Drawing Solutions: How Visuals Will Change Your Life
Up your Creative Genius: Tune in here for innovative ideas to keep you relevant and expansive. Discover how visuals will increase your team's alignment, help you brainstorm and strategize, and become a living accelerator for your vision of success.
This month we caught up with Gina Johnson Morris, a multi-talented creative genius! Among other things, Gina is one of the women behind the downtown women's boutique Radish Underground, manager of PNCA BridgeLab, a dancer, choreographer and co-creator of a hit viral video. We visited her in her store to chat about life, creativity and reconciling art & income.
Life schools you. Friends school you. In turn, you school others.
This week one of my longtime collaborators Nancy Cranbourne from One Big Yes Productions came to town. We wanted to create a new something. Was it a workshop? A performance? We weren't sure exactly what we were going to create, but the whole experience was deep and rich and tough and educating.
It schooled me in the value of long-term friendship and collaboration clearly. It wasn't just about creating new work. As we talked about audience and outcomes, we dug in and asked each other the hard questions.This collaboration has been notorious for taking a deep dive into the underbelly to pull out what women in the world need right now. Since we are women, that means we have to crack open our hearts to let the yuck pour out and the love pour in.
When you collaborate to create anything, you have to leave your ego at the door, unload your expectations, call up and throw out your old beliefs. When ideas start to spark, one person throws something out in the air while the other yells, "Yes, yes, that's it! or "No, no something like this..."
It's loud and raucous and there's lots of good coffee and great food and a mile wide of respect and openness. Eventually the pile of possibiities starts to form into a heart which beats and builds.
And the process schools you as you school each other. At some point in all that schooling you realize wow, what a beatiful thing life is. What an amazing school we live in and everyone's part so unique, so cool.
This week our Creative Genius PDX is just that. Cool. Gina Johnson Morris has some beautiful things to say in this episode of Creative Genius Portland about finding your passion, stepping into your dreams, and expanding your vision to include others. Enjoy her brilliance and articulateness and let it shine a light on #creativegeniusYOU.
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This week I had the great opportunity to be the MC at a spiritual conference in Minneapolis. Talk about awesome! My goal as MC was to weave the thread between speakers, video and creative arts and create a golden tapestry for the audience. I envisioned this image and worked towards it in the weeks leading up to the conference. I had about 5 minutes at the front end and a few minutes in between creative artists to tell a couple of stories and let the audience get to know me.
For the conference, they offered an MC coach to support the evening and help you hone your stories in advance. Being an MC can be a little tricky, you have to be able to break your story into bite size pieces, should the stage crew be ready before you are done and you need to say something like, "More on that when I come back."
A highlight for me was collaborating with the coach. Like myself, she was a former actor, and so she had such great ideas from where to simplify a story, to a couple of ideas on where to add humor in a set up or segue moment. It was fun and helpful. It required some last minute adjustments on my part, but I loved that part too. We had developed an instant rapport and level of trust fueled by her prefacing a suggestion with, "Now this is entirely up to you, but you could also..."
The evening was amazing. Afterwards I profusely thanked my coach and the team behind me. She and the backstage crew were so supportive and helpful.
Here are some thoughts on what makes for great collaboration & please send us your tips too:
C (see) your collaborator. Take them in, acknowledge their skills and experience, and offer up your skills and talents to step up to a new level of performance.
Establish a level of trust. Give them room to expand the idea(s), give others a chance to share the responsibilities, and continue to offer information or expertise when your intuition guides you to.
Be grateful and courteous. I could have done that MC job without help, but I was so much better with it! I did my best to share the light of success with my collaborators through call outs, thanks and that tried and true handwritten note. Because without them, I would have been fine, but I'm not sure I would have felt like the experience was truly amazing.
This to me is the secret of building a high performing team. It's what makes for great new ideas and a polished product. It brings out the creative genius in you and I. In our shared vision of giving the best to our customers, we step up our game in unison and deliver excellence.
Here's to more great collaborations! Wahoo! Now you say it!
Graphic Recording Class
Seattle, May 1st
Want to become a wizard at the whiteboard in your meetings? In this hands-on workshop, gain the basic tools and mind set to add visual thinking and graphic recording to your toolbox. No experience needed!
We all know and understand the important of being present in the now, but when you live in the present and imagine the future, you boost your serotonin levels and motivate yourself to achieve your goals!#CreativeGeniusYOU
Unplug YOU. It’s As Simple As Shifting Your Awareness
There are dozens of articles and blog posts on the importance of getting unplugged. People who have cut off their cable or downsized their internet or tracked and minimised their phone usage.
When did the term "Plugged in" get hijacked to mean “Plugged in to your devices?” Being plugged in used to mean being in touch with you, your higher purpose, and the bigger universe around you. Now the word “unplugged” appears to be a part of that. Curious!
How can you unplug in the midst of all the wizardry of our techno-utopian planet? By finding some quiet. And it doesn’t require going anywhere but in.
How to unplug you: First, close your eyes, take a walk, or find a private spot. Then take a few deep breaths and turn your attention to listen to whatever sounds you hear around you - without judgment. That guy typing so loud. The birds outside. The kids playing in the other room. Your own breath going in and out. Just notice. And in that observation of what is, ask yourself a question that matters, like “If love were a being, what would love have me do right now?” “If my best self had one wish for me, what would it be?” or “What things in my world make me happy?” Ask any question that takes you a notch deeper into understanding you and your connection to all of life and raises your CQ (consciousness quotient). Then listen to what you hear. Maybe you’ll get an answer, maybe a feeling, maybe you’ll get nothing that you can register. Whatever you hear, sense, feel, taste, be curious. Breathe it in and then breathe out gratitude. Now taking that unplugged moment with you, reenter your outer world. Open your eyes, get a drink of water, make a note, take a call. Whether you call it unplugging or plugging in, what matters is that whatever you do, you remember that you are in this world but not of it. Take time to remind yourself and connect to what truly matters, your best you.
Smile Across America
Want to be part of our national movement to spreadjoy, optimism and inspiration?
Friday, March 20th is International Day of Happiness. To boost our nation’s happiness levels, The Joy Team are posting positive messages on billboards from coast to coast in the shape of a smile.
Want to get involved? If you're around any of the participating cities and spot a billboard, take a photo and tag it!
I was illustrating for 3 speakers this week as part of the TAACCCT conference and they were so INTO their thing. Each shared their wisdom in stories that were interesting, that enticed the audience to stretch and grow, test and explore.
While all of them were passionate about what they were sharing with the room, one of them fully embodied the Genius Equation: You + Passion + Service.
Wes Moore, didn't attempt to wow the crowd, or win us over with an intellectual compendium of business facts and superslickslidedecks.
Instead, he humbly spoke directly to us, and shared his personal story. When a man who shared his name, Wes Moore, shot someone in his hometown during his getaway robbery and was convicted to serve a life-term in prison, the speaker Wes Moore, went to visit him.
Why? He wondered, how did someone with the same name, from the same city, with a similar upbringing, end up here? What was the difference or similarity between who that incarcerated man was and himself? Both had grown up in the same decaying city, were raised by single mothers, both had been in trouble and been arrested as juveniles.
Then he shared the differences he discovered - how the tough love from his mother and mentors, the disciplinary school and subsequent military service, instilled in him the ability to make different choices and to create a life of success. He was a beautiful, radiant example of the Genius Equation: You + Passion + Service.
Wondering how to reveal and celebrate the Creative Genius you?
•Value and ignite your passion •Fuel it by doing what you love •Find your way to serve all life
Lead others to find their passion. Share, show, teach, tell others how beautiful they are everyday in every way. You make a difference!
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