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July’s global theme END will be discussed by Michael Manning.

Hosted at ZACH Theatre on Friday, 7/12. Details here.

Say thanks to our partners this month: High Note!

And extra cheers to this month’s beverage partners: Cuvée Coffee and Big Swig Water!

Use these hashtags at the end of all your social media posts:  #CMend & #CMATX 

Does your business want to feel the love of our creative community? If you’d like to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com).

Our global theme for July is END. It was chosen by our Rio de Janeiro chapter and illustrated by Isadora Zeferino. 

Ends are unique opportunities in disguise. They allow us to make meaning out of our past relationships, experiences, projects, and seasons in life.

On the other hand, beginnings are romanticized and energize us to envision all the impressive things we will do. Headlines celebrate the latest rising startup or ‘it’ destinations travelers must see.

But reaching the end of something can also carry meaningful joy. Author Wes Moore once talked about the difference between our jobs and our work. Moore said, “Your goal should never be to start something. Your goal should be to end things.”

When we truly fulfill an ending, it reflects growth and real change. We can create projects to end loneliness, walk away from empty relationships, change habits, or choose a different career trajectory.

The secret about ‘the end’ is that it actually contains countless possibilities.

(Photo by Sandy Carson)

Meet our most recent #CMugshot, Mia Savage.  Mia is a designer and illustrator who is currently collaborating with her writing partner on their first children’s book, “Where Do You Go?,” which they expect to submit to publishers later this year. She spends her free time traveling, cooking, and trying to manage her crafting addiction. Her hobby is hobbies.

1. What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

My creative and business partner just moved down the street from me, so that’s been really inspiring. We always worked long-distance, and sharing a space has been a game-changer.  We’re able to bounce ideas off each other and get projects off the ground much faster than before. We’re in the middle of working on a children’s book together!

2. What’s one way you’re weird and how does that inspire you?

I’ve worked in the creative space for a long time—I studied industrial design and taught art for years—but I’m not very confident in my drawing skills! I have this mental block where I think, I’m not someone who draws! In fact, I’ll do everything I can to not draw. But this aversion has actually inspired me with my children’s book project. As little confidence as I have in my drawing, I feel very confident when I’m making physical things, so I’ve decided to take a completely different approach for the book illustrations by creating handmade dioramas. Every illustration will be its own miniature set piece that I will then photograph. As soon as I flipped to that medium, I sat down—no sketching, no planning, no reference—just a pile of materials in front of me and everything started to click. Things come together so easily. You’re working with polymer clay and all of a sudden, you’re holding a tiny toilet! (Our book is about all the places people go to the bathroom.) It’s so inspiring to unlock a new direction that feels right.

3. Where do you go to get inspired?

I like to go into my stash of stuff and do something different—sewing, linocut, gardening, you name it. I go through waves of inspiration. I find that I don’t need inspiration for the work itself. I need inspiration to stay motivated, to network, to go after commissions so I can keep doing the creative stuff that comes more easily to me because I’m inspired by everything.

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LET’S GO ON A FIELD TRIP!
We’ve got two #CMfieldtrips planned for you this Friday, 6/7.

FREELANCE FINANCES: HOW TO GET ORGANIZED AND GET PAID

Join us Impact Hub (Lamar) for a workshop with Kara Perez of Bravely. Get your finances in check so you can get back to doing what you do best. RSVP

SONGWRITING 101 WITH MANDY ROWDEN

Join us for a morning of creativity through song with singer/songwriter Mandy Rowden, founder of Girl Guitar. Learn the basics of marrying words with music. No guitar skills necessary! RSVP

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.

WANT TO HOST A FIELDTRIP? APPLY HERE.

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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.)

June’s global theme WONDER will be discussed by Christian Helms.

Hosted at Red Velvet Events on Friday, 6/14. Details here.

Say thanks to our partners this month: Accomplice and MealPal

And extra cheers to our coffee partner: Cuvée Coffee!

Use these hashtags like pixie dust to make your posts more magical:  #CMwonder & #CMATX 

Do you want to see your business featured among these amazing companies - and feel the love of our creative community?
If you want to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com).

Our global theme for June is Wonder. It was chosen by our Copenhagen chapter and illustrated by Rune Fisker.

Our sense of wonder is the code for tapping into our most creative selves. It enables us to expand our horizons and encounter parallel universes that haven’t been explored yet.

