Do You Trust Your Inner Guide?

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"If you think of the universe as a vast electrical sea in which you are immersed and from which you are formed, opening to your creativity changes you from something bobbing in that sea to a more fully functioning, more conscious, more cooperative part of that ecosystem."   - Julia Cameron, The Artist Way

The Artist Way is a book that changed my life.  As a student researcher returning to Mississippi after a long, thrilling, confusing, and life-changing summer in N. Uganda ten years ago- I knew I could not stay.  It was time to leave the South and Cameron, who wrote this incredible guide to higher creativity, urged me to get to New York as soon as possible.

My practical mind said, "Stay put...you have a house.  You are in a long term relationship.  Your family and friends are in the South."  My desire was bigger than my logic and my fear and so I took the leap and every net you can imagine appeared.  I was offered room and board in exchange for a couple of days of work.  I was placed in a new internship site for my graduate program in Art Therapy.  The universe presented dog walkers and sitters when it was time for my summer classes in New Hampshire.  I was offered jobs when I needed more income.  I was taken care of even though my personal mind would have never agreed to such.  She was a bit more prideful back then and would have convinced us both that she was in charge with a slogan to match, "I get shit done,"  but the truth is there was a creative force at work.

The same creative force at work for me is alive in you and all of us...if only we'll listen and leap.  Many of my clients come to me struggling to hear that inner guide while others hear it and are too terrified too leap without support.  I was once the same way as I often needed to see the net before I could leap.  Truth be told I might have never made it to New York if I had not lined up a place to stay and intern before I left.  The older I get the stakes seem to have risen as I am often being asked to leap without seeing the net...to carve paths that have not been carved...to blaze the trail at times meaning my intuition is the GPS rather than using someone else's map.

So I am curious…what GPS are you using to guide you?

It's and honor and a privilege to witness my clients shift out of self-doubt and overwhelm into powerful self-trust using their own inner guide.

Want to cultivate this intuitive and creative flow for more vitality in your life and work? Let’s chat!

P.S. If you are local to the greater Phoenix area, join me and Carla Reeves of www.carlareeves.com for what will be an amazing complimentary workshop, Rock Your Day- Cultivating Productivity through Joy + Play.

Morning Love Matters

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Do you have a practice of starting your day tuned in or do you hit the ground running?

Do you prioritize grounding your energy in love and gentle care with an intention to carry you throughout the day?

As a recovering perfectionist, I admit I have spent years cultivating my morning routine to design the 'perfect' ritual...turns out they all were 'perfect'...depending on the day, the time of month, time of year, and who I was at that moment. 

After several requests to share my morning routines, I have compiled a list of the ingredients below for you to mix and match like a personal buffet to suite your needs and desires.  Play with what feels good to you.  If you currently have minimal to no routine- start small with baby steps and celebrate early and often as you show up for yourself.

Over the years, I've tried everything from 6 minutes to a few hours and personally prefer somewhere in between around an hour and a half to two.  I currently include grounding/centering often outside, journaling with my decaf or half caff coffee...sometimes with art materials and sometimes without, smoothie with supplements or other breakfast, and movement of some kind...love dancing, walking, rollerblading, hiking, jogging, etc.

What I have learned from my experimentation is that morning love matters for getting me the best energy for myself and my clients!  As a helping professional, you know the value of self care.  The question is do you practice what you preach?

I certainly hope so as our own care is vital for sustaining vitality in the work we do and cultivating your creativity is an excellent way to tap into your own powerful energy.

Looking for a new routine?  Give the following EcoArt Morning Riser a try:

1.  Spend a minute or so settling into the present moment...scan your environment, notice your breath, feel your feet on the ground.  Stay here as long as you like or as time permits.  Connect to a natural attraction- could be the sun coming through the window or wind on your skin as you step outside....follow your curiosity.   Notice your current state.

2. Grab a drawing utensil, paint, or other material and create a shape and color to represent this current state.  

3.  Notice if this is how you want to feel.  Know that you can shift your mood at any moment as we can not be in a state of love and fear at the same time!  If your shape/color is not how you wish to feel, transform your image into how you want to feel as you move into the day.

4.  Give your art a title and ask your art what it would say if it could speak.  Now put this into some form of movement to bring this energy to the body...could be a jumping jack, high kick, dance, stretch, or pose.    Note 3 lessons from this activity and if there any desired action you feel to inspired to take as a result.

I'd love to hear how this goes for you so leave me a comment below and share what your morning routine looks like or what you'd like to play with if you are just getting started! 

Not feeling so inspired and feeling the stress of life as a helping professional... crave more vitality, play, and flow in your life?  I'm here to help.

In the greater Phoenix area and want to learn even more tips on how to Rock Your Day- Cultivating Productivity through Joy + Play?! Join me and Carla Reeves of www.carlareeves.com for what will be an amazing complimentary workshop!

On Reversing Burnout

ARE YOU PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTED? LONGING FOR THE WEEKEND EACH WEEK BY WEDNESDAY (OR EVEN MONDAY?), DREAMING OF VACATION, OR FANTASIZING ABOUT RETIREMENT?

I get it and it’s not surprising considering how much you care! As a helping professional you give so much of yourself. You’re sensitive, empathic, and dedicated to your client’s success.