Magic Monday's – It's all about nurturing your creative side!
I recently started a new weekly schedule and I begin each week with my Magic Monday outings. This is a day when I allow myself to be fully in my creativity. It may be a walk, exploring a new part of the city, reading a book or journaling at the riverside… I am open to what I am called to do for the day. The result has already been amazing. So, I decided to start a Magic Monday blog post and share the joy with you so you can start your week and your business off with the most important ingredient, creative juicy, inspiration and love!
Welcome to the first Magic Monday blog post:
Do you ever notice, that some of the most productive and creative times we have in business come when we walk away from business? It seems ironic, right?
When we find ways to pull ourselves away from all the tasks we need to tend to, and instead, change our scenery and our environment, or explore creative outlets, we create space for minds to freely generate new ideas and our hearts to connect to the excitement or the truth of the things we want to bring forth in the world.
So what happens when we allow this time away?
(1) We find new solutions to things that seemed insurmountable.
(2) We take long deep breaths that were before stifled in stress.
(3) We have creative light bulbs go on and ideas flood our thoughts.
(4) Ultimately, and most importantly, we feel better.
The past few days were packed with creative outlets that really (literally) had me signing. Today, I am excited to put all my newly generated creative energy to work for me, for my heart and soul, and for my business and feel the magic.
Here's a little summary of what happened for me when I stepped away. I hope it helps stir some fun and new ideas for you.
I did something I swore off for well over two decades! I went to Karaoke singing!
First, let me must set the record straight. I swore off any form of karaoke and singing in public over 20 years ago, and I stuck to it. The one and only time, I got up on a stage with a bunch happy (uh, drinking) college girls to sign karaoke, I felt a such an intense level of discomfort, awkwardness, embarrassment and humiliation that I vowed to never do it again. I'm not sure why I felt those things, but the experience was powerful enough to have lasting impact. (By the way, all the other girls seemed to have a blast.)
I know this is not a big deal in life. Believe me. But, often, it's the little things that teach us the most valuable lessons. Here is one of those lessons and how it has translated to growth for me both in business and personally:
In the past few years, I've gone to karaoke a few times with a group of friends that love go karaoke singing. At first it required a great deal of courage for me to just to sing one song. I even had stress over it in the days following, as I asked myself, “what were you thinking?” Then, the next time I tried another song. As time went on the feelings of doubt and question were lessened. Practicing what made me uncomfortable led to pure fun and a greater sense of letting go!
The beauty in this has been how I've grown to know these friends always make it safe and fun for me to belt it out – and what an amazing gift it is!! I've explored different music, I've had good and some really bad and it's all been a-o-k.
It's important to stretch creatively, but it's important to do it in a way that will nurture you're growth.
What this experience has done for me on a deeper level is allow another way of using my voice, anther way of standing in something that feels good (even if I'm not the best at it), another outlet to laughter and creativity.
People often talk about facing your fears and concurring your blocks. I say – yes, I'm all for it. But, sometimes these lessons in life just take time. Sometimes, it requires being in a safe environment with people you trust, or, you may just experience a set-back. Fortunately, the nature of how things go in life, is that lessons tend to appear when you are ready.
I believe implementing the space you need to grow quietly, and privately, in turn will lead you to the activities that allow to to stretch further.
Surrounding ourselves with trusting people who will support you in fun and love is the true secret to the sauce. It's so important that you find the a community that is right for you; one that will allow you to shine, just as you are, being your true and authentic, vibrant self.
When you do, you see beautiful emergence occur both in your personal as well as your business lives. It is all so connected.
Would you like to join me for Magic Monday's? Or perhaps create your own day to walk away?
What will you do today, this week, this month, to put some magic into your business by walking away from your business?
Post a comment below and share your creative ah-ha's!!
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