Hi There, my Magpie! This is just a quick note before the goodies…We have some new spaces open in Flock, our online soulcare community! The way Flock works is you subscribe for $15/month. In return you receive a soulcare lesson from me via video (sometimes two, or this month, three!) Then this really great group of women meets up in our private Facebook group for support and good humor. It’s a lovely little package for less then the cost of a weekly coffee. If you’d like to join us, I’ll send out March’s lesson retroactively, and you’ll be all ripe and ready for April. Just click here. (Welcome home.) Now…on with the show!
How to Keep Your Creative Space Clear
When I was a pastor there was a lot of talk amongst my colleagues about what we should call the space in which we worked.
Was it an “office”–a place to do business, and maybe some counseling?
Was it a “study”–a place to hole-up and block out the world while you studied Greek and wrote your sermons?
Or was it a “studio”–a place where you connected with the creative energy of The Divine, and took on apprentices?
(I bet you can guess which one I preferred!)
NowÂ I take care of creative souls, and my work spaceÂ isÂ a studio inÂ the small bedroom at the top of the stairs. MyÂ friend paintedÂ the roomÂ a soft yellow with aÂ dark lavender ceiling.Â My father took off the sliding doors and converted the closet into aÂ niche for mixed media work. The girls painted watercolors for the wall by the window. And I brought the goldfish. (Her name isÂ Virginia. Get it? Because I have a room of my own.)
To me, the studio is holy. A sacred space set-aside to offer soulcare to myself and others — through writing and collage, videos and coaching calls.
WhenÂ my sacred spaceÂ gets clogged up, my work doesn’t flow.
WhenÂ my creative spaceÂ gets cluttered, my brain gets foggy.
And when I don’t useÂ the studioÂ enough, stagnation sets in and the couch starts looking better and better.
This month in my online soulcare community Flock, we are celebrating Simplicity through the practice of Space Clearing. We’ve been clearing our dinning room tables, de-cluttering the corner we keep meaning to use for meditation, and even shoveling outÂ our overly-busy monkey minds. After receiving the video lesson this month, one of my Flock members reached out in our private Facebook group and asked for some advice on clearing out her creative space. SinceÂ that’s a common conundrum amongst creative folks, I thought I’d share our Flock advice with y.o.u.
Here (in a 5 minute video) are 4 reasons your creative space keeps getting cluttered, along with some tips for clearing it out (and keeping it clear.)
May your holy space help you connect with what you hold most dear today.
*your magpie girl