Monthly Archives: December 2012

Creative Soul: Self Reflection {January 19, 2013}

As we say goodbye to 2012 and look forward to 2013 many of us feel a hope bubbling up inside us just as lively as it does in the champaign or sparkling juice glasses we’ll cling tonight in celebration of ringing in the new and bidding farewell to the old.

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The new year is a chance to wipe clean the slate and begin fresh in so many ways. And fresh beginnings always glimmer with a sense of sparkling hope.

In the busyness of our lives, though, sometimes we don’t slow down long enough to do more than say farewell to the old year and hello to the one spread out before us — often spout a few resolutions and forge ahead full steam.

Let this year be different.

Our first Creative Soul of the year promises to gift us with a very special present: the gift of time and in that self reflection.

We’ll come together for a day-long retreat to focus on breathing out the old and inhaling the new with restorative yoga.

We’ll stretch our creativity with live writing circles centered around a prompt that will spark reflection and stir the hope of change with in our hearts before coming together to discuss each piece.

We’ll share a healthy, healing meal prepared during a cooking demo with Toni of Food Just Sayin’ and Alleyside Bakery and Hyacynth of Undercover Mother.

We’ll choose to indulge in a relaxing facial or massage.

And we’ll join in a round circle discussion about life balance led by freelance writer, website creator and editor, wife and mom of soon-to-be-four kids, Melissa of Peanut Butter in My Hair.

Those who are interested can join Bigger Picture Blogs founders Melissa of Peanut Butter in My Hair, Alita of Alita Jewel’s Treasures and Hyacynth of Undercover Mother as well as current BPB writer Brook of Redhead Reverie for a relaxing dinner at a local farm-to-table restaurant.

Click HERE to register.

Tradition… {writing me wrap up}

Writing Me is Bigger Picture Blogs series of writing exercises created to help our community dive deeper into writing, grow creatively, and learn about ourselves and each other. This quarter we wrote from the prompt “Tradition…” and each week we featured one of our community members.

We wrote about traditions…

…how the traditions I hold deepest in my heart happen on the inbetween days {Corinne}

…learning the hard way that traditions are organic and they can’t be manufactured. They come from spontaneous life events that are so freaking awesome you just want to do them over and over and over again without the “just do it you’ll like it” bargaining. {Brook}

… because
it’s with a thrill of hope
the weary world rejoices. {Jade}

… how all good traditions evolve {Melissa}

… that

Our history captivates us,

Nurtures us and makes us forever one. {Adrienne}

Thank you to all who participated! It was a joy reading about tradition through your eyes. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the above posts, please take a look and enjoy. 

We will be back in 2013 with a new Writing Me prompt… get ready!

Write Before Christmas: Featuring Adrienne

Wow! We are in the home stretch only SEVEN more days till Christmas.

Even with the hustle and bustle of the holidays many of you participated in our annual Write Before Christmas Prompts. Thank You!

Here’s a look at Adrienne’s post from day eight’s prompt – All is Calm.

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When the night is
silent,
holy…
when the lights are bright…
when the house is sleeping.
Tender moments cradling a swaddled babe
or glorious moments gazing upon a star lit sky.
Calm.
We catch our breath and allow God’s gifts that surround us to
coat us,
soothe us,
soften us,
calm us.

Read more here

You still have time to participate in the Write Before Christmas. Linkys will be open until December 31.

Visit our Facebook page for the complete list of prompts.

Remember all it takes is five minutes. You can…

Write a blog post.

Take a photo.

Paint a picture.

or

Just comment on our Facebook page.

Whatever you do just be creative and have fun with it.