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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?
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.
We’re looking for a new organizer in Toronto!
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 196 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 Toronto was founded in 2011 and has had four hosts help to lead and nurture the community. Our current host Christina Hug, is stepping down and we are seeking a replacement - could it be you?
If you are:
- passionate about your local creative community in Toronto
- psyched to lead a small volunteer team to put your own spin on CreativeMornings
- excited to participate in the global conversation among our 196 chapters and growing
- one to use the words humble, driven, resourceful, generous and connected to describe yourself
New hosts typically need about 40hrs a month to dedicate to the role. This includes meetings with volunteers, pitching sponsors, coordinating with venues, inviting speakers, and preparing your event day slides/opening.
If interested, we’d love to hear from you! Complete this quick typeform to express your interest and we’ll be in touch.
There will be follow up interviews for the top candidates.
Hugs and High Fives!
Photo Credit: Laura Crowell
December’s theme is TRADITION
Traditions are sacred because they cultivate consistency and a sense of belonging. It’s the bread and butter for fostering connection and community.
We’re in a time where traditions are being challenged and remixed. We question how they came to be and the context in how (or if) they fit into the future.
“This is just the way it is” is a statement of fear, not possibility. It undermines the human capacity to adapt and create change. Traditions are made by us, for us, so therefore they can be reinvented with intention and imagination.
You may not start the next national holiday, but you can bring to the table your generosity, your kindness, your vision and heart to create a more welcoming future.
November’s theme is RESTART
I need to disconnect. There’s too much noise in my head. I am burning out. I need space to rethink everything. I need a hard reset.
Exhaustion is like dehydration—when you feel it, you’ve gone too far.
So we finally cave in and heed the words of people who’ve found their centres again: take a trip into nature, go for walks, unplug completely.
The challenge with restarting is that we often save it for the end rather than creating pockets throughout our weeks where we prioritize reflection and solitude.
Restarting is essential. It’s a way to digest experiences, reflect and cultivate self-awareness, and remind ourselves that life is to be enjoyed. It’s refreshing and feeds greater intention and momentum into our creative endeavours.
If you find yourself feeling like you’re on a treadmill with an invisible hand increasing the velocity, remind yourself: only you have the power to get off and recalibrate.
October’s theme is HONESTY.
Honesty is the currency for connection. It’s a gift we give to each other that strengthens bonds and deepens relationships. Honesty is a practice where we start from the heart.
Being honest isn’t always easy and being honest all of the time is impractical. Giving honest feedback or sharing our opinions requires sensitivity to the context and meeting others where they are—with kindness and empathy.
Honesty is about providing the information that you would want if you were in a similar situation.
Another way to look at honesty: it’s a flower born out of the soil of trust, connection, and conversations. The more we nurture conversations that breed trust and forge a connection, the more honesty becomes baked into the way we lead our lives.
This month's global exploration of Honesty was chosen by our sister chapter Cardiff and illustrated by James Lewis.
September is Chaos.
Chosen by our friends in the Tijuana chapter, this gorgeous risograph was illustrated by Eraboy. Thanks to our incredible global presenting partner MailChimp for making it happen – lookout for more details in your inbox in the days to come. #CMchaos #creativemornings #cmto
August’s theme is COMMUNITY
A community is a reflection of what we crave: belonging.
Belonging is the heart of human connection. Our hardwiring is to be social creatures, to need one another. We cannot become our best selves without feeling like we belong to a tribe that sees us, respects us, and lifts us up.
A sense of belonging can be fostered in many ways: food, music, volunteering, a cause. You can scan a room and see a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and skill sets—yet the common thread is shared desires and aspirations. It’s magnificently profound how simple this connection is, how deeply we all crave it, and how it changes the trajectory of our lives.
The work of community is when a person walks into a room with fear and self-doubt, only to leave with a new narrative and a feeling of possibility and hope.
We can give that experience to one another. It’s the work of being human.
This month’s global exploration of Community was chosen by our Philadelphia chapter, and illustrated by James Olstein 👋 High five to MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for fuelling our global creative community.
If you look closely, you can see the intention behind the action, a project, or a sassy tweet.
Intention is palpable. A hand-written thank you resonates in our hearts more strongly than an email. One person standing for something pales in comparison to a community fighting for something. Beautiful work is not on accident. Beauty grows from the seed of a clear intention.
How do we get better at setting clear intentions?
The same way we improve at anything: with practice, self-awareness, feedback from friends, and learning how to show up more wholeheartedly.