Those first yellow leaves are so sad.? And as much as I don’t want to say this, it looks like my Summer of Dreams project is coming to an end.
I set out to soak up all of the deliciousness of summer and to find out what could happen if I used it to nourish me and my dreams.
(As opposed to how I approached last summer: working like a crazy lady teaching 2 online courses while creating the Creative Magic Academy website, including a personalized page for each of my students that contains all of their kits/course materials, fixing up my old house and selling it, packing to move, and then running to the beach every chance I got to try to avoid burnout)
I loved this summer. So much!
Soaking up deliciousness trumps working my ass off!
Not only was I so super happy this summer, I also got as much (or more!) actual work done.
And I got TONS more play done.
And I connected so much more deeply to my Purpose and Power and to The Places Where Creative Dreams Come From.
Things my Summer of Dreams project taught me:
- Being in the flow is even more magic than I realised.
- A daily Creative Journal Magic practice is an uber-powerful thing. This scares me, and I keep running away from it.? And that’s ok, as long as I keep coming back.
- Trees and lakes are the best teachers.
- It’s ok to change your mind.? As often as you want to.
- My business is my partner in bringing my dreams to life.? It’s not a static thing.? It’s more dynamic and flexible and ready to change than I could have imagined.
Surprise Gifts my Summer of Dreams project gave me:
- Absolute clarity about what my best work is
- A re-structured business (complete with new website design) based on that clarity
- And the BEST THING EVER which I am not ready to share on my blog yet but OMG YAY it changes everything about how I approach everything, going forward.
So, the Summer of Dreams changed my life.
I used a simple recipe:
Commitment: Giving it a name (Summer of Dreams) and a clear container (just the summer) helped me create and maintain a commitment to staying in the process of consciously soaking up the deliciousness of summer.
Structure: I used both the Creative Dream Incubator and Creative Journal Magic to create a structure that supports the growth of dreams (just using one of them would create a strong enough structure, but I like them both) so the deliciousness had somewhere to go to, once it was soaked up.
A Spirit of Openness/Discovery/Exploration: I didn’t set out to FORCE the magic of summer to grow my dreams, I set out to soak up all of the deliciousness of summer and to find out what could happen if I used it to nourish me and my dreams.? What could happen.
So using this same format, as I ease out of the Summer of Dreams I’d like to ease into the Fall of Dreams.
Trading iced coffees for hot steamy lattes. And wearing handknit socks!
Less about the deliciousness of summer and more about the deliciousness of life.
This week's question is from a Creative Dreamer who has been doing free, in-person art + yoga workshops and wants to know how to transition to a paid, online art + yoga community.
I set out to participate in?Susannah Conway?s August Break and post a photo every day for the month of August.
Last Friday I posted about Creative Burnout and I haven’t posted anything since.
Funny how that works.
I am putting together The Best Thing I Have Ever Done.
I am so proud of this and so happy that I have created it.
I’m also so terrified about it.
And everything in between.
That’s all I can really say about it for now.
It’s amazing how much energy it takes to bring something shiny and new into the world.
Right now I’m either working-on-this-thing or actively-filling-the-well, there isn’t space for much of anything else.
This morning I had a beautiful picnic breakfast in the park.
Mostly because I am too TOAST to do anything else.
And being in nature recharges me (as do lattes with honey).
I have a lot on my plate right now. A lot a lot.
So yesterday I overdid it.
And today I am TOAST.
I want to say this mostly as a reminder to me:
(Even though I already know this.? But, we all forget sometimes.)
It’s much better to slow down, and do the refilling-of-the-creative-well-things every day when you’re not TOAST then it is to push yourself to work as hard/fast as you can and then become TOAST.
Keeping something from toasting is easier than un-toasting TOAST!
I don’t like that I have a capacity.
But I’ve got it.
And learning how to care for it is so important.
Learning how to care for it opens up possibilities to play with it and stretch it and find out how miraculously flexible it can be in certain situations.
Ignoring it and bulldozing through leaves me TOASTED with no options but to go into Extreme Recovery Mode, which is where I’m going to spend the rest of the day.
PS: For the longest time, I didn’t even know I had a creative capacity!? This is because my creative capacity is actually quite large, and I was always working well enough within it that I never experienced it.
