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.

Coming Home

I’m in a room.  The same I am in every morning at 6:30 am.  A brown couch behind me, and a TV in front. The door is shut and in the distance I can hear my brother playing Mozart in the living room.

I open my music stand, adjusting the height, my small fingers clicking the lock into place, and for a moment the overhead light flashes silver before I place a large book on top.

Suzuki scales.

Bending down, I open my case and take a deep breath, almost holding it, because all I hear as my hands lift my violin to my chin is a loud voice in my head saying,

I’m not good enough

And then my small bow hits the string, and I go through my practice, stretching my short fingers. Gotta get it in before I catch the school bus for second grade.

 

Remember childhood?

What was yours like? Did you begin your Art when you were young?

I grew up in a military household that was very musical.  My mother told both my brother and I we would take an instrument, and we could pick whatever that was. He chose piano.

For some insane reason I chose violin.

I used to always say that I never really excelled at violin because we moved around so much and each time we would come to a new military base, I would have a new teacher that would say,

Forget everything you’ve been taught. What you are doing is wrong. This is the proper technique.

But recently, I think I have been able to really get to the heart of it.  And I was surprised to learn that my violin and the feelings around it were actually the key to me moving forward in my Artistry and being successful.

I was a very artistic child, and was also in dance class and loved every minute of creative writing.

But the violin?

It always felt hard, and most of all, I felt like I couldn’t catch up or do it right.

What was it for you?
What was giving you that message as a child?
How has this affected you as an adult Artist?

 

I recently worked with a powerful coach named Tom Tynan, who led me through his process to uncover my core limiting belief, and when I wrote it down, I knew it was true…..even though it felt so cliche.  But there it was, in my own writing…

I am not enough

And in his process, he led me back to the child part of me that first had that belief, and guess who I met?

The 7 year old practicing violin every morning.

In all her glory, and with her best intentions to try and be lovable, and do right, be a good daughter and be a great musician…..she would get up every school morning to practice for 30 minutes.

But she never felt it was good enough. Her teachers weren’t reinforcing that, and it wasn’t joyful.

Not like writing…not like dance…not like singing in the church musical and playing a kazoo loudly for all to hear.

So, what did I do when I met her?

I hugged her.
I told her, “you are amazing!”

And she beamed, and hugged me back.  And then, I told her it was time to come home.  She didn’t have to be in isolation anymore. She could be a part of me and no longer feed the belief that I’m not enough.

Now, I could ask the question instead,
How AM I enough?

 

As artists and creatives we can have a very strong inner critic. And we have to ask the question, where did this begin from?

We are fully formed by the time we are 7 years old, and while the adults around us all had the best intentions and were working with whatever tools they had, our innocence can really suffer.

Especially with the Arts.

Our expression is very emotional, and can get tied up in our self worth.  We care so deeply about our dance, our music, our words, and art.

And the good news is, it can nourish us and feed us as we grow to create incredible work in the world.

But, take a moment to ask, what is that voice saying to you?

Or better yet, what is that voice truly asking FOR?

My career ended up being in musical theatre, and now with my business I use my writing a lot.  While I did choose violin as a six year old, it may have been because that is what was going to eventually open me to believing the most empowering belief,

I am enough.

And isn’t that what we are truly looking for as Creatives?

Enough to connect with our audience
Enough to put our work out to the world
Enough to stand center stage in the spotlight and been seen for all our glorious gifts
Enough to truly thrive and make a solid living doing what we love

And what’s more loving than embracing that inner child that has been calling to be seen?

So, take a moment and listen….tune in and get curious.  Close your eyes and see where your inner critic began….and find that child that wanted more than anything to express themselves with abandon, crayons in hand.

Give them a hug, and bring them home.

And then share your glorious voice.