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Our global theme for October is TRANSIT. It was chosen by our Cleveland chapter and illustrated by Aleea Rae

Travel into our feed with the hashtags #CMtransit & #CMATX

How can we make space for new ideas and creative energy while staying in place?

While cars, trains, boats, planes, and our many modes of transportation may take us where we need to go — taking note of our inner worlds and soaking in the details around us can often be the best vehicles of renewal.

Your search might lead you to long strolls in nature, cooking to your favorite tunes, gazing up at the sky, or getting lost in an immersive process. Finding your calm and filling your cup first will help you become a fuller version of yourself — not only for you, but also for those who might need you.

Make a list of activities you can turn to when you need to get from point A to B. Leave it somewhere you can easily access and turn to it when things get tough.

This month’s global theme SPECTRUM will be discussed by Lucy Gross on Friday, September 25th. 

Say thanks to our partner this month: Fjord. 

And special thanks for the ongoing support of our beverage partner: Cuvée Coffee

We’ll be coming together virtually, so registered attendees will receive a zoom link via email. Registration opens at 11:00 on Monday. Details here

Explore all the possibilities with the hashtags #CMspectrum & #CMATX.

Our global theme for September is SPECTRUM. It was chosen by our Las Vegas chapter and was illustrated by Iandry Randriamandroso.

Explore all the possibilities with the hashtags #CMspectrum & #CMATX.

Our global theme for September is SPECTRUM. It was chosen by our Las Vegas chapter and was illustrated by Iandry Randriamandroso. 

Explore all the possibilities with the hashtags #CMspectrum & #CMATX.

A band of colors, expanding definitions, a broad array of identities — we all live within multiple spectrums, colliding and intersecting with one another. Like the diversity in our foods, styles of music, and the skills we exercise, our needs are distinct with no one size fits all solution.

Understanding and championing other realities normalizes saying: What I experience, feel, and notice may not be what you know to be true. “Design for the spectrum and not the mean,” said Michael Kaufmann in his CreativeMornings talk. “How do we move beyond courteous hospitality to courageous inclusivity?”

As individuals committed to artfully living, we can paint refreshing possibilities that are not just for ourselves but also for others. Assemble your tools: Listen, look within, embrace the weird, and take the prism and flip it on its head — you’ll likely find a breathtaking blend of opportunities to make a difference.

August’s global theme STRESS will be discussed by Christian Remde on Friday, August 28th.
Say thanks to our partner this month: The Creative Executive. And special thanks for the ongoing support of our beverage partner: Cuvée Coffee
We’ll be coming together virtually, so registered attendees will receive a zoom link via email. Registration opens at 11:00 on Monday. Details here.
Share how you’re coping with stress with the hashtags #CMstress & #CMATX.

Our global theme for August is STRESS. It was chosen by our Warsaw chapter and was illustrated by Shanee Benjamin

Relieve your worries with the hashtags #CMstress & #CMATX

Stress, in its most basic form, is a response.

The feeling of stress can often manifest as a palpable tension flowing through your body. Stress can creep into the corners of your thoughts and decisions — eager to cloud your clarity and take power away from you.

As a popular saying goes, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” What can you do when stress manifests itself in your body, mind, and spirit?

Create your own mantras, get fresh air, meditate, write, play music, sleep, or stay still. Push away from the habits that add stress to your life. Get more familiar with the feeling of calm, so that when stress arises, you can gently guide yourself toward it. As Shannon Lee teaches us in her CreativeMornings talk, it is possible to “create and restructure life,” for yourself, based on how you’d like to live.

In the space between the stimulus and response, take some of the spotlight away from stress by calling in your breath — and ask it to walk out the door.

We believe in giving a damn: join us as we continue doing the work of antiracism. 

Join us for our second antiracism discussion series, which will focus on the TNQ Show (“The Next Question”). Created by best-selling author Austin Channing Brown and co-hosted by Jenny Booth Potter and Chi Chi Okwu, the show tackles topics critical to addressing racial justice in America.

We’ll meet on Thursday evenings over eight weeks (starting September 3) to watch an episode together and use the resources provided to guide our discussion and deepen our learning.

See more details and register here.

Part of our CreativeMornings manifesto states that “We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighborhoods and cities around the world.” 

As our volunteer organizers have discussed how we can do the work of becoming an antiracist organization, one issue we’ve debated is supporting our local elections.

So, this sentence on powerthepolls.org resonated with us, “Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted.”

If you are interested in serving as a poll worker, you can sign up for info at their site. Or better yet, reach out directly to the Elections Department of the county you live in. (Here are links to Travis County and Williamson County.)

July’s global theme UNDERDOG will be discussed by Carl Settles, founder of E4 Youth on Friday, July 31st. 

Say thanks to our partner this month: argodesign. And special thanks for the ongoing support of our beverage partner: Cuvée Coffee 

We’ll be coming together virtually, so registered attendees will receive a zoom link via email. Registration opens at 11:00 on Monday. Details here.

Root for your favorite underdog with the hashtags #CMunderdog & #CMATX.

E4 Youth helps bridge the gap between underserved youth and creative careers. Support their mission with your time, talent, or a donation.

Our global theme for June is UNDERDOG. It was chosen by our Edinburgh chapter, illustrated by Astrid Jaekel, and is presented by Mailchimp.

Root for your favorite underdog the hashtags #CMunderdog & #CMATX.

An underdog questions and expands what’s considered possible. When others expect them to lose, underdogs must lean on their self-trust and hard won experiences to envision and fiercely assert new realities. They do not dwell on what’s expected of them, but instead focus on what’s not expected of them.

In a letter to his nephew, James Baldwin writes, “You were not expected to aspire to excellence. You were expected to make peace with mediocrity […] Take no one’s word for anything, including mine, but trust your experience. Know whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.”

Whether you’re an underdog yourself or you know someone who is, you can help raise the bar. Recognize that every day is an opportunity to participate in life-affirming problem solving and to, and that every moment is an opportunity to engage creatively with your sense of what is possible. Call in and deploy your experience, your intuition, and your voice. The arena of change is calling.

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