Yep, You Gotta Do it Every Day!

daily-practice-chevron-1We all know how important a daily practice is. Whether you’re trying to build a strong bicep, sculpt your abs, write a short story, produce a blog, make a painting, learn calligraphy, grow a garden, they all require daily practice. They require a daily commitment to give part of your precious resources (time, space, energy, and sometimes money!) to support your growth in the practice. Every day, just a little, and over time, those daily efforts accrue into a stunning photograph of a sunset, a perfect dahlia, a yummy Hungarian stew, a collection of stories from your heart. For several years, I have used the writing app 750words.com as a way of tracking my daily writing practice. Before Buster, founder of 750words, entered my life, I sputtered and faltered with keeping journals—sometimes being very focused and disciplined, and then, dropping away when things got busy. But 750words.com flipped a switch for me on the habit of writing daily. There’s something about putting an X in those daily boxes at the top of the page that became addictive for me.

Lynn Whipple's Big Bold Blooms

These days, my passion is visual art. For the last three years, I’ve been experimenting with lettering and drawing and painting. I’ve taken a couple of online classes to learn about line and composition and color. I really grew under the skilled and supportive instruction of Lynn Whipple in two fabulous online classes, one on painting flowers and one on “Wordplay Painting.” If you want to ignite your creative energy, I highly recommend experiencing her joyful and encouraging on-line classes.

And in 2015 I participated in a year-long online class co-taught by Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple called “Year of the Spark.

That year-long class was fantastic and so much fun! Every two weeks a lesson appeared in my inbox, and these two talented artists walked me through the techniques of the week. I learned so much from them, and found myself “practicing” my art skills more and more because of the new techniques and clever ideas they were sharing with their students.

To find more classes offered by Lynn and Carla, go to http://carlasonheim.com/store/. They  are inspiring and fun, and I guarantee they will crack your creative road-blocks wide open.

SO . . . 365webslide-2-670x316I am totally excited to share the news that beginning January 2017 Carla Sonheim is offering another year-long online course. It’s called 365 Activate Your Brain. And I’m all in!

The Practice is About Flourishing – Flourishing is About the Practice

So listen to me, people, this is NOT JUST FOR VISUAL ARTISTS!! This is for anyone wanting to practice living life artfully. This is for anyone wanting to ramp up their creative sensibilities. This class will hone your creative eye, your imagination, your energy, your ingenuity, and your creative skills in any arena in which you want to be more creative, more artful. It’s a small, artful warm-up every day. Like your morning stretches. Like your gratitude journal.  Like your meditation practice. These small daily exercises will incline you toward seeing clearly and being alive to the beauty, wonder, and emergence of the creative spirit all around us.

Did I say I’m in??

I am SO IN!

I’d love for you join me!

So Here’s the Nudge

If you sign up for the class, I’ll be delighted to coordinate periodic meetings of those participating as we practice daily being more aware, more attuned to beauty, more appreciative of detail, color, form, movement, more willing to FLOURISH in our “one wild and precious life.” This practice will take us there. Let’s share what we’re learning!

Here’s the link that explains the year-long class:  http://carlasonheim.com/365-a-year-long-class/ Check it out, and if you sign up, let me know if you’d like to participate in our first ever “365 Activate Your Brain” group. (There’s no cost to be in the group!) We’ll meet irregularly throughout the year to share our experiments, celebrate our practice, and inspire each other with joy.

Straight to your Inbox: A Unique Video Every Day… Short & Sweet!

prompts to draw and paint

techniques to make your own

inspirations to energize

ideas to share

words to ponder

tunes to hum

snacks to eat

corn to husk

waves to surf

presents to open

hooks to bait

and, of course, exercises to get you going!

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