Creative Pathways – A creative voice for everyone

I may have been a little quiet the past couple of months however there has been a lot going on behind the scenes.

I have been writing grants, developing new workshops, working on series 2 of Creative Women and lots more.

Last night I stood alongside my creative friend Janeen from Neenish Arts, and Skye and Moana from We are Community as we were awarded a small community cultural grant from Campbelltown City Council.

One of the many new projects I have in the pipeline.

The money is but a drop in the ocean, however, it is, I believe, the beginning of a greater conversation, one that has the potential to change the cultural face of our local community.

Creative Pathways is a project aimed at increasing health and wellbeing through participation in arts and cultural activities.

On two days, in September and October, we will be turning a local café, Bar Centrale into a creative hub. I can hear you saying it’s been done before, there have been plenty of projects like that. But what sets ours apart is that we are wanting to ensure our programs are inclusive, particularly to those individuals experiencing hardship or homelessness.

No matter what our walk of life is, all of us have a deep intrinsic need to create and express ourselves.

Our engagement in creative pursuits is not only beneficial to our health and wellbeing, it also gives us a voice, an opportunity to tell our story and share our deepest thoughts. Access to cultural activities should be a right, not a privilege.

Its exciting times ahead as I get to work with others in doing what my soul calls me to do, making this world a more equitable place for all.

Stay tuned and join us on the journey as our project unfolds.

LEGO® Masters Australia – I want to be like Brickman

Last night along with many Australians I watched LEGO® Masters Australia. With my love of LEGO® and its use in my work, it was a no brainer that I would be watching.

I don’t watch reality TV shows normally, as I believe they are cesspits of behaviour that is abusive and bullying. However, in this case, I believed that LEGO® would not allow this show to take that path. And I was proved correct.

The show was a great example of fun, play, and creativity at its best.

It upheld the values of encouragement and positivity. Even when the feedback was not what people wanted, it was delivered in a healthy positive manner.

I must be honest though, like many other people last night I found the behaviour of one of the contestants a bit challenging. Now it might surprise you that I am not here to discuss Kale’s behaviour. Instead, I want to talk about the responses of others, including myself, to his behaviour.

You know what, it really pushed my buttons, as I’m sure it did for many other people. As someone who believes in teamwork and being inclusive, I actually felt a little ill.  And then I found myself starting to buy into the negative comments. I almost started to run with the pack. A rabid bunch of individuals ready to tear their prey to shreds.

And then I stopped and had my own reality moment!

Come on this is a TV show, this is what they want you to do! We only saw a snippet of what contestants said or did, only about one-tenth. Reality shows are about money. There always has to be a scapegoat or bad guy in every show, even in the LEGO® show.

It saddened me this morning when I learned that people have decided to use social media to spew disgusting comments at Kale. I hear people who have been watching reality shows call out the judges on their behaviour. ‘How could they treat her/him like that, that is so awful!’. Normally it might be the judges delivering this behaviour, however, in this case, some viewers flipped the table and they victimised a person based on their behaviour.

LEGO® is a beautiful, colourful wonderful tool, one that fosters creativity, joy and play.

Let’s not taint it with our poor behaviour. If you watched the show and found good and bad behaviour use it as teachable moments, not only for your children but also yourself.

The Brick Man – Ryan McNaught displayed qualities that many of us could do to emulate. Encourage others, lend a hand, provide constructive feedback and deliver your feedback in a life-giving way that encourages others to continue to strive for what they want to achieve.

I didn’t like the behaviour I saw last night; however I don’t know Kale, and I only saw bits of his behaviour.  

I challenge you to ask yourself, have there been times when my responses to others have been less than perfect.

When under pressure you haven’t also snapped?

I know I have. What if they were the only snippets, people saw of you?

Today you can follow the path of The Brick Man, be constructive and positive in your feedback, and be a person of encouragement or be a troll.

What path will you choose?

If you didn’t get to watch the show last night you can watch it on catch up or get a comprehensive recap of the show on Jay’s Brick Blog.

If you are interested in knowing more about the work I do check my services and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

What Breaks your Heart – This is what breaks mine.

The Awakened Woman – A Guide for Remembering and Igniting your Sacred Dreams written by Dr Tererai Trent is the book that I’m currently reading. I still have a way to go, but this book is holding me captive as I devour its pages. It’s a book that speaks to women’s wisdom, and power.

In the
first chapter Trent talks about finding your great hunger, and asks the
question “What breaks your heart?”

When I looked deep into my own heart and asked myself this, I realized it’s when women think they are washed up. When the children have moved on, when employers overlook them for someone younger, when digital technology seems all too hard, when their body no longer is its youthful version, when they want to start a business and everyone thinks they are crazy or incapable or when they wistfully state: I always wanted to learn………..

Ladies I want to say, its never too late. With International Women’s Day around the corner, let’s start a movement, one that throws ageism out the window.

Let’s value
individuals no matter their age, for who they are and the gifts, possibility and
abilities they bring.

Let’s
ignite your passion to explore your second act in life, to see this time as the
amazing gift that it is, and not just a waiting room that we sit in until the
final curtain falls.

