The Places I’ll Go

12 01 2013

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It’s time to turn a new page. That’s my thought as I write the last page of my journal.  I get a little reflective as I end something and start something new. Next week I’m facilitating my first group through the Art’s Council on The Artist Way at Work, based on a book that has been important to my journey. While reflecting on the past and the present, I look forward to where this journey is taking me.

My Creative Journey

Five years ago my then new boss told me I wouldn’t make another round of budget cuts and I should consider a job in sales. She saw me as a dinosaur. I was criticized for being a bad proofer. I’m a graphic designer, didn’t she know designers just look at words, we don’t read them?!

This led me to say YES to being on the Board of my professional club, the American Advertising Federation-Baton Rouge (AAF-BR).

I read the Artist’s Way for a second time.

This made me realize that while I still love design, when I started it wasn’t so solitary. I could now go all day sitting in front of a computer with no human interaction. I hate this. I’m an extrovert. I must talk to people in order to know what I’m thinking.

I make a decision to get over my fear of public speaking. I put myself in positions of HAVING to talk in front of people.

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That new boss quits and moves away. I become President of AAF-BR. Every email I send out as president has a typo in it and I still win District President of the Year.

I start giving workshops on Creativity and Innovation outside of my day job.

I started a side business, Greenview Designs. I designed my own logo and business card. I gave myself the title Creativity Coach.

Be who you say

I started this blog, My Creative Journey, so my creative  voice can be heard.

In the middle of the night, I stumble upon a bloghop by this group of midlife women bloggers called GenFab (Generation Fabulous).

weirdness

I become part of the FABULOUS GenFab blogger/writer tribe—a group of supportive, creative women who are changing how the world looks at midlife. (They don’t kick me out because of my typos.)

My blog makes it into a GenFab bloghop and I’m in Huffington freakin’ Post.

I make plans to attend BlogHer this summer in Chicago.

This week, I will lead a group based on the book The Artist’s Way at Work. It’s how to nurture the creative spirit within you.

today is your day

The thing about journeys is that they take you to unexpected places. I’ll keep telling you about my unexpected twists, turns and falls. Feel free to let me know yours. Oh, the places we’ll go!

You just have to click the follow button to enjoy “My Creative Journey”.

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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