Rewrite Your Story – Free Ecourse!

I’ve been SO excited to share this news with you, and I love that the day is finally here! My sweetie, Dan, has created an amazing ecourse: Rewrite Your Story: A Soulful Path to Becoming the Empowered Author of Your Own Life!

If you ever find yourself repeating the same old patterns in your relationships, career, family, or other areas of life, or if you’re ready to break away from unhealthy habits, take charge of your life, and REWRITE YOUR STORY – we know this course will be a helpful tool for you.

And… we’re giving it to you for FREE for the next week! (You can scroll to the end to learn more!)

But first, I wanted to share an article about rewriting our story that I wrote a couple of years ago:

I was watching Oprah’s Lifeclass the other night and author and speaker Iyanla Vanzant was talking about changing the stories that we tell ourselves.

Oftentimes these stories are true. They are parts of our life and parts of our past that happened. Yes, you have been hurt and mistreated and lied to and cheated on and stolen from and stepped on. Yes, your childhood was far from stellar and you weren’t treated as well as you should have been by your parents. Yes, you have had trouble speaking up for yourself and have been walked on by others because of that. Yes, your health isn’t great and you have battled one illness after the other. Yes, you lost a lot of money in the stock market when the economy tanked. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. These are all facts. No one is denying that.

But by staying in these stories, you’re staying in the past. By staying in these stories, you’re making it next to impossible to move on and create a new story. By staying in these stories, you’re deciding to remain a victim. I know that these are harsh words, but they are true. Believe me, I know. I stayed in my own disempowering stories for years.

But what I’m realizing is that if we continue to blame the circumstances of our past, we never have to take responsibility for our present and future. Our life will always be more of the same. If you have always been that way, then you are giving yourself a way out – you’ll never have to step up and change, right? But I know that I want to change, and I suspect that you do as well. Staying stuck in these stories is keeping us from moving forward into our dream lives – the lives that we feel we were born to live.

One thing that I find particularly fascinating about our stories is that we’ve carried them around for so long that we just assume they are our own. And yet, oftentimes they aren’t ours at all. They have been handed down in our family or given to us by society or projected onto us from someone who didn’t realize what they were doing – didn’t realize how impressionable we were and how powerful words can be.

If we dissected each story that we tell ourselves and others, we could begin to see where it came from.

Oftentimes these stories are passed down from generation to generation:

  • “In our family, we don’t go to college. We are hard workers, but we aren’t book smart.”
  • “In our family, we are prone to depression. It’s just in our genes.”

Sometimes we have unspoken stories in our family that are just beneath the surface:

  • “It’s not okay to show emotions. If we are upset, it’s better to stuff it down and deny feeling this way.”
  • “Money doesn’t come easily. We have to struggle to have it, and even then it slips through our fingers.”

Other times, someone told you a story when you were a child, and you accepted it as your own:

  • “You’re not very smart. Learning is hard for you. You probably won’t get very far in life.”
  • “You’re very frail and sickly. You’re going to have a hard life just trying to stay healthy.”

Sometimes, our stories come from society:

  • “The world is a violent place – no one can be trusted.”
  • “The recession is making it hard for anyone to get by and prosper.”
  • “The chances of making a living from your business are slim to none. It’s better to play it safe and go get a ‘real’ job.”

And sometimes, our stories come from a small part of ourselves that is afraid of change – afraid to fly toward our dreams:

  • “Change is hard. It’s better to just stay in this comfortable place – even if I am not completely happy because who  knows what will happen if I leave the known.”
  • “I am not really worthy of much – why do I even bother trying?”
  • “I am too shy to take the stage – even if I have a message to share, it’s just too much of a stretch. And who would want to hear me talk anyway?”

Sometimes our stories are events that happened to us:

  • We were abused.
  • We were fired.
  • We have/had a serious illness.

Sometimes our stories are made up from our behaviors:

  • We are afraid of commitment.
  • We are super emotional.
  • We are scatterbrained.

