A poem - I think some of you will love this one - it certainly made me laugh creativity coach and author Sam Bennett's homage to "Women Who Workshop." I think it is to all workshop junkies out there in praise of our unstoppable search for more or better. Guilty as found!
Can you go to too many workshops? I don't think so.
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I'm for ever fascinated where one foot in front of the other can lead.
Yesterday I got an email from Adrienne Lloren, a young entrepreneur in Toronto who interviewed me this year for her online summit, "The Thriving Artist."
In her email she mentioned one of her mentors, Jim Rohn. I'd never heard of him and curious to know where Adrianne gets her energy and inspiration I did a quick google search. Wikipedia told me that he had been a mentor for Tony Robbins. I was more curious.
So I followed a link and watched a couple of videos in Youtube. His talks are about mindset, full of handy phrases and practical common sense. There was some useful information in talks titled "Focus on One Thing", and "How to Use Your Time Wisely."
I was tidying up paperwork so listened as I sorted.
As it does Youtube suggested some other videos. In the "coming next" box appeared videos from Dr Wayne Dyer - someone I had heard mentioned various times however I never had listened to any of his work.
Youtube makes it easy for the curious. One video was called "On the Tao and A Million Little Pieces." I listened to various of the talks as I sorted paperwork and Dyer talked about living the "inspired life."
Two things struck me. The first was that one of his chosen quotes was a quote from the British poet, print maker and visionary, William Blake that I have used many times in workshops and in my website,
To see a world in a Grain of Sand,
This quote always reminded me of what anthropologist Victor Turner talked about in "communitas" - the ability of culture to link people, and the power of art and culture can make you look and look again.
The second factor that surprised me was Dyer talking about 3.15am as one of those special times when you have more access to your quiet and true place. The Celtic Christians called it a "thin place" - where we are closer to that something else. Dyer quotes Rumi's saying, ""The breeze at dawn has special messages for you. Do not go back to sleep."
You've guessed it, I woke up, got up to go to the loo, checked the time, and of course it was 3.15am. In the spirit of the coincidence I did my dues and took out a notebook and put down some thoughts.
Each day is this sum of one foot in front of the other and the curiosity to find where my nose will lead me next.
In the talk, Dyer mentions the book he is working on based on the Tao Te Ching to be called “Change The Way You Look At Life And The Life You're Living Changes.” I don't know if the book stayed with that title but whatever the title I'm sure that it was as fascinating as this talk about our thinking.
New Year, New steps. Stay awake even just for the sake of a curiosity to see what might happen.
It takes 21 days to change a habit, and so Adrienne Lloren, a young Toronto entrepreneur has prepared 21 days worth of interviews with creatives - 25 infact (including me!) - from all spectrums of the artistic sphere.
As a rapper, singer-songwriter, and YouTuber, Adrienne has been trying to figure out the challenge of how to bridge the gap between starving artist to thriving artist. So she decided to take on a research project to learn how successful creatives paved their way into crafting the life and business that they love.
This research project has turned into an interview series called: The Thriving Artist: How Creatives Create Flourishing Careers.
[You can register for a complimentary ticket using this LINK]
These interviews are short and straight to the point conversations with successful creatives who’ve built thriving careers.
In case you are wondering who the speakers are, here are just a handful of speakers you will hear from including me: Bree Noble (singer/songwriter & online radio host, USA), La Marie Ritchhart (Beauty Photographer & Mentor. USA), Nel Shelby (Dance Videographer, USA), Rodney Holder (Music business lecturer & podcast producer, Australia), Ryan Van Poederooyen (Drummer, Canada), Laura C George (Business consultant for fine artists, USA), Luna Jaffe (Jungian psychotherapy & holistic financial planner, USA) more!
As an artist, I understand Adrienne’s question all too well - how hard it can be to pave your way and build a viable career with your craft. Unlike other professions, the creative route to success is obviously not linear, yet it’s not easy to shake off the sensation that it should be clearer.
Adrienne is the founder of GetAMPED a content creation agency, based in Toronto who are a team of passionate communicators, cinematographers and storytellers helping local small businesses amplify their message, and providing marketing solutions to artists driven by passion and purpose.
She is on a mission to get her client amped-up and to craft the life and creative business that you love. “Never be afraid of being different,” she says, and that’s the same philosophy she uses to get her clients marketing with verve and energy.
This summit series starts on Monday 2nd July, 2018. Sign up here for free.
Hope you enjoy it and look forward to any discussions it raises. Any questions, let me know email@example.com
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The news around the world is a whirl wind. We search for a horizontals that seems it will take us forever to re-find. In this light whilst leafing through old journals I found an inspiring quote from the determined British film-maker Terry Gilliam who has seen his fair share of up and downs, and the twists of outrageous fortune.
Read it to take your mind back to its creative problem solving centre...
As a child, I always drew funny creatures, funny characters. But I think the trick is not to grow up, not to learn to be an adult. And if you can maintain the kind of imagination you all had when you were babies, you would all be wonderful filmmakers. But the world tries to make you grow up, to stop imagining, stop fantasizing, stop playing in your mind. And I’ve worked hard to not let the world educate me.
Whole article: Ten Lessons on Filmmaking From Terry Gilliam