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June’s Theme is Insecure
Insecurity shrinks our optimism, beliefs around potential, and blinds us to how things really are or how they could be. We project our greatest fears when we succumb to the negative ways we are conditioned to react.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.Our Louisville chapter chose this month’s exploration of Insecure, Rachael Sinclair illustrated the theme, and it’s presented globally by WordPress.com.
Meet the Speaker: Clare Fieseler
Clare Fieseler started her creative career working for National Geographic in wildlife filmmaking but eventually returned graduate school to research study coral reefs and marine ecology. She spent countless hours underwater collecting data, logging time on boats, and traveling throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. During field expeditions she began applying her skills from filmmaking and started shooting still images for various digital publications.
In 2016, Clare began working professionally as an independent photographer while maintaining a career in academia. Clare is currently an assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University, but continues to enjoy a part-time career in photojournalism covering gender, science and the environment. She was IWMF Reporting Fellow in 2018 and a AAAS Fellow reporting for The Washington Post in 2019.
During the coronavirus pandemic, she has been turning the lens on herself and documenting her own experience parenting and trying to connect with nature under lock-down. Her images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.
May’s Theme is Nature.“What can nature teach us about living with strength, vulnerability, and grace during these challenging times?”Our Salt Lake City chapter chose this month’s exploration of Nature, David Habben illustrated the theme, and it’s presented globally by WordPress.com.
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It’s Our Birthday!
Seven years ago this month, #CMDC began with 80 people at our inaugural event. Today, our community is over 10K strong. If you’ve been to one of our events — as an attendee, volunteer, speaker or partner — we are so grateful. To celebrate our birthday this month, we decided to give back to the community we love so much, particularly as many of our partners and DC creatives may be struggling during these unprecedented times. Follow and join the celebration this week on Twitter and Instagram.
A Note to our Community
To our community — Given the current global health situation, we have decided to cancel our March event. Our first and foremost responsibility is to keep our community safe and follow expert advice like this.
This is hugely disappointing for us, as it would be our annual evening event to celebrate our 7th anniversary. But the health and well-being of the people within our CreativeMornings/DC community is so much more important. We hope you will continue to join us via social media, email, and other virtual channels.
We have seven years of CreativeMornings/DC to celebrate, especially the supporters, volunteers, partners and speaker who make it great. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Meet Our February Speaker: Rion Amilcar Scott
Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in journals such as The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review among others.
Registration will open on Monday, February 24 at 10:30AM.
February’s Theme is Invest
“Convert your doubts into positive currency and bet on yourself.”
Registration for #CMInveset will open on Monday, February 24 at 10:30AM!
Our Hong Kong chapter chose this month’s exploration of Invest and Bao Ho illustrated the theme.
Meet Our January Speaker: Malaka Gharib
Malaka Gharib is an artist and a journalist based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of “I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir,” about being first-generation Filipino Egyptian American. She is a writer and editor on NPR’s science desk, reporting on global health and development topics such as humanitarian aid and gender and income inequality.
January’s Theme is Roots.“Courageous, creative work begins below the ground.”Our Québec chapter chose this month’s exploration of Roots and Félix Girard illustrated the theme.
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