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“I believe you are never past the point of creating opportunities for yourself.”

I believe you are never past the point of creating opportunities for yourself.
— Felicia Day

The birds are chirping and buds are starting to appear; Spring is definitely trying to make an entrance. Last blog, I talked about energetic “spring cleaning” by clearing out negative and stale energy using the chakras. This week, I would like to go further in offering tools to help plant the seeds of your intentions/goals so that your dreams can also bloom.

A few months ago, I wrote about proper goal setting and how to create a plan to help you succeed. I always advise my clients to start with brainstorming all the things they may want to shift in their lives. I have them think about the different categories of their life: family/friends, career/income, travel, health, etc. Goal setting is a great practice to have when really focusing on a couple these major changes you want to achieve.

Another way to brainstorm in a more creative way is to make a vision board. A vision board is a collage of images of the things you want to manifest in your life. The images can be found, created, written out, etc. This week, I spent time re-creating my own vision board. I took a trip to the craft store and bought some glittery, fun supplies to help. Then, I went through some of the magazines I was planning to throw out and cut out images/words that jumped out at me. I felt there were still some images missing, so I went to the pile of cards I was also planning to discard. Not only did I have a nice trip down memory lane, but I also found the perfect visuals to represent what was missing. What I love about this is that I am also incorporating the positive energy from a thank you or a birthday card from loved ones (which also made me feel less guilty about throwing them out). Now comes the fun part! You get to arrange the images however you want. I even added some chakra inspired colored gems to mine. Once you are done creating the vision board, make sure you hang it somewhere in your room that you will see it every day. Your intentions have now been given to the Universe.

The other change I made to my home this week was to add the color red to my door. In Feng Shui, red doors are thought of to be very powerful. They protect the residents and also provide prosperity and abundance. Because I live in an apartment building, I am not allowed to paint my door red, but I can hang something on the door. I spent the week looking for a red ornament or wreath I could hang, but I couldn’t find anything I felt drawn to. So I decided to make my own. Though I consider myself to be creative in many ways, crafty is not high on the list. However, I did find a wonderful “no-stitch” tutorial to making a wreath on pinterest. I had such a fun time picking out what fabrics I wanted to use and then putting the wreath together! Not to mention, I felt very proud and accomplished once I finished it.

What I love most about these two tools is that you get to be creative as you take steps towards manifesting the life you deserve. As adults (or teenagers), we don’t always give ourselves the time and space to be creative and make something with our hands. Both of these activities don’t take a lot of time out of our lives; in fact they are actually therapeutic and energizing. Plus, you get to see the beautiful creation you made every day, which will continue to allow positive energy to flow through your home.

 

Do you need help manifesting the changes in your life? I would love to guide you and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min discovery call and to hear more about packages.

“Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious.”

Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious.

Last week I began to discuss creativity and the importance of “play.” Creativity is essential to everyone in order to live a fulfilling and engaged life. Play is the most basic form of improvisation, which is necessary during the creative process. The creative process is not exclusive to artists and the act of making art; each of our lives is its own creative process. For one to be successful in a creative process, it is crucial to have a safe environment where we feel we can experiment, take risks, fall and get back up, and be vulnerable. Without all of these elements, we can’t and won’t grow as an individual.

In Sport Psychology, we have two categories for environments: task oriented and win oriented. In a task oriented environment, a person engages in an activity or skill for the purpose of mastering the skill to build confidence and grow. They are intrinsically motivated. In a win oriented environment, a person engages in an activity or skill for the purpose of being better than others rather than for self improvement. They are extrinsically motivated. As we discussed previously, in order to reach a Flow state, or optimal performance, we need to be intrinsically motivated, comfortable enough to take risks, receive timely feedback, and proper support. A task oriented environment provides the appropriate structure, where a win environment feeds into negative competition, self doubt when “failing,” and can perpetuate the downward spiral.

Improvisation/play is a great example for an activity within a task oriented environment. There is no one correct answer, and participants continue to engage in the activity because of its enjoyment and the discoveries they make. Unfortunately, many of the environments we find ourselves in as we get older are more often win oriented environments. Schools like to say they are nurturing and more task oriented, but many times the learning that is happening is directed towards a specific outcome. The constant testing and the pressure of grades provide a win environment where students are constantly comparing themselves to classmates and even students outside their school.  This environment makes it much harder to achieve a flow state and enjoyment of the material, leaving many students worn out and skeptical about being a lifelong learner.