But what every single story has in common is the fact that we can let go of it if we choose to. We don’t have to carry these stories around any longer. We can decide to create new stories that we tell ourselves and share with the world. And we can decide that right now.

I have decided to change my story.

These are some of the stories that I have repeated throughout my life:

I am shy. I have extreme stage fright. I don’t push through fears. I say no when I am given the opportunity to shine. My body is fragile. I am not able to physically do what most people can do. I have to treat myself with kid gloves a lot of the time. Money doesn’t come easily to me. I feel strange accepting money for sharing my gifts. You have to work hard and struggle to achieve in life.

Over the past few years, I have been consciously forming my new story, and the change that I see in myself and also my life are absolutely amazing:

I am grateful to be a part of this beautiful world. Everything flows easily to me and from me, including love, money, health, and happiness. I embrace every way that I can share my message with others, and I know that I am always supported by the universe each and every time I step into the public arena. I am strong – body, mind, and spirit. And I am always loved.

 Now it’s your turn.

Write down the story that you’ve been telling yourself and others.

And then write down your new story. Your empowering, positive, uplifting story. The one that you will feel proud to share. And then come back and share it with us.

We’re all waiting to hear it.

Please help spread the love and share this post on Facebook and Twitter (buttons below). Thank you!

Hugs,

jodi

P.S. – Be sure to download Dan’s new ecourse while it’s free – until March 25th!

We’re going to offer it for $47 soon, but we’re giving it to you for FREE if you sign up for it before March 25th!!!

This ecourse contains exercises, videos, meditations, and writing prompts – each with the intent to help you change your story and change your life!

You’ll receive one lesson per week for the next four weeks. And you’ll receive your first lesson within an hour after you register!

It’s our gift to you, and we’re so excited for you to journey through it and become the empowered author of your own life.

You can click here to download it!

Soulful Shout Out – Introducing Linda Joy & the Inspired Living Giveaway!

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I absolutely love the Soulful Shout Out series here on Soul Speak! I get to highlight and introduce you to beautiful people and their wonderful offerings!

I love connecting people and sharing products that I love, and so I’m just thrilled to be able to do that each week with you here.

If you would like your product/website/service promoted here, please click here to read the details and then email me to apply. (I take what I share very seriously and will only share products and services that I am in alignment with.) The spaces are going quickly because the introductory prices are going way up on the 31st, so please keep that in mind when you’re signing up!

***We’re scheduling into April. Please be sure to reserve your space before Jan. 31st while the prices are still low! (You can pay for your space now and use it any time in the future!)***

A huge thank you to everyone who has already done so. You’re all absolutely wonderful, and I am so grateful for each of you.

And now, let’s get to this week’s beautiful soul and her inspiring offerings!

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This week, I am excited to feature my good friend, Linda Joy!

If you’re just meeting Linda for the first time, I have a feeling you’re going to love her as much as I do. She’s authentic, inspiring, and has a beautiful soul.

Linda is the publisher behind the beautiful Aspire Magazine and also several bestselling books. While she has many special gifts, one is that she brings together heart-centered businesswomen to share and collaborate in authentic ways.

Linda and I met virtually several years ago and immediately became good friends. We’ve partnered in business ventures and also shared so much personally. She’s given me such good advice throughout the years, and I value our friendship.

A few months ago, Linda shared that she was putting together a special giveaway for heart-centered women business owners. I immediately jumped at the chance to be a part of it, and now I’m so happy that it’s here and I get to invite each of you to be a part of it, too!

It’s called the Inspired Living Giveaway: Resources for Mastering the Art of Living, and it will take place between March 18th-20th.

It’s a list-building event where you’ll have the opportunity to share your free gift with approximately 500,000 women around the world!

How Does It Work?

Linda is asking heart-centered female visionary business owners, coaches, and authors in the personal and spiritual development, success and mindset, natural living, health and wellness, and conscious business genres to join her.

