble along the way.

What I really want to share with them is that you don’t just have an idea and then *pouf* make it real and it’s done.? You enter into the creative process with your vision, but the creative process itself changes your vision and it even changes you.

It’s basically walking through fire with your dream.

Dreams only stay perfect when you leave them on the shelf.

The path, the creative process, changes everything.? And it is so disorienting!? Some days I don’t even know what I’m doing or why I’m doing it.

This is hard/scary enough to do in the comfort and safety of my Dream Loft, but holycrapterrifying to do it with my fellow creative dreamers watching.

So I keep coming back to steadiness.

How I need to focus less on whatever is happening in my creative process and focus more on developing and maintaining internal steadiness.

This morning I am scared, scattered and confused.

I can’t connect to the deeper purpose of why I am doing this and so I can’t tell what direction to go in.? My internal compass is spinning around wildly.

My inner critics, fears, doubts, unhelpful patterns and limiting beliefs are trying to throw me off path.? To get me back safety into the center of my comfort zone.

My inner wisdom, spirit, purpose and infinite creative potential are holding onto the vision for me.? To call me forward along the next steps of my path.

So I am doing the work of creating internal steadiness.

Meditation. Energy work. Extreme Self-Care. Journaling. Creative Journaling. All the stuff in the Creative Dream Incubator – to access the courage I need to be able to see my next steps clearly.

Creative Journal
In my Creative Journal

You don’t always need to figure out what to do about the obstacles.

If you focus instead on developing internal steadiness sometimes you can hit them, and bounce over them without falling over.

I guess that is my assignment for today.

I started writing this because I couldn’t work on the thing I was supposed to be working on this morning.? So I am changing course and going to work on steadiness.

I’m going to create a Department of Internal Steadiness for this new project.

Oh!? That’s it – I’ve found my zing, my internal compass has stopped spinning and is now set on “GO!”

Yay!

PS: Yes my internal compass is a real thing.? And I taught a class on how to access your internal compass, you get it with the Creative Dream Incubator Kit.


Permission to change.

By Andrea Schroeder | April 4, 2013

My creative journal kit has been in overdrive lately as I’ve been mapping out new plans.

I am taking 2 classes starting in April, 2 transformational classes that I am both super excited about and totally ready for.? They are providing me with the structure and support I need to make some really big changes in my life and my business.

And there is this part of me that is all geeeeeeeez, again?? You just changed everything, not that long ago.

Yup, I did.? And yup, I am doing it again.

Actually, that change led to this change.? Every change leads you to the next change.

There is this insane idea in our culture, that we’re supposed to do something once, and it’s done.

This is not how anything actually works, though.

And this idea actually makes it harder to start, because while it’s telling you that you have to get it right the first time it’s activating your inner perfectionist.

Perfectionism kills creativity.

Plus – how can you know the right way to do it if you’ve never done it before?

That’s IMPOSSIBLE.

Creativity is flow and joy and trying things in an atmosphere of delight and letting your work, and your self, evolve.

Learning as you go.? Building as you go.? Growing as you go.

It takes the pressure off right now and it makes much bigger dreams possible, because each new thing builds on the last.

With each new thing you’ve got a stronger connection to your vast internal resources, so your possibilities become larger.

Change is the best!? Change is magic!? Change is INEVITABLE, it’s the only thing in our world that actually stays the same.

And yet, here I am, writing this post to myself to convince myself that it’s ok to change.

  • Reminding myself that the “what will people think?” voice is not a voice that knows how to lead me to where I want to be.
  • Reminding myself that the “holy CRAP this is so awesome!” voice has always led me to somewhere really amazing.
  • Reminding myself that I am ready for this next step.? If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here, at the starting point of this new journey.

Deep breath.

One of the crazy/beautiful things about my work is that I am always in this container of transformation with my clients.? As I do the work of supporting their dreams in coming to life my dreams are supported in the process.

Taking classes and working with mentors creates this gorgeous smooth supportive space where you can get what you need, to create what you want in your life.

Teaching classes and being a mentor speeds that process up.? They say you should teach what you need to learn.? What I love is teaching what I want to learn.? Helping others grow in the exact same ways that I want to grow.? There is so much beauty in that.? And as long as I am actively engaged in this kind of work, my dreams will be actively growing

Any place where I fight change stunts that growth and that is actually more uncomfortable than the uncomfortable parts of change.

