CREATIVE HEROES: The Birth of an Idea

31 01 2016

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I’m filled with creative energy as I start the New Year. I’m in the process of giving birth to a new idea. It’s about living a creative life. Since this idea is in the birthing process, I’m not sure what this idea will grow up to be.

This baby idea is about how small details full of creative energy can grow into a full life experience. Those experiences make a richer and joyful life. Sometimes the seed of that experience grows out of a difficult time.

Our lives make sense in hindsight. This baby idea has been 10 years in the making and has grown from a time when my professional life was going to shit.

Ten years ago, I had a new, young, smart boss who didn’t like my design style—I’m an art director in an in-house corporate setting—she felt I was an old dinosaur. She told me I would not make another round of budget cuts and should consider a job in sales. Eventually all she allowed me to create were flyers that went on the inside of bathroom stalls (really the shits).

I then believed I was no longer hirable and I began to seriously ponder on what did I want to do in this upcoming new chapter. I was freshly divorced and responsible for my aging mother and my teen daughter, so I didn’t feel free to walk away from a job with great benefits, where I had invested a dozen years. This is what propelled me through the next decade of living a fully creative life.

Whereas my boss saw me as a dinosaur, my professional organization saw me as someone with experience and asked me to be on their Board of Directors. I used this experience to grow my life in new directions. I started to face my fears and pushed myself into doing things that made me uncomfortable, like public speaking.

I eventually became the President of my club and that young boss followed her own ambitious rise up the corporate ladder and left the company. As I regained confidence, I wanted to share my life experience with others and created workshops on creativity. I knew firsthand how fragile it could be and that the creative spirit needs to be nurtured and encouraged to thrive.

While my day job improved, I still needed a place for my creative voice to be heard unedited. So I created this blog, My Creative Journey and a side business with my sweetie, which we named Greenview Designs. I’m about to audition for a performance play called Listen to Your Mother, where I’ll read a story I’ve written that grew out of this blog. That’s something I couldn’t have imagined doing a decade ago.

Today I’m a designer, a writer, a marketer, a speaker, a teacher and in a loving relationship. This all grew out of embracing fear. It has been a creative journey of many small steps that has me living a full, creative, joyful life.

My baby idea is to record others who are living creative lives, people who inspire me. This blog is going to hold their stories and Greenview Designs is going to create videos. I’m calling this series Creative Heroes.

So welcome to my baby idea. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it grow. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

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22 responses

31 01 2016
Lisa Garon Froman

Oh how I love this….and watching you grow. I know you had some rocky times, but I am so glad you didn’t let someone else determine your worth. Because you are flipp’in priceless, my friend.

31 01 2016
conniemcleod

Thanks Lisa! It continues to be remarkable the parallels in our lives. You are an inspiration to me and a creative hero.

31 01 2016
Juanita McGregor

Connie, I am not only excited for you and Steve but am inspired by your courage, grit and perseverance. I weren’t for nothing tht our teachers so long ago let us plant a seed to see that it took time..I think as adults our lives and commitments are so present and so immediate, we sometimes, forget that lesson… growth needs time to develop…I think of it differently, I simply keep at the “puzzle” until I get it solved but, if I may be so bold, I think our different paths lead us to give whatever seed is struggling in our minds/lives the times it needs to either flourish or die with dignity. Too many ideas get shoved off a cliff and never have the chance to do a good Camille if they must die. Best of luck with Greenview…the site is so attractive I wish I had the need to call. Take care and hope to see you soon.

31 01 2016
conniemcleod

I so appreciate your words. And I agree, some ideas take root and others wither away. I’m grateful that our paths have crossed and hope to visit with you.

31 01 2016
melinda!

So inspirational to read, Connie! I am loving watching your baby creative steps turn into big leaps.

31 01 2016
conniemcleod

I love the creative energy that sparkles when we’re together. I see wonderful adventures together in our future.

1 02 2016
CaptCruncher

Brilliant! I can’t wait to hear and see your beautiful baby grow into something I am sure will be smart, sassy, hysterical, and inspiring — just like its mom :)!

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

AAaaawwww, you are so kind!

1 02 2016
Carla

I cannot say enough what a fabulous experience Listen To Your Mother Austin was for me.
I wrote all about our daughter and the adoption process and moving to Guatemala… My daughter was in the audience and never had I seen her so happy and proud.

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

Thanks Carla, the audition is in 2 weeks, I’ve very excited!

1 02 2016
Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

I’ll enjoy following along as you expand your vision! Best of luck to you.

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

Thanks Carol! It’s been fun already!

1 02 2016
Marielle

I have LOVED getting to see glimpses of your journey. You always had the right stuff, now you’ve got the right focus and energy!

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

AAF-BR was a game changer for me. I find it amazing to see how far I’ve come. I’m glad you’ve been a part of my journey.

1 02 2016
Sharon Greenthal

It’s amazing how far so many of our midlife blogging peers have come since we all connected a few years ago. I’m looking forward to reading this and I wish you the best of luck with LTYM!

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

Yes, it is amazing Sharon. This blogging group has been a significant part of my creative journey. And I would have never heard of LTYM had is mont been for other women in the group who talked about it. Thanks for being a part of my creative journey.

1 02 2016
Haralee

You are a success story Connie! I look forward to following your latest baby grow! Best of luck with the audition.

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

Thanks Haralee. The support of the MLB women has played a significant part of building my confidence.

1 02 2016
T.O. Weller

What a great story and congratulations!

I too am exploring new avenues this year … one of them being a series of interviews with people like yourself, reinventing and courageously moving forward as they explore their creativity and pursue new dreams. I’m calling them “second-acters” (spelling different on purpose).

I look forward to following your journey! Here’s to an adventurous 2016!

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

That sounds great! I look forward to following your stories too!

1 02 2016
Aimee Hansen

Love it my friend!!!

1 02 2016
conniemcleod

Thanks! We’re overdue a visit!

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