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We’re Hosting a Texas-Sized CreativeMornings Global Organizer Summit this November!

What began as a morning speaker series has grown into a global community of creative minds. So much of what we get every single month is due to the dedication of our incredible CreativeMornings organizers. Around the world, these organizers volunteer their time and energy to provide a FREE inspiring talk for their local creative community… and they bring breakfast! All of this effort adds up to be a quarter of a million cups of coffee per year, 79,800 hours of work, and immeasurable amounts of inspiration.  

This year we’re hosting the second CreativeMornings Summit for those incredible volunteer organizers. CreativeMornings Summit 2016 will bring organizers from across the globe together to exchange ideas, share best practices, and further develop their leadership skills. And it will be even bigger than the first CreativeMornings Summit. Why? Because we have nearly doubled in size and the #CMSummit16 will be in a place where everything is bigger - Texas. Giddyup!

We Can’t Do This Alone

If you’ve ever felt inspired by a talk, met a new friend or future employer, or indulged in a delicious donut, then this is your chance to say ‘thank you’ and help make CreativeMornings even better. Today we’re asking you to help us continue fueling the magical experiment-turned-global-engine-of-generosity known as CreativeMornings.

We’re asking you to help fund the Summit. Whatever amount you’re able to offer will make all the difference. After CreativeMornings Summit 2016, organizers will bring home, even more, passion and energy to their local creative communities. You will see the return on your investment in the form of more fun, insightful, caffeinated, and inspirational CreativeMornings events!

No, you can’t put a price on making a connection or walking away with a deeper insight or inspiration, but let’s try! Please help us make CreativeMornings Summit 2016 a reality by backing our Kickstarter campaign.

About the Campaign

When you support the CreativeMornings Summit 2016 Kickstarter, you not only reap the rewards of the post-summit enhancements to your local CreativeMornings chapter, you’ll also get a reward! We’re offering rewards that range from music to golden tickets to one-on-ones with your favorite speaker.

You can join in and support the campaign from March 11th to April 9th, so saddle up and kick in what you can to show the global CM community how much you care! Share the love using #CMsummit16.

Social-media eschewing, California girl Christine Harrington is our February #CMugshot. For her breakfast taco, only one ingredient need apply - bacon. And she earns it by doing business development for Storyland, a fabricator of 3D pieces for retail stores and advertising and architectural agencies. You might find Christine seeking inspiration during her morning walks around Town Lake.


Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Austin?

Elizabeth Street Cafe to get a Vietnamese Coffee with a ham and Gruyere croissant.

In the spirit of February’s ethical theme, what’s a rule you love to break, and why?

I go the wrong way in the parking garage at Trader Joe’s because it’s way shorter. 

Connect with Christine!

CreativeMornings Profile

(photo of Christine by Manny Pandya)

When his day begins, Russell doesn’t mess around with bits in his breakfast tacos. Only full strips of crisp juicy bacon hanging out both sides will do. World, meet Austin art director and educator, Russell Toynes, our January #CMugshot. When he’s not educating and art directing, Russell loves a solid session of video gaming at Pinballz, then settling down with a Mighty Fine burger.


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


When it comes to language, what feeling or thought do you find it hardest to put into words or convey to another person? Why do you think this happens?

True appreciation. We say “Thank you” but I feel like that comes across as obligatory and doesn’t express what I’m really feeling. I am so very appreciative for what I have and what people have done for me that language just can’t convey my feelings and emotions without a plethora of words (and probably making both of us uncomfortable).

Do you have another way of communicating this feeling or thought that seems to work better?

Hugs. (When appropriate of course.)

Connect with Russell!

Creative Mornings Profile | Twitter | Instagram

(Photo of Russell by Steve Moakley)

Recent CreativeMornings/Austin speaker Aralyn Hughes stars in Love In the Sixties

The documentary will be screened at the Vortex, Feb 24, 2016 at 7:30.  

You can meet and chat with Aralyn Hughes and Amparo Garcia Crow, Director and mother of Shakey Graves who’s music is in the film. There will be a Q&A following the film.  

LOVE IN THE SIXTIES is about how one small town woman from Oklahoma, who came of age in the 1960s (and who now is in her sixties) is taking on some serious baby boomer questions about love, sex and death with an adventurous and outrageous “artistic” curiosity to find herself —even at the cost of “ruining her reputation.”

Aralyn is now known as “Queen of Weird in Austin.“ For thirty-five years, she was a successful businesswoman, a lobbyist at the Texas State Capitol, the director of the first abortion clinic in Austin and a member of virtually “every board and commission in town.” Local theatre audiences became acquainted with Aralyn when she acted in the Big State Production of In the West, one of the longest running theatre productions in  Austin that the Austin Chronicle cited as “the little monologue show that changed the face of Austin theatre “ Soon after, she evolved into a “Queen of Weird”persona when her visual art turned her otherwise suburban home into the iconic “Keep Austin Weird" house. Most recently, Aralyn published KID ME NOT: An Anthology of Women of the Sixties, now in their Sixties, which was recently the winner of a 2015 Texas Association of Authors award.  Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love wrote the forward. 

Learn more at And watch her amazing #CMATX talk here.