I'm pinching myself as I sit in the Intercontinental Hong Kong Hotel in preparation for a New Year's celebration sure to rival any I've yet to experience. This trip is possible thanks to my husband's creative habit of collecting airline miles and fashioning them into an extravagant whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia.
While soaking in the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the expansive Hong Kong harbor earlier today, I sat in awe as a hawk soared over me. Back and forth, back and forth, I was swept away by his effortless grace and beauty. Inspired, I returned to our room to look up the cultural significance of hawks and was amazed at what I found.
The hawk is associated with intuition, discernment and courage. One source states, when the hawk appears in your life, it is time to be less distracted by the details and focus on the higher perspective, awaken vision and inspire a creative life purpose."
What a gift! I am grateful for my unexpected hawk encounter. God used my husband's creative habit to lead me to board a15 hour flight to, in turn, be graced by the flight of a bird signifying creative vision!
Cheers to creative potential and a new perspective to soar in 2016.
What anticipation these two words incite.
Typically preceded by struggle and labor, a due date is a memorable milestone. Given today is the "due date" for Creative Habitat's soft launch, I can attest to the struggle I have encountered within.
"Is this a good idea," I ask myself?
"Will other women join me in this effort to carve out creative space to refuel in daily living?"
"Do other women even crave this creative space and time the same way I do?"
"Is my desire to balance mommy and mom"me" time selfish or simply a form of self care?"
Now, suddenly, all of the questions filling my mind disappear and a reverent quietness fills my spirit reminding me of the initial vision for Creative Habitat.
After months of sleepless nights and running on fumes while serving everyone else's needs, I realized I was no longer thriving but simply surviving while trying to juggle so many responsibilities without addressing my own needs. One night, 9 months ago, I had the audacity to allow myself the gift of creative time. 20 precious minutes of uninterrupted time to create (write) and refuel! This was not only an investment in my well-being but in the well-being of my loved ones because they also reaped the benefits of a more balanced "me".
I sought to develop a habit of carving out daily time to refuel and reignite the creativity within so I could give the best of me, not what was left of me. After experiencing the benefits of this focused effort in my day to day living, I wanted to share this gift with other women who may also be "surviving" instead of thriving and thus Creative Habitat was conceived and now is "Due" for you!
I will continue to share the process as I develop Creative Habitat and look forward to partnering with you to help you develop your creative habit and achieve a healthy balance between serving and refueling!
Point to Ponder:
"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny." ~ Ghandi
Tonight's entry is inspired by my Pandora playlist. Paul Cardall's instrumental "Reverently, Quietly" just serenaded me as I sat down to embrace this gift of creative time. The song title intrigued me after spending the day trying to keep up with my one year old son. Reverent and quiet are far from the adjectives I would use to describe time with a bouncing baby boy!
Meanwhile, as I sit here trying to keep my heavy eyes open long enough to capture this thought, I sense my need for reverent quietness. In my efforts to develop my creative habit, I am constantly reminded of the necessity to develop a Creative Habitat where one can sit reverently and quietly with limited distractions!
Habitats are protected environments promoting well-being, "Protected," being the key word. In order to maintain a creative habit, one must first find a Creative Habitat where they can create without the static of life drowning the creative vision within. It is time to claim a Creative Habitat where I can experience what it means to create both reverently and quietly. Let the search begin!