by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
If you’ve read any of my blogs on inspiration or creativity, or listened to any of my new podcasts this year, you’ll know exactly what my personal values are about.
My brand name, YourCreativeChord, is symbolic of the importance I place on empowering myself and you with the tools to nurture creative energy and inspired daily life.
If you’ve been reading my photo essays under the Creativity menu on my website, you’ll see more closely, behind the scenes, under the hood, of my personal creative process.
That’s partly why I created my 2020 Nature Calendars, too. My calendars feature my own photos, taken on my iPhone with a simple one-button push. My photos are a reminder of how I find ways in the midst of my daily life, to notice, discover, and explore nature’s incredible beauty within an ordinary moment.
I created these calendars as a representation of my brand. Immersion in nature is a huge part of healthy self-care. I added written monthly themes to remind you to be mindful of each moment. My calendar's monthly themes help you remember how your mindset matters toward reaching goals each day, month, and for the year.
I value finding ways for nurturing creativity and inspiration. If you’re reading this, obviously, so do you.
My calendars are a tangible example of how I approach the creative process. Each time you look at a monthly photo in my calendar, or read my written positive affirmation, you’re receiving my message about the importance of being true to yourself—and of how expressing that authenticity is to tapping inspiration. When you allow yourself to be real, genuine, vulnerable, open—the creative muse will come to you naturally.
I made these calendars for you as a reminder to seize your day, create an experience of gratitude and joyful awareness through nature’s beauty and healing force. Every time you look at my calendar on your wall, you’re reminded to refresh your creative energy.
We All Go Through Creative Blocks
Sometimes we even doubt our ability to be creative at all. In those moments, if you have my calendar, you’ll get a friendly, warm, gentle reminder that you’ve got this. Creativity is in your life just as it’s in mine.
And if I’m not a professional photographer who uses fancy camera gear, or knows all the advanced technical stuff, so what?
I stand in my truth. I look at the world from where I stand, with whatever tools are in my hand, and I shoot. Er, push the button.
The point is that my calendars are based on my creative process of finding time for self-care, especially through experiencing nature. There's scientific research proving that experiencing awe improves your optimism and lowers stress. Nature is a constantly changing source of awe that is constantly there.
See How You Are Incredible
I want you to see how incredible you are. How easy it can be to release your stress to the air and relish the vibrance and wonder that nature brings to your senses. Exploring the profundity of nature’s compassionate force can put you back in rhythm with your own inherent creative flow.
That’s why I made my 2020 calendars.
And yeah, they aren’t mass distributed. I used decent quality materials so you could write your personal goals, events and notes on them easily.
I left plenty of white space so you can set and track your personal goals in the same place where you’ll see a joyful or peaceful moment in nature.
The same place where a positive affirmation will be to encourage you about your infinite creative potential.
You can feel how I incorporate authenticity, an open heart and sincere determined effort in the creative process from these calendars. You can see why this visual and written format is important to me.
If I can make something out of the simplicity of a moment within my day, so can you. These calendars were made to empower you and me toward manifesting our beautiful relationship with the unceasing compassionate power of the universe.
That’s why I made these calendars.
The cart has closed on YourCreativeChord's 2020 Inspiring Calendar. Stay tuned for 2021 Calendars in October 2020!
Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the ninth of my photo essay series featuring images from my newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration.
The small gnome statues along this shaded pathway, with their dramatic facial expressions, are almost alive with emotion. They seem like representatives of a human party, demonstrating the array of life’s ups and downs with their changing moods. They remind me of my own fluctuations and shifting chapters of my life story, and how my feelings paint my memories like a variegated rainbow.
Observing these small, nearly animated creatures shows how easily the human condition can either uplift or quickly darken the heart. But, I’ve learned that I can train myself to remain undaunted by emotional swings.
I’ve discovered I can create joy and hope when I master my mind versus letting my mind master me. Polishing my character in this way is the basis of my spiritual practice.
My personal experience proves to me that the effort to transform and purify my heart is the certain pathway to a more centered, balanced, confident, compassionate, joyful existence. This is also the surest way to contribute to peace because my inner state has power to influence others.
These little statues, with their theatrical display, brought me back to appreciating the present moment and the impact of mindfulness.
The lush green foliage and sturdy clumps of bamboo stems offered an umbrella of shaded privacy for reflection along this quiet garden path. The bamboo’s invisible, unified roots brought me back to my quest to develop harmonious relationships in my life.
The grass roots intertwine to support the whole plant, like how my interactions with others deepen when I look beyond our differences to find our commonalities.
The strength of these connected bamboo roots reminds me of the unlimited power we ignite when connecting with our intrinsic bonds of humanity. Especially when I hit bumpy roads with others, focusing on this root of our common humanity helps me recognize and find ways to unite heart to heart.
The few minutes I spent on this peaceful garden pathway inspired contemplation. The memorable garden motivates me to manifest my greater potential and contribute to improving my connections with others.
The New Year is a perfect moment to refresh our personal goals and deepen our prayers for others. The realization of personal dreams leads to a happier, more meaningful life. And with this richer existence comes the ability to encourage others toward their dreams, too.
The lessons from this nature oasis can function to ignite our momentum to achieve our personal goals by forging our greatest potential and helping others do the same. We must keep in mind that our victory impacts everyone in our lives.
What are your goals for the New Year 2020?
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