Is Your Creative Life Worth Fighting For?

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How much time do you spend watching TV? This image appears on page 27 of my book Vitalize Your Creative Life. I stand by this graphic and the message it conveys. I also freely admit that I am a TV binger and lifelong TV addict. By the word “TV” I mean the effortless preoccupation of my brain by programmed sounds and videos on a screen (of any size) while the remainder of my body remains relatively inactive. In part I had no choice. I grew up with TV. I am the product of an early generation exposed to a now common type of addiction. Continue reading

Storytime! The Circle – A story for your inner child

Have you every wondered where we come from? Are you curious about where we go when we die? Do you ponder the meaning of life and why we are here in the first place? Then you might enjoy this story for your inner child called, “The Circle.” Settle down, get comfy and enjoy!

Be sure to sign up for my email list to receive this story as part of Chapter One: Circles from my book, Vitalize Your Creative Life. Stay on the list to find out when the rest of the book is available.

Your Creativity Coach,

Bonnie

Bonnie Kelso is the creator of The ABCs of Conscious Creating and the author of Vitalize Your Creative Life. She uses energy healing and creating exercises to connect people to their higher “creative” selves. For more information about her services read about her ACCESS! program or to schedule a consultation please contact her at Bonnie@CreatingYourExperience.com. Are you ready to vitalize your creative life?

Manage Your “To-Do” List Like A Superhero

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Hello Creatives!!!

I’ve missed you! It’s been way too long since my last post. I have to confess, I have a dozen unfinished posts in my queue, but for one reason or another I was derailed from each one. The past few months have been like that. The ideas are flooding in, and I can hardly keep up with them. Thank you, God! But, this brings me to the topic I share with you today… How do you manage it all when your creative flow becomes a creative flood? How do you learn to prioritize your projects? How do you look at each new baby with discernment? How do you ever choose one over the other? Like a mother who has many children, how do you give each of them the attention they require, how do you avoid making any one of them feel less loved?

I am the mother of many creative projects right now. I am also the mother of small children. Not only that, I have parents, siblings, extended family, friends, clients, a co-parent, and a life partner. Yet, I am still only one person… capable, but still human. In today’s world, we are expected to be everything to everyone. Super-Mom Syndrome is alive and well. Why is this so strong an undercurrent? This does not just apply to women either. All of us, as we each move closer to true equality, we all feel it. Continue reading

Creating Light from the Darkness (Winter Solstice)

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Life is full of contrasts. Change is the one thing we can count on in life. Everything changes, sometimes dramatically as if in an instant. What was light is suddenly dark, or what is dark is suddenly brought to light. Other times change happens so slowly, with such small increments, that our human perception can hardly conceive it at all. Like a glacier, the ice appears static and still, but underneath there are currents of icy water, moving the frozen mountains above. They tumble forward, in a dance that only the songs of epics could inspire. Huge monoliths of ice will transform in the dark of night, so slowly, it’s hard to perceive. This too, can be the pattern your energetic movements from dark to light, or from light to dark.

December 22 is the Winter Solstice. On Tuesday we will experience the longest night of the year. It is a special moment in the annual cycle and has been celebrated and revered across cultures spanning all of human existence. From Machu Picchu to Stonehenge, the evidence of a history of human connection to the winter solstice marks our ancient earth with carefully constructed monuments.

Even our modern world responds to this energetic shift. Do you think it is a coincidence that the new Star Wars movie is opening around the time of the Winter Solstice? Continue reading

Do You Want to Hear a Story?

“Y’all come around here, and listen to a story!” This I have heard. This I have said. I spent my early childhood from age 4 – 8 living in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. When I look at my young kids, I realize how important those years are for developing your imagination. I often make up stories on the fly with my kids, too, much in the same tradition as I was raised. They love it. They love throwing in parts of the story as we go and totally changing the direction of it. It is my responsibility, as the storyteller, to somehow bring it all together at the end AND deliver a moral of some sort.

This weekend is National Storytelling Weekend. It’s always on the first weekend in October. It all started in 1973 with a highschool journalism teacher named Jimmy Neil Smith. The event began modestly in the small town of Jonesborough, Tennessee with a few dozen people sitting around on hay bales telling stories. Well, it started a storytelling revival of sorts and is now a national event drawing over Continue reading

Imagine!

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Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.

This quote is taken from the movie “The Imitation Game“about Alan Turing, who invented a machine that deciphered the Enigma-coded messages exchanged amongst Hitler’s army during WWII. There’s a whole lot more to the story and it is an excellent movie I would highly recommend to anyone… But what strikes me the most is this underlying current in the film presented through this simple sentence.

I hope you will watch the film and be inspired as I was to appreciate your own creative genius. How many times have you listened to others tell you that you’re not good enough, that you’ll never be something special, that you can’t make a difference in the world? I remember hearing as an art student over and over that everything in the art world had already been done. I heard it so much that I believed it. I believed that I wouldn’t be able to make a difference. I thought to myself, what is the point, really?

The truth is, art is a product of our imaginations. Creative expression is the process of decoding the unseen world around us. Each and every one of us holds the key to unlocking this power. Sometimes we might come to common conclusions, and other times we will Continue reading