Nov 282012
 
rebirth
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Lately I have thought a lot about my moody nature. I guess as a creative spirit, it somehow fits. Or maybe I should blame it on all the pregnancy hormones surging through my body at present. Either way, I have found that it is very important to find ways to shift my mood.

Are you aware of your moods? When I started taking time to really notice them, it became more and more apparent to me that my moods impact so much of how my life plays out. When I am in a not so good mood, it impacts every interaction I have and every action I choose. It is like having a lens that is overshadowing my every move. It made me realize how powerful we can be as individuals if we can learn to positively shift our moods.

The same thing doesn’t work for everyone, this I know. I however have three main things I do to help me shift my moods.

1. Move – physical activity, whether it be going for a walk, a run or dancing around the room

2. Burning incense – my absolute favorite to shift my mood positively is White Cloud

3. Music – either listening to it or singing myself

When I’m listening, the selection of songs can be a challenge for me. It is like finding just the right shift that I need. Because I tend to be a bit of a type A stressed personality, zen music is what I need the most. Below I put together a liste of some of the songs that help me zen out. Hope you enjoy!

Return to Innocence by Enigma

This Eternal Moment by Violet and the TransAtlantic SoundLab (my band actually)

Courage Is by The Strange Familiar

You Are Part of Everything by The Essence

Goddess of the Sea by Violet and the TransAtlantic SoundLab (my band again…..)

I hope that my reflections on mood shifting will serve valuable to you. Maybe even provide an impetus for you to think about what will work for you and put those actions into practice when you need them.

Aug 142012
 

Do you have what it takes? Are you willing to create something and share it with the world? What happens when not everyone likes it, or worse, what if no one likes it?

Cowardly Lion’s Courage Medal from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

I sit here writing to you from personal experience. Courage is a requirement for many, many things in life. For me, the courage to pursue my dream of being a singer/songwriter is the hardest honestly, because it is something that really matters to me. I love to sing and I love to write songs, and naturally, I want the world to love the music that I create. The reality is, not everyone is going to like what I create. There are always going to be people out there that have different preferences and opinions.

There are days when I am pumped up by the responses of those around me who hear what I create. However, there are equally times that I am not. In this process, I have learned how important it is to know myself creatively and be true to my creative desires. When I hear input from someone that can be considered critical, as long as I know in my heart what my creative desires are and that I have been true to them in my creative process, I am able to sit back and hear the input without crumbling. I try to remind myself that almost any opinion is correct, after all an opinion is not black and white as are facts. Even in the most critical opinion, there are pearls that can be learned from to further one’s creative process.

This week I was disheartened when I heard of a creative spirit that had been crushed by someone that had given critical input. I know in my heart that every time a person opens up and shares something they have created they are sharing a piece of themselves, a vulnerable process. Next time someone is willing to open up and share something they have created with you, maybe sit back for a moment and remember they have just shared a part of themselves with you. I’m not suggesting you refrain from giving true input, but perhaps try and give more than just negative input and find at least a few things positive to say. We need creative souls out there who are willing to open up and share. The world would be a very boring place if there was no creativity.

Whether or not you are a person that thinks of yourself as creative, you may very well have creative juices flowing that you don’t let come out due to fear of rejection. Are you allowing your creativity to be expressed? What about taking up that painting class? Or perhaps, writing that book that has been burning inside. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just let yourself have the freedom to open up, create and share. There are so many rewards that you will reap when you do. I have met so many interesting people sharing my music with them. It is a way of sharing a piece of me with the world. So, what will you share?

Take a moment and join me in listening to Courage Is, a beautiful song with beautifully expressed sentiments about courage.

 

 

Please attribute photo to: The MagicImage Collection of Hollywood Memorabilia.

 

Jul 122012
 

My creative adventures in the kitchen continue!

It is funny, I am a rule follower and quite a planner. There are really only two areas of my life in which I let myself go and just do what I wish. Those creative outlets are music and cooking!!! So, today, I decided to let my creative mind free and follow my instincts and make some breakfast muffins.

Most people will tell you that baking is not the area where you should cease to follow a recipe, and if you add the gluten free aspect most people would gasp. Honestly, sometimes things don’t turn out. But the process in and of itself is fun and when you do hit success, well, the proof in this case is in the absolute scrumptious result.  I must admit I was inspired by a recent blog post I read on creativity which you can find here, by Miss Marcella. I hope you try this recipe and benefit from my morning creative journey.

Gluten Free Banana Almond Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. canola oil
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup Bob Red Mill’s Gluten Free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. guar gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ripe banana chopped in small pieces

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375F. Use oil or non-stick spray to prep a 6 serving muffin pan.

Use hand beater, do not use electric mixer. Make sure not to over mix.

Combine sugars, vanilla, and eggs and hand beat. Mix in gradually all other ingredients with the exception of the banana. Once batter is evenly combined stir in the finely chopped banana.

Fill muffin pans half way. Bake for 25 minutes at 375F. Leave muffins to cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan to serve.

Servings: 6 medium sized muffins

 

Apr 262012
 

The more I work on song writing. The more I find myself searching for an understanding of where my creativity originates. I know that I have moments of extreme surges of creativity; and I have lots of periods where creativity is completely lacking. There is one strong theme just the same. When I am true and real with myself, allowing myself to experience deep emotions, the most amazing creations emerge.

In my search for pearls to share with you about creativity, I spent a lot of time  scouring the internet to read other people’s perspectives on this subject. A post on one of my recent favorite blogs was extremely thought provoking for me. If you are interested in a good laugh, solid insights, and perspectives that will really make you think, take a read and subsequent listen to the video in this blog post from CD baby, The DIY Musician.

If you take the time to listen to the you tube video by Monty Python’s John Cleese, you should stumble upon brief commentary he makes about childhood and how childhood can impact a person’s creativity.  And from this, I had some strong revelations.

I’m going to simplify my childhood a bit for the purpose of not boring you. However, let me just say that, I didn’t have the fairytale life. Did any of us? Actually, I think that my best writing comes from some of the most painfully passionate and sad emotions I have experienced.

And yes, it is from a place of deep emotion that I find the most amazing things to share in creative and different ways. My father who died when I was just eight years old gave me a gift. The gift was an intense feeling of emotion on so many levels and a passion for arts and creativity.

There are not that many memories I still have of the time I spent with my dad. One lovely memory that stays with me is a movie that he watched with me over and over again, The Neverending Story. The movie contributed to my creativity, ability to imagine, and knowing the importance of keeping your dreams alive. I leave you with a moment to take a listen to the theme song which you can find here.