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The Fire of Creativity ~ Is This Your Year?

Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands


Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Whatever’s Amazing for YOU!

 

In 2014 Kaleidoscope Spirit is focusing on Creativity ~ the spark, the flow, the perspiration, the hell yes, the hang-ups, the re-ignitions, the power of imperfection and nerve-wracking joy of sharing your work.

 

What are your dreams for this year and (really) the next 5 years of your life?  Where do you want to be?  What do you want to be admiring & saying, “I’m so happy I finally did THAT!”…?

 

Whether it’s a book, a series of paintings, creating a new business or volunteer group, maybe knitting a clothing line for your cat or getting the band back together – I will bet money there is something tugging at your soul wanting to be expressed.

 

Are you one of those people who know exactly what I’m writing about?  It’s the fantasy thing you would do if you won the lottery.  For some it may be the thing you already do when you get home from your “real” job.  Great!  Grab that truth and don’t let go.

 

The most important thing you can do right now is fan that flame and create support around your dreams.  Like keeping a fire alive ~ you will need air, earth

and water to help you!

 

We’ll be digging into each of these points more in coming months, but what I really want to get across now is that you will need to open up and lock down in new ways for your dreams to become reality

 

1 – Water ~Support.  As a creator you will experience many depths and someone who will help bring you back to the surface or offer a buoyant point of view is invaluable: an accountability buddy, a writing group, a mentor, a coach ~ someone or some group who wants to see you succeed.  This has to be someone who believes in possibilities.

 

2 – Earth ~ Schedule your creative time.  Inspiration is a fleeting muse.  If you want to get things done, you need to give yourself the space and time to be creative and do NOT count on the heat of inspiration to carry you through every moment.  You will be amazed at what one to two hour increments can accomplish when you’re focused.  Don’t feel like you need to have a spare 8 hours!  And if you find yourself cancelling on your creative time?  Put $20 in a jar or have way to acknowledge that you owe yourself the space to create!

 

3 – Air ~Exposure.  Whether you have an artistic intent or want to branch out and create your own business, it’s important to come up for air.  Exposing yourself to other creative people by going to galleries, reading something new and yummy or getting out in nature will help you stay calibrated to creativity.  This point is not about taking more classes or getting lost in the thought that others are “further” along than you!  It’s about surrounding yourself in creative space even when you are not producing.

 

With an open mind and open heart for all of your dreams  ~

Kim

My New Logo!

I AM THRILLED to show you my new logo! 

It was created by Nicky Ovitt, who was absolutely AMAZING to work with.  Kaleidoscope Spirit is a pretty difficult image and idea to condense, but she found it and I am so grateful!

Nicky really took the time to find out what mattered to me, what my business meant.  There was a lot more soul searching that went on in our process than I imagined would be necessary.  Looking at myself from the outside isn’t usually how I go about living.

This is actually one of the coolest parts about owning your own business.  There’s a lot of digging around in my morals and how I want to interact with the world that needs to find it’s voice.  I am realizing that committing to my blog each day is also a part of this journey.  It’s like opening up to a lover on some levels.

Does having and inner and outer version of yourself make you uncomfortable?  It still gets me sometimes.  My inner rave and grunge girl still bare their teeth at crappy marketing!  But in order to grow my business, it’s important to step outside myself and ask “am I delivering a message that other people can hear?”

Answer?  It’s a work in progress!!!

If you want to connect with Nicky, check out her website here: www.nickyovitt.com. I absolutely loved working with her!

Waking up the Writer ~ Celebrating the End of my 30’s

In 30 days I’ll be 40!  It’s here.  I can’t believe it.  My Mom doesn’t want to believe it.  It’s one of those markers that means different things to different people, but somehow we all have our say about what 40 “is”.

I’ve been running through ideas to challenge myself with the number 40 starting in the New Year.

this image is from a google search and may be “unhype” is the artist?

40 Days of Blogging Inspirational Photos

Try 40 New Things that Scare Me in 2013

40 Days of Yoga (followed by 40 days of Kim not doing yoga)

40 Ways to Find Your Fortune After Forty

You know, just trying to find away to celebrate the big 4-0.

So while most of this has been going on in my head, I realized that the best way for me to deal with flushing it out is to WRITE.

And lo and behold, I just found a way to celebrate the end of my 30’s –

<insert electronic background music, preferably “Father Figure” by George Michaels>

A 30 Day Blog Challenge.  Does anything say “celebration” more than committing to shackle myself publically to my blog every day of December 2012?  Actually, no.

Writing defined a huge part of who I was when I was younger.  Between the ages of 11 and 22 I wrote journal after journal and story after story.  Poems peeked out of my heart in high school and college that helped me unravel who I was.  I took a semester off of college to write.  And since those 60 pages of personal philosophy roared out of me…crickets.

I always get ideas for things to write and jot them down, keep folders on my computer and even have a book idea I am writing with a friend.  It’s just…writing stopped feeling like something I needed to do.

However, daily writing and expression are knocking on my heart lately.  “Turn within”, they say.  “Your Writer is waking up”.

Challenging myself with daily blogging is like brewing a fresh pot of coffee for the Writer in me.  My office got cleaned out to prepare for my in-laws in October, but now I see my office was being prepared for the Writer to have a place to go when she finally rolls out of her bed, out of her 18 year slumber.

I’m going to be sharing the Animal Medicines I call in for grounding and opening my chakras, how to stand tall while searching through your family roots and the art of bright, magical living!

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