It’s a huge win for everyone! Those who participate in the giveaway will receive wonderful, valuable gifts. And those who offer their free opt-in gift will grow their list.

Why It Matters

One thing that I’ve learned over the past few years is how powerful and essential networking and collaborating are. Absolutely essential.

For so many years, I tried to do everything on my own. I stubbornly thought I could do it all by myself. And I struggled in huge ways because of this mindset. Once I opened up and let others in, everything shifted for me. Giveaways such as this help us expand our reach and share our message with more people.

Because truly that’s what this is all about. We are here because we have a powerful message to share, and it would be such a shame if we didn’t put ourselves out there to share it.

Linda is so authentic in her mission to create a space for all of us to meet and share and grow together.

I believe so much in what she’s doing that I became a Sacred Partner!

I would love for you to join us in spreading the word and reaching more people with your message, too! There are both paid and free options! 

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Linda and I would love for you to join us for this special giveaway! 

There are three placement options to meet you where you are in your business, including a limited number of free placements.

Doors to this opportunity are closing soon in order for Linda and her team to get ready for the epic March 18th launch.

Here’s what Linda says about it:

When you step out as a woman who embraces the feminine principle of collaboration you’ll be seen as a woman who embraces the principles of the new feminine business paradigm – a woman others want to play, create and collaborate with. As my private clients have discovered, you’ll watch the doors open to joint venture invitations, speaking opportunities and so much more. 

Imagine being a part of THE list-building event of the year for heart-centered, visionary female business owners, authors and coaches!  Highlight your brand.  Partner with your peers.  Get highly-targeted exposure in front of hundreds of thousands of women. 

You started your business and created your products to transform lives, am I right? Well, the truth is that you can’t do that if those you are meant to serve can’t find you. I am inviting you step out of the shadows, and join me and my visionary friends for this heart-centered collaborative project.

The Inspired Living Giveaway: Resources for Mastering the Art of Living collaborative list-building project was created to  bring YOU highly-targeted EXPOSURE in front of women interested in products and services that empower, inspire and support them to master the art of living personally and professionally.

I can’t wait for you to join us!

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Please spread the love and share this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Big hug,

jodi

P.S. – The giveaway itself will launch on March 18th, and everyone will be able to download all of the free gifts starting then! The more of us who join in now with our free gifts will make the giveaway extra special for all of us! :)

Soulful Shout Out – Fun Personalized Gifts + A Soulful Giveaway!

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I absolutely love the Soulful Shout Out series here on Soul Speak! I get to highlight and introduce you to beautiful people, companies, and their wonderful offerings!

If you would like your product/website/service promoted here, please click here to read the details and then email me to apply. (I take what I share very seriously and will only share products and services that I am in alignment with.) The spaces are going quickly because the introductory prices are going way up after the first of the year, so please keep that in mind when you’re signing up!

***There is one space left in November, one in January, and then we’re scheduling into February. Be sure to reserve your space while the prices are still low! (You can pay for your space now and use it any time in the future!)***

A huge thank you to everyone who has already done so. You’re all absolutely wonderful, and I am so grateful for each of you.

And now, let’s get to this week’s wonderful company and their amazing personalized products – just in time for the holidays! Plus, I’m giving away one of their goodies – keep reading to learn more!

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printers studio giftsThis week, I am so excited to introduce you to Printer’s Studio – a wonderful site that creates personalized gifts using your photos and artwork! 

Several months ago, I received an email from them saying that they would like to share their products with the Soul Speak community. It was the first I had heard of their site, and I have to say that I’m a sucker for personalized gifts.

They have TONS of customizable gifts on their site – ranging from photo albums to calendars, t-shirts to tote bags, and playing cards to magnets!

They asked me to choose several gifts, upload my own designs, and they would send them to me as samples. (You can also upload your personal photos.) I felt like a kid in a candy store – looking through all of their wonderful products and deciding which designs to add to which products.

