Have No Fear


Unleashing your creativity is like taking a leap of faith. It can be a scary thing to put your creative foot forward, especially if it means sharing it with other people. Fear is a big factor that often holds people back from doing something exciting, something different, something they’re passionate about. Do not let fear control your happiness.

Make a list of twenty things that sound fun to do but you’re too scared or nervous to do them. If you could do anything without any fear, what would it be? Maybe it’s skydiving, driving a race car, singing in public, opening your own art gallery or deep sea diving. Don’t hold back. Go ahead and make your list now.

Read over your list and choose one thing. How can you take a step forward toward doing that activity this week?

If you want to going extreme mountain biking, maybe you buy a bike. Want to publish a cookbook? Start writing down your recipes. What can you do this month?

Xo,
Natalie

Creativity Flow Yoga at the Beach! 

Join Natalie and me for a Creativity Flow Yoga beach class at Malibu Lagoon State Beach Saturday August 22nd at 10am at Tower 3! Enjoy exploring your creativity with yoga, journaling, essential oils, meditation and mantra! We look forward to seeing you there! 

*no registration necessary! Donations accepted! Meet us at: 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy & Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90263 park in the lot, the road or in Malibu Country Mart & walk along the peaceful & serene Malibu Lagoon path to meet us at the beach! Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Namaste,

Ashley 

Envision Yourself in the Life You Want

I’ve talked about gathering images and the importance of creating a vision board. The vision board will become a more powerful tool if you envision yourself in that life. Take time to meditate on your board. Imagine how it will feel when you’ve accomplished your dreams. Imagine yourself living the life you want. What would it feel like? Manifest that.

If it helps, glue pictures of yourself onto your board so you can see yourself there. It may help to physically see yourself surrounded by your desires.

Xo,
Natalie

Pose with a Partner!

  Sometimes if we feel stuck in a creative rut, we just need a little outside inspiration.  That’s why collaborating is so useful!  The wonderful thing about our minds is that we are all unique individuals with different maps, interpretations, ideas and perspectives.  Enjoy the art of collaboration by participating in this Partner Yoga Pose.  

To begin, find a willing partner to work with!  Sit back to back and place the soles of your feet together in cobbler’s pose.  Feel the length of each other’s spine, notice the broadness of the upper back, feel the support of each other’s shoulder blades and let your heads rest against each other’s.  Notice your own breath, the inhalation and the exhalation.  Then notice your partner’s breath.  Is it fast or slow? Steady or uneven?  Continue to breathe deeply here and notice how after a minute or so your breath cycle starts to feel more in sync and more in rhythm with each other’s.  Stay here for as long as you’d like enjoying this collaborative pose.  Once you are done feel free to brainstorm about your current creative projects and see if you can gather any insight from one another.  Have fun collaborating 🙂 

Namaste,

Ashley 

Bake

Baking and cooking are creative acts. Whether you’re mixing ingredients by memory or following along a recipe, baking is a creative mind moving task. Similar to taking a walk or driving, your mind and body are working together, while also being able to think freely about something else. This could also be seen as a type of moving meditation.

Sometimes when I’m working on a project and feeling stuck, I’ll open up a cookbook and see what I can make with the ingredients I have at home. By doing this I’m allowing my creativity to continue to flow in a different direction. It has helped with writers block many times!

I would love to hear how it works out for you! Next time you’re feeling stuck or need a break from a project jump into the kitchen and bake something. Leave a comment about your experience down below or tag me in your picture on social media @NatalieNotions.

