Visioning

How I am Setting Creative Goals & Intentions in 2018

Happy New Year!

And yes, I am re-emerging a bit later than many on social media, etc. But for me going into the New Year in the last few years is no longer a hasty, jump in exercise for me.

Each year, I have delayed my “entrance” to become more grounded, to reflect on lessons learned from the previous year,  clear out the old and open up for the new.  This has involved a lot of self-care, ritual and focus…especially on intentions and goals.

As a creative who is immersed with my own art making ventures and launching a new creative venture, it is important that I take the time to be clear on what I want, what matters and what doesn’t.  I have found in the past when I did not take the time to “feel” my way into the year, the grounding doesn’t happen and I end disappointed and a bit frazzled at the end of the year.  Thus, the slow and steady wins the race process I have adopted during the last three years which has really worked for me.

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Theme for 2018: #VibrateHigher

Early in December, I decided on my theme for 2018.  Many people develop a word for the year or theme to guide them through the year.  I have expanded to a desired overall goal, not necessarily an object or physical achievement, but more spiritually or intuitively based.  I work to align my Core Desired Feelings (see below) to compliment my yearly theme as well.  In 2016, my word was Authentic and theme was #MyAuthenticLife.  In 2017, my word was Courage and the theme was #MyCourageLife.  This year, based on the the teachings of one of my favorite wellness and spiritual leaders, Lalah Delia, I have adopted the theme #VibrateHigher for 2018.

What does this mean for me?  To be able to focus on thinking, feeling, believing, trusting and manifesting the good in all areas of my life.  To attract those things to my existence that is aligned with where I am going, to focus on creating that kind of aura for myself.  It is a reminder to ask myself when things look side ways, how am I showing up here?  I am reflecting the kind of vibration that is attracting or reflecting this experience (positive or negative)?  Am I mindful in my communication with others and myself?  Is my art coming from a geniune place that inspires, lifts or reflects positively my true essence?

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Desire Mapping

One of the methods I have been working with is Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Mapping process, which helps identify the “feelings” you want to experience with all aspect of your life, rather than tangible, concrete resolutions or goals for any given year.  As a creative individual, this process appeals to me because it allows me to look at major goals and opportunities based more on energy/vibes than a check mark for my resume.  The Desire Mapping process focuses on what Danielle calls “Core Desired Feelings” or CDFs that you identify after a fairly lengthy process which includes not only identifying on what you want to feel about all aspects of your life, but also reflecting on those you don’t as well as the things that did not go well.  I downloaded the workbook and since Christmas, started working my way through it.  I completed my CDFs for this year, still working three I identified last year (Abundant, Healthy and Joy) and added two more (Gratitude and Presence).  Much of what I decide to engage in or be informed by will be based on these CDFs.  You can learn more and purchase the Desire Map book here or sign up for the video course here.

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“Desire mapping” and using my planner to write, reflect and refine my goals

Planner Love

I believe the right planner makes all of the difference in the world for me.  I have used so many different systems through the years….some worked others did not.  The written planner for all of my creative, life and business goals lately has been The Desire Map Planner.  Using the CDFs I identified for the year, it enables you to make decisions and schedule activities, etc., based on the question “What I Will Do To Feel The Way I Want to Feel?”  There are a couple of versions of the planner, one which is a Daily Edition which I got last year and this year I am using the Weekly version for 2018, which is full of cool things to help guide you through the week like asking what are three things you want to get done this week, an area for daily To-Do lists,  soul prompts, and area to keep your CDFs in full view as a reminder of what you committed to for the year.  And beautiful artwork on the cover from artist Marta Spendowska!  Interested in exploring and getting one for yourself?  Click here.

Need Help in Setting Your Creative Goals for 2018?

 

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These are just some of the methods I am using to plan and manifest my goals this year. How are you grounding and preparing to reach your life and creative goals this year?

Will 2018 be the year that you let your inner creative loose? Or the year you will actually sign up for guitar lessons? Create that cookbook from the food you love to cook that everyone raves about? Start that novel?

This coming Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm ET, through Spark Your Creative, I will be hosting a complimentary webinar will explore how to get started on reaching your creative goals for 2018. We will discuss:

-How to move past procrastination and make your creative life more of a priority

-Setting easy milestones to help you move forward with your creative projects

-A complimentary creative planning and goal setting guide that you can use after the webinar is completed.

Link to the webinar and other information will be sent to all who register prior to the webinar.

Space is filling up quickly, register here to ensure your spot!

Looking forward to spending a creatively inspired year in 2018!

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Your Ally Within, A Free Creative Workshop @ #Artomatic – 4/9/17

Your Ally Within-

Do you feel that you have an inner artist or creative side but need help coaxing it out?

Do you find yourself stuck in moving forward on that next creative project?

Affirmations can help! Positive affirmation are great messages to have around an art studio or office or creative space as reminders of your creative talents. During this engaging workshop, we will talk about our identities as creative individuals, via the best selling book The Artist Way by Julia Cameron, the benefits of affirmations, create our own affirmation cards using index cards, magazines, paper and other mixed media. These cards will reflect images of your affirmations that you can take with you where ever you go or have placed around your office, studio or other creative space to look at when you need an extra boost.

You don’t have to be an artist or creative to participate! Bring your creative passion and an open mind! Space is limited. Register now at https://yourcreativeally.eventbrite.com/

About the Facilitator:

Sharon Burton is an artist, art curator, and has been active in the fine art communiy in the Washington, DC area for over 12 years. Learn more about her at www.sjbcreativeart.com or follow her on social media at twitter/instagram: @sjbcreativeart or Facebook: SJB Creative Art. Her artwork can be found at Artomatic 2017 in room 3108, 3rd Floor

Directions to Artomatic:
Artomatic is located next to the Crystal City Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue metro lines. If you come in from the underground, simply turn left at the top of the first escalator and go through doors into shopping area. We are just above the Synetic Theater, there is an elevator bank by the optometrist. If you are outside on ground level, cross 18th Street to South Bell Street. We are in the same building as the University of Phoenix.

Driving Directions to Artomatic

From DC:
Take 395 South into Virginia (crossing over the 14th Street Bridge). Follow signs to “Route 1 South – Crystal City” and take the left exit. Get into the left hand lane on Route 1 and turn left on 20th Street and then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From Rockville:
Take 270 or 495 South into Virginia. Take Exit 43 for the George Washington Parkway. Merge onto the GW Parkway and continue South. Take the exit for “Reagan National Airport.” Stay in right lane and follow signs for “US-1 – Crystal City” (keep bearing right). Take the right exit ramp for Crystal Drive. Take a left onto 20th St. and take a right into the garage just past Bell St. (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From Southern Maryland:
Take 495 across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Exit 177B to Route 1 North. Continue on Route 1 through Alexandria. Aftercrossing into Arlington County (across Four Mile Run), take a slight right onto the exit for Crystal Drive. Turn left on 20th Street then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From points south in Virginia:
Take 395 North. Take Exit 8C (to Route 1 South – Crystal City). Go straight at the light onto Hayes Street. Hayes Street becomes 18th Street and will take you into Crystal City. Turn right onto South Bell Street, then another right onto 20th Street and an immediate right into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From points west in Virginia:
Take 66 East. Take Exit 75 (Route 110). Route 110 will end and continue as Route 1 South into Crystal City. Get into the left hand lane and turn left on 20th Street then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.