I ended up choosing four items: a t-shirt, a tote bag, a journal, and a magnet.

The uploading/designing process was super easy – their online tutorial walks you through each step. I placed my order and the products arrived in perfect condition – even better than I expected!

I couldn’t wait to share about it here with you! I HIGHLY recommend this site. Their products are well made. They are wonderful to work with. The prices are really great. And the shipping was fast – especially for personalized goodies.

Here are the goodies that I received (which is just a tiny amount of what they have available on the site):

bag A Beautiful (And Well-Made) Tote Bag

I absolutely LOVE this bag! I got to upload one of my favorite posters to the front (which is also a pocket). And then I was also able to choose the strap and bottom color! It’s just perfect for carrying books or groceries, and I plan on using it all of the time.

You can check out their tote bags here.

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A Lovely T-shirt

I took the same design and put it on a t-shirt, too! I am really impressed with the quality and how vibrant the colors are. The t-shirt itself is also really well made!

I’m so excited to give it away to one lucky winner! (Keep reading to learn how you can win it!)

You can see all of their t-shirt options here.

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A Beautiful Notebook

It’s no surprise that I love journaling, so I had to get a notebook for myself!

They have several different notebook designs, and I chose one with flowers and butterflies and then uploaded one of my posters.

The inside is lined with “notes” written on the top. (You can also get blank inside sheets.) I didn’t customize the back or the inside covers, but that’s an option as well.

You can see all of their notebook options here.

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A Fun Magnet

I love putting inspirational art on my refrigerator  – fun reminders to help me embrace love and positivity throughout the day.

This magnet is just perfect for that! I took one of my posters, went through their super easy tutorial, and ended up with a perfect magnet!

You can see all of their magnets here.

 

Printer’s Studio is a perfect place to create personal gifts for the holidays. You can put your own designs onto so many products. You can upload your photos and create lasting memories. Or you can use my free inspirational posters!

I would love to see what you create, too! Feel free to take pictures of your goodies and share them on my Facebook page once your gifts arrive!

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You can enter the code: JCSHIP when you check out to redeem it!

 

 

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I know how much we all love giveaways, and so I’m excited to offer this beautiful t-shirt that Printer’s Studio printed with my design to one lucky winner!

The text says: Your love has the power to expand hearts, ignite spirits, open doors, and inspire souls.

You can either keep this for yourself or give it to someone you love! It’s brand new and has never been worn. It’s a size medium, but it’s a very large medium. I have a feeling it will shrink a bit after it’s been washed.

Entering to win is super easy!

1. Like both my Facebook page and the Printer’s Studio page.

2. Comment below to share which product you would most like to order!

That’s it! The giveaway end on Nov. 3rd at 11:59 pm pst. I’ll randomly choose one lucky winner then! This giveaway is worldwide!

Good luck!

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Be sure to head over to Printer’s Studio now to start exploring and creating some personalized gifts! 

Remember, you can upload your own photos, your own artwork, or you can use any of my high-resolution posters! They have so many wonderful products available, and they all will make perfect holiday gifts!

Don’t forget to enter your coupon code: JCSHIP to receive free shipping!

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Please spread the love and share this post on Facebook and Twitter!

Big hug,

jodi

Getting Naked: An Interview, An Offer, and A Giveaway!

***This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much for your heartfelt entries! I’ll post the winners very soon!***
juliaWe haven’t had a giveaway here on Soul Speak in awhile, and I’m super excited to bring this one to you!  

You may already know my dear friend and soul sister, Julia Fehrenbacher (she’s shared space here on Soul Speak several times). Well, Julia is amazing and I adore her.

She’s created an authentic, soulful, loving course that I’m excited for you to know about. It’s a 40-day online soul class that begins on May 6th, and Julia is giving away 2 spaces in it! How wonderful is that? :)

I am honored to have shared a candid conversation with Julia inside the class, too. And I’m so excited for it that I’m going to be one of the participants!