Xo,
Natalie

Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

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I love Citrus Fresh essential oil blend for tapping into creativity! This blend has lemon, spearmint, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and mandarin. It will make you feel uplifted and energized, revitalized and ready to create.
Use this blend to awaken your Svadisthana Chakra, the “seat of your creativity”.  To learn more about chakras, see my earlier post here

To use this oil via inhalation, hold out your hand and place a drop of Citrus Fresh oil in your palm and rub your palms together gently three times. Then place your cupped palms over your nose and smell its citrusy fragrance. Take 5 deep breaths here enjoying this blend. Notice how alert you feel after smelling this blend, you may feel more energized and inspired to create! Let me know how it works for you in the comments below. To order your own click here

Namaste,
Ashley

5 Tips on How to Get Creative in the Workplace

After sitting at your desk for eight hours, day in and day out, it gets difficult to keep the creative juices flowing. Here are five tips on how to jump start the creative process.

1. Brainstorm. – Set up a brainstorm meeting with your team to talk things through. You can bounce ideas off one another whether it’s for an event, marketing or strategy.
2. Take a walk. – Go for a walk around the building or around the block. When the body is moving so is the mind. The fresh air may help bring some inspiration.
3. Bring in other team members. – Brainstorm meetings are always helpful, but when you’re meeting with the same people your ideas sometimes mesh. Bring in creatives from other teams to hear new perspectives and ideas. Two or three heads are always better than one.
4. Keep creative objects at your desk. – When you look away from the computer you want to look at something inspiring. Keep objects that transcend you to your happy place on your desk. Or items that bring back a memory.
5. Book a conference. – At least once a year book a seat at a motivational or creative conference. This will jump start your creativity in a major way!

Xo,
Natalie

What are you seeking?

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*For this exercise you will need a notebook and a pen.

Find a comfortable seated position. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and a deep breath out. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Notice how when you breathe in your belly and chest will expand and when you breathe out your belly and chest will soften back down. Continue to breathe deeply here.

Remain here in this seated meditation for 10-30 breaths and then open your eyes and find your journal and pen.

Then write this question:
What are you seeking?

Then answer it with the first answer that comes to mind. It can be anything you want to focus on.

Close your journal and come back to the seated meditation. Take a moment to come back to your breath. Think of this answer in your mind. Hold it in your heart. Wear it as a part of you. Feel it throughout your body.
As you breathe in, breathe in what you are seeking, as you breathe out, breathe out what you are seeking. What you are seeking is seeking you.

Try this for as long as feels comfortable. When you are done take a moment to seal this practice in. Place your hands in front of your heart in a prayer position and bow your head to your heart.

Namaste,
Ashley

Goddess Pose

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Standing poses give us stamina, build strength and harness our power. Goddess pose gives us power and strength to stay rooted in our truth. When harnessing creativity, a lot people feel held back from expressing themselves because of their own inner critic. Goddess pose gives us the strength let go of the voice of the inner critic and to trust our inner goddess, the divine feminine, to harness our ability to create and be creative.

Take a wide-legged stance. Turn your toes out and heels in. Take a deep breath in and reach your arms up to the sky, as you exhale bring your hands in prayer as you bend your knees. Place your hands on your thighs and note that your toes are in line with your knees. Lift your frontal pelvic bones slightly toward your heart as you spread wide across your collarbones. Take a few deep breaths here harnessing your power to stay rooted in your truth. Feel your feet connect to the earth and notice the strength in your legs and hips. Feel the strength and power in your abdomen. Feel any sense of opening in your heart. Trust your inner strength.

To come out, straighten your legs and turn your feet to parallel. Step your feet together.

Namaste,
Ashley

Take a Break

Being a creative means knowing when to take a creativity break. Although we like to think of ourselves as machines, constantly cranking out one idea after the other, it doesn’t work that way. People don’t effectively work that way. It’s nice to take a mental break and do something else, but it’s even better to take a physical break as well.

A mental break is when you step away and work on something else. You do busy work. Pay bills, schedule meetings or help your children with their homework. Yes, you are taking a break from your creative work, which is important, but you’re not taking a mental break. Relax. Take a nap outside on a warm day. Sit by the pool. Get a massage. Give your body a break.

When we take time to give ourselves the break that we need we come back energized, happier and ready to take on the creative process revived. Listen to you body and know when it’s time to put down the pen and put your feet up.

XO,
Natalie