I first started experiencing it when I decided to give myself 6 months to quit my part-time job and do my creativespiritual work full time.
Jamie’s support, guidance and expertise were instrumental in helping me learn more about my creative capacity and what to do about it.? And now, thankfully, the days when I become TOAST are few and far between.
PPS: Jamie’s Circe’s Circle Creative Dream Coaching Circle is starting again soon.? I highly recommend it! You can check it out right here.
PPPS:? And now I am off to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and eat popcorn and take a bubble bath and a nap and let my brain recharge.
Kokeshi dolls my dad brought back from Japan when I was little. (The one with pigtails totally looks like me-from-then)
SARK’s Living Juicy Cards.
An awesome old hutch my mom found in the basement of a house she sold when she was a real estate agent, and then painted pink for me, recently re-painted purple.
This week's question is from a Creative Dreamer on a fixed income who cannot afford the kinds of programs that would give her the kind of support and tools she needs to bring her dreams to life.
Even if you can afford the support you need, most of us do find ourselves in a situation when we think something has to change before we can have what we want.
The important thing to know about this is that there is always a way to move forward now.
And that is what this week's episode of Creative Dream TV is all about:
And here is that video I mention in this video: Your Infinite Creative Potential and how it means that Everything Is Possible.
I wrote quite a bit about struggling to make a commitment to my daily Creative Journal Magic practice, as a part of my Summer of Dreams project.
I struggled a bit with making the commitment, but now everything has changed.? Now it feels like I am in the commitment.
And inside of the commitment everything is easier.
It creates a structure that supports your dream.
And supports you in the process of growing it.?
So – yay. I am happily creative journaling my way to my prize.
I’m changing it up a little this morning with a London Fog latte instead of a regular latte.
But other than that, this is what I do every Monday morning in the coffee shop beside the park.
This week’s planning session is all about Moving Bravely Forward.
Last week I finalized my plans for how I want to shift and change my business to accommodate my new mission: growing truer, deeper + sparklier (not bigger!).
So this week’s Creative Genius Planning Session is all about making a plan to put my new plans into action.
It feels very good to see, clearly, what that looks like and what needs to happen, and when!
I recorded THREE videos today!? One for Advanced Creative Badassery group, one for my Creative With Money course, one for this week’s Creative Dream Q+A (that one will be posted on my blog on Wednesday).
I heart costumes and the way they help me play with different energies and put on my “OH YES I AM CLEAR, FOCUSED AND READY TO WORK” mood.
I made purple slipcovers for my pink chairs.
I remember buying these chairs, only 8 years ago.? I spent months searching for the exact-right-chairs in the exact-right-shade-of-pink.
Did you know I have 1/2 a degree in interior design, and an actual degree in fashion design?
I have learned a lot about colour, and design.
I dropped out of interior design school because I already had clients and every one of them wanted me to do the same thing for them: make their homes beautiful just like the interior design magazines.
I wanted to help people tap in to their creative magic, to help them create spaces that would make their souls sing.
Spaces that would nurture and incubate their dreams.
I made a whole program about it.?? I worked on it for months and months and months.
And all my clients wanted was pretty houses, just like in the magazines.? Which is kind of how I would describe hell.
That’s when I went back to school to become a spiritual teacher/counselor/mentor-in-bringing-your-dreams-to-life.
So, I had these perfect-shade-of-pink chairs.
Perfect for me-from-then.
And me-from-now was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with them.? Me-from-now definitely wants deep, luscious purple.
So I made slipcovers.
And they are perfect.
Except for the hard part.
Saying goodbye to the me who loved those pink chairs!
Saying goodbye to her dreams.? Remembering the hopes she had for the life she was creating when she bought those chairs, how optimistic she was about it all and how it all fell apart and how that still hurts.
With each step forward you have to let go of another thing from the past.
The importance of giving yourself time and space to grieve.
If you don’t grieve that stuff it stops you from taking steps forward.? It stops your dreams from growing.
Finally covering the pink chairs showed me how much grieving I still have to do.
We all, pretty much always, have more grieving to do.
Consciously giving yourself time and space to grieve is, surprisingly, an important step in moving your dreams forward.? Sad, but true.