"Stories are medicine. I have been taken with stories since I heard my first. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything - we need only listen."
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
On May 1, 2016, the day before the deadline to enter, I submitted an application for the city of Pearland's Pear-Scape, a public art sculpture trail project.
If you've seen the pelicans in Seabrook or any of the cow parade cows, that's what this is.
Giant fiberglass pears (4 feet high and 38 inches wide) that would be sponsored, painted by different artists, and then installed around the city of Pearland.
I was supposed to know by the end of May 2016 if any of my proposed pear designs had been selected, and then I was to have from the beginning of June to mid-August to paint my pear.
My three proposed pear designs
Well, I was never chosen.
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"But then someone starts talking about your soul - maybe at church, maybe in a book. Someone starts talking about things like grace and rest and peace, and the soul feeling its worth, and that language feels so foreign and so beautiful, like water in a desert, like one bright bud pushing up in an otherwise arid landscape. And like a song you used to love but haven't heard for years, something breaks through: that's what I've been missing. That's it. My soul." -Shauna Niequist
This year was about my soul healing and playing and leading, and that totally surprised me.
I definitely had some Daring Adventures in 2016.
Inspiration came in so many forms this year. Honestly because I'm interested in so many things, I had times of a little too much inspiration to the point of feeling overwhelmed. I have to keep remembering to keep my input strength in check and keep an eye on perfectionism. Here's some things that inspired my in 2016:
Failure is a part of daring greatly. And don't get me wrong failure sucks, but it actually does get easier. You learn to not take it personally, you learn how to Rise Strong and recognize where you might have shame that needs an antidote.
Here are some of my failures in 2016 and what I learned:
The above is an accurate representation of how most of my tea breaks looked.
Being your own boss means you get to say yes to whatever your heart desires.
So in addition to providing psychotherapy, I got to be creative with my business and have workshops and events as well to help people discover, play, grow, and love themselves more.
As a psychotherapist I always said I never wanted to have a private practice, it felt like too much responsibility to me. I knew where I was wasn’t working for me though, and I took a leap. And with a lot of help and support, I founded my own business, Daring Discoveries, PLLC. But first it was Daring Discoveries, LLC until I realized I couldn’t do that legally since I am a licensed professional (thus the P stands for Professional), that wasn’t a scary moment or anything. But that’s why we are not alone and have friends and a dear colleague Leah McCoy directed me to a resource who was able to walk me through the paperwork to change my legal status so I didn’t have to scrap my business before I even started.
"You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine"
-Lyrics to Oceans by Hillsong United
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 44 in Review: October 28th-November 6th
"May you let yourself off your own hooks,
and spend more time playing hooky
and spontaneous dancing in daylight."
Those words were sent to me today by Shiloh Sophia and are from her poem entitled "The Glitter From the Grit."
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 43 in Review: October 21st-27th
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
I've started asking myself those questions as there are only 65 days left in the year. Yes, you know how many days are left when you are doing a daily creativity project :)
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 42 in Review: October 14th-20th
Where do you allow yourself to be creative?
I realized this week that I had certain places I allowed creativity and then in some areas, I was still relying on my the old constructs of perfectionism I had constructed to try and keep me safe from criticism.
Public speaking was one of those areas.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 41 in Review: October 7th-13th
How do you go through your day?
When you are doing something, are you just trying to get through it, or are you thinking about the next things you need to do, or are you really trying to be present and enjoy the process you are in?
For me, it's usually the former items.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 40 in Review: September 30th-October 6th
Thankfully, creativity forgives.
It forgives me when I doubted I would be able to come up with enough creations for a whole year.
In fact, it has decided to show me that through my daily commitment, I can now have multiple creation ideas daily.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 39 in Review: September 23rd-September 29th
You can actually increase your creativity by working on it.
And I've been working on it.
And it has been working on me.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 38 in Review: September 16th-September 22nd
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your world need not be lost; that is where they would be. Now put the foundations under them."
My 2016 Experiment of building a LEGO creation everyday seems quite tame when I read about Thoreau's two year experiment of living in the woods simply.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 37 in Review: September 9th-September 15th
This week was a raw and vulnerable week for me. Changes in what I've been eating and drinking have led me to recognize I try to comfort myself with what I put into my body more than I had even realized. Also starting a new training which was all weekend left me not recharged or ready for the week. So needless to say I've been experiencing a lot of the more uncomfortable feelings and my tear ducts have been getting plenty of action.
So this week, I've been learning I am a creative soul, and creativity is care for my soul.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 36 in Review: September 2nd-September 8th
In the beginning, I had few LEGO® bricks.
Keeping my daily creations would have really limited my future creations so I took each one apart after I took my photo.
It was day 51 that I first kept a creation around for a bit, the quote was about painting being unfinished and I heard that my creation may be unfinished.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 35 in Review: August 26th-September 1st
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
I've gotten a new journal and it's changing my life because it's having me make goals in all categories of my life and get really clear on things.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 34 in Review: August 19th-25th
"We find ourselves caught in this cycle of keeping track of the wrong things. Keeping track of how many times we've been rejected, keeping track of how many times it didn't work, keeping track of all the times someone has broken our heart, or double crossed us, or let us down. Of course we can keep track of those things but why? Why keep track of them? Are they making us better? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep track of the other stuff. To keep track of all the times that worked. All the times we took a risk. All the times we were able to brighten someone else's day. That when we start doing that we can redefine ourselves as people who are able to make an impact on the world."
I had a great chance to practice keeping track of the right stuff when a recent group I was offering didn't meet the minimum number to have a beneficial group experience.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 33 in Review: August 12th-18th
I wonder how this experiment would have been different if I was just free building every day without pulling an art quote first?
The art quotes are magical.
They are like daily permission slips to take the time to do this experiment.
They are my encouragers, my normalizers, my supporters, my allies.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 32 in Review: August 5th-11th
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 31 in Review: July 28th - August 4th