When was the last time you watched the sky progress from shades of grey to streaks of purple with smudges of pink, peach, and yellow? Ultimately, revealing an orange globe dominating the horizon and allowing shadows to shape shift from suspicious objects into trees, homes, cars, and people. Permit yourself to the slow down and become absorbed in the minutes waiting for the show to begin, and watching it unfold. I’ll never forget attending a week long writing workshop in Minnesota where part of our coursework was to go to the shores of Lake Superior to greet the dawn – and then write about our experiences. Now, I know that it’s not necessary to go to such lengths to watch a sunrise, but they were memorable. You’ll be amazed at the sense of peace, ability to focus and joy you will discover after witnessing a sunrise.
Is your bio current? Does it reflect who you are and what you do?
I met with my Mastermind Group this week and one of our members requested we help her update the About Me section of her web site. Keeping your information current is another way for you to promote yourself on line. Whether it is 50 words on a social media page, an internet employment application, or the About Me section of your web site, use that internet real estate to your advantage. Review and update it often to keep it fresh. Gauge your information to speak directly to those who will be reviewing your profile. Consider writing multiple versions of your story to allow highlighting various attributes to capture the attention of specific readers. Review your bio/profile annually to update reaching educational goals, business achievements, professional development, and geographic information (if appropriate).
By the way, if you don’t have a Mastermind Group, I highly recommend seeking one out or creating one for the support, networking, sharing and encouragement. It is has been a huge part of my professional jouney and I can’t imagine making the trip without them!
Write in your journal – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip April 6, 2010
April is Stress Awareness Month and writing in your journal is a great way to not only de-stress, it is a creative, empowering path to self-discovery and change. A journal may be many things: a sounding board, a collector’s cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue, a letter to yourself, a laboratory, a jewelry box, a treasury, or a dream-catcher. It may be kept regularly, or now and again. It may be entries on a calendar page. It may be gorgeous leather bound volume, a spiral notebook, or a collection of random bits of paper in a shoebox. A journal may be a record of your day-to-day life as well as a chance to keep track of your thoughts, record information, and keep ideas. You may even want to keep parts of newspapers or magazine articles you find interesting (or even consider creating beautiful collage pages in your journal). Many people have discovered a trusted and valued friend in their journal.
I’ve been keeping some sort of journal since I was 11 and I used to hide it from my older brother. My journals and I go back a long way and I plan to continue the relationship for the rest of my life. It’s become a part of my morning ritual. I never know what’s going to happen when I show up on the page.
Care to join me? Just grab a pen, a notebook and let the words come.
Visit a craft store – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip March 30, 2010
Celebrate the final days of March with a visit a craft store in honor of National Craft Month. Is this suggestion a stretch for you, or a welcome invitation? Do you anticipate strolling the aisles in wide-eyed wonder at the possibilities or in agony and overwhelm at not knowing where to begin? Perhaps this trip is just to find out what grabs you attention and sparks your creativity. No special action is required, just make a mental note of it. If you do want to get started, there are some wonderful kits available – maybe you’ll make a card, a journal, a sailboat, paint-by-number picture, necklace, a candle, or a cake. Just try something out to see what the hands-on experience is like.
Remember that old commercial for Life cereal where Mikey tells us to “try it…you’ll like it!” Well, I won’t presume to know if you’ll like crafting or not. I can tell you I like it very much. I’ve tried things that I’m not very good at. My fingers did not want to cooperate when a Swedish friend attempted to teach me how to knit. I had the most misshapen pair of mittens you’ve ever seen. Nevertheless, I gave it a good shot. My paintings will never hang in a museum, but I had so much fun blending and swirling. I learned I could have fun exploring a new skill without mastering it, or even being proficient.
Visit a craft store. You may not only discover a new skill, you may uncover something much more valuable – a new relationship with yourself.
Among the many designations March is noted for, I’ll bet you didn’t know it is also Sing a Song with Your Child Month. Whether you have a child to sing with or not this Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip directs you to belt one out today. I have always liked to sing. Even though Sister Judith told me I sang flat, I sang in school chorus and church choirs. Despite her pronouncement, I auditioned and got parts in the chorus for community theatre productions of Guys & Dolls, Music Man, and The Sound of Music. I had so much fun on stage singing and dancing. I sing along with the radio, especially 50’s music. My teachers were always reminding me not to sing along with whatever music we were practicing our steps to when I attended dance classes. I really love to sing in the shower because I sound so great in there! Sheryl Crow has nothing to worry about as far as competition and no one is going to offer me a record deal, but I enjoy raising my voice in song.
How about you? Won’t you join me in creating a joyful noise?