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The life of a creative soul is expressed in so many ways. I was blessed this past weekend to be able to attend a Creative Coaching Retreat. If you have been following my blog you know that I have been dissecting creativity for a while now. I have been paying attention to how it shows up in my life in unexpected ways. What I did not expect to find, was that creativity plays a huge part in my own self-care.  

In the abstract I have always had in the back of my mind that creativity had something to do with artistic talent, and certainly that is one form of creativity. As I sat in circle this past weekend with several women who were open to new ideas, I learned that they longed to create on so many different levels. I believe that each and every one of our souls longs to be creative and denying that part of ourselves is a true injustice.  

Maggie Butler, our retreat leader, told us how creativity is a very deep level of self-care. I know this to be true because after our weekend of creating muse masks, small books and mandalas, I was actually smiling from the inside out! That is the only way I can describe how I felt. Something magical had been awakened in me. It felt almost like an ancient stirring. Now that the awakening has begun I will never go back to sleep.

My soul longs to create simply as a nurturing outlet. This may sound a bit esoteric but it really feels like there is a creative endeavor that wants to be birthed and if I don't do it, it will never exist. Not that it will ever be shared with the world. It may or it may not, but my soul longs to express as a way of being heard. Once we allow ourselves the freedom of authentic self-expression (as true self-care vs. something someone else will or will not approve of) only then can we say we are expressing our souls.  

I am offering a wonderful retreat weekend this fall in Skaneateles, New York.  It is a coaching retreat entitled: Find Balance in Changing Times. I am now even more excited than I was before about a creative workshop that is built-in to my retreat. This is an enlightening and intuitive experience with Sandra Fioramonti. She will demonstrate "[Link Removed] 

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