So in conclusion,

Change: Bring it on!

Consider this your permission slip to change anything and everything you want to change.? If you want to share your thoughts on change, join the conversation on the Creative Dream Incubator Facebook.



Hello week: TKO

By Andrea Schroeder | April 1, 2013

I just woke up from a delicious dream… there was a cartoon marching band, making playful music (it’s still floating around in my head) and bopping around.? Each band member was a different kind of being, all shapes and sizes and types of instruments.? It felt like they were each playing their own song, but they came together beautifully.

It was sooooooo happy!

It feels like how I feel about the Creative Dream Circle – everyone’s playing their own song and then when those songs come together it’s beautiful music – all in tune with each other because we’re all playing from the same energy and intention: we’re here to make our dreams real.

We trust (more some days than other, but still) in the importance, beauty and magic of our purpose and are willing to do to the work of bringing it to life.? I am so grateful to be a member of this community and honoured to be the leader of it.

It’s Monday morning and I’m sitting here with three different journals open, looking over Friday’s Creative Genius Explore, Play + Plan Session.

creative journal
creative journal pagecreative journal page

 

Inviting in the qualities that I want in my week.

Looking over my schedule to see if it still fits my energy.

Looking at my plans to see if they still feel delicious.

Feeling my way into how I want to create this week.

This week I am opening up to a new layer of who-I-really-am.

We’re doing the Playdate with Authenticity on Wednesday. (You’re invited, of course)

Playdates always knock me out with the intensity of re-connecting with parts of my soul I’ve disconnected from.

This time, I’m giving myself lots of time to ease into the playdate, and then lots of post-playdate integration time.

So, I am basically playdating my whole week.

Wheeeeeeeeee!


Reminder:

By Andrea Schroeder | March 25, 2013

For part of a new project I am working on, I am gathering all of the things that support genius and success and keeping them close to me, structured in such a way that I can always find the thing I need most, right when I need it.

I added this reminder on Friday:

The entire universe is working in my favour. I don't have to do it all myself.

Which is a great big deep sigh of relief every time I remember.

PS: Join me tomorrow! I’m doing an open call: Creative Spiritual Business Q+A. Click here for deets + to sign up.

Creative Spiritual Business Q+A Call

By Andrea Schroeder | March 22, 2013

This is an open call to ask me anything you want to ask about turning your Creative Dream into your business and explore the process of how to bring your business dream to life.

The bliss of working from home in my creative studio.

Creative Business Q+A Call

March 26 at 11am Central.

Click here to find out what time this is in your time zone.

Registration is $23, includes access to the live call plus the recording.? If you can’t be there live, you can send me your questions and I’ll answer them on the call.

Of course, I am not a business expert!

But I am happily 100% self employed with my own creative spiritual business and have learned a lot along the way.

When I first started doing my creativity workshops seven years ago, I’d sometimes put workshops on (I did all of my workshops/courses/healing circles/coaching in person back then) that had ZERO attendees(!)

I’d set everything up, and sit there and wait and nothing would happen.? I thought I’d have to keep my day job forever.

Happily, I was wrong.? These days, I support myself doing the things I love most and that day job is a distant memory.

And I would love to help you do the same.

[I do have an entire Creative Business Incubator in the Creative Dream Circle, with hours and hours of videos about every aspect of growing a creative spiritual business. This call cannot replace all of that – it’s just a simple Q+A.? If there is anything you want to ask me about making money doing what you love – this is your chance.]

Click here to join now

Registration is closed.? To get the recording, and a TON of other amazingly helpful dream-growing stuff, join the Creative Dream Circle.

 


My notes on authenticity

By Andrea Schroeder | March 19, 2013

Authenticity is the place you access you superpowers.

When you’re not being true to yourself you cut yourself off from accessing your superpowers.

Authenticity holds your dreams.

No matter how far away they start to seem, or how lost you get, they’re always safely held, right there.

… ditto for your magic, infinite creative potential, joy and light.

Authenticity makes things so simple.

When you’re being true to yourself it’s easy to know what to yes to and what to say no to.

But authenticity is not a destination.

You’re not either there or not there, it’s about the degree of connection in the moment.