According to the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” By drawing us out of our typical patterns, wonderment reconnects us with our ability to marvel at new and beautiful things.

We all have the capacity for wonder; but why do we lose sight of it?

As our lives get busier, we tend to streamline our schedules and relationships to become more efficient. We want to know what will happen and when it will happen. But extraordinary things occur if we make room for the unexpected.

When we leave space in our plans, we create magical conditions for our imagination and thoughts to collide with one another. And it is from these sparks that our best ideas are born.

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(Photo by Sandy Carson.)

Meet our most recent #CMugshot, Kate Abel! Kate is a reference librarian at the Austin Central Library, where she loves being involved with the Zine Collection, Seed Library and apl unbound: sin fronteras book bike. She spends her free time biking, gardening, and swimming.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

Something I’ve been inspired by recently is our partnership with the Central Texas Seed Library and the circulating seed collection that we opened in January on the 6th floor of the Central Library. People can check out up to four seed packets at a time and if they’re successful at growing plants from the seeds, they can bring us new seeds to add to the next generation for people to check out. With this program, we promote sustainability and self-reliance and create a sense of community around gardening in Austin.

What’s one way you feel weird and how does that inspire you?

I’m a little bit weird in that I bike everywhere I go. It’s inspiring because it’s good for human health and for the planet. We hear every day on the news about climate change and declining human health and it’s easy to feel like we can’t possibly overcome these problems as individuals. Biking is a great small step for me to do to personally contribute, be visible and encourage others as well. For anyone who wants to get started with biking, there are a lot of group rides you can join in Austin so that you have fun and feel comfortable traveling on two wheels.

Where do you go to get inspired?

I feel really inspired in my own garden. I love planting seeds and watching the daily growth and all of the changes. It’s wonderful to be able to harvest your own salad or ingredients for a smoothie, and it’s as fresh and local as can be. It just feels so good to nurture the garden and let the garden nurture you.

May’s global theme PRESERVE will be discussed by Brandon Berdoll.

Hosted at Wolf House on Friday, 5/24. Details here.

Say thanks to our partner this month: R/GA!

And extra cheers to our coffee partner: Cuvée Coffee!

Do you want to see your business featured among these amazing companies while feeling the love of our creative community? If you want to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com).

May’s global theme is Preserve.

Our Charleston chapter chose this month’s exploration of Preserve and Chris Nickels illustrated the theme.

Thank you to our Global Partners—Mailchimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com—for supporting us.

The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it.

What do we care about? What do we take for granted? Would we miss it if it disappeared?

Preservation begins with asking deep questions and turning our attention to the environment around us.

Marine biologist and explorer Sylvia Earle wrote in her book, The World is Blue, “Should we race to see how quickly we can consume the last tuna, swordfish, and grouper? Or race to see what can be done to protect what remains? For now, there is still a choice.”

Our daily habits are a mirror reflecting back what we truly care about. Our actions are key to protecting the wellbeing of our communities, cities, and planet.

Pause for a moment to notice what is being neglected and take an audit. We can break out of patterns, simplify our lives, and focus on the things that will last a long time.

Together, we can chart a brighter path into the future.

LET’S GO ON A FIELD TRIP!
We’ve got three #CMfieldtrips planned for you this Friday, 5/3.

TALKING BRAND (& BEER) @ BIRDS
Join us at the original Birds Barbershop on South Lamar for an interactive discussion with co-founder, Michael Portman. Learn the origin story behind this Austin-born brand. RSVP

GET EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND YOU @ ATMOSPHERE
Your dog gets you, but does everyone else? Stories matter. Stories get you a seat at the table. Using board games, Mad Libs, and more, Susan O'Connor will help you tell yours. RSVP

THE ART OF THE LETTER @ INDUSTRY PRINT SHOP
Love lettering and typography? Commercial lettering artist and designer Ryan Hamrick will be our expert guide into the basics of hand-lettering and letterform design. RSVP (This FieldTrip was made possible through a partnership with AIGA Austin. It’s the first of four CMATX/AIGA events in 2019!)

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.

WANT TO HOST A FIELDTRIP? APPLY HERE.

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips? You should subscribe to our newsletter. (Look for the signup button on the right hand side of the page.)

“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.)

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