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July’s Theme is Underdog
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 My 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.
June’s Theme is Insecure
Insecurity shrinks our optimism and blinds us to how things really are or how they could be. How can we start to overcome insecurity and strengthen ourselves?
According to author Leo Babauta, we can begin with a small dose of courage: “A bit of courage. Just in small doses, to start with, but it means a willingness to set aside all the distractions for a little bit, and just focus on what you’re struggling with.”
By observing and seeing, we can catch the early moments we allow our insecurities in. Pay attention to when you are being driven by insecurity and notice what exactly makes you contract. The secret is that the path out can be found in the patterns we have repeated thousands of times.
Ignite a small dose of your courage and fiercely protect its flame. Commit to breaking one limiting belief at a time. With good work and focus, you’ll soon be able to spread your wings and fly higher.
May’s Theme is Nature
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.
Our ﬁrst live stream event
This is an unparalleled time in which our community has the opportunity to come together and bring joy to the world in a digital manner. So we’re working on a live stream event right now.
We are really looking forward to “meeting” all of you next Friday at 8:30 in the morning… although it will be a little different than normal. A virtual meeting has its drawbacks, but there are new options that you will enjoy:
• No waiting list, because our virtual location can hold up to 500 people
• Sleep half an hour longer because you don’t have to travel
• And this has never happened before:
- send questions via chat
- hold a 30-Sec Pitch from your sofa
- take a screenshot if you like a slide
- take part in the virtual Q&A …
• Unfortunately we do not meet in person
• We do not get to know a great, new location
• We have to provide coffee and pastries ourselves
Note: You will find out exactly how our first virtual CreativeMornings Berlin will take place in our newsletter and – after your registration – in a personal email shortly before the event.
April’s Theme is 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.
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.
March’s Theme is Identity
What makes you, you?
Your identity is made up of multitudes — the stories you carry, the music you love, the challenges you overcome, the books you read, the communities you’re a part of, and more. But your identity is a colorful blend of not only what you consume or create, but also the questions you ask and what you’re willing to learn.
In her CreativeMornings talk, Lucy Bellwood shared, “When we box ourselves too tightly into a single identity or career path, we deprive ourselves of the nutrients necessary to remain connected to the world around us. We are lacking in vitamin curiosity.“
The things that make you unmistakably you are not just the eclectic edges, but the simple pillars, beliefs, and values that you simply can’t shake. What sort of spirit or energy do you bring to a room? How do you show up in the world? What are your pillars?
The most unique care and love you can give to your creative identity is to craft it with your own hands.
Our Jakarta chapter chose this month’s exploration of Identity, Nadya Noor illustrated the theme, and our new Global Partner Basecamp is presenting it globally. Our speaker in Berlin is Anne Hebbeln, Coach & Sustainability Manager and founder of Goodism: For a better world-life-balance!
Hurray, tomorrow there’s a takeaway
The generous online print shop Camaloon has supplied us with CreativeMornings Berlin buttons. Look forward to the event tomorrow.
But Camaloon did not only enable us – after 5 years – to distribute buttons again. The company also donates a load of Fridge Magnets including a 10% discount voucher, for all visitors (valid until March 31, 2020).
Many thanks to Camaloon Germany.
February’s Theme is Invest
Every day we give our time, resources, and energy to the world through our decisions. We might read certain books, join a new community, or pick up a hobby. And whether we acknowledge it or not, every choice we make is an investment either for or against ourselves.
Wise investing requires patience and awareness. It’s an art that combines our knowledge from past experiences with future aspirations to inform where we’ll put our energy and our heart.
To live a sustainable creative life requires us to say ‘yes’ to the choices that bring richness into our lives, even when it seems risky.
In the Investment Theory of Creativity psychologist Robert J. Sternberg discovered: “The greatest obstacle to creativity […] is not exactly strictures from others, but rather the limitations one places on one’s own thinking.”
Take this opportunity to diversify your dreams. Convert your doubts into positive currency and bet on yourself. Without a doubt, you’ll see a worthwhile return.
January’s Theme is Roots
A tree is made up of not only its colorful leaves, but also its bark, branches, and most of all — its roots. The roots exist to provide sustenance and a strong foundation for the rest of its body.
Examine your own ‘roots.’ When you retrace them, what do you find?
In his CreativeMornings talk, James Victore shares, ‘The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today. But only if you put it in your work.’ Identify the things that ground you and what you’ve carried with you over time. How have your roots shaped who you are today?
The start of a brand-new decade gives you the perfect excuse to dig up the old and to nourish the elements that sustain you. Courageous, creative work begins below the ground.
December’s Theme is Silence
As the end of the year draws near, life can get humorously hectic. We rush to finish up projects, try to squeeze in appointments with loved ones, and can easily lose track of ourselves in the process.
Is this inevitable? Or can we find ways to ground ourselves amid all the chaos? In this busy season, create moments of stillness where you can. Silence is a powerful tool that allows us to take a step back from the atmosphere around us and realign with our intentions, our hopes, and ourselves.
This December, set aside time to tune out the noise. You can go for a walk outdoors, find a cozy corner, or simply close your eyes. The magic of silence is that we can access it wherever we are.
Your beacon is the light that blazes within you, a signal made up of your values, dreams, and priorities.