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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.Our Québec chapter chose this month’s exploration of Roots and Félix Girard illustrated the theme.
We’re looking for a new organizer in Charlottesville!
In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg, also known as Swissmiss, started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.
Today, attendees gather in over 200 cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. We call ourselves an engine of generosity and live by our manifesto.
CreativeMornings Charlottesville was founded in 2018 and a beautiful community was built. However, our previous host has since stepped down so we are now looking for a replacement. Could this be you?
If you are:
- passionate about your local creative community in Charlottesville
- psyched to lead a small volunteer team to put your own spin on CreativeMornings
- excited to participate in the global conversation among our 200+ chapters
- one to use the words humble, driven, resourceful, generous and connected to describe yourself
We’d love to hear from you! If interested, complete our short online application and we’ll be in touch.
There will be follow up interviews for the top candidates.
We look forward to receiving your application!
“When silence is intentional, it is valuable and restorative.”
Following the theme of #CMsilence, we are taking a break this month, but please stay tuned for details on our January event (mark your calendars for January 10th 😉). We are so excited for you to find out next month’s theme & speaker!
If you can, this month, we’d love for you to check out one of our CM neighbors, @creativemornings_rva and @cm_dc. Show them some love! 💕
November’s Theme is Lost.When you’re wading through the unknown, it can feel scary and risky. You float around wondering if you’re going in the right direction and want to know what’s next.Being lost is a collaboration between possibility and uncertainty. It’s an excuse to get one step closer to a more fulfilling life.
What you were comfortable with may not be there anymore, but you will have the remarkable opportunity to reconnect with yourself and embrace discovery.In these “in-between” moments, turn to your inner beacon and pay close attention to where it’s guiding you.
Your beacon is the light that blazes within you, a signal made up of your values, dreams, and priorities.The essayist Anaïs Nin put it best when she wrote: “The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress.”Shine your light. Ask for help and let go of the idea that you have to make a perfect choice. You may feel lost, but you are not alone.Our Milwaukee chapter chose this month’s exploration of Lost and Melissa Lee Johnson illustrated the theme.
October’s theme is Flow. It’s no secret that our modern-day world is full of distractions: Glowing screens. Notifications. 24-hour news cycles. At times, it can feel exhausting to try and get things done with all the bells and whistles competing for your attention.
In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist and researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi theorizes that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow. Flow is the experience of completely immersing yourself in a singular pursuit and effectively applying your skills to it.
When you’re in flow, your awareness of time momentarily dissolves. You’re in a temporary, but energizing state that helps you make progress with the task in front of you. So, how can you rise above the noise and get into flow?
First, quiet your mind and take a deep breath. Then, pick one task (yes, just one) and set clear goals for it. Move or put away any distractions around you. Lastly, take your first action. Whether it’s writing your first sentence, drawing your first stroke, or playing your first note — dive in.
Activate your flow and let it carry you where you need to go.
September’s theme is Muse. Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.
What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?
Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Beloved artist Frida Kahlo once famously said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”
The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe.
Chances are your muse will come out to play.
August’s theme is Justice Justice can be a path to healing in fractured times. When we envision moments related to justice, we often think of suits, a gavel hitting the surface of a desk, or people marching in the streets. Change happens when enough people raise their hand to work together. Author Omid Safi wrote, “Justice is love, embodied. We cannot speak of love without linking it to justice, nor of justice unless it is permeated by love.” Justice is restorative when empathetic and innovative solutions are brought to the forefront. Through generous listening, we all hold the ability to form moments where people can feel safe, strong, and at ease. Our Bratislava chapter chose this month’s exploration of and Simona Cechova illustrated the theme.
July’s theme is End 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. Our Rio de Janeiro chapter chose this month’s exploration of End and Isadora Zeferino illustrated the theme.
June’s theme is Wonder 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. Our Copenhagen chapter chose this month’s exploration of Wonder and Rune Fisker illustrated the theme.
May’s theme is PRESERVE
Globally, CreativeMornings is approaching this month’s theme of Preserve by exploring the preservation of the current environment around us in order to chart a brighter path into the future.
Locally, CreativeMornings Charlottesville is focusing on the preservation of stories related to the legacy of slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation. Through over 100 interviews with the descendants of people enslaved at Monticello, the project Getting Word led by Public Historian Niya Bates, tells the stories of people whose whole lives and achievements were all but erased over the last 200 years. The preservation of these oral histories leads us to a more truthful understanding of our collective history, calls us to honor the strength and resilience of the enslaved and their descendants, and asks us how we will move together toward an equitable future.
Our Charleston chapter chose this month’s exploration of Preserve and Ashley Rose Walton and Tanner Schreiber-May illustrated the theme.
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