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CreativeMornings/Texas presents The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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May 29, 8:30am • Your Home or Office • part of a series on Nature

Surprise! We have a bonus talk for you on the theme of NATURE with Andrea DeLong-Amaya & Angel Horne from The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 

It’ll be a Texas-sized event presented with our chapters in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston & San Antonio! 

Registered attendees will receive a zoom link via email. Details here

May’s global theme NATURE will be discussed by Valerie Wolf, the founder of Davy Gray, on Friday, May 22nd.
Say thanks to our partner this month: argodesign
And special thanks for the ongoing support of our beverage partner : Cuvée Coffee
Like last month, we will be coming together virtually. Registered attendees will receive a zoom link via email. Registration opens at 11:00 on Monday. Details here.
Please use the hashtags #CMnature & #CMATX to help the conversation grow.

Our global theme for May is NATURE. It was chosen by our Salt Lake City chapter, illustrated by David Habben, and is presented by WordPress.com.

Share whatever feels natural with the hashtag #CMnature & #CMATX.

What can nature teach us about living with strength, vulnerability, and grace during these challenging times?

In the book Emergent Strategy. by Adrienne Maree Brown, Naima Penniman reflects on the decentralized strength of oak trees: “Amidst the whipping winds and surging water, the oak tree held its ground. How? Instead of digging its roots deep and solitary into the earth, the oak tree grows its roots wide and interlocks with other oak trees in the surrounding area.”

It’s natural to be feeling alone and scared when storms come our way. But nature, in all its forms and stages, shows us time and time again that resilience comes from adapting, collaborating, and leaning on the support systems around us. By moving away from the idea that we need to be strong on our own, we open up possibilities in our lives and build our collective resilience.

Whether it’s in person or from afar, find the networks you can interlock with and ground yourself in them. Lean on those branches of support and hold on tight. Surviving and thriving in hard times requires us to bind together even while apart.

Let’s go on a virtual field trip!  

We’ve got three #CMfieldtrips planned for you this Friday 4/24.

FACILITATING FUN (AND EFFECTIVE!) VIRTUAL MEETINGS
Join Ann Blocker, CMATX organizer and founder of Coddi Advisors, for an interactive workshop on running better virtual meetings. She’ll show us a range of tools including Liberating Structures and Mural. RSVP

GRIEF HAPPENS, SO LET’S TALK
Join Lisa Keefauver, founder of Reimagining Grief for an informational, inspirational, and experiential exploration about grief and loss, something 100% of us will experience in our lifetime. RSVP

FORGETFUL DRAWING WITH LIVE SKETCH ARTIST AMI PLASSE
Join Ami Plasse, founder of Gonzo Viz, for an interactive sketching workshop. You’ve seen him at work at CMATX talks, so come learn from the master. No drawing skills necessary! RSVP 

Want to host a Field Trip with CreativeMornings/Austin?

Apply here.

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips? 

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“HEY, WHAT A MINUTE, WHAT ARE FIELDTRIPS?”

#CMfieldtrips are a monthly series of small group discussions, tours, or workshops held to spread the creative magic happening around Austin. Space is limited to facilitate open conversation and new connections, so you must RSVP via our site to attend. Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them.

(Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist of our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then they open up to the rest of our #CMATX community.)

We’ve got a Texas-sized surprise for you: a second talk this month!

We’re bringing together our chapters in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio on Friday, April 17th with James Victore speaking on this month’s global theme of PURPOSE. 

Like our previous two talks, we will be meeting virtually. Registered attendees will receive a link via email. Details here.

(If you’re new to Zoom, you’ll want to sign up for a free account ahead of time.) 

Please use the hashtags #CMpurpose & #CMATX to explore how we’re all reevaluating our purpose in these challenging times.

April’s global theme “PURPOSE” will be discussed by Haley Rushing on Friday, April 10th.

Say thanks to our partners this month: Wunderman Thompson and The Creative Executive. 

And cheers to our beverage partners: Cuvée Coffee.

Like last month, we will be coming together virtually. Registered attendees will receive a link via email. Details here

(If you’re new to Zoom, you’ll want to sign up for a free account ahead of time.)  

Please use the hashtags #CMpurpose & #CMATX to explore how we’re all reevaluating our purpose in these challenging times.

Our global theme for April is PURPOSE. It was chosen by our Indianapolis chapter and illustrated by Jason Ratliff.  

