Category Archives: Creative Soul

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.


Community: Creative Soul


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It’s at the heart of Bigger Picture Blogs alongside creativity because we know that both flourish best when combined.

This year, we’ve been diligent about ramping up our efforts to encourage both the growth of community and creativity by introducing Reading Circles, Writing Circles {have you registered for a virtual writing circle? The right sidebar has registration info!} as well as Writing MeBP Creates and BP Captures.

And all this in addition to our weekly commitment to living intentionally by sharing the harvest of of small moments that often give us a glimpse of the bigger picture!

It’s been busy and beautiful.

But — we’re ready to take it to another level — mainly a level where we’re looking at each other face to face while sharing a cup of tea or coffee and good conversation.

This fall, Bigger Picture Blogs, in cooperation with Visual Prayer artist Michelle Pendergrass, is hosting our first in-person retreat!

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What: an entire day of soulful creativity combined with community with live Writing Circles in the morning, a break for lunch together, a two-hour Visual Prayer workshop in the afternoon led by artist Michelle Pendergrass and then dinner together as we wind down and relax from our creative retreat!

Where: Lake County, Illinois. More specifically a quaint, lovely coffee shop in Antioch, IL –a far north suburb of Chicago.

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When: Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. with workshops from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Details: Come for the entire day or choose to do only Visual Prayer in the afternoon

Cost: $25 for just Visual Prayer or $35 for both Visual Prayer and the Writing Circle {lunch and dinner not included in cost}

Who: You! Anyone! Professional artist or writer and artistic dabblers alike are welcome. BUT space is very limited. Only 18 spots are available.

Community is built on the foundations of time spent, conversations shared and hearts open. We know this time will be full of all of that and more.

Register for Creative Soul!

{Don’t forget to pop over to our Facebook page today for our normal Monday creative inspiration with BP Creates!}