It’s time to turn a new page. That’s my thought as I write the last page of my journal. I get a little reflective as I end something and start something new. Next week I’m facilitating my first group through the Art’s Council on The Artist Way at Work, based on a book that has been important to my journey. While reflecting on the past and the present, I look forward to where this journey is taking me.
My Creative Journey
Five years ago my then new boss told me I wouldn’t make another round of budget cuts and I should consider a job in sales. She saw me as a dinosaur. I was criticized for being a bad proofer. I’m a graphic designer, didn’t she know designers just look at words, we don’t read them?!
This led me to say YES to being on the Board of my professional club, the American Advertising Federation-Baton Rouge (AAF-BR).
I read the Artist’s Way for a second time.
This made me realize that while I still love design, when I started it wasn’t so solitary. I could now go all day sitting in front of a computer with no human interaction. I hate this. I’m an extrovert. I must talk to people in order to know what I’m thinking.
I make a decision to get over my fear of public speaking. I put myself in positions of HAVING to talk in front of people.
That new boss quits and moves away. I become President of AAF-BR. Every email I send out as president has a typo in it and I still win District President of the Year.
I start giving workshops on Creativity and Innovation outside of my day job.
I started a side business, Greenview Designs. I designed my own logo and business card. I gave myself the title Creativity Coach.
I started this blog, My Creative Journey, so my creative voice can be heard.
In the middle of the night, I stumble upon a bloghop by this group of midlife women bloggers called GenFab (Generation Fabulous).
I become part of the FABULOUS GenFab blogger/writer tribe—a group of supportive, creative women who are changing how the world looks at midlife. (They don’t kick me out because of my typos.)
My blog makes it into a GenFab bloghop and I’m in Huffington freakin’ Post.
I make plans to attend BlogHer this summer in Chicago.
This week, I will lead a group based on the book The Artist’s Way at Work. It’s how to nurture the creative spirit within you.
The thing about journeys is that they take you to unexpected places. I’ll keep telling you about my unexpected twists, turns and falls. Feel free to let me know yours. Oh, the places we’ll go!
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