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

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. 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.

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April's theme is Inclusive

“People who include with intention raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.”

When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts. We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity.  People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar. Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others. When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Our Grand Rapids chapter chose this month’s exploration of Inclusive, Libby VanderPloeg illustrated the theme, and WordPress.com is presenting the theme globally.

March's theme is Water

It’s the main source of all life. The lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies.

It’s the liquid that we don’t drink enough of, yet waste effortlessly.

It’s home to millions of species, mysteries, and undiscovered knowledge.

We know more about the stars in the sky than the depths of our oceans.We can use it to save lives. If used foolishly, it can take lives.We think there is an abundance, yet only one percent can be touched. If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life?

Our Perth chapter chose this month’s exploration of Water and Sofia Varanoillustrated the theme.

February's theme is Symmetry

What do a planet, an attractive face, and a snowflake have in a common? Symmetry.

Symmetry is prevalent throughout life. You can fold a sunflower in half, stories have an arc, and the human body can bend and create mesmerizing shapes. There are also irregularities that enhances life; it adds beauty and complexity. If there’s symmetry in nature, then there must be a kind of symmetry in the way we lead our lives.

Symmetry cannot be possible without asymmetry, the same way sadness magnifies joy.

Alan Lightman wrote in The Accidental Universe, “I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in.” But chaos will happen whether we like it or not, it’s how we respond to it that either creates order or more chaos.When in chaos, create your symmetry.

Our Saint Petersburg chapter chose this month’s exploration of Symmetry, Anna Fadeeva illustrated the theme, and Mailchimp is the presenting partner.

January's theme is Surreal

When you look at the artwork of Frida Kahlo or Salvador Dalí, there’s an element of surprise. Why does it feel familiar yet also otherworldly?Surrealists sought to break free from the shackles of the rational mind and dive into the deep end of the unconscious. The canvas, then, became a mirror for what emerged out of that process. This movement was inspired by events in the 1920s on the heels of the first world war and continues to influence artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers. This cultural and artistic movement ushered in new techniques that helped humans expand their minds.

Today, we recognize a sense of the surreal in unexpected moments in daily life. Art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room are becoming readily available, encouraging people to immerse themselves in experiences that break reality. A ballet performance or a silent meditation retreat can be a dreamlike experience.

Whether we experience a surreal moment or dabble in processes like drawing without thinking or writing without self-editing, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and what lingers under the hood of our desires to keep life orderly and controlled.

Our Brussels chapter chose this month’s exploration of Surreal, Charlotte Dumortier illustrated the theme, and WordPress.com is the presenting partner.

We celebrate the passionate, dynamic, creative innovators who call the Bayou City home. We’re the Houston chapter of CreativeMornings, an international breakfast lecture series. Come for the free coffee and donuts, stay for an inspiring talk from one of your fellow Houstonians. 

CreativeMornings Houston “Taboo

Friday March 24th at 8:30am at Merchant and Market

Speaker: Gino Vian 

Gino Vian is a Houston artist and designer. He creates impactful spaces using mostly vintage reclaimed materials. He is a collector of curious goods and unique pieces which he often refurbishes and incorporates into his design projects. Along with his wife, he owns Merchant And Market, a design / build / shop in the Montrose neighborhood. The shop offers their one-of-a-kind finds and also serves as a walk-through portfolio of Gino’s work and outside the box aesthetic. His work can be seen at many of the unique properties, bars & restaurants he has designed throughout the city and beyond. Gino is a self-taught artist who draws inspiration from his everyday surroundings. He credits his unique style to his diverse, multicultural upbringing. He’s equal parts madman and creative genius who thinks good design is a custom space that provokes feeling & emotion.


Venue: Merchant and Market

Location: 
1637 Westheimer, 
Houston, Texas 77006

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Giveaway!

SURPRISE! Gino Vian, Merchant and Market will be giving away one custom art piece! 



Sponsors: 

LOCAL: MERCHANT AND MARKET, GREENWAY COFFEE, MORNINGSTAR, TOPO CHICO, KIND, AND COPY.COM—THANK YOU SO MUCH LOCAL DONORS, WE LOVE YOU!

GLOBAL: THANK YOU WIX.COM, MAILCHIMP, AND SHUTTERSTOCK! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!

If you would like to sponsor and/or donate to Creative Mornings Houston, do not hesitate to contact us at: houston@creativemornings.com  We will welcome you with open arms.

CreativeMornings Houston “Moments.”

Friday February 10th at 8:30am at HumanHQ

This month This month is a very special event, CreativeMornings Houston has partnered with Reelabilities Houston to talk about Moments.

Speaker:

Linda Geffin

Linda Geffin is an attorney and former Chief of the Harris County Attorney’s Special Prosecution Unit that filed lawsuits to close businesses that are fronts for criminal activity such human trafficking, prostitution and dog and cock fighting. After a string of successful closures, in what was believed to be a retribution hit, Linda was assaulted and seriously injured. Linda has drawn national attention to human trafficking through an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s documentary Sex Slaves in Texas, several radio programs, as well as being featured in Texas Monthly and numerous newspaper interviews throughout the State. A twenty-five year veteran of the Harris County District and County Attorney’s office, Linda has tried more than 150 jury trial and holds an “AV Pre-Eminent” Peer Review” rating from Martindale Hubbell. She is a former board member of United against Human Trafficking, a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, keynote speaker at Rice University’s Women in Leadership Forum, 2013, a recipient of Children at Risk’s “Hero of the Month”.

Venue:

HumanHQ

Location: 529 W 19th street
Houston, Texas 77008

more about this special venue:

HumanHQ is a unique space in Houston where positive, driven people can join small groups for meaningful discussion about life. We engage in goal setting and help one another remain accountable on their path. We house the personal development junkies, creatives, entrepreneurs, and straight up I-don’t-want-to-settle-in-lifers. We are a product of who we surround ourselves in. Let’s dig deep, get honest with our vulnerable selves, and live like we mean it. Check us out at humanhq.org to learn more. We can’t wait to meet you!


Volunteers Needed to join Our Core Team:

Help us keep Creative Mornings Houston in the on-going. We are in need of volunteers to join our CMHou core team, many positions are available, if you are interested please email us at: houston@creativemornings.com

A few positions to be filled up are: Host, Video Editor, Coffee/Breakfast coordinator, Copywriter, Social Media Manager, Marketing.

All of us in the team do this as a volunteer position, second full-time job, because we LOVE the Creative Community and believe Houston should have one.

Sponsors:

HumanHQ, Greenway Coffee, Morningstar, Topo Chico, KIND, and Copy.Com—Thank you so much local donors, we LOVE YOU!

Global Sponsors: Thank you WIX.com, Mailchimp, and Shutterstock! You guys are AMAZING!

If you would like to sponsor and/or donate to Creative Mornings Houston, do not hesitate to contact us at: houston@creativemornings.com  We will welcome you with open arms.

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