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April 17, 8:30am • Your home • part of a series on Purpose

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  

IDENTITY | Michael-Birch Pierce

Michael-Birch Pierce’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.

Our Jakarta chapter chose this month’s exploration of Identity and Nadya Noorillustrated the theme

Our global theme for February is INVEST.
It was chosen by our Hong Kong chapter and illustrated by Bao Ho.

Help the conversation compound with the hashtags #CMinvest & #CMRVA

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.

ROOTS | Enjoli Moon

“Richmond is acknowledging its roots … and pruning the rotten branches. There’s something special about carrying Richmond with me … introducing people to the beauty of Richmond. One of the oldest places in the country is changing swiftly and intentionally.” - Enjoli Moon 

Enjoli’s interview delved deep on the role of community and roots - and about expanding the narrative of Richmond past our city. Her discussion focused on integration, communication and how we grow through celebration, together. We all left proud to be a part of our city. 

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins & Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, and Fahrenheit IT

Browse the photos and full talk HERE.

Courageous, creative work begins below the ground. 

January’s Theme is Roots.

Our Québec chapter chose this month’s exploration of Roots and Félix Girardillustrated the theme. 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. 

Our first event of 2020 will be held on Friday, January 17th at 8:30 am. Stay tuned for details!

SILENCE | Natasha Freeman

At the end of the day, all you have is you. Listen to that voice. Silence everything else.”

We ended the year in reflection with Natasha Freeman, Himalayan sound bowls, tacky sweater competitions and lovely wrapping paper gifts from our partners at Worth Higgins.  

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins & Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, and Bonfire

Browse the photos and full talk HERE

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. When silence is intentional, it is valuable and restorative. It brings us back to our senses and is essential to our holistic well-being.

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton defines quiet as a ‘presence’ and ‘think tank of the soul.’ 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.

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 Montevideo chapter chose this month’s exploration of Silence and Dani Scharfillustrated the theme. 

LOST | Benita Conde

Hands off the outcome and high five on!”

We enjoyed getting lost with Benita Conde and celebrating our 4th birthday together this November! 12 years sober, Benita shared how her lost moments were pivotal in finding herself.


Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins & Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, Bonfire, and Fahrenheit IT.

Get lost in the photos HERE. Breathe through the video HERE.

See you next month [Dec 13!] at our last event of the year at Dogtown Dance Theatre.