My friends Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliott and I are hosting a retreat in October called Creative Joy; an intimate gathering to connect with other women, nurture our bodies and souls and discuss, discover and engage in simple yet profound experiences all in the name of Creative Joy. As in, joy for the sake of joy. No outcome attached except to feel joyful in a process or practice. The workshop is designed to allow for time, space and collective energy that will help feed our need for rest, rejuvenation and reflection while providing easy and gentle structure and guidance for our days together. Good food, creative and physical exercises, awesome women and a beautiful location…my body is relaxing just thinking about it.
The great thing about leading a gathering like this is that is causes you to reflect on your own life in search of all the things you’re encouraging others to find. In this case it means Creative Joy. But what’s that mean exactly? Its unique to everyone for sure but for me, it’s about engaging and enjoying a creative process of some kind just for the sake of enjoying it. Maybe it’s something that makes me feel good. Maybe it’s something that helps me express myself. Maybe it’s something that nourishes me. Or maybe it’s all of these things and more. There’s no right or wrong answers.
Over the past few weeks I have been examining my busy—and often chaotic—life to see if, where, when I practice Creative Joy myself. What I have found is that there are all kinds of ways (both big and small) that these little glimmers of Joy can be kindled and sparked. I have also found that the more I infuse my life with these things, the happier—er, joyful—I am.
If you’re saying to yourself there’s no time for creative joy or, heaven forbid, I’m not a creative person then I’m going to share with you 25 ways that you too can let your creative joy shine through. You might be surprised to find you do some of this stuff already! The object is to honor and treat yourself to more of the things that make your creative heart soar. You’ll be glad you did!
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If you’d like to see how other women experience Creative Joy in their lives there’s a beautiful, complimentary e-workbook you can download. It’s a perfect way to glean insights and inspiration! Join in the exploration by using your photo skills to capture the moments in your life that bring your Creative Joy by tagging them #mycreativejoy on Instagram. And I would be remiss if I didn’t invite you to our retreat. It’s going to be wonderful—and dare I say it?—full of Creative Joy.
Do you take time or make time for Creative Joy in your life? Is there anything you would add to my list? I’m always open to more suggestions.
For the story about how Tracey and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.
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