Sweet Farewell

I wanted to tell you, I’m leaving.

Looking around my apartment, I’m envisioning packing up.  I’m thinking of everything that is coming with me, as I plan to move in with my man,  and begin a new life.

The decision has been made.  After 4 years in my special sanctuary in Astoria, I’m beginning the process to re-locate.

And the question that is arising is,
What am I bringing WITH me?

And what about you?

Have you ever gone through a big move, and packed up your things?
Have you ever gone through a big change and found yourself asking the same question?

I imagine as you are looking at all the items, and boxes, and lists, it can get really overwhelming.

If there was a way to strap everything to you,  maybe then you would have it all.

But, I imagine that would be really heavy, and cumbersome, and weigh you down.

Change can be hard enough, right?

How do we make it easy to navigate change and have everything we need as Artists?
How do we move forward without all the cumbersome weight?

 

Four years ago, I woke up in my hide-a-bed.  My brother was sleeping next to me, and I felt a sense of hope.

Today, I was leaving my married home for good. 

The new owners were taking it over, and my family was here to help me move my things to a friend’s for a month while I waited for my new apartment to open up.

I had barely slept, and had spent the last day breaking down every hour or so as I packed up my life.  Two of my closest friends had come to help me, hold me in between each wave of emotion, and physically help me to place tape on each box.

Today, we were taking all these boxes to a storage facility.  I had gone through and taken what I needed, and stayed true to the agreement.  I had survived each trigger, and now was going to walk out of this space of pain and loss.

I felt an extra bounce in my step, and hopped into the shower, smiling at my parents and brother, so grateful they were here.

When I came out of the shower, my mother looked at me, white in the face, and said,

Someone broke into your car. Your car door is open, and everything is gone.

I literally dropped to the floor in my towel, and had a nervous breakdown.  What had been in my car, was all the things I was taking to my friends house,

shoes
my audition book
my checkbook
my belts
clothes
legal documents
my meditation altar
my dance shoes

Even my underwear…..

All gone, just like that.

In the face of my divorce, losing my marriage, and now I had been robbed.  All of those things I had cherished were gone.

We called the cops, and somehow I made it through that day, and tried to wrap my head around the magnitude of change and loss that was occurring all at the same time.

This was my lowest moment.

The next day, at my friend’s, I sat in meditation, and saw a black lake in front of me.  I walked to the edge, and thought,
I could just dive in
I could lose myself forever in here

But, something held me back.  And I walked away from the edge.  I didn’t dive in, and instead turned back towards my life.

The strongest words I said in the face of my divorce came ringing back true and strong,
I want to survive.

What I never imagined was the GIFT of losing so much that day.  I was forced to provide for myself and go shopping that following week for very basic things, and the simple process of doing this brought to light the most empowering evidence,

I am capable.

Even more so, I was showered with gifts from friends and family who knew about my robbery.  One friend sent me a bag of clothes, and my aunt mailed me a box full of belts.

I rebuilt my altar, made a new audition book with songs that I actually wanted to sing, and found new shoes to fit my feet now.

The most amazing part was, my insurance reimbursed me completely for the $4K worth of goods stolen.

And I realized, I am provided for.

And there were things that didn’t need to come WITH me to my new life, post divorce.  Certainly not my underwear…..

 

So, take stock.

Grab a piece of paper, and write in the middle of the page,
MY CREATIVE CAREER

Now, create a Mindmap, drawing out from the center all the things you are working on right now.

All the things you think you need to have WITH you to succeed and receive the acclaim you desire.

Come back to center and ask this question,
What lives beneath all that I do as an Artist?

1) Are all the things you are doing and holding on to in SERVICE to that vision?

2) Or are you weighed down with boxes and items that are from your past and keeping you stuck?

Sometimes, it the action of releasing that ALLOWS for the new to enter in.

We create from our hearts.  This was never meant to be heavy work. But it does require courage, and inspired action.

 

This week I was on the phone with my mother, and talking about the upcoming move and starting to plan.  She suggested the most brilliant idea, and this woke me back up,

Make a list of what you are leaving BEHIND.

Oh yes…that’s right.

That moment on the floor was one of the most horrible for me and for my family to witness, and yet it opened a well of strength and reserve I had never accessed before.

The strength to let go.

And the belief that I actually had everything I needed.

This was a huge turning point for me, and allowed me to start building a creative life that was far more aligned than the one I was living before.

So, what lives beneath all you do?

Get intimate with this, and place it somewhere you can SEE everyday.  Come back to center.

Come back to your vision, and place your energy towards what will actually bring you the success you desire.

Make a list of what you are leaving behind, and release sweetly.

You create the life you want.

 

 

Photography by: Caitlin Cannon

Magical Time

Sweet Creative Flow.

When everything comes easy.

Your fingers are gliding across your instrument
The words are pouring out of your pen
Your brush is moving with ease across the canvas
You click your camera just as the light illuminates

You are tapped in, and there is this energetic force running through you, and a deep fulfillment, because you are doing what you love….

AND IT’S EASY.

Looking at your Art, you know this is a true expression from YOU.

It’s like a sweet ocean breeze, right?

So, why do we so often experience this instead….

You’re staring at a blank computer screen
You feel overwhelmed and exhausted
The blank paper  or canvas is there and you are SO unmotivated

NOTHING IS COMING…..

Isn’t this what you love?
Isn’t this your passion?

What is the DEAL?

It may be something so simple, and yet this one thing can make the difference between you actually creating Great Art or remaining stuck.

The secret?

TIME.

 

Craig Ballantyne of The Perfect Day Formula defines this Flow state as, Magic Time.

It’s the actual time in your day when you are at your most Creative.

Any idea when that is?

If not, no worries!  Let’s play a game.

Take today, and write down what you are doing and how you are feeling throughout your day.  Craig likes to suggest using 20 minutes intervals.

When do you feel most alive?
When are you getting the most done?
When do you just want to curl up in a ball and sleep?

And the thing that’s most beautiful is, this is totally individual.

One of my clients is father to four energetic boys.  Morning time is with his sons, and at night he is on fire.  This is his Magic Time, and he’s using it to write his first book.

Another client finds morning are her Magic Time for writing, and then she feels deeply inspired to paint at night, so she has bookend Magic Times for her days.

What about you?

 

I love to write.  Sitting down every week to connect with you is a joy, however, I found I was having trouble.

My blog publishes on Fridays, and I would sit down on Thursday afternoons or evenings to write, and I was feeling crunched.

I was feeling stressed as I wrote, and found 2-3 hours would go by, and I was questioning a lot of what I was writing.

Ugh!

Have you ever felt like this?

Then, I decided to try something new, and had a total shift.

I woke up one Wednesday morning and decided to write first thing, before taking care of anything else in my business.

The result?

A blog post that flowed with ease in less than an hour.

Not only did this free up my very full Thursdays, it boosted my confidence, and gave me the space to fully explore and ENJOY my writing.

I discovered that my morning right after I meditate is my MAGIC TIME.

This is when I am at my least resistant, and most focused.  This makes the process more joyful, and the QUALITY of my work much higher.

Instead of wasting hours in indecision and frustration, I can get my writing done, and feel GOOD about it.

 

We are not meant to be at war with our Art.

Take a breath, and look at your Day.  What are you giving your time and energy to specifically, and stop trying to FORCE or PUSH.

What got you here won’t get you there.

If you are continually finding yourself stuck, there is always a reason and it’s TIME to try something new.

It’s time to tap in, and become intimate with what actually serves you.

Find your Magic Time, and give yourself the gift of using it.  Turn off your other distractions, and step into your full Creative Power.

Step into your Flow.