For awhile my heart has been craving a deeper connection to a creative community. My 9 - 5 side job doesn't fuel me with this type of inspiration and as each day passes the calling has been getting stronger and stronger. I knew that I could no longer silence the inner dialogue that has been screaming; "invite people in"
I have been hesitant to welcome people into my home because it is not very large and there is no great spot for people to gather and create. I have been saying to myself that I will wait until we finish the house. Yet the construction hasn't even begun and if I keep waiting I may just burst.
So I took the leap and set up a creative gathering. I invited people to come to my home for a night of vision boarding. Sometimes when we take a leap and invite others in we are unsure if they will be receptive to what we are offering. It can feel scary to put yourself out there. However, the only way we know if something will work is if we give it a try. You must push past your fear and leap. Along the way you will learn how to fly.
I had no idea if the people I invited would be open to vision boarding, all I knew was that I craved a creative community and in order to get that I had to follow my heart and invite people in. The individuals I invited said yes even though some of them had no idea what vision boarding was. They knew my passion for life and were drawn in by that.
I prepared with love a vegetable soup and grilled cheese sandwiches to nourish the creativity. It was the perfect meal for the cold and snowy weather that was taking place outside. We gathered around my coffee table and chatted as the sound of ripped pages filled the room. We laughed, we joked, we shared stories. We got to know one another just a little bit better.
My heart filled with love and joy as I watched individuals who have never created a vision board before be so open and into the process. They ripped away and shared magazines. Hearts began to open as treasured images and words were found. Admits piles of papers was someones dream being recognized and coming to life.
Slowly their visions appeared even if they weren't sure they had one when they began. With intention each image or word was glued to the page and it became clear what their heart was yearning for. When we quite our minds and grant ourselves permission to dream we are able to see what it is we are seeking.
We even broke out the washi tape and colored pencils to bring it all together. It was beautiful to see what images and words each person was drawn to. After we had finished we took some time to go around and share our boards. I loved hearing everyone dreams and what each image represented for them. It always blows me away how much our hearts open when we are in a safe environment to share what it is we truly want. There was no judgment, just love.
I am so grateful for the women who showed up with such open hearts. They filled my tiny home with laughter and love. It was a blessing for me to have them gathered around my coffee table. Through their open hearts and love they encouraged me to keep reaching for my dreams.
Having a creative community is important for me. I thrive in a creative environment and need that deep connection to keep me moving forward. I can already see this community deepening as we continue to gather and I am definitely going to be putting another one on the calendar for April.
What dream is living in your heart? What have you been longing to do? What one step can you take to make it happen? Go ahead and take the leap, you never know where it will lead you.