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Now. Let’s Talk About May, 2013.
This is my popular digital workshop (you can participate online, anywhere in the world) about establishing healthy and happy creative habits, the very ones that make original thinking and leaps of imagination and business stuff possible. I’d love to share this with you. Check it out. >
While I’m focused on writing (and procrastinating) on my new book project, May turned out to be quite the busy writing and publishing month here at LisaSonora.com:
Grab your beverage of choice and hunker down for a cozy visit.
Somehow I managed to compose a 3,000+ word blog post to simply announce that I’m now publishing all 30 issues of Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice, in two different editions for your reading pleasure.
You’ll hear about the technique I used to get past the latest drought of writer’s block
Which lead to my decision to make Sketchbooks available, along with inspiration from sci-fi writer Joe Haldeman, a writer who also paints.
There is also some mention of pot roast (I followed Pioneer Woman’s recipe with excellent results, and I just love the way she writes, too), and a couple of other choice procrastination methods I employ when not writing.
Might you uncover some procrastination signs (and hacks) of your own? Do. Read on. >
I’ve had a wild hair for some time now to create a beautiful and useful digital download that would be available free to subscribers on my website.
A little bribe if you will, for taking an interest in my work and caring enough to subscribe. Because I want you to come back. And get to know you. We are kindred creatives or entrepreneurs or travelers… or courage-seekers…maybe all of the above.
I had a lot of fun not only creating the content and writing, but also with the design and layout. Anything where the written and visual come together makes me happy.
To find your bliss, all you need is to begin paying attention to the little things around you that make you say…Yes.
What are you waiting for? Go get your copy here >
I went on a whirlwind trip from San Francisco to Toronto and back to participate in Laura Hollick’s studio for International Soul Art Day.
In this post, though, I mostly talk about my dear friend Ken, and the power of having creative allies in your life and work. Who are your creative allies? I’m going to share a few of mine, at the end of this post.
I share more about the event in an earlier post:
Last Month, My Work Was Featured Here
Koren Motekaitis, of How She Really Does It interviewed me for her radio show.
In this interview I mention the vulnerability experiments I’m doing these days – that part felt really risky for me to share on live radio.
Other topics we covered:
- What is a Creative Entrepreneur
- Did you know where you were going?
- Why get an MBA as an artist?
- Cash based values/boundaries
- How her life/business is in comparison to what she thought she was going to be doing.
- The importance of structures + support + guidance for being an entrepreneur.
- Two takeaways – for your to build your business.
You can download and/or listen to our interview here:
Look! I’m in a really lovely new creativity book, too:
Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon
In this book, author Maggie Oman Shannon explores crafts and creativity as a practice with enormous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. By immersing ourselves in a craft with intention and mindfulness, we can quiet those voices around us and in us—we can enter sacred stillness.
I love what Angeles Arrien says about Crafting Calm:
“The genius of this book is that it provides a practical and inspirational way of accessing two universal essential forces that sustain the human spirit: contemplation and creativity. A timeless and invaluable resource for anyone!”
—Angeles Arrien, author of The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates to Wisdom
I’m Looking Forward To:
On July 4th, I’m heading up to Portland, Oregon (one of my favorite USA cities) to attend the World Domination Summit – or WDS.
WDS has nothing to do with Domination as you may be imagining it…I’ll tell you all about it in July.
Why I’m Going: I’m a huge fan of Chris Guillebeau’s work, and over the past few years of WDS, it seemed as if everyone I admired and read online was going. I’m going to hang out with all of them. And make a pilgrimage to Powell’s City of Books: where I’ll do my geeky thing and go visit The Creative Entrepreneur on the shelf and take a picture.
If you are going to WDS – please get in touch. Let’s make a pilgrimage to Powell’s together. Or something.
I Am Appreciating:
Earlier in this post, I mentioned the power of having creative allies in your life and work.
Creative allies is something I’ll be writing and sharing about more in future posts, because having a network of people who love and support you and believe in your work is vital.
So today I want to show you a little poster I made.
It is hanging in my studio, on one of the pin boards (a real pin board, with pushpins and thumbtacks!) that surround my writing space.
Each on of the names on this list is someone dear to me, who is a creative kindred spirit, who is inspiring me right now to rise to the occasion of doing my best work. BTW: Helen doesn’t spell her name HELLen. But it was late when I made my poster. And I like how it looks. Sorry, Helen. You know I’m a weirdo.
These people are on whatever the spiritual version of speed dial is. We are emailing, talking, and visiting regularly. Some of us across distant time zones across the world.
We are supporting each other on this crazy journey of creativity + travel + courage.
By travel, I mean that in the broadest sense.
Life is the ultimate travel journey.
These are some of the people I am honored to be traveling with.
How about you?
Do you have a circle of kindreds who love and support your work – and vice versa?
What ideas, thoughts, questions do you have about creating such a circle? Please share in the comments.
Thanks so much for reading. Your presence here is appreciated greatly.