Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Is it Time to "Re-Boot" your Creative Spirit?

( to hear this post "live" you can go to http://inspiredathome.com/radio/clips.htm and click on the July 26 radio clip under Katheryn Bieber "Embracing your creative spirit" segment. I do a weekly Inspired at home radio show on Sunday evenings with my Aleenes Creative Living pals, Tiffany Heidi, Aleene and more http://inspiredathome.com/radio/7-26-09.htm
We have a great time listen in some time...o.k. now...back to the blog:)

Have you ever had the experience of being really moved by someone’s art, blog or the expression of their creativity and then suddenly your emotions swing from a place of delight and admiration to a sinking, sickening feeling of depression or even panic? Maybe you say to yourself..”oh no!…They are so much more talented, or creative than I am…They are using my same idea… and they are doing it better!” Feeling like there was nothing left for you to offer the world? Well, you are not alone. I am pretty sure that we have all had that experience at one time or another…for what ever reason, most of the time when we make the mistake of comparing ourselves with others.. Guess what? We come up short! The question is how do we swing the pendulum back up to delight and celebrating our sisters gifts while recognizing and moving forward with our own?

First off we need to embrace our own power. Remember this. Your creative spirit is unique in all the world. When you allow joyful creative light to flow through the prism of your personality your art will touch the world in a way that nothing and no one else can… and that is important to remember as
the way we see ourselves determines what we think we are able to do and in turn what we are willing to try so …this is really important stuff

Sometimes we need to remind our selves of just how fabulous we are.

A few of easy ways to “reboot your joy” are to keep a kindness folder or scrapbook of things you are really proud of and notes from other people who get how amazing you are even when you forget from time to time…you might fill a special drawer, or create a gratitude journal of your talents and blessings. Jack Canfield encourages us to make a victory log of at least 50 accomplishments, things that that you might be especially proud of. We’ve all got at least 50 things to list even if we have to way back to learning walk or ride a bike or finger paint etc.
Leah Kolidas teaches “When you begin to doubt yourself, go to your folder, read a few of the notes you've saved, and soak up the love”
I have a special box filled with Rainy day toys that I use when I am having an emotionally rainy day. It contains a tiara, that I might don and prance around in...

plus some beautiful things that make me feel happy to look at and touch and some favorite quotes, letters and
photos, prisms, a bubble wand, rescue remedy, and maybe even a little chocolate...

The bottom line is this….People who feel good about themselves produce good results. In turn people who love and feel amazing about them selves. produce loving and amazing results…


So I challenge you to take a few minutes this week…start a kindness journal, a special scrapbook dedicated to your creative success, a victory log or creative rainy day box. Begin today to make a safe place where you can easily “reboot your joy”, remind yourself how fabulous you are, and soak up the love!

Monday, July 6, 2009

I am an eat-WHAT-EVER-I-WANT-a-tarian!

That is right..let me say it again cause it feels so good!
I am an Eat-what-ever-I-want-atarian and proud of it.
While I have always been my own sort of rebel.
I have resisted and still resist labels of all kinds. Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw fooder, etc. The minute I say I am one thing or another...something inside of me wants to rebel.
The truth is that if I give myself "permission" to eat what ever I want or desire...Most of the time it is Fresh, raw, ripe, organic, local, beautiful fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds and nuts...
But there is more to the story. I know that if I eat sugar and processed foods...guess what..I crave more sugar and processed food. I don't feel good or vibrant or beautiful ... big surprise there...( my kids call that crabby food cause about 1 hour after I eat I feel and act crabby) So I listen to my cravings and ask a few questions...
Do I really want chocolate? or would a big hug or passionate kiss from my lover ( husband) do the trick? (*and I don't mean that the hug needs to come from someone else. The hugs we give our own souls are the most powerful!)
Yet it is surprising how often a big hug fills us up where food never will,
or going for a walk, or dancing around to your favorite songs, or being in the garden, or any of a thousand self nurturing things you can choose for yourself. But...sometimes I really want chocolate.. So Chocolate it is.

and just as "sugar makes you crave more sugar" the good news is that greens help you alleviate sugar cravings and hallelujah to that!
( celery juice is my big secret...more on that in the next post)
I also ask myself if my craving is what I call "mouth hunger) or really a deep body need. Feeding mouth hunger tends to make my favorite clothes not fit and cause my body to feel slow and yucky... on the other hand "feeding" deep true body hunger actually feels really good. Plus I feel energized and ready to go! So when I drive by a big barbecue and I can smell that barbecue smell associated with the July 4th and child hood..I say to myself, Yeah I can have that if I want it, "I am an eat what ever I want a tarian" I shout with delight...but how will make me feel after and how do I really feel about the meat industry? Would a yummy avocado, garden tomato, onion bread sandwich do the trick ( with an little crystal salt to splurge and indulge my salt craving) the answer is Yes!
Also it would be important to note that I have been filling my life with fresh greens and luscious fruits and vegetables for a while now and I know what beautiful natural foods quell my cravings so I don't often feel like I am "doing without" and that quiets my inner rebel.
I have also learned that there is so little true nutrition in the Standard American Diet (SAD) that your body might be feeling so" hungry" because it wants nutrition and you might just be giving it "fluff" so it kicks back on the hunger switch to get you foraging for something else...and the cycle continues...unless you make some changes
(Some would call me mainly "Raw Vegan" but the rebel within loves being an Eat-What-EVER-I-Want-a-tarian and
I think you might enjoy being one too!

P.S. All these desserts are raw vegan, let me know if you want recipes! They taste more delicious than they look.