Reflect on your own life and the decisions you have made. Did you decide to get that certificate because you wanted to better yourself as a manager and a person or because you knew you would get a salary bump? Did you go into a field of study because you felt it would provide you a more “successful” job rather than studying something you loved and would make you happy? Knowing your motivation can help you to make decisions. Doing something that motivates you intrinsically, will help to fuel you and fulfill you. Doing something that motivates you extrinsically, will most likely drain you and lead to unhappiness. If you continue to make decisions based on what resonates with your authentic self you will create a life of fulfillment.

Now reflect on your environment, both personal and professional. Who are the people you surround yourself with? Do they lift you up, support your accomplishments, and energize you? Or are they competitive and drain you? What activities are you engaging in? Do these activities support a healthy lifestyle: mind body and spirit? Or are they distractions? We have the power to create a task oriented environment, where we are not only supported but also encouraged to be our best self!

This week, take the time to journal about the environment around you. Notice what is serving you and what is not anymore. Remember to observe without judgment. From there, brainstorm some changes you can make so that you can begin to create or strengthen the environment you want. Even the smallest changes will shift the energy around you.

 

Do you need help creating the environment you deserve? I would love to help you and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min discovery call and to hear more about packages.

“Creativity is a harmony of opposite tensions, as encapsulated in [the] idea of lila, or divine play.”

Creativity is a harmony of opposite tensions, as encapsulated in [the] idea of lila, or divine play.
— Stephen Nachmanovitch

I have rediscovered the awe-inspiring book, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch. This will be my third time reading it and every time I find something new. The first two times I read the book were for assignments in my choreography and composition dance classes. However, the book proved to not only affect my artistic life, but also my personal life. When we think about it, life is one creative process and creativity isn’t just for the artistic elite, but necessary for everyone in order to live a fulfilling and enriched life. Creativity can manifest itself in many forms. We see it clearly through a painting or a dance, but it can also be designing an interactive spreadsheet or figuring out a new way to treat a patient.

A key element to the creative process is improvisation, and a key element to improvisation is play. “Play” plays such an important role in the process of creation, without it we would never access anything new. The rest of the quote above is as follows:

            If we let go of play, our work becomes ponderous and stiff. If we                let go of the sacred, our work loses its connection to the ground             on which we live (Nachmanovitch).

One of the best ways to reconnect with authentic play is to observe children. Children completely immerse themselves in whatever they are doing: an art project, building a fort, playing make believe, telling a story, etc. They aren’t worried about what others think or what’s considered right and wrong; they are just present. They are continuously problem solving, collaborating, and reacting authentically in the moment. Because of this, they are able to more easily enter a Flow state and for the most part are lively and happy.

So what happens as we get older that changes that? It becomes harder for us to “think outside the box,” more challenging to work in groups, and more difficult to think on our toes. We have lost our sense of “play.” As we get older, we are told what we should be like or what we should be doing. Many times, we are told there is only one right answer, and we begin to become more self-conscious. Our mind begins to get in the way of our instincts and our ability to just let loose. Because of this, we have a hard time being totally present in our lives.

Luckily, there are so many ways for us to get back in touch with our inner child and access our creative self! The first step is allowing yourself to take the time. Then, begin to try new things: take a cooking class, go rock climbing, write a short story, go on a nature walk, etc. There are so many new tools at our disposal. Adult coloring books have become a way to relax and get back to a “child like” activity. Groupon is a wonderful way to try a new activity at a lower cost. You can go to a paint night or take a pottery class.  All of these activities allow us to step out of our routine, our comfort zone, and just “play.” Remember to not judge yourself while trying these new things. Allow yourself to enjoy the process. Who knows, you may unleash a side of you you didn’t even know was in there. Not to mention your ability to think more creatively will grow, which can prove to be usual when you’re “adulting.”

 

Do you need help accessing your inner child and releasing your creativity self? I would love to help you and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min discovery call and to hear more about packages.

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