We are now more than two months into 2012! Yippee!
While some of us feel like celebrating the extraordinary changes that this year has brought, I am saddened to hear that many of my clients, friends and blog readers are experiencing extremely difficult life situations right now. It is critical that we are gentle to ourselves when hardships arise. Negative feelings and thoughts block your creativity and your brilliance. With this in mind, I am sending an extra loving reminder to everyone that we need to keep our magical spirits up!
Here are five ideas for those experiencing struggles and for those experiencing the world's wonderful gifts:
2.) Stay creative! Set aside at least 30-minutes a day for creative play. When people tell me they don't have time for creative expression, I recommend that they squeeze in creative work before their busy days begin. Just wake up 30-minutes earlier and start your day with some magic! Doodle, dance, paint, write, sculpt, color, sing, improvise a story!
3.) Play! In addition to expressing yourself, you also need to play and laugh. Check out my super talented librarian friend, Lynda Shoup's posts about an improvised nature game called, Change of Pace and a whimsical fairy house activity. Or play this simple storytelling game, which will induce giggles.
4.) Spend your free time outdoors! Soak up the morning or late afternoon sun so you can shine. Climb a tree so you can see the world from a different perspective. Listen to a trickling brook because it whispers magical messages. Trickling water also keeps your thoughts, creativity and energy flowing. Breathe in fresh air for an instant energy boost. Or go for a brisk walk in nature.
Remember, even when lost in the deep dark forest, light can always be found!
5.) Surround yourself with loving, supportive and creative beings. One of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho wrote, "Join with those who sing songs, tell stories, enjoy life…because happiness is contagious." If you are in the Portland area, come out to one of my storytelling programs and introduce yourself. My stories are jam-packed with magic to warm your heart, to sparkle your smile and to inspire your spirit!
If you do these five tasks every single day, your spirits will rise and your creativity will reawaken. This world can be magical and wondrous as well as painful and difficult, but through it all, we are never alone. If you don't feel like shining at the moment, the Emmy Blue community will shine upon you! Feel free to "friend me" on Facebook or Twitter for a daily boost of happy magic, or come to the Emmy Blue page and join our conversations! Xx
Lots of love,