Even When We're Derailed
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
As a new online course creator, blogger and podcaster finishing two short nonfiction ebooks for piano learners, while caregiving for my 80-year Mom, I'm learning to juggle a lot.
Most of it's new to me.
My journey as a creator is a struggle to overcome life-long patterns of anxiety, challenge the new, balance my family responsibilities, and keep my creative fires burning.
Can you relate?
My goal is to launch my first online course for new or returning piano learners on how to practice piano effectively in April 2020. I've announced this goal originally for January and February—and missed my target dates. Wish you could see my face.
I'm disappointed in myself for that.
I didn't want to share that with anyone, either.
Why Sharing Our Vulnerability And Failures Is Important
But I decided this is actually a great lesson for practicing authenticity and developing self-compassion.
By being honest and transparent here, I'm showing myself and you how important it is that we share our vulnerability, our seeming failures—and still keep going no matter what.
The truth is we're all human. We all experience failures and setbacks. Hiding those away is antithetical to creative living. It's also counter to the reality that success often comes directly from failure.
Holding myself accountable publicly is a way to show myself that I can get back up on the horse. Even if I've fallen into the slop, and am covered in it, I can still get back up and try again.
There's a short video flying around social media of a little girl trying to mount a pony. The video shows her jumping up, falling down, grasping the pony's mane, slipping off, lunging forward, in multiple attempts to get on that pony. Over and over again, she fails.
It's remarkable to watch this child's attitude. She doesn't waver once. She just keeps trying. And she finally succeeds. Wow, the look on her face when she makes that glorious break-through is a monumental statement for having the never-give-up attitude!
Plans In The Works For Nurturing Creativity And Inspiration
I muster that little girl in myself to refresh my resolve. I'm determined to have my first online course and books for new and returning piano learners all rolling by early spring.
I'm also planning a course offering how to use nature and self-care based on spiritual optimism for overcoming blocks, and nurturing creativity and inspiration with a variety of activities.
I have another course on overcoming that negative inner critic planned next. And still another course about nontraditional memorial planning.
I also have an idea percolating about creating a community for those interested in nurturing creativity and inspiration, but that's after my products, books and courses are established...
I'm now editing podcasts featuring interviews with wonderful artists of all kinds. Those are phenomenal sources of inspiration, as these wonderful creators share their creative practices and personal stories.
I've designed some beautiful new products, featuring nature immersion and self-care affirmations! From notecards, journals, posters, pillows, puzzles, playing cards, coffee and tea mugs, T-shirts, kitchen and bath towels, these products are a splash of nature's energy with inspirational messages. I think you'll love everything! (See photo and video on this page for a sneak peak of a few notecards.) Click here to explore my new products designed for nurturing creativity and inspiration!
Creativity Integrates Many Moving Parts
The balance between my creative output while learning and doing the technical and administrative parts of launching my online business as a new creativepreneur is an ongoing, steep climb.
Some days I want to hurl my computer out the window!
But I'm getting better at it!
All my upcoming products, books and courses are completely in sync with how I roll as a creator and in line with how YourCreativeChord harmonizes many moving parts. Like an ocean contains many kinds of waves. Peaceful, subtle, flowing, roaring, crashing, stormy. It’s all part of the same beautiful ocean.
I juggle multiple ideas and skills constantly. I think this is how most people function. But sometimes we forget how varied our creative outlets may be! We also forget how these diverse interests and skills function to replenish our creative juices!
You may have noticed my focus is on piano right now. That's because my current priorities are to get my course and both books for piano learners on Amazon.
I want to empower those interested in expanding their creative flow through piano playing! I have so much piano experience, I can help many people embark on a joyful journey of piano progress!
Once that's underway, I'll be tackling the other courses, with books, and of course, regular blogs and podcasts, too.
ACHIEVING VICTORY OVER--SCRATCH THAT--BECAUSE OF OBSTACLES
You'll always get new content each Tuesday (and sometimes Thursdays). I've spent this year getting weekly blogs and podcasts to you while building systems to launch my upcoming products, books and courses.
I'm packing in as much value for you as possible, whether it's a blog, podcast, a short video, my upcoming new books, products or course!
I'm sharing this with you because everything I do as a blogger, composer, writer, poet, visual designer, nature photographer, creator-with-a-capital-C embodies what YourCreativeChord offers:
My mission as an artist is to lead, by example, through my creative strategies, achieving victory over obstacles and fulfilling my life's greatest potential.