If it all
sounds too hard, I encourage you to reach out, reach out for a mentor or coach,
reach out and read Tererai Trent’s book, reach out and lift up other women.

Stop saying one day and say DAY ONE – its time to begin and it’s never too late

What breaks your heart?

Values – What’s important to You?

Have you ever really stopped to think about what you value,

what’s important to you in life?

Sometimes you can be so busy working to pay the mortgage/rent, feed the family and pay the bills that you never take time out to think about what is really important to you. It seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Knowing what you value, is vital to creating a healthy life, and building the future that you want. Your values fuel your life, not living by them can make you unhappy, unfulfilled, even angry,  and that can be soul destroying.

Have you ever had the opportunity to take a job that you really wanted however there was something about the company that you really disliked? Maybe they had unethical practices?

That’s your values speaking to you.

What you value informs everything you do, what you say and think, how you perceive the world around you. Your values drive your behaviour, so it’s helpful to know exactly what they are. Once you have this information, you can assess situations more clearly. In fact, you may discover that they are actually in conflict, and decide that maybe it’s time to create change or move on.

Values can change over time and can vary

depending on the current situation.

For example, while family may be important to a young person, it may not be one of their top values, however, once they have children of their own they may place that value higher on their list.

To create your own values list, think about the things in life you love, like, tolerate or hate. Then see if you can assign a value to that situation. Take a  look at your tolerate and hate list. Is there an opposite value that you can apply, one that is important to you.

Once you have finalised a list, prioritise your values until you come up with your top five. If you believe you already know what your values are, this may seem like a pointless exercise.

Give it a go anyway. You might be surprised at what ends up on your list, or it may just reinforce that you have great self-awareness of what’s important to you.

Once you are clear on your values, you can surround yourself with people who support them and pursue activities that are congruent with them.

If you find this task a little challenging, drop me a line, working together we can discover your values and develop a plan to live by them.

What’s your Passion?

It’s Monday morning, the end of a weekend and the beginning of another work week.

How did you get up this morning?

Did you bound out of bed with the thought of going to work filling you with excitement?

Or, did you turn the alarm off, roll over and snuggle down?

Finally, you drag yourself out of bed. Now you are half an hour late, all the while the little voice in your head is saying, ‘another day in the salt mines’.

Which one are you?

Are you working with passion,

enjoying every day, or trudging through life

like a rat on a treadmill.

I know what it’s like to work in a role that doesn’t challenge or inspire you. In the past I have had those jobs, days where all I want to do was pull the covers over my head.

Put out a sign out ‘Do not Disturb’.

I also know what it is like to be in a role that is where you are meant to be, your sweet spot. There is a fire in your belly and an excitement and joy about your days. You can’t wait to get up and get going each morning, so much to do, share and learn.

If you are still snuggled in your bed while you are reading this, when you are supposed to be at work, or you are sitting at work, wishing you were anywhere else but here, then I want to encourage you to take the time to discover what is making it that way for you.

Journal, like an archaeologist on a dig, uncover

what it is you would love to do.

Then find someone to support you in your journey.

What would your perfect job look like?

Take a leap of faith to discover what is you really what to do and why!

Love what you do, and do what you love.

Everyday is an opportunity for a new beginning, now go out and get it!

Think your not creative – Together we can change that!

We are all born creative, you only have to watch children at play. As they paint and draw you see the potential artist in them. When they are playing with their dolls, acting out scenarious and having in depth conversations while all alone, you can hear the budding actor in them. They are not frightened to just play and create, regardless of the outcome. They neither like nor dislike what they make, they just create.

 

Somewhere along the way,

we lose this innate ability to connect through play with our creativity,

it becomes stifled as we grow older.

 

What did you like to create when you were a child. Can you remember the feel of the paint between your fingers as you finger painted. Or the smell of the play dough as you moulded it into your own creations. Sitting on a rainy day cutting out pictures from magazines and greeting cards before gluing them into collages. Maybe it was squishing mud with your hands as you baked your own mud pies.

 

Whatever it was, that memory is there,

even if it is buried deep,

and maybe it’s time to reclaim your creative self.

 

Do you:

  • Believe that you aren’t creative;
  • Want to be creative but are busy, tired or overwhelmed with your family and your work;
  • Want to bring creativity into more of what you do;
  • Have an idea, and vision but struggle to implement it;
  • Spend lots of time nurturing the growth and creativity of those around you, however aren’t making time to create yourself
  • Love creating, but aren’t getting to it as often as you like;
  • Have been working on a creative project and have been unable to finish it.

 

If you answered YES to any of these,

and you want to call creativity into your life,

it’s not too late!

 

Through creative coaching we can:

  • Overcome procrastination;
  • Define where you are and where you want to be;
  • Shift your mindset;
  • Set realistic and achievable goals;
  • Create clarity;
  • Cultivate a creative life.

 

If you want to change your life and pursue your dream, why not book a free chemistry session, and we can have a chat about where you are, and where you would like to be.

 

do what you love, love what you do - happy life and work concept presented on blackboard with colorful sticky notes, white chalk smudges