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Renegade Groundhog
Shadows February 2, 2010

Hey There,
Welcome to the month of hearts, groundhogs, and shadows. 
Woke up today and my shadow had taken a plane to Cozumel so I wrote some bad Haiku (5 syllables-7 syllables-5 syllables) with some feisty groundhogs who laughed through their noses much like rabbits do.
Oh winter, you season
(please pronounce "season" as just one syllable quickly, thank you)
Rest your weary mission
(please pronounce "rest" as two syllables as in "ra-est", thanks again).
Bring Rhododendrons.
Okay.. your turn. Go ahead. I dare you. Write your bad Haikus in the comment section at The Writing Club blog. I'm eager to see them. Click here.
A favorite stop, last year, The Awe-manac Blog Tour: Creativity-Portal goddess, Chris Dunmire's blog. We talked Ground-Hog here.
So here it is Ground-Hog day again. A good time to remember our Shadow.. Let the Shadow be a renegade part of you. Rebel, invent your own rules for creative bliss - don't be caught in the shadow of someone else.
Savoring the Moment with Fleeting Sanity,
Join me for some Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Tips: Finding Time for Creativity and a short coaching session this coming Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 5 pm pacific time/ 8 pm eastern time. Sign-up here.
Muse Interviews: Molly Childers Interviews Bea Silly and Muse Song
Muse Cards here

Renegade Journaler

Full disclosure: I taught Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way for six years back in the 90s. This inspired program has recovered and unbridled the creativity of hundreds. However, like many self-help programs, it can also bring up major resistance and sometimes, eventual abandonment of journal writing.  I think morning pages are fabulous but I think they too have a dark side. Julia Cameron's morning pages- Every morning you must write three 8 ' by 11 sheets in your journal, non-stop only using long-hand, pouring your plight on the page, censoring and editing nothing. The purpose of morning pages is to free the stuff that is clogging up your creative pours by writing it on the page in this exact manner.
Confession: Sometimes I type my morning pages. I pick a font that matches my mood du jour. I type fast and SOMETIMES I correct my mistakes. Sometimes I write the morning pages at 11 pm, sometimes 4 pm, once when I had no idea what time it was.
I write or type as long as I have something to say and then I push myself five minutes longer for the stubborn brilliance or unforeseen insight that lurks behind the daily drama or the beige-ness of mundane. That may take up three pages, a half a page, or five, or a cocktail napkin, but it works for me. I scowl at books that ...[rest of article here]
For a non-linear, playful version of The Artist's Way that is true to our imperfect journey as mortals and is designed to render resistance futile, check out The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)

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The Muse is IN Writing Club

Click here to join The Muse is In Writing Club and get regular and original writing prompts so you can stay true to your voice and your writing - or discover writing as the incredible pasttime, escape, carnival of ideas that it can be. We write to experience life twice.. sometimes the second time is even better.

Animal Rescue..Please ask ten friends to each ask 10 more.

Featured KMCC Coach: Elizabeth Humphrey

Twyla Tharp has said that “Creativity is not just for artists.” In every aspect of our lives, whether in business or pleasure, we are creating. A mother, blogger and writer, Elizabeth works with clients to push past limiting or negative thoughts to enhance and enrich their lives and embrace their creative possibilities. Accepting creativity as a wonderful, non-linear process, Elizabeth works with clients to re-connect with their playful selves in order to return to a supportive and nurturing space in which they can create. A certified coach and Muse Group Leader, Elizabeth willingly and joyful studies and appreciates the role creativity plays in our daily lives—touching everything from cooking to business meetings to interacting with others, including her own children.

Elizabeth's Website.. click here

Upcoming Inspiration

 Every day is an opportunity to be creative - the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colours are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called, 'my life'. Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today - it matters. ~Innerspace
Excavating the Imagination: Join me experiencing how to use Guided Imageries to unearth your creative and intuitive imagination. Click here for more information
I'll be on the east coast at a center called All That Matters in April.. I would love to meet you at this creativity weekend retreat. Go here.
I wasn't going to spend the time watching this whole youtube... then I couldn't stop watching. Need some perspective? It's here.
Check out classes and trainings and retreats and recordings at The Muse is In
Time to Watch Groundhog Day again.  Phil? Ned Ryerson! I did the whistling belly button trick at the high-school talent show! 
In joy,

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