Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

How many of you have a mentor or a coach?

Is it a bit of a prickly issue for you.  I think the thistle below presents a wonderful allegory  for our approach to things we are often hesitant to take on.  Do you know that inside this armoured flower there is a sweet nut that you can eat if you are smart enough to figure out how to dismantle the flower

Scotch Thistle Detailed photo of flower head

Scotch Thistle

without annihilating your fingers in the process?

If you really want to help yourself and move your life and career forward, getting a coach is rather like dismantling the thistle without hurting your self and in the process finding a treasure within ‘yourself’.  Because after all this is all about ‘you’.  Of course we have lots of very good prickly reasons why we dont need a coach or mentor.

However, I highly recommend that you get one.  I have been mentored in the past and also currently have both a business and a personal life coach.

Hmmm …………  I’m sure I can hear some objections floating around in the thought stratosphere out there – after all this is the perfect opportunity for that ‘starving artist’ syndrome to kick in about now……I’m sure you are familiar with the  ‘Mr. or Mrs. I can’t afford it” friend who may well be tapping you on the shoulder right now.

Well guess what – you have tradeable skills!

If you don’t have money then you have to get creative – well artists are good at that – aren’t they?

When I first began with a personal coach, my life was pretty much of a mess – not to mention me….. We have been working together for three years now and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have her gently keeping me on track.

The first year I worked with her I had bought a coaching package and she was chosen as a match to work with me, as part of that package.  As the year rolled around towards its conclusion and my finances weren’t in very good shape, I said to her that I was going to have to let her go the following year.

Well, you can imagine my complete and utter surprise when she said, “Well I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that.  I would like to do art classes with you, so perhaps we can do a barter arrangement.”  That was about the last thing on earth I expected her to say ! AMAZING!

So we have been swapping our time and respective skills ever since.

The thing is – it never occurred to me to even make that suggestion to her. My questions to you then are; what things might not be occurring to you?  What skills might you be able to swap someone for coaching?

As I am writing this post, I am realizing that there’s a lot more to say on this topic.  Which has also given me another idea.  I am going to do a series of short posts – like a limited edition print – and then later condense them into a down loadable ebook or PDF  available here on the blog.  Wow so much to do!

Do any of you have coaches?  Would you like to comment and share your experience – how it may have helped you, what insights you have gained etc.

Until next time – think abundance, be abundant,  be creative…..

Today’s post is to be found on a new page I’ve put up. I would love you to participate ………

And just before you go,  check out this beautiful little bee hard at work.  I found him when I was out walking while I was away. What a lovely working environment bees have – I never really thought about that before!

Worker Bee collecting pollen

Worker bee collecting pollen

Happy Birthday Blog - Fire works

How exciting, Today my Blog turns 1!

52 weeks – posting twice a week and never missed – I never thought I could do it !!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOO HOOOOO  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so often amazed at how creative Kiwi’s( slang for New Zealander’s) are, in so many different ways.  I’d like to share some of the wonderful Kiwi creativity I came across while I was a way.

The first is to be found at a little place called Colville.  This is the last place your can buy petrol, groceries a or a cup of coffee, at the top of the Coromandel peninsula. This part of the Coromandel Peninsula is a 4 hour drive from Auckland.

You really couldn’t call it a town.  All that’s there is a general store, a café, which incidentally makes the best coffee on the Peninsula, a post office, half a dozen houses, a fire station AND…..

A really creative public loo…………….

Public toilet at Colville, covered in mosaics

A loo in the sticks - not even a sheep in sight!

Wahine is maori for Women

Wahine is Maori for Women

Public toilet in the country side - very decorative

Colville Loo Take Two - a detail of the mosaic

And a little closer now…………..

Mosaic detail

Mosaic detail

I have just a quick post today – sharing some of the highlights from my trip.

A surprise greeted me as I walked in the front door!

Welcome Home  sign

Welcome Home - Thanx Gracie!

This New Year’s day photo possibility caught my eye.

Photo of wine glass and bottle against a blue sky

New Years Day

After many days of very dismal sunsets we were finally treated to a stunning one…..

Sunset over Waitete Bay

Waitete Sunset

This was taken standing on the deck of our bach ( Kiwi for beach house).  Simply stunning!

Well here we are at the top of the Eiffel Tower and WOW the view is SO WORTH IT!!!

Eiffel Tower View

Eiffel Tower View

The amazing thing about this experience was that it created a new benchmark for me about what I thought I could or couldn’t do.  Now every time I struggle with something, I compare it to that experience.  And I’m grateful to my friend.  I suspect that sometimes we need a little nudge into being the best we can be.  And perhaps the authentic thing to do is to acknowledge our fear and then make a decision about whether or not we can face the fear on that day.  Again there is a fine line here between the action we take and the reason we take it.

When we act inauthentically we tend to place meaning onto what other people think of us and act accordingly, rather than considering what is true to ourselves.  I have done this in the context of my painting.  I remember one occasion when against my better judgement, and to please a partner, I changed something in a painting – which had a bad out come on the work, and I never could quite manage to recapture the effect I had previously.  That did teach me a lesson however about listening to my inner voice and what a work needs or doesn’t need – I didn’t trust it very much in those days.  No I rely on it completely.

Picture Credit: Traveler Folio

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