April 2017 - Mindful Moments Newsletter
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Life as a creative person is interesting. Last week I wrote a children’s book 30 seconds after waking up, or rather in-between waking up and sleeping. I get my best ideas while walking outside or in the shower and often trips to the grocery store have stops on the way to record a new idea or project I am working on. There is no off button the creative mind that has always been mine. This has been a gift and a difficulty.
For those who are not creative, life is linear. Success can be defined in monetary or measurable ways. Promotions are met with titles and raises, bonuses and pats on the head from superiors. But to Creatives, the path is not linear. There are no weekends off, no vacations, and no paid leave. We are always on. Because being creative is not something we do, it is something we are.
I grew up with musicians. They live to play. They play to live. It is in the DNA. Once my 7 year old niece was asked why she walked around singing all the time. Her reply was “That’s just what we do in this house.”
Right now it is midnight. My husband has gone to bed. The neighbors have gone to sleep. I am up, writing, singing, and creating. It’s just what I do. It’s not because I will get paid. (Although I tell myself that it will lead to something bigger.) It’s not because I have a boss telling me to do it. (I am my own boss.) It’s not even because I wish to inspire, support, or share my insights with others. (Though that is exactly what I’m doing here now.) It’s because without it I get angry, I get irritated, I get annoyed by everything in life. Without it I feel like a volcano rising up within me and spewing on whomever is nearby hot lava.
With it? With it I’m more a beautiful ocean, different every day, and just as amazingly intricate. With it, I’m just me.
So when I have days when I put everything I have into a project and it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to, or I am not able to make the money I need at that time from a project or to create the one I want, and I wish for a day job, I remember. I remember that even if I had a linear 9 to 5, I’d still have to create. I’d still have to play. I’d still have to sing. Making it a career just gives me more time in my day to dream.
If you have a child or are you yourself creative, remember to go easy on what the idea or definition of success looks like.
There once was a meme I saw where it had on one side a graph line going straight up with the caption: “This is what success looks like.” and on the other side: “This is really what success looks like.” It was a messy ball of curved lines going every which way and gradually moving upwards.
I am a beautiful messy ball of curves going every which way. Sometimes that is a little messy. Sometimes it is more beautiful. But each and every day I am making my way, doing what I must do so I am more beautiful than mess. And that? That to me is success.
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*And if you want to support a musician who has been working many hours each day since he was 5 years old to be the best he can be (I have proof he worked that hard, I was there!) join the ArtistShare for my brother John Proulx, jazz man and all around great dad! Working it to support a family and shine the light on some amazingly relaxing and uplifting tunes! Share the artist experience with your kids to show, it isn’t magic, it’s passion and hard word! ;)
You can hear him practicing with Melissa Manchester on the song they co-wrote for this project here: http://www.artistshare.com/v4/projects/experience/?artistID=356&projectId=487
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April’s s topic is: The Power of Pets with Jeanna Billings!
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April’s guest is resident Mindfulness Mothers animal expert and all around amazing pet guru, Jeanna Billings! Come learn about how pets enrich the lives of families, with tips on behavior, eating, care, animal communication, and more!
Jeanna Billings is an Animal Communicator serving an international clientele, a Reiki Master and a Certified Crystal Healer. She volunteered for many years with humane societies and animal rescues, serving as a Board Director, Adoption Counselor and Humane Educator. She currently teaches animal communication classes and provides private consultations. She lives in Indiana with her husband, three dachshunds, two cats and a very chatty parakeet. You can find her online at www.ShamansSpirit.net
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