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August’s Theme is Stress.
Stress, in its most basic form, is a response. The feeling of stress can often manifest as a palpable tension flowing through your body. Stress can creep into the corners of your thoughts and decisions — eager to cloud your clarity and take power away from you.
As a popular saying goes, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” What can you do when stress manifests itself in your body, mind, and spirit? Create your own mantras, get fresh air, meditate, write, play music, sleep, or stay still. Push away from the habits that add stress to your life. Get more familiar with the feeling of calm, so that when stress arises, you can gently guide yourself toward it.
As Shannon Lee teaches us in her CreativeMornings talk, it is possible to “create and restructure life,” for yourself, based on how you’d like to live. In the space between the stimulus and response, take some of the spotlight away from stress by calling in your breath — and ask it to walk out the door.
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 his 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, 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.
RICHMOND: We are gathering on zoom again this month - yes, on Juneteeth - to talk about our global theme insecure. Insecure can mean a lot of things in the world right now, and we are looking forward to delving into this topic with Lauryn Hutchinson in hopes that we will become more grounded and secure in the power of community.
NATURE | Kelli Lemon, Duron Chavis, Rebecca Thomas
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, we must all find the networks we can interlock with and ground ourselves in them. Lean on those branches of support and hold on tight. Hard times require us to bind together even while apart. This Friday, we’re bringing past speakers Kelli Lemon (#CMmystery), Duron Chavis (#CMtaboo), and Rebecca Thomas (#CMwater) back to explore nature and surviving and thriving in hard times.
Tickets go live 10:00 am, Monday, May 11th.Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link that morning.
Grab your favorite quarantine drink and join us for pre-event activities when digital doors open at 8:30 am.
May’s Theme is Nature.
What can nature teach us about living with strength, vulnerability, and grace during these 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.
Stay tuned for Richmond’s exploration of this topic on Friday, May 15th, via Zoom.
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PURPOSE | Sheila Battle
Sheila Battle took us on a journey of how purpose can be interpreted, even during a pandemic. It was beautiful.
She left us with a challenge to spend 15 minutes a day by ourselves for seven days straight. (Free of judgement, free of distractions.) Let her know how it went at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the generosity of our local partners - Worth Higgins & Associates, Inc., Capital One, Ideaweavers LLC, ICF Next, and Joe Smith Co. (the brand consultancy of Padilla), our chapter was able to stream live via Zoom, donate to the Cultureworks COVID relief fund, and gift some lucky winners swag.
That generosity is rippling out to other cities and we have had to opportunity to spread the love to other cities. This is the power of the CreativeMornings global community.
Watch the full talk HERE.
We believe in giving a damn.
We believe in the power of community.
Keep washing yo’ damn hands.
Our global theme for April 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.
What makes you light up inside? What brings you peace? What are the big ideas that bring meaning to your days? And what are the specific details about each of these feelings that you’re drawn to?
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.
Our Indianapolis chapter chose this month’s exploration of Purpose and Jason Ratliff illustrated the theme.
Richmond will explore this theme with Sheila Battle virtually via Zoom on April 17th. Registered attendees will receive a link via email. Grab your tickets on Monday, April 13th at CreativeMornings.com/rva.
IDENTITY | Michael-Birch Pierce
Michael-Birch Pierce’s Identity talk “Artifice and Authenticity” came to us live from their studio via Zoom and landed right into our hearts on a week we all needed it.
Thank you to the extra clean, creative space at Gather - Arts District for letting us stream the event live, while social distancing.
Because of the generosity of our local partners - Worth Higgins & Associates, Inc., Capital One, Ideaweavers LLC, ICF Next, Fahrenheit IT Staffing and Consulting, Joe Smith Co. (the brand consultancy of Padilla), our chapter was able to use Seagram AV/Todd Waldo to produce the event. Additionally, we were able to purchase a Zoom account to stay connected during virtual events.
That generosity is rippling out to other cities. We have had a few requests from other chapters without financial support to borrow our Zoom account to host their monthly event. We are taking action to help other cities spread the love. This is the power of the CreativeMornings global community.
Thank you Richmond for showing up strong. We believe in the power of community. Keep creating. Keep supporting. Keep washing yo’ damn hands.
Watch the full talk HERE.
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.