Authenticity can be buried by many layers of patterns, masks and the roles we play.? But it can’t be diminished or harmed in any way.

Even when you are far away from it, it is very close and accessible to you.

Today, as I explore in my creative journal, my authentic self feels like deep bright coloured leaves and freshness and openess and grounding and a shimmering golden light holding it all.

True Self Creative Journaling
True Self Creative Journaling

 

This morning I asked my True Self about my business and how she would run it differently.? Instead she drew me a map of how she sees my business which gave me a totally new perspective of, and love for, how I am doing things now.

She also explained that changes that I am thinking of making in terms of her map and showed how the changes are not “changes” as much as “natural evolution” and how, even with those things changed, the flow stays the same and I can relax into and trust that flow.

Advice from your True Self feels different than any other kind of advice.

There is something nourishing and colourful in it.? And it feels, well, true, right deep down in your soul. There is a steadiness and a grounding in receiving that kind of advice that is just not present when you seek advice from other sources.

Because there are so many layers to everything, most of the [internal and external] advice we receive is not good advice.

It’s easy to believe you are listening to your heart but really that’s a familiar old pattern speaking to you and the familiarity feels like comfort which feels like truth, but it’s not.? It’s aim is to hold you in that pattern often while making it look like it is helping you move towards what you really want.

That’s why it seems so difficult to create a life that is filled with all the things you really want.

I am so grateful that I took some time to draw myself into alignment to be able to receive that advice this morning.

Because it’s so different from what seems like the “logical right thing to do” and it’s not something I could have come to any way but through deep connection to my true self.

I think the thing that surprises me most about true self is how little we are connected to it, most of the time.? And then how much everything changes with a little mindful connection.

I’m exploring Authenticity today because it’s our theme for the April PLAYDATE.

How authenticity can help us bring our dreams to life with more ease (and fun!).

You are invited.

Playdate with your True SelfI do a monthly playdate in the Creative Dream Circle.? And for April you can join even if you’re not in the Circle!

Playdates are also known as How To Fill Your Life With So Much Magic It Actually Sparkles.

It’s an amazing process that allows you to plug into your creative genius so you can get whatever inspiration, intuitive wisdom and creative dream superfuel you need right now.

Words cannot convey how amazing these Playdates are. I?ve actually been sitting here trying to find the right words to describe the magic of the Playdate to you, and I can?t.

I can tell you that I have been running them monthly in my Creative Dream Circle since September and very month they deliver:

  • magic
  • miracles
  • life-changing shifts in perspective

Ready? Let’s play.

Registration: $37 (US)

We shall Playdate On April 3, starting at 11am Central (Click here to find out what time this is for you.).? It will be 3 hours long and include 4 phone calls, with breaks in between for playdating on your own.

It?s amazing if you can be there live, but people do report having just as much success working with the recordings.? You?ll still love this, even if you can?t be there live.

Registration includes:

  • access to the live calls and recordings of the calls
  • four Playdate workbooks playbooks

You?ll leave the Playdate with:

  • a new understanding of what Authenticity? means to you
  • a deeper connection to your True Self
  • unique + effective ideas for how to stay more connected to your True Self
  • which adds up to increased access to your SUPERPOWERS and ability to create your world

?What you need:

  • phone line and computer to access the calls, hear the recordings and download the playbooks
  • journal and whatever art supplies feel fun for you
  • three uninterrupted hours (or you can break it up into segments and playdate over a couple of days or weeks)

Looking forward to playdating with you.

PS: If you want access to regular Playdates and Teleclasses at a lower price, (plus a ton of extra stuff like my Creative Business Incubator and Advanced Creative Badassery Resource Library and an ongoing private forum) you are welcome to join the Creative Dream Circle.

If you are already a member of the Creative Dream Circle don?t register for this playdate! You get it all free in the Circle, of course.

Monday Morning Superpower Practice:

By Andrea Schroeder | March 18, 2013

You activate ALL superpowers by remembering why you do what you do.

 

What is your mission and why is it important?

Breathe into the magic of that and you’ll be able to access any superpower you need.

 

My mission is to help people activate their infinite creative potential and power to create their lives. This is important because people who are plugged into their creativity, purpose + power make the world a better place for everyone.

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