Because the class begins on Monday the 6th, this giveaway is super short – Julia will choose 2 winners on Sunday the 5th at 9 pm pst. So please enter right away! 

Here’s a bit of what Julia says about the class: 

Getting Naked is an invitation.  It’s an invitation to shed all that’s in the way of your truest, never-been-created before, will-never-be-created again, one of a kind, absolutely REAL, love-filled Self.

It’s an invitation to shed the shoulds, the I can’ts, the comparisons, the thoughts and old stories that insist that you’re not enough—that you need to get more, be more, do more, have more, before you can fully BE finally. 

It’s an invitation to lay down the swords, the armor—to shed all the barriers within yourself that you have built between you and YOU/Love/God/Source/the Divine.  It’s an invitation to live softly, boldly—truly—with wild, love-filled, faith-filled abandon.  

It’s about living with absolute freedom and unapologetic brightness. 

It’s about opening the door that was never closed.  Recognizing that the only thing in the way of you living your most ALIVE, love-spilling life is you.  And deciding, with every cell of you, to get out of your own way so you can share freely all of your gifted treasures! 

Here’s what’s included in the class:
  • Uncensored/unpolished videos of Julia sharing her stories and inspiration
  • Real/raw conversations between Julia & other women on similar paths (including one from me!)
  • Poetry/art/quotes 
  • Exercises, challenges, & invitations to go deeper, open & trust and love more
  • An invitation to begin a daily practice that will nurture you & keep you coming back to your deepest, most alive Self
  • Guided meditations to nudge you back to your breath, your center – your place of softness, your place of power
  • The sharing of tools & treasures that Julia has gathered over the years….including little glimpses of her past journal entries
  • A private space/website to interact & connect…a soft, safe place to land, to love & be loved, to support and be supported
  • 40 consecutive days of receiving daily Love in your inbox (as well as on our private site)

I asked Julia a few questions about her journey in creating this class, which I’m happy to share here. 

And then be sure to keep reading to learn how to enter to win a spot in this soul-filled class!

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I love the name – what does Getting Naked mean to you?

It’s so very good to be here again with you and your lovely readers, Jodi – thanks so much for having me!

To me, “Getting Naked” means shedding that which is in the way of being our most authentic, empowered selves.  It means letting go of what no longer serves us, to lay down the armor, so we can show up fully for ourselves and each other.  It means feeling the fear and moving anyway.  It means letting our deep connection with Source/Love/The Divine lead the way rather than being held back by our little fear-brained selves.  It means that our peace/joy depends on our connection with Source, with our deepest inside places, rather than being at the mercy of changing opinions/circumstance.  It means knowing that we are worthy and enough just as we are, perceived “flaws” and all, and giving ourselves permission to live with full, unapologetic brightness.

Which part of this course makes your soul sing with joy?

I have never before created anything that feels so raw and vulnerable, that has required every ounce of my courage and strength and faith.  I am amazed by how scary it feels to put myself out there in this way.  And, at the same time, how completely, utterly ALIVE I have felt in the process of creating this.

What really makes my soul sing is that I’m giving myself permission (finally!) to show up with all of me – that I’m giving myself the freedom, for maybe the first time ever (in such a public way), to be vulnerably, fully me.  And coming back, again and again, to trusting that this is enough.

Who would benefit the most from taking your course?

Anyone who is ready and willing to take off the mask of who they think they should be and is ready and wiling to show up with all of their beautiful, imperfect, just right selves. Anyone who is tired of holding back, of containing their gifts, of being at the mercy of fear, who is tired of making excuses and knows, really knows that their joy/peace/aliveness is their very own to claim.  Anyone who is ready to say a big, bold, wholehearted, unapologetic YES to themselves – to life.

What do you hope everyone will take with them after completing it?

I hope they will walk away from these 40 days rooted in a peaceful, powerful knowing that who they are is more than enough – that the answers are all within, that this life is a precious gift and their very own to claim.  I hope they will walk away inspired, empowered, encouraged to move through fear toward all that is calling them.  I hope they will walk away with the freedom and courage to be all they are meant to be.

