The Creative Process and Innovation

9 11 2012

It’s Happening!
Last week my blog was about giving birth to Greenview Designs. The business is born and taking it’s first steps. I created my title, Creativity Coach; I like it better than CEO or President. It describes what I do. I help people find their authentic voice for their own creative journey.

My first program using the title Creativity Coach is with the Arts Council of GBR under it’s Community School for the Arts program. It’s Thursday, Nov. 15th. If you’re interested in the program, you can sign up though the Art’s Council FB event page at:

http://www.facebook.com/events/122198911270706/

Here are the details on that page.
The Creative Process and Innovation
Thursday, November 15, 2012
10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Beauregard Gallery and Bistro, 715 Europe St, BR 70802

Learn to use the creative process as a means to create leadership potential and the life you strive for. The process allows for imagining, building, and developing something unique and remarkable in response to a problem or challenge. Using creativity in our jobs, in our time off, or even in stretching resources, we may use this process as a means to solve problems as well.

$20 includes lunch
Contact Robin at 344-8558 or robin@acgbr.com to register

The Arts Council Radio Show
My radio interview about this program is this Sunday at 7:00 in the morning—I know—that’s early for a Sunday. Its on 1150 WJBO AM on the Arts Council Radio Show.  I’m not sure how I sounded, but I looked cute and I was wearing my Miracle Ball earrings!

Synchronicity
This was my horoscope the morning of the interview (spoiler alert—the interview is pre-taped):

“Creative Confidence: Creativity encourages confidence because it gives you an opportunity to stretch the limits of your mind while making the most of your skills. When you think and act in a creative way, you are naturally intrigued by and drawn toward those ideas, people, and situations that are unfamiliar to you. Any fear that might have prevented you from exploring new worlds in the past will be quickly overshadowed by the urge to widen your perspective. When you make use of your imagination today, you may find that a zest for creation is awakened within you as you become more confident in yourself and your abilities.”

I took the horoscope as a “sign”. Not only did I use it in the interview, creative confidence is what the program is all about.

If you’re available and in the area, I hope to see you Thursday. I’m also planning on facilitating a 12-week class on “The Artist’s Way at Work” starting in January. I’ll keep you updated on that.

Now I really have to create my business card.

Feel free to contact me at: greenviewdesigns@gmail.com





Miracle Balls

16 07 2012

This blog post is like one of those movies where there are several stories that seem unrelated, but come together in the end.

Backstory 1

I love process books. That’s a book that breaks something down into small doable steps to achieve a goal. One that’s pretty well known is “The Artist’s Way”. But the one I’m reading now is on “Making Miracles” . I’ve been reading this for months and months. I like to read it only when I wake up really early (5 AM) and have quiet meditative time, to read, meditate and journal. And even though I love this quiet time and to awaken with the world and hear the birds sing and see the sky lighten and savor the silence, I really love sleep.

This book is about creating and making miracles happen in your life. I really do have miracles happen to me all the time. The key is to be aware when they are happening and to savor them and be thankful for them. This blog will highlight my miracles as well as -my goofiness, because it’s all the same journey that I am stumbling through.

Backstory 2

The chapter I’m reading is about manifesting something real in your life. The exercise is to imagine something that you can hold in your hand. It can be anything. But to totally imagine it, what it looks, like, feels like, it’s totally real in your mind. And then let it go. And wait and watch till it comes to you. I imagine a small multi-shaped star. It is silver and shiny—I like shiny things— like a charm you could wear on a necklace.

Backstory 3

I started following Fab.com when I saw a few FB posts from designers that they had bought something from them. Fab has a great marketing story. They now send me lots of emails most of which I delete.

So months go by and I forget about this. And one day when insomnia hits I am looking at my Kindle in the middle of the night and click on the Fab email. And there were my stars. It was exactly like I imagined it, and was earrings that I could afford and wear. So I ordered them. Pretty cool. And the artist that designed them was awesome.

Backstory 4

It was coming to the end of the year as my position of AAF-BR president. The president gives a party every year for the board that’s reflective of whom they are. My sweetie Steve and I are foodies and he’s an awesome cook. So he agreed to cook a multi course meal that I would pair with my favorite wines. Father’s Day was coming up and he said, even though he’s not my father or the father to my daughter, if I got him anything, he’d like a chef’s tunic that he could wear to the party. So I ordered one with Chef Steve embroidered on it.

Backstory 5

It’s the day before the party. And both the earrings and the tunic arrive on the same day. Steve had totally forgotten he had asked for this and was so touched by the gift and so proud to wear it for my party.

The Miracle

It’s a great party. The food is great, the wine is pouring steadily. I’m wearing my Miracle Balls. And I’m telling the story to these people I really care about. And there’s this WOW moment when I tell it, when we realize that it’s all come together at this moment in time. This great gathering of professional friends, the man I love proudly wearing my gift and me wearing my Miracle Balls. And that’s the Miracle and it was really a night filled with love. It was a much bigger gift than I was expecting…miracles always are.

And I call them Miracle Balls because is sounds a little naughty.