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Creativity isn’t just for artists and kids! It’s for anyone who wants to explore and express their unique spirit, who wants to have more fun in life, and who wants to crack the nut of working smarter rather than harder. If you’re in for a good shot of creativity, then these Creativity Pathways, written primarily by LifeTrek coach Erika Jackson, will get your juices flowing and move you further down the path. Learn more about our Creativity Coaching Programs and arrange for a complementary Creativity coaching session with Erika using our Contact Form.

Creativity Pathway #116: Dream Catching

“In the ocean of conscious, dreams are swells that rise and pause and break on the shores of personal consciousness, only to suck back, leaving precious flotsam and jetsam on the beach of waking awareness. We cannot influence the tides or currents, but we can ride the crest of the wave into shore and gather […]

Creativity Pathway #117: Dreaming Life

Dreams, and their interpretation, often generate creative insights for our waking lives. But what if life is all a dream?Carl Jung, a psychologist and influential dream theorist, proposed that we are dreaming all of the time. While Ancient Jewish tradition sought to place dreams into the context of the dreamer’s life circumstances.For life events that […]

Creativity Pathway #118: The Cozy Sweater

Thursday was a simple, ordinary, nothing-special kind of day. And yet, it was one of the most powerful days in recent memory. As I was driving home, at the close of a day full of coaching conversations, music classes, and mothering, I was overcome by a sense of the world being right. This realization came to […]

Creativity Pathway #119: In The Bones

Once, when my then four-year-old daughter and I we were outside enjoying the sun, my daughter began to sing a sweet little made-up song. After creating a few verses and a non-rhyming chorus, she asked, “Mom, will you remember the words of my song for me?” I replied, “Of course. I’ll write them down. But,” I […]

Creativity Pathway #120: Chautauqua Summer

In last week’s Wellness Pathway , Bob made mention of the place I refer to as “the best on earth,” the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State (ciweb.org). At this point, I have been going to Chautauqua each summer for more than half of my life. It is in this place where each year I […]

Creativity Pathway #121: A Room with a View

As coaches, one of our most important roles is to assist clients in finding new perspectives; new ways in which to perceive a situation. Creating new perspectives allows a client to be more at choice regarding how she feels about a decision or challenge. Paradigm shifts enable our creative minds to be engaged in the […]

Creativity Pathway #122: Seek What You Do Not Know

When we are feeling the forces of negativity and anxiety, our bodies react by tightening and constricting. Breathing becomes shallower, and we lose optimum functioning. Similarly, our spirits and lives can constrict under the weight of these emotions and pressure. But, just as in breathing exercises, one can learn to release and refocus, drawing in […]

Creativity Pathway #123: Intuition and Sensing

I was sitting on my living room couch, pining for the days I could look out into the beautiful field behind our house and see rabbits, or flowers, or children playing. It broke my heart to think about the field being replaced by cookie-cutter condominiums.There is certainly nothing wrong with longing for days gone by, […]

Creativity Pathway #124 & Parenting Pathway #138: Creative Communication

Recently, a client was expressing frustration and anxiety about his relationship with his toddler. As many parents have experienced, a toddler’s greatest struggle is between the desire for independence and the desire for safety and comfort. All the while, most toddlers do not yet have the words with which to communicate their intense emotions. Such […]

Creativity Pathway #125: Involve Your Passion

There was a time that I felt unconnected. I felt that my circle of influence was limited to friends, family, and co-workers. I was terrified at the thought of networking and selfishly “selling” myself in any way.But the last few years have been a time marked by an awakening of my passions. And, the passions […]

Creativity Pathway #126: An Attitude of Gratitude

Would you notice if you were really curious about the name of the soon-to-be-released book in your favorite series and the next day, on a channel you never watch, there it was floating across the screen? Would you notice if you filled five bags with ill-fitting clothes and then received a call from the Kidney […]

Creativity Pathway #127: Be the Swing

Back when you were 8 to 10 years old, you were probably living your passions. That’s when people are most likely to engage in exactly the kinds of activities that suit us best, free from inhibitions and Gremlins.I believe that each of us, in childhood, had those moments when we were fully shining. Those were […]

Creativity Pathway #128: You’ll See It When You Believe It

I recently bought a new hair dryer with a special “ionizing” feature. This option releases negative ions, which break down the water molecules on your wet hair so they can be absorbed into your follicles, leaving one with super-moisturized locks that feel silky and look healthier. And, oh, I have felt wonderful! My hair has […]

Creativity Pathway #129: Time to Change the Channel?

When I was 5 months pregnant, I noticed every other pregnant woman within a one mile radius; I could pick a pregnant woman out of a crowd of 200. My radar was finely tuned to notice anyone in the same biological state as my own. Several years ago, when I was thinking about buying a new […]

Creativity Pathway #130: Play With Your “Pops”!

Go ahead! Play with your Corn Pops. My daughter played with her bag of cereal on the way to school and it was an incredible demonstration of creativity. “Look Mom, an earring! Look Mom, a surf board! …a golden tooth, a star twinkling in the sky, a sunshine on a miniature planet…”It was 15 minutes […]