The other working title of this post is “Why I left Facebook.”
This is not written with the intention of starting a debate on the vices or virtues of Facebook. In fact, I am only beginning my virtual purge with Facebook, because it has historically preoccupied the most of my energy. Even when I’m not “on it” for long periods, it doesn’t seem to matter. Someone might say, “I’m sure you saw what I posted on Facebook,” and then I would be reminded that I am a part of it even if I’m not actively engaging with it.
I had a student a few years ago who told me she wasn’t on Facebook and had no intention of creating an account. I remember how envious I was of her. I remember saying, “Wow, I wish I could go off it, but I need it for my business.” I think that’s when the seed was planted. I began to ask myself questions, like:
Do I really need it?
What has it actually done for me?
How has it affected others?
How much of my energy does it consume?
What would I miss about it if I left for good?
So, years later, I am finally free of it once and for all. It feels like a burden lifted. In this year of authentically being myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need it. I can be free of anything I want to be free of. The Universe has my back, so any social media platform can hardly ever compete with that.
So, that’s me reducing my digital footprint and reserving my energy for the bigger and better opportunities that are coming into my life every day, not through the internet, but through the people I connect with in very real ways.
The spiritual energy that I use to connect with others is independent of the world wide web. It is not virtual at all, but in fact very real.
I may have left Facebook, but I have not left my friends. I have no intention of leaving any of you. Always, feel free to connect with me directly.
I had a dream that as I walked through a thick wood, trees fell all around me. The sound of them crashing down was very loud and terrifying. Even though I was afraid I just kept moving forward. I felt like I was somehow protected and that they wouldn’t hurt me. Continue reading →
Ever since I became a Mom my symbol for my relationship with my children has been the owl. Learning from the energy of the owl has given me confidence over the years. I can still remember how frightening it was to bring children into the world. I didn’t feel able to protect them and I questioned if I was qualified to guide them. Then I saw an owl in a meditation and many meditations after that one. It was a giant owl with wings Continue reading →
This week has been pretty intense. I have been processing a lot of internal shifts as the circumstances of life change around me. The Archangel Jeremiel came to me strongly as we entered the month of June. This painting is a bit different than how I usually draw, but in a lot of ways it was very freeing to create without censoring what came through. I will show you the phases of the image so as to explain how it just kind of made its way onto the paper. I consider this intuitive painting. I often teach this method of creating art in my workshops. It focuses on freeing yourself creatively by trying new things and playful experimentation.
The first image is the paper collage. I knew I was going to paint an angel. That was my only intention. I wasn’t even sure it was Continue reading →
I love Tarot Decks. I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a set of my own for years now. This version of “The Star” is from my sketchbook. The Star was my theme for May this year, and it seems that the month of May has slipped by in no time at all. I’ve been so caught up in doing the “life” thing that I’ve had little time to work on my beloved projects. This image reminds me that Continue reading →
From my sketchbook playdate with myself this week. I am so going to miss Taurus. I’ve always had a resistance to Taurean energy, so this year I really made an effort to heal that internal relationship. Now I am totally in love with it! I’ll tell you a secret, too. My favorite way of connecting with this nurturing feminine earth energy is by lying flat on my stomach and pressing my forehead into the ground. I can just feel all my Continue reading →
I have this stack of postcards I’ve collected from various Museums of artwork I’ve had the pleasure of briefly sharing company with. I’ve started using them in my sketchbook and even in my workshops. There’s something that feels kind of wrong about Continue reading →
So, #the100dayProject is about 19 days in now, and how many people have given up? Some people have decided that it’s not easy to create every day. Do I hear you? Literally, some days you have no spare time. You hardly have time to feed yourself, or God help you if you have other creatures depending on you to feed them, too. I have a pet shrimp who somehow lives off of tank algae when I don’t have time for him, and because of this I think he is perhaps the best pet I’ve ever had. The other members of my household are luckily a little more vocal about their needs. Point is, there are days when it seems like there’s just no room for a single creative moment.
Well, at least that’s what you tell yourself. That’s the excuse. The truth is, there is always time for your creative life. Opportunities are presented to you every moment of every day to be creative. It’s all about how you perceive any given moment, especially the chaotic ones. So, even if you haven’t posted your “art du jour” on Instagram, it doesn’t mean you didn’t have an artful moment all day. For example…
Telling a joke, especially one that gets a laugh (even if it’s just from you), can be a welcome and necessary creative event.
Allowing that woman with only one item ahead of you in line… that’s a creative event. It gives you a few extra minutes to practice patience, observe, or enjoy just being.
Noticing how the light reflects on the hair of a loved one. Bam! You just witnessed the miracle of a creative angel. Relish every nano-moment of it.
Whether you are making, observing, being present, or feeling inspired, each part has a place in the creative experience. We have become so focused on the end product that we tend to forget that those most favorite end products came from a long line of small, unappreciated, or seemingly insignificant experiences — every little part of which created the final result. Even those so-called final results are often not the final of anything, but instead just another beginning. So before you beat yourself up for missing a few days of #the100dayProject, just reflect on why you started in the first place. What were you feeling when you started? Were you excited? Were you curious about where this all might lead? Where you wondering if the project you chose would hold your interest?
Whatever initial feelings you had that got you started, now is the perfect time to get back in touch with them. If you can find new enthusiasm to keep going then simply pick up where you left off, you don’t need anyone’s permission to do that. Just do it! If things have changed, then, congrats! You are evolving. Change is growth. Go with that. Whatever you decide to do, please, don’t • stop • creating.
Try to understand that creating always involves so much more than what you think it does.
This is a good thing because it’s in the unexpected moments where curiosity, mystery, and magic begin to percolate. All you have to do is have the patience to notice what is unfolding right before you eyes.
I didn’t technically post a new creation every day, but in no way have I dropped out of the project. I’m still all in, baby! I am also seriously enjoying my project. Having always had a strained relationship with food, I am enjoying my theme of playing with my food. It has liberated me in ways I can’t even fully comprehend yet. I mean, who knew carving cheese was this much fun?
So my advice is, keep up the good work, all of you. I can’t stop hearing Ellen DeGeneres’s voice as Dory, “Just keep creating…”
Sending you all my love and support.
Your Creativity Coach,
Bonnie Kelso is a Creativity Coach who uses Creating as a healing modality. She is the author of Vitalize Your Creative Life, a workbook for engaging with your inner creative child. She also facilitates creativity workshops and classes locally in Las Vegas, NV. She is the creator of the ABCs of Conscious Creating, a guided self-study program that delves deeper into the spiritual realm of your unique creative potential. Are you ready to start right now? Do you have 5 Minutes?
So, I just found out about this project that’s apparently been going on for years and it’s basically hijacked my world right now. I’m not even sure where to start… It’s delightfully simple and based on a premise I can totally get behind (because it’s pretty much the same idea behind my 5MinuteCreator ebook). It’s an Instagram hashtag that heroically tries to motivate people into doing something creative every day for 100 days. Special shout out to Elle and Lindsay and www.the100dayproject.org.
Okay, so I was feeling really in a slump, emotionally and creatively. Yes, this even happens to Creativity Coaches. It’s something everyone struggles with from time to time, but the difference for me now is Continue reading →