Explore how we’re all reevaluating our purpose in these challenging times with the hashtag #CMpurpose & #CMATX. 

Just as every brand is saying in social media, “we’re all in this together.”

You are here. Being here means you are alive, that you exist, and the mere fact that you exist means you have purpose. “Purpose" does not have to be something grandiose. In fact, it can exist in all sizes and dimensions, separately, or even all at once. Author and coach Martha Beck once wrote, “The ‘track’ of your life’s purpose has a unique character. It often shows up as a sense of joy and lightness in the body […] It may also appear as fascination, a strong desire to pay attention to certain topics or phenomena. More than anything, it’s a sense that what we’re doing is meaningful.” Your purpose is made up of both the literal and the abstract, and its power is unmistakable. Those moments, memories, ideas, and conversations that you find yourself circling back to, with great fondness, make up the fabric of your purpose. What makes you light up inside? What brings you peace? What are the big ideas that bring meaning to your days? And what are the specific details about each of these feelings that you’re drawn to? However big or however small, draw your strength and inspiration from your purpose. Give yourself permission to approach your decisions with your purpose in mind. The more you do things in line with your purpose, the less you’ll default to what you’re conditioned to do. When in doubt, take the steps you need to follow the path of your own joy. This path is your purpose. 

You are here. Being here means you are alive, that you exist, and the mere fact that you exist means you have purpose.

“Purpose" does not have to be something grandiose. In fact, it can exist in all sizes and dimensions, separately, or even all at once.

Author and coach Martha Beck once wrote, “The ‘track’ of your life’s purpose has a unique character. It often shows up as a sense of joy and lightness in the body […] It may also appear as fascination, a strong desire to pay attention to certain topics or phenomena. More than anything, it’s a sense that what we’re doing is meaningful.”

Your purpose is made up of both the literal and the abstract, and its power is unmistakable. Those moments, memories, ideas, and conversations that you find yourself circling back to, with great fondness, make up the fabric of your purpose.

What makes you light up inside? What brings you peace? What are the big ideas that bring meaning to your days? And what are the specific details about each of these feelings that you’re drawn to?

However big or however small, draw your strength and inspiration from your purpose. Give yourself permission to approach your decisions with your purpose in mind. The more you do things in line with your purpose, the less you’ll default to what you’re conditioned to do.

When in doubt, take the steps you need to follow the path of your own joy. This path is your purpose.

If you are a creative professional, who lost their job or freelance income because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have a resource to help. 

It is an easy and effective way for people who are hiring to find you. 

We call it The Creative Guild, but think it of the online rolodex for creative people and the companies who love them. 

All you need to do is fill out or update your CreativeMornings profile here. Just be sure to click “For Hire” so you show up in search results:

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There are also job openings posted - over 1,700 of them around the world!

If you need to hire someone, this is the easy way to search for creative talent who need work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You can search individuals by skill set and location here

Your business can also create a company profile and post unlimited job openings. 

This global directory of creative companies, professionals, and jobs is a labor of love build by CreativeMornings to put more heart into connecting online.

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Black-owned businesses to support in Austin

During the Q&A after Keisha Gillis’ talk on the theme of INVEST, someone asked how our community can find and support black-owned businesses. Keisha followed up to share these small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Go eat at these 15 black-owned restaurants in Austin.

And check out this list compiled by The Connector ATX

Bespoke Crochet  

The Brown Book Box 

Jaclor Cleaning 

Libation Station 

Tax Charm 

Krab Kingz Seafood 

Flo Code 

A.B.C. Photography 

Nature’s Hidden Treasures 

Gentrified Series

Poindexter Confections 

Hoover’s Cooking https://www.facebook.com/HooversCookingATX/

She’s Tees 

The Body Bar 

Divine Luxury Bath and Body 

Merida.B Bowties 

Queens Conquer 

Me & The Bees Lemonade 

Wine Sensations 

Melanated Marketplace 

Black Makers Market 

Women Who Werk 

Black Women in Austin 

Black Men in Business 

March’s global theme “IDENTITY” will be discussed by Tony Diaz.

Say thanks to our partner this month: Creative Circle

And cheers to our beverage partners: Rambler Sparkling Water & Cuvée Coffee

Out of an abundance of caution, we will meet *virtually* for the first time ever on Friday 3/13. Details here

Please use the hashtags #CMidentity & #CMATX to identify your insights. 

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