Can you share a bit about your own journey through fear as you’ve said yes to your soul and created such a beautiful course?

Whew!  As I mentioned earlier, creating this course has taken every ounce of my courage.  Whether I’m showing up to record a guided meditation, to share a story through writing or video or trying to figure out some complicated, confusing technical thing, right there next to me is trembling fear.  Each time I show up to create, there is this little fear-brained part of me saying things like:  You don’t know how to do this.  It’s too much.  What if it’s not good enough? What if you look like an idiot?

Every time I show up to create, I have to drop deep into the center of myself and trust that I will be shown/lead each step of the way.  I’ve had to stretch, to step out of my comfort zone over and over again.  It’s been an incredibly powerful, humbling experience to show up for myself in this way.

What does your soul want you to know?

My soul wants me to know that it’s enough to show up with all of me, just as I am.  It wants me to breathe deeply, to trust that when I show up fully for this moment, I will be guided, that the hows will reveal themselves one step, one moment at a time.

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This is a very special giveaway because there are 2!!! spaces available in the upcoming Getting Naked class!

Julia is offering a spot and a sweet soul, Kimberley McGill, bought a space in the class and is gifting it to one of you!

So your chances of winning have been doubled! :)

Entering is super easy!

  1. Follow Painted Path and Soul Speak on Facebook.
  2. Leave a comment below sharing why this course speaks to you!  (If you’re reading this via email or a reader, please click here to be taken to the post.) 

Hurry and enter because Julia will personally choose two lucky winners on 5/5/13 at 9 pm pst.

Good luck!

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Julia is offering the Soul Speak community $10 off the Getting Naked class!

You can click here and the discount has already been applied. (Thanks, Julia!)

And, if you join the class and then end up winning the giveaway, Julia will refund your money. So definitely join now if you’re planning on it!

Please help spread the love by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.

Tap into Your Creative Side – A Giveaway!

 ***Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner! This giveaway is now closed. Please be sure to check out Petrea’s amazing course to get in touch with your creative muse!***

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I’m so excited to share a creative giveaway with you! My friend, Petrea Hansen Adamidis (whom I met through the amazing Goddess Circle) has created a beautiful, fun ecourse to help you reconnect with your inner muse!

I asked Petrea to share more about the course here, and then be sure to keep reading to find out how you can win a spot in the next course, which starts on 1/27!

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Your ecourse is called, “Painting with Your Muse.” What does the word, “Muse” mean to you?

Thank you for inviting me to Soul Speak, Jodi!

When I speak of your Muse, I mean that part of you that is creative and wise. The part that reflects your authentic self. We all have an inner Muse.  For some of us our Muse may be elusive, or perhaps her voice is quiet or drowned out by other “should” voices, so we find it difficult to connect with her.

Why is it so important to connect with your muse?

Connecting with your Muse is more than connecting with your creativity.  We are all creative beings, and when we create we tap into our full potential for expression and connection with the world.  Connecting with our inner Muse allows us to utilize our intuitive side.  When we create through painting and other expressive arts, we invite the alchemy of creation.  By visualizing our inner world outwardly, we become clearer about who we are and where it is we need to go.  When we tap into our creative power through our muse we are in essence tuning into our inner wisdom and internal guidance system.

How does your course help with this?

Each and every one of us has an artist within. Permission is key. Once that inner artist is out, there is no stopping her! Give her the space and tools and she will create. Give her the right messages and support and she will flourish.

Sometimes it can be hard to hear your heart over those loud inner voices of self-doubt. I created Painting with Your Muse to help those who long to connect with their Muse more authentically. I offer it as a way to guide you back to your creative power, and inner wisdom.

This e-course is not about painting technique, it’s about re-learning how to trust your creative intuition. I share what I have learned and un-learned both as one who has struggled to claim the name “artist” and as an Art Therapist. I know how powerful it can be to reunite with your muse. I know how hard it can be to make that connection without support.