Even if I get derailed, or slowed down, by life's difficulties, or tackling new stuff as an entrepreneur, I will never give up. I will deepen my determination to show victory as an artist for peace.
That’s what creativity is about:
I recently listened to the audiobook, The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday. It was perfect timing for me to recognize that a new challenge, problem or obstacle is not just something to "overcome."
Rather, I learned through this wonderful book that it is precisely because of difficulties that I'm able to tap capability, ingenuity, determination, resilience and wisdom that would otherwise lie dormant. The obstacles we each face become the way to greater creative flow, stronger conviction, and more committed action!
EXPANDING COMMUNITY & COLLABORATION
By the way, I've just updated my website HOME and ABOUT pages with a call-to-action for any bloggers or podcasters to interview me or collaborate. If you know of anyone interested in creativity, piano, personal development, wellness, or caregiving, please share this with them!
I'm on a mission to expand my community and collaborate with more creative and inspirational people!
You can definitely support me by sharing this with your social media or forwarding to a friend by email!
Thanks for keeping me accountable!
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By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Whether you’re someone who enjoys exploring local shops, looking for something to do, a business owner, or thinking about launching a business, visiting Wicked Glass & Wanderlust Designs in Frankfort, Kentucky is a must. If you’re interested in self-care, spirituality, metaphysics, crystals, reiki, massage, or anything mystical, you definitely want to visit the downtown Frankfort, Kentucky Main Street shop!
But no matter your interests, visit the shop for the life lessons and eye-opening revelations you’ll find there. If you’re in a rut, or feeling a bit creatively stuck, or simply need a healthy pick-me-up, this is the place for you.
The owner, Belinda Davis-Lesniak, has a laid-back persona, allowing you to meander at your own leisurely pace throughout the store. Inevitably, I’ve watched customers gravitate toward the owner with questions or purchases, and become naturally engaged in conversations that span light small talk, questions about her eclectic products, to exploring metaphysical topics, and longer exchanges of a deeper sharing of personal stories.
The owner and her shop exude a positive vibe (and the store smells divine, too! Aromatherapy is real!) that seems to mystically draw people in, inward, yet simultaneously, toward an outpouring of the heart.
I’ve visited the shop several times, and I host YourCreativeChord’s self-care-themed inspiring nature photo products there. (You can also find my notecards, puzzles, posters, kitchen towels, T-shirts, and playing cards online by clicking here.)
Witnessing the friendly interactions between the shop owner and her customers, and having my own share of stimulating dialogue with Davis-Lesniak, has inspired my understanding of community-building.
The owner has an incredible knack for building a sense of community. Though she claims to be an introvert like me, she’s a natural at creating an authentic and irrepressible outflow of camaraderie.
Through this uncanny ability, she forges a network of vendors, local businesses, and individuals who in some way interact or contribute to Wicked Glass & Wanderlust Designs inventory or offerings. The owner is remarkably and enthusiastically always coming up with a new workshop, event, service, or collaboration with someone in the community.
This is an incredible lesson about how to network, build community and creative collaboration. Involving contributions from and giving to other individuals or businesses is an ingenious way to grow a business, create a movement, or simply expand your friendships.
Getting in the flow of a natural exchange, learning something new, or bringing something to contribute are all ways that bring a sense of community to anyone. This kind of interconnection with others is something that fuels creativity and boosts your emotion or mood.
That’s why I strongly urge anyone to visit Davis-Lesniak’s shop.
Click here to learn more about Wicked Glass & Wanderlust Designs, FIND THE SHOP on Facebook, or call 859-693-4426.
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LEARNING TO BE CREATIVE
How To Open Your Heart To Find Beauty Within Suffering & Loss
Belief In Your Own Creative Vision
Keep Looking For Moments Like These To Celebrate & Appreciate
How To Use Nature To Reinvigorate Your Spirit
How To Maintain Body Mind Balance As Fuel For Your Creativity
5 Ways To Use Music & Nature For Self-Care
Believing In The Positive
How I Created The Ocean With Music
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Photos of Wicked Glass & Wanderlust Designs, 234 W. Main St, Frankfort, Kentucky 859-693-4426
COMING SOON: Watch this space for new ebooks, products and courses for nurturing creativity and inspiration!
In my INSPIRATION blogs, you’ll find ways to overcome obstacles, reach goals, and experience more joy in the moment with spiritual awareness and inner transformation.