I just experienced a rare phenomenon in my creative life - my ever dreaming, full of ideas, always trying to prioritize which idea to focus on life.
This serendipitous clarity approached me at the entrance of the Santa Fe Design Center, a rustic furniture and design store located in - you guessed it -Santa Fe, New Mexico. This classy and eclectic store is housed in the former Santa Fe Motor Company building, a refurbished warehouse characterized by the original criss-crossing steel beams and large central skylight-filled atrium.
I felt a spark of intrigue as I made my way through the design center and into the open central space with a variety of creative studios, stores, offices, and restaurants surrounding the perimeter of both the lower and upper level. As I surveyed this space, I couldn't help but pull out my phone to snap every cool angle I could find. I was, after all, trying to finish a photography challenge with 30 unique prompts during our week-long visit to Santa Fe and I still had a few prompts to complete.
About 5 pictures into my warehouse photoshoot Prompt #19 - Something You Want struck me with conviction! I want to design and repurpose a space like this where creative moms can come to discover and develop their creative gifts and refuel in the process. I want to design a Creative Habitat with separate creative spaces for moms and their kids.
Think collaborative, feminine think tank meets multigenerational play space!
This is something I want for every creative mom - especially the moms who don't think they are creative - because ladies, each and every one of you is creative and gifted! I want to design a space where you can unwrap those creative gifts on a regular basis while knowing your kids also have a safe space to play, imagine, and create!
I want to create a safe space where moms support one another and don't compare themselves to anyone else, but rather, celebrate each other's gifts.
Finally, I want to make this Creative Habitat a 501c3 non-profit so the proceeds are reinvested in moms. Refueling moms. Inspiring moms.
I want to invest in a space where you feel invested in, Creative Mama!
I believe, with all my heart, no investment yields higher returns than an inspired mom because inspired moms lead to inspired families...lead to inspired communities...lead to an inspired world!
Heck, I think it's safe to say, if you have read this far someone in your life has affirmed your creative gifts. I would not be surprised if that someone was an inspired mom, perhaps your inspired mom. I can definitely attest to my inspired mom's influence on my creative pursuits and continued motivation to keep writing, dancing, and dreaming.
Whew! I'm getting PUMPED...and a little off track.
Where was I?
Oh Yes! Back to the photography challenge prompt:
#19 - Something You Want
I want creative time and space for moms and their kids under the same roof but in different spaces so moms can focus on their creativity knowing their kids creativity is also being stimulated.
And just like that...after years of wondering, pondering, and imagining...
I was prompted...and boom...Clarity!
I want to design a Creative Habitat where moms can invest in their creative gifts and workout their creative muscles on a weekly basis - similar to a gym workout but for the right hemisphere! I want to create a space where moms can develop creative habits to refuel in daily living!
Good news is, I'm equipped with an interior design degree and a clear vision - now it's time to find some collaborators...
Now it's time to get to work!
What about you Creative Mama? How would you respond if prompted to answer "Something You Want?" Don't hold back!
You can find the rest of my Santa Fe photos and associated photography prompts (30 in total) on the Creative Habitat Instagram page HERE.
This photography challenge reminded me of the creative insights gained from a simple prompt. Therefore, in an effort to maintain creative habits myself, I will be following weekly creative prompts and I invite you to join me. I will post weekly creative prompts HERE.
P.S.S.S (This is the last one - promise!)
I've had an idea for a collaborative creative space simmering in my mind for years. I've posted a few pictures of one of my undergrad interior design projects HERE. I designed a Cultural Arts Center with shared space for visual arts, culinary arts and performing arts. Imagine a space like this filled with creative moms! Now THAT is something I want!
I'll keep you posted as this dream takes flight - in some ways it already has!
Introducing Stephanie Marsh - Creative Habitat's First Official Guest Post Contributer!
For those of you who watch Grey’s Anatomy, you know what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the joy. Anything you do, you should always find the joy in it. Whether it’s saving someone’s life, or in my case, sketching. Hey, they both have joy!
A few months ago, I scheduled a coaching session with Rebecca to discover my creative habit. It was something I can’t even believe I ever stopped doing. My creative habit was drawing in my sketch pad - just for a few hours a week. Even though I was taking care of myself, she shared carving out creative time and space in daily living was a specific form of self-care - an opportunity to express my creative gifts freely.
Thinking of "creative time" seemed to spark something in me - a memory of when I used to sketch regularly.
Where I lost it...
