Birthright: A Twelve Week Series
August 29, 2016 through November 14, 2016
Classes Held Monday mornings at 10:00am CST
If you're alive, then you're a creative person — Elizabeth Gilbert
The heart of human identity is the capacity and desire for birthing. To be is to become creative and bring forth the beautiful — John O'Donohue
Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structures of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity — Albert Einstein
What if I told you creativity is your birthright?
Let that sink into your bones for a moment. Who you are — your molecular structure, the way the blood pumps a rhythm in your veins, the way you swallow a lump in your throat when you stumble into beauty — this isn't a fluke. It's not something that just happens.
Your creativity is part of you. It belongs to you.
And you belong to it.
I know. It's easy to forget.
It's so easy to assume that the season you're in, the one where words feel impossible, is your natural state.
The flashes of inspiration — the moments of clarity — those were a gimmick. A ruse.
But i believe in your natural state, you are built for creativity.
Over the past year, I've been studying seasons and cycles of creativity. We all have them, they're so innate it's like breathing.
I believe that if we truly embraced our natural flow of creativity, the angst associated with not creating would completely disappear. By understanding our own rhythms, we reach for grace rather than disappointment when the words won't come. By anticipating the fallow seasons, we remember the beauty in the pause.
I created Birthright :: the Creative Series out of this research. Twelve weeks diving into who you are and the way the synapses fire inside your bones.
This is your birthright. This is your birthright. This is your birthright.
We're going to say it until you believe it.
Description of Classes:
hese descriptions are definitely not all-encompassing, but they will give you a glimpse at a piece of what the discussion will be about when we meet.It's important to note that like any true instructor, my classes are often-tailored to my students. So, don't be surprised if we dive off the deep end and go somewhere we weren't anticipating. That's where the magic happens.
August 29: Your Creative Birthright — what does it look like to embrace the birthright of creativity? What does this have to do with artistic blocks and seasons where we can't seem to find any inspiration? If you need a shot of confidence, a reminder that you have a story only you can tell, this is the class for you.
September 5: Finding Your Voice — we talk about finding your voice all the time, but we always seem to miss the most important piece: a writer's voice cannot be contained because it comes from our core. We cannot find our voice until we find ourselves. So how do we do this, especially when it feels like our voice is constantly evolving as we grow?
September 12: Knowing Your Why — knowing your why drives your content, your process, your connections, and your inspiration. Without it, you often feel confused and directionless in your creativity. In this class, we'll discuss + remind ourselves that we all have a story we're meant to tell, and it comes from our own narrative. This is where we find our why.
September 19: The Poetry of All Things — beauty is everywhere, we just need to know how to look for it. This class we'll discuss how to find inspiration, how you can know an idea is truly for you, what it looks like to chase your muse.
September 26: Developing a Rhythm — there is a rhythm within each of our day-to-day that lends itself to creation and artistic projects. This process is different for everyone, and in this class we'll figure out what works for you — there is no formula here.
October 3: Creating Space (pt 1) — even with a rhythm, we won't get anywhere if we don't allow the internal space needed for creativity. What does it look like to give yourself the necessary white space? In this class, we'll take a look at what is serving us — and what isn't — and how listening to our inner voice will get us closer to our creative goals
October 10: Creating Space (pt 2) — once we find the space within, we can focus on our physical space. Virginia Woolf knew what she was talking about, here. You can create anywhere, but developing a sacred space just for you is essential in breathing into your creativity. In this class, we'll talk about how we can find a space that's ours for creativity, and, what we can do if there's no room for us to claim as our own.
October 17: Embracing Artistic Ambiguity — one of THE MOST DIFFICULT things as an artist is to dwell within the messy middle. You love your work, you're lit with inspiration, and then suddenly everything just feels kind of....weird. Is it good? Is it even worth pursuing? How do you know when to push through the ambiguity? In this class we'll discuss the myth of artistic block and what we can do about it.
October 24: Your Creative Pack — how do you find your people? What does it look like to collaborate? I'll be the first to say the creative heart needs community in order to thrive. But how do you find it — both remote and locally? Is there space for healthy, vibrant relationships within creativity? Absolutely. In this class we'll talk about being rocket fuel for others, and what it looks like to build our own pack of creative kindreds.
October 31: The Space for Hard Places — create for any amount of time and you'll stumble into the pain of articulating the deepest parts of your soul. Whether navigating the valleys of life or telling the story you're too afraid to tell, this class will cover all-of-the-ways in which we can embrace the hard spaces.
November 7: How Not to Edit Your Soul — you want to talk about how to develop the proper color palate in your living room, but everyone else around you seems to want to write about the presidential election. How do you dive into what you really want to create — what your soul craves — when everyone else is doing something different? This class covers that and what it looks like when you begin editing your soul.
November 14: Developing Your Own Definition — here is the foundation, the thing I want you to remember as you leave the series: creativity means nothing if you do not develop your own definition. What does success look like to you? How do you know when you're tapping into your own creative genius? We'll end the series writing our own definitions and building a plan for what's next.
Want to sign up for all twelve classes? Register for your season pass below, and gain access to the 13th call, a special Q&A session, on November 21.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this for me?
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. I think you already know the answer to this question. But, just in case you really have no idea, I will say this: if you know what you're doing creatively and never-ever-ever feel as though you've completely lost every creative fiber in your body, then this series probably isn't for you.
How long are the classes?
On average, the classes will run from an hour to two hours, depending on the length of content and questions + discussion. My instruction style is very much reliant on keeping a finger on the pulse of the class, so I break up content with prompts and opportunity for discussion.
Why did you choose twelve weeks? Isn't that a long time?
Twelve weeks is a long time. In fact, it completely captures a season. Which is why I chose it, really. Our creativity exists within seasons. By diving into it for all twelve weeks, it allows you the space to really pursue the rise and fall of your natural rhythm.
But do I have to commit to all twelve weeks?
No! Not at all. That's the beauty of these Creativity Series — you can purchase individual tickets or a season pass. Whatever best fits your schedule and budget.
If you purchase the season pass, you get access to the 13th call on September 26 — our social hour + an extra Q&A session.
What program will you use for the classes?
Zoom! It's a free-for-you program that is so intuitive. I love it. You'll be sent a link to our classroom the week of class.
What if I miss a class? Will they be recorded?
They will! You'll be sent the audio the week following the class. If there's any way to make the class, though — I encourage you to come. I can record the audio, but I can't record the chat — and often there are some incredible moments of clarity shared within that discussion.
hat does this have to do with Awake Indie?
Great question. Awake Indie is a completely separate offering. Members do receive a significant discount on all of my courses + workshops, but the Creative Series isn't part of that particular community. It's a standalone.
What is your refund policy?
Because the calls are recorded and you're given the audio even if you miss the call, refunds are not applicable for this offer. All sales are final.