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Affirmations-366Days#312: I allow myself to envision the joy I will feel in my body when I achieve a major writing goal.

For new readers, here’s why I’m committing to writing affirmations, about the creative process, during the next 366 days.


Affirmations-366Days#122: Success is a multi-layered experience for writers. Its meaning changes over time. I affirm that my definition of success is fluid and marked by joy.

For new readers, here’s why I’m committing to writing affirmations, about the creative process, during the next 366 days.

Dear community,

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

Do you want to do something out of the ordinary this weekend? I hope so!

I wanted to make sure you knew of the terrific Love Summit that my friend Linda Kroll is hosting this weekend. She’s brought together an awesome group of fifteen speakers who will share tools to support people who want to experience more joy, passion, peace, connection and fun! The speakers include authors, coaches and healers.

I’m registered for the Love Summit and am absolutely loving the program. It’s all FREE but you need to register for it.

Get your joy groove on!

Click here to see the line-up and register – remember it’s FREE!

Abundance is the bounty that comes from embracing all of your energy. Judith Orloff

Abundance holds different meanings for different people. For one person, abundance means having a certain amount of money in the bank. For another person, abundance means having time to curl up with a good book. I love Dr. Orloff’s definition of abundance because it acknowledges that we have a role in being aware of how we use and cultivate our daily energy. Dr. Hoff looks at joy as an important pathway to abundance. I’m happy to include her wisdom in the final days of this series.


Joy as a Pathway to Abundance

Abundance begins with cultivating joy. The energy vibration of joy is very high and this helps you attract what you really want in your life.  Find your daily happiness in 2013 by writing thank you thoughts in a journal, deliberately choosing happiness- affirming I am happy many times throughout the day, and surrounding yourself with other happy people. Have you noticed that your energy goes up when you are around happy people and it drops when you are around cranky people?  These three tips helped me move from a place of elusive happiness to a life of everyday happiness. The key is that you get to choose. You have the power- always.

Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD, Your Inspired Action Success Coach. Sheri is a life, executive, and small biz coach.

As I shared last week, I went to a SARK workshop. One of the best aspects of the workshop was her reminding us, the participants, to find joy and delight, in support of our creative projects and lives. The great thing about creative energy is that it tends to spill over into other parts of our lives. Indeed, if allowed, creative energy infuses our lives with new problem solving skills and new insights for mapping our everyday lives.
So, I left the workshop on Sunday, happy and inspired. I’m a college professor and this week classes have begun. As I sat down to finish up my syllabus and prepare for the week, it occurred to me that after a decade of teaching, I tend to do some of the same things on ‘the first day of class’. It also occurred to me that I always hand out my syllabi on white paper. Indeed, although I tend to think a great deal about ice-breakers for the class and creative ways to get to know students, I hadn’t ever really thought about how to make the physical appearance of the syllabus more interesting. I was astounded! Me, a writer and creativity coach–not ever thinking about any another color except white for syllabi. Where did I learn this? I’m almost positive that in my many years of schooling, I never received a syllabus on anything but white paper. I would have remembered! It is one of those things that I’m sure no professor even considers. Talk about doing something by rote!
One of my classes this semester is a research inquiry/research methods course. Having taught this class before, I know that students come in with many pre-conceived ideas about how hard it is going to be, or that they lack certain skills, or that it is going to be a painful experience. I always want to shift this perception immediately. Well, I realized that one way to do this was to copy my syllabus on ‘paper of color’. Nothing says fun and creativity than receiving an orange syllabus. So, I went about copying the syllabus on various shades of “paper of color”. I even took the liberty of using different types of color in one syllabus–so some syllabi were all purple, but others had sheets of orange, white and yellow.
I completely delighted myself in this task! I took the syllabi over to the class and handed it out. After introducing myself, I said, “There is good news. This is going to be a fun course. Research is about understanding one’s own passion, curiosity and creativity.” The students loved it and they loved the multicolored syllabi. They too, have never experienced receiving anything but white paper syllabi.
Thinking about why I had always copied my syllabus in a certain way was definitely a spill over from the creative investigating of the workshop. Most often we think that creativity is about particular big projects (finishing the novel, redecorating the house, starting a company). Sometimes it is, but just as often creativity is also about the small, daily ways that we delight ourselves by doing something differently. So, take a few moments and think about the taken-for-granted-tasks that you usually do. Is there a way to infuse more delight or surprise in them?
Do you always write your shopping list on old scrap paper? If so, what about using the inside of a gorgeous card? Or adding stickers? Or putting a favorite quote about food at the top of the list?
What about your answering machine and cellphone outgoing messages? When is the last time that you left a joke, a snippet of a song or a quote? For years, I loved changing my answering machine message. I used it as another creative outlet.
Let the next few days be an investigation in all the small ways that you can delight yourself through small everyday creative expression.

Michele Tracy Berger

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