When I was younger, I used to love drawing. I did it every day. It was my chill out activity. I especially loved sketching cartoons. Disney cartoons are some of my favorite but Looney Toons are fun too, and of course, who can forget the Smurfs. I don’t mean the new Smurfs...I’m talking original 1980’s Smurfs! I don’t know when it happened exactly, but for some reason I went to college and just kind of stopped doing it. My notebooks gathered dust. They were replaced by study sessions and college festivities. Then I joined the work force and that certainly didn’t help things. I was by no means unhappy in life. But somehow this simple activity just seemed to disappear from me. Every now and again I would draw something for the kids to color. But not like before. Besides, I was doing it for them not for myself.
Fast forward to today. Here is what reestablishing my creative habit of sketching has done for me!
Now, at 33 (I’m not old), I have started to feel like a little kid again! After our coaching session, Rebecca recommended I take one morning or evening a week to draw during a meal since this was the time I had more flexibility than other parts of my busy day. Well, once I recommitted to my creative habit of sketching, it basically turned into a nightly practice. And every day I find myself seeing a cartoon or remembering something and going OOOOHHH! I’m gonna draw that tonight!
After a couple weeks, I finally started showing my husband my drawings. At first he didn’t even believe that I had done them. This simple creative habit has not only helped me find a little bit of joy but I’ve even started to remember what it felt like to be 18 and drawing doodles of Marvin the Martian! It reminds me of what it was like back when everything seemed fresh and new.
Committing to my creative habit of sketching also helped shift my mindset...
I work in web design and have an appreciation for art and design, but the idea that my little doodles could put me in the same category as an art form seemed foreign to me - but that even got me thinking. Why am I not an artist? I draw, I write, I design, I make things pretty, I cook. Is that not an artist? Tapping into my creative gift of sketching not only helped me rediscover joy, but also helped me see myself as the creative woman I am!
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Here are a few more of Stephanie's sketches. Enjoy!
She certainly did!
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As always, wishing you creative and refueling days ahead!
As a busy mom, you know the value of time.
As a busy, creative mom, you know the value of coming up with many ideas.
As a busy, creative mom and limited human being, you know the value of implementing systems to manage life's demands while also developing your creative endeavors.
For those of you who use social media regularly, or like me, are learning to use it more regularly to share your creative ideas, you know how much time, energy, and effort it takes to post a picture, quote, blog post, etc. to various social media accounts. Being the big picture planner that I am, little details like posting 10 different types of content to 5 different social media platforms slows me down and often, keeps me from posting content I want to share because I don't have the time or patience...that is, until I discovered Viraltag.
Viraltag is an all-in-one marketing platform. You can use Viraltag to find quality visual content to share, improve your own photos and create original graphics, and then schedule your posts on various social media platforms including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter to name a few. Viraltag makes it simple to schedule something you would like to share from various sources including articles you find on the internet, Pinterest posts, Instagram photos, etc. The Viraltag link automatically directs traffic to the original source. See example below:
Once you have decided on the content you want to share, you can make any edits you need to the caption, then select the social media accounts you would like to post it to and the time you would like it to be posted. I have found scheduling social media content in advance to be a huge advantage of using Viraltag! Viraltag gives you several options for finding your own content to share including RSS feeds from your favorite blogs or websites with content your audience will value. A feed of the most recent photos and visuals will automatically appear in your Viraltag dashboard and you can schedule posts directly from there. See example below:
Another awesome feature of Viraltag is the Viraltag Browser Extension which allows you to schedule content from anywhere on the web. Just like using the Pinterest "Pin It" button, the Viraltag button allows you to bring up all the photos on any web page and simply click to schedule one or multiple photos to your social networks. You can even use this button to schedule your repins. See example below:
Finally, if you are a blogger using Viraltag, you have the option of getting 60% off your yearly subscription if you write a Viraltag review like I am doing here! I also like how Viraltag partners with their users by allowing them to make commission through anyone who subscribes to Viraltag using their affiliate link. Viraltag users like me typically see four times the amount of engagement on content shared through Viraltag in addition to increasing followers by 25% every month for each social account connected with Viraltag. You can track this growth using the seamless analytic tool. See example below:
Bottomline, you are a busy mom, as am I.
After a busy season adjusting to my new life after a cross country move with two kiddos (both on the move since my 7 month old daughter stared crawling this week!), you may wonder how I plan to feasibly share all the resources I want to share with you via social media while keeping up with 2 little ones...Viraltag!
It's the only "viral" thing I actually enjoy. If your kids are in daycare for any portion of the week, you know what I mean. Don't worry though, Viraltag is only contagious in the best sense possible. It helps you spread your message with those you come in contact with and makes it easy for them to share your message with their friends, etc. So if you have something to share and want it to go viral...Viraltag is your "one-stop go-to" for all things social media content scheduling and posting! Hopefully, I have convinced you to sign up for your own Viraltag account! If so, you can Subscribe to Viraltag HERE!
As always, wishing you creative and refueling days ahead!