Posts Tagged ‘self expression’

This month, my article focused on understanding what we want out of life and why we want it, so I thought I would share one of mine….

Several years ago I knew an important want in my life was to start painting again.  I wanted art, painting, creativity to once again become an integral part of my life.  How did that look?  At first my thoughts were to take classes, buy supplies, have a subject to paint, have a space in my home to paint with all materials at the ready

I knew what I wanted to create and the actions to make it happen.  The anchor to get me moving – was why.

For me the why is value of beauty, capturing nature, colors.  It is the need for expression of emotion and creativity.  It serves as a stress reliever for when in the flow I am calmer, more present, in another space entirely.

Do I paint every day?  No I don’t, but I have everything at the ready when inspiration or need for expression surfaces.

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It has been a while since I have written, painted or read much.  My creative/meditative time lately has been focused on home improvement projects.   We have changed some surfaces, rearranged what we have to breathe new life into it and of course treasure hunted for some great finds!

I realize that while I crave variety in my days/weeks, I am often singly focused when I’m working on a special project and go through cycles where my creative passions shift.

What brings me into each new cycle?  For painting, its when the mood and inspiration strikes, usually when I have a reason to paint and something to paint.    Since I love to learn, my cycle of learning/reading shows up often when I’ve had great conversations with friends or colleagues about a topic I want to learn more about.  That leads to exploring other things I want to learn and just reading for pleasure.   Writing is more challenging for me.  It’s not something I love but something that I love having done.  When I see, hear or experience something interesting and thought provoking is what helps me step into the cycle of writing.

What cycles of  introspection or self expression do you experience?

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I’ve always been fascinated by dreams.  I usually remember most of my dreams, even days afterward especially if they were vivid and emotional – though I never took the time to record them until now.

Inspiration to record my dreams came from two sources, a book I am reading and a friend’s experience.  The book is The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka where a chapter is devoted to recording and discovering the meaning in your dreams.   My friend is also reading the book (we are in a book club together with this book as the subject) and she started not only writing her dreams but recording them using collage!  

My method of recording my dreams?  Painting of course!  I cut watercolor paper into quarters and when I remember a vivid dream, I write notes on one side of the paper and on the other I paint a watercolor scene of what I saw in my dream.    My latest dream?  A visit to coastal Italy with visions of the sea.  I can’t wait to paint it!

How do you record your dreams?

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I love it when something new and unexpected comes from the familiar.  Paul and I recently chose to watch a movie that neither of us had heard of – but were intrigued by the subject matter of music (you may know Paul is a musician).  The movie was The Visitor.  The lead character, Walter, learns to play the Djembe, an African Drum.  Paul and I were immediatly hooked and started talking about buying a djembe ourselves.  So, a few days later, there one stood in our kitchen!

What’s so unexpected?  The djembe was mainly for me to play!  Now, even though I grew up with a brother who at one time was a professional drummer and have a professional musician for a husband, I have never leaned to play an instrument – I never even had an interest in it.  The djembe is different.  There is something about the tones it makes and the connection of my hands on the skin that draws me in.  So, with the help of Paul and some video’s I found, I am learning to play.

I’ve had two lessons/practice sessions so far and I already see progress.  The best part?  I finally get to jam with my husband Paul – something he has been waiting 16 years for!


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I had a wonderful lunch the other day with a woman who was introduced to me through another friend. Marilyn Shannon, also a life coach, has created an exciting community of life minded people who are eager to forge new connections called ReEnchant Planet Earth. Their mission states “To bring together groups and groups of people that already see the world as an enchanting place. By using tools such as stories and the iCircle we want to spread that love and energy throughout the planet.” It is so exciting meeting people who are having a great impact on the world! One passion we share in common is our belief that anything is possible to achieve.

One of their features is Thee Talking Stick Newsletter, giving you an opportunity to do just that.  To tell your story of possibility and achievement, an opportunity for self expression, to share your accomplishments and life experiences with other like minded people.  Even if you have never written anything before that you shared with others, this is a forum where everything is accepted.  It is your chance to step out of your comfort zone a bit!  You know how much I love that!

I look forward to hearing your story!

Stefanie Zizzo, Career and Life Coach, www.stefaniezizzo.com

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