From the movie Yes Man:
Allison: I know our music isn't that mainstream, but I love doing it
It's like my photography.
I know there isn't much demand for blurry photos taken while running, but ...
Carl Allen: I wasn't going to say anything.
Allison: You know, who cares?
The world is a playground.
You know that when you're a kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it.
Carl Allen: I love your music.
Everyone can take a photo standing still.
This SoulCollage® Card shows a young child sitting crossed legged with his eyes closed and face towards the sky. In the background is a woman dressed all in black doing a yoga pose on a tree stump. There is a large red planet in the sky.SoulCollage® cards are for personal use and SoulCollage® does not advocate infringing on the copyrighted work of others in any way so that is why my card cannot be shared here.
Believing in my creative self has changed everything.
Well, I guess I have to use my intuition and trusting faith to re-write about this card as, for someone reason, it disappeared from my word document. SoulCollage® cards are for personal use and SoulCollage® does not advocate infringing on the copyrighted work of others in any way, so my card cannot be shared here, but my card has two collaged images on it: a bunny resting in a nest-like setting with its back to us, and a woman also with her back to us, who is stretching out her arms and the shawl she is wearing.
This was the first SoulCollage® card I ever made. SoulCollage® cards are for personal use and SoulCollage® does not advocate infringing on the copyrighted work of others in any way so my card cannot be shared here. But please imagine a bright yellow background with a female figure reaching towards a hand in the sky. There are also two other collaged images on it - a dog with a butterfly and a smiling woman holding a goat.
I made this card to help me with struggle. SoulCollage® cards are for personal use and SoulCollage® does not advocate infringing on the copyrighted work of others in any way so my card cannot be shared here, but on my card is an eye peering out through the cosmos at the top, and at the bottom is a tiger with a swan and butterfly balanced on it in a garden setting.
Brené says we are wired for strength and for struggle.
Let me tell you about my Self-Compassion card (SoulCollage® cards are for personal use and SoulCollage® does not advocate infringing on the copyrighted work of others in any way so my card cannot be shared here):
In SoulCollage®, a technique used to help you with insights about your card, is to journal or speak from the card using the prompt “I am one who…”
I thought what better way to express authenticity than to let you read my personal journaling from that prompt for this card, which I call The Perfectionist:
SoulCollage® cards are for personal use and SoulCollage® does not advocate infringing on the copyrighted work of others in any way so my card cannot be shared here. But my courageous strength SoulCollage® card is the outline of a figure in seated meditation. In the head is a circle of clay. In the body are hands centered over a heart. And the seat is made up of a white tiger. The entire figure is collaged on top of a giant sunflower.
“When you gather images from magazines and other sources, when you cut them out, paste them onto cards, and then consult them, it is the same sort of miracle. You are gathering your various inner parts, conscious and less conscious, lovable and irritating, beautiful and shadowy, and then you ‘sing’ over them so they can transform into a freer and more vibrant soul.”
On May 1, 2016, the day before the deadline to enter, I submitted an application for the city of Pearland's Pear-Scape, a public art sculpture trail project.
If you've seen the pelicans in Seabrook or any of the cow parade cows, that's what this is.
Giant fiberglass pears (4 feet high and 38 inches wide) that would be sponsored, painted by different artists, and then installed around the city of Pearland.
I was supposed to know by the end of May 2016 if any of my proposed pear designs had been selected, and then I was to have from the beginning of June to mid-August to paint my pear.
My three proposed pear designs
Well, I was never chosen.
Want to know some of the resources I've used to increase my creativity?
Here they are...
"But then someone starts talking about your soul - maybe at church, maybe in a book. Someone starts talking about things like grace and rest and peace, and the soul feeling its worth, and that language feels so foreign and so beautiful, like water in a desert, like one bright bud pushing up in an otherwise arid landscape. And like a song you used to love but haven't heard for years, something breaks through: that's what I've been missing. That's it. My soul." -Shauna Niequist
This year was about my soul healing and playing and leading, and that totally surprised me.
I definitely had some Daring Adventures in 2016.
Inspiration came in so many forms this year. Honestly because I'm interested in so many things, I had times of a little too much inspiration to the point of feeling overwhelmed. I have to keep remembering to keep my input strength in check and keep an eye on perfectionism. Here's some things that inspired my in 2016:
Failure is a part of daring greatly. And don't get me wrong failure sucks, but it actually does get easier. You learn to not take it personally, you learn how to Rise Strong and recognize where you might have shame that needs an antidote.
Here are some of my failures in 2016 and what I learned:
The above is an accurate representation of how most of my tea breaks looked.
Being your own boss means you get to say yes to whatever your heart desires.
So in addition to providing psychotherapy, I got to be creative with my business and have workshops and events as well to help people discover, play, grow, and love themselves more.
As a psychotherapist I always said I never wanted to have a private practice, it felt like too much responsibility to me. I knew where I was wasn’t working for me though, and I took a leap. And with a lot of help and support, I founded my own business, Daring Discoveries, PLLC. But first it was Daring Discoveries, LLC until I realized I couldn’t do that legally since I am a licensed professional (thus the P stands for Professional), that wasn’t a scary moment or anything. But that’s why we are not alone and have friends and a dear colleague Leah McCoy directed me to a resource who was able to walk me through the paperwork to change my legal status so I didn’t have to scrap my business before I even started.
"You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine"
-Lyrics to Oceans by Hillsong United
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 44 in Review: October 28th-November 6th
"May you let yourself off your own hooks,
and spend more time playing hooky
and spontaneous dancing in daylight."
Those words were sent to me today by Shiloh Sophia and are from her poem entitled "The Glitter From the Grit."
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 43 in Review: October 21st-27th
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
I've started asking myself those questions as there are only 65 days left in the year. Yes, you know how many days are left when you are doing a daily creativity project :)
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 42 in Review: October 14th-20th
Where do you allow yourself to be creative?
I realized this week that I had certain places I allowed creativity and then in some areas, I was still relying on my the old constructs of perfectionism I had constructed to try and keep me safe from criticism.
Public speaking was one of those areas.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 41 in Review: October 7th-13th
How do you go through your day?
When you are doing something, are you just trying to get through it, or are you thinking about the next things you need to do, or are you really trying to be present and enjoy the process you are in?
For me, it's usually the former items.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 40 in Review: September 30th-October 6th
Thankfully, creativity forgives.
It forgives me when I doubted I would be able to come up with enough creations for a whole year.
In fact, it has decided to show me that through my daily commitment, I can now have multiple creation ideas daily.
Lee Ann Hilbrich is an author of three books, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator of Brené Brown's work, a Qi Gong and Yoga Teacher, and a SoulCollage® Facilitator. She's also certified in Equine-Facilitated Learning.
Daring Discoveries, PLLC
I abide by the Brené Brown Education and Research Group's Belonging Statement (Click Here to View) and am committed to inclusivity, equity, diversity, and belonging.