In Painting With Your Muse you will discover and tap into your creative source deep within through expressive arts exercises, guided meditations and videos guiding you through the intuitive painting process.

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Can you share a bit more about what is covered each week?

Definitely!

  • In Week One we will lay the grounds for creative expression preparing your external and internal environment in order for your artist within to feel more comfortable.
  • In Week Two we begin to peel back the layers to your creative side, inviting you to loosen up and let go through different creative exercises.
  • In Week Three we explore the shadows, calling out and challenging the monsters that inhibit creativity.
  • In Week Four we continue to break the patterns that block your creativity.  Following your natural internal rhythm to connect with creativity.
  • In Week Five we delve deeper. Gently exploring your inner-landscape and creativity, and further connecting you to your creative source.

How does your Painting With Your Muse e-course work?

Each week we will start with some expressive arts exercises, I will guide you through some creative warm-ups to prepare you before you begin, then move into a guided meditation to help awaken your inner muse. Through videos I will gently guide you through the intuitive painting process.

Each week you will receive several videos and a new e-book with expressive arts exercises, inspiration and guidance to make shift happen.  There will be 2 live scheduled video conferences (to be recorded)  to check-in and talk about utilizing process painting to its fullest.  Plus you will receive 4 different guided meditations to compliment the theme of the week and to help you connect on a deeper level with your muse. Museful Inspiration via e-mail will be sent out regularly. There is also a supportive  private forum where you will have the opportunity to join with other painting Muses as well as receive guidance for your process  from myself. 

Do you have to be an artist or is it also meant for people who consider themselves non-artists?

If this course speaks to you – it’s for you.  I have had both participants who considered themselves to be artists and also those who had never painted before in their lives.

This course if for you if:

  • You feel like your creative expression has plateaued and needs some reviving.
  • You want to explore your creative side & tap into your potential.
  • You’re tired of feeling creatively blocked.
  • You see yourself as an artist but would like to take your self-expression through art further.

What are some suggestions you have for people so that they can connect with their muse?

  • Stop being so serious: If you want to engage your Muse then be prepared to loosen up a little and stop being so serious.  If you find yourself making excuses not to create then yes you are being too serious! Your Muse needs the freedom, the room to be playful.  She doesn’t like to be confined to restrictions and expectations.  Don’t scare her away with your serious face.  She wants to have fun, throw those rules out the door
  • Stop judging yourself and your Muse: Allow yourself to have fun with your creativity.  Your Muse can be very sensitive. She doesn’t like to feel judged. Be gentle with her.
  • Give yourself the time to be with your Muse: If you are always rushing about busy with other more important things she is going to feel snubbed and likely she will feel like she is not important enough.  Be sure to set aside some time to play with your muse regularly.
  • Plan ahead: Schedule the time in your calendar. Don’t just say you are going to paint or play with your art materials when you have time on the weekend or maybe some other time this week.  Actually schedule it in and make it part of your routine – like you would brushing your teeth.  Start with a small amount of time and work your way up.
  • Stop the drama: Identify the messages that others have said to you in the past or present. Which ones have become the stories or excuse you tell yourself that keeps you from letting loose and creating fully?

Be sure to click on the banner below to learn all about Petrea’s course! Class starts on 1/27!

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the-giveawayOne lucky winner will be randomly chosen to win a spot in the next Painting With Your Muse e-course beginning January 27th!

To enter:

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One lucky winner will be chosen randomly on 1/25 at 11:59 pm pst.

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Petrea

Petrea Hansen Adamidis R.C.A.T. is a Registered Art Therapist, a mom, artist, & an avid nature nut with over 18 years of experience working with children, families and adults. Join her at ArtTherapist.ca where she offers a free e-course “Free Your Inner Child” plus other creative resources to draw the self out. http://www.arttherapist.ca