you are CREATIFUL

Do you know, you are Creatiful !?  This new word was invented by my wonderful creative 4 (soon to be 5) year-old son. I asked him what CREATIFUL means and he said “beautiful and creative.”  It is such a wonderful descriptive word that describes all you amazing beautiful creative girls … I had to tell you…. YES!!!!!

♥ ɛïɜYOU ARE Creatiful!!!ɛïɜ ♥ 

Oh and to all the amazing mothers …

Happy Mother’s Day and remember YOU too ARE Creatiful!!!

love and creatiful blessings,
beckysig

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send her your love

Dear Wonderful YOU,

Einstein believed that our dream time was more important than our awake time. (He also believed that creativity was more important than intellect. I especially LOVE that!)

Well, I had a dream last night. In my dream strangers walked up to me and said things like:

Tell them they are creative no matter what anyone tells them.
They are enough without changing themselves.
The world needs them to be strong and stay true to themselves, despite the mixed messages of our culture.

I heard so many voices and saw so many faces –unknown to me, but known by my heart as real people who care deeply. I dreamed about all the amazing people who visit this site in my community, across North Carolina, around the US and around the world. Many of you may not have a daughter but I know you still care about girls and have something important to say to them.

I woke up feeling restless. All day today I have thought about my dream and the visitors that find our site. I’ve been trying to figure out what it means.  Dreamtime combined with awake thinking has led me to recognize that EVERYONE has something valuable to say to girls of today, girls who come to my program, AND to girls around the world.

If you are reading this–whether you have a daughter or not–please consider leaving a message on this new page I just created called “Send her your love.”  Tell her how you feel about the role of girls, about her being true to herself, about her value and importance in our world. This can be a message that you wish you had been told when you were younger. There is no right or wrong, just share from your heart.

I will gather all the submissions, post them, and when we have lots, I’ll make a collage or create some type of visual that I can share here on the site and on the Creative GIRL Facebook page. I will also come up with a way that every girl receives your messages, either in a book or big letter.

in gratitude for dreams, thoughts, creativity and sharing,
becky

kindness is … responding to suffering

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A JOYOUS International Women’s Day to all Creative GIRLS!

My heart is bursting with joy and gratitude tonight and–on this the eve of International Women’s Day (IWD)–I must write to share a little story about kindness and how kindness changes the world. (Please know that while this story is something I was a small part of, this story is NOT about me: this story is about the power of community responding to suffering.)

International Women’s Day is March 8th every year — a day to celebrate and honor the gifts and talents of every girl and woman around the world. I was blessed to be part of a local gathering organized by the Place for Women to Gather (where I sometimes offer some special playshops for girls and women), in Raleigh.

Last year the Sisters at The Place invited me to come up with a creativity project that we could breathe collective creative love and kindness to during the IWD occasion. I had a few ideas but nothing that had especially called me. One night I was watching NOVA’s documentary A Walk to Beautiful. It was a very emotional program describing the shunning of women in Ethiopia; women who suffered a traumatic injury during childbirth, called a fistula.

The program described  a transformative organization called Abraham’s Oasis and Grace Village, where women are taken, given a corrective operation, and then taken on a spiritual journey of healing.

My breathe was stolen. I couldn’t sleep that night. I kept thinking about the women enduring unfathomable loss and ostracism.  I didn’t know how or what could be possibly done to support them, and I didn’t have any money to contribute to their healing.

A few days passed and I remembered the Sisters’ request for a proposal of a creativity project, and remarkably a lightbulb went off. I thought about different simple things we could do and make that could honor the women, and how we could send our love over the ocean through a small, inexpensive–but thoughtful love-infused–gift to lift and raise them in their power.

I visited NOVA’s web site and researched the healers in the film. I was able to locate Ruth Kennedy and get in touch with her to investigate if a kindness creativity project would have any value to the women. This delightful woman guided me to determine our gift and Blessing Bead Bracelets were to be made.

Blessing Beads are what we call paper beads that we’ve made with our hands and with an intention in our heart. Last month the Sacred Kindness Circle made beads that contributed to a growing bead pool.

I got in touch with many friends, put out a notice to my neighbors (some I know and some are new friends) about our intentions and needs for bead donations.

We collected THOUSANDS of beads.

Today, during the IWD event, we strung the beads on stretchy thread, making a simple yet powerful bracelet. Each bracelet was garnished with a personal message from the maker, saying “Gobez” meaning strong and brave one on one side, and makers wrote personal messages in English on the back side.

We made 90 bracelets, meaning that the 65 women who are about to graduate from Grace Village support program will receive a beautiful blessing bracelet on her graduation day. (We also have a few bracelets to gift to a local organization InterACT of Wake County–caring for women recovering from domestic violence).

These bracelets were completely co-created by women and girls across my community who saw an opportunity to reduce another woman’s suffering. This experience has completely flooded my heart, and blown my mind.

When my daughters and I returned from the event today and we gathered all the bracelets made by IWD women and girls: I was overcome with emotion–especially as I thought of all the women and girls who contributed so many different things to the pile of kindness. I’ve been touched by kindness before, but something about this experience literally flooded my being–like a love tsunami, washing over me. I was moved to tears for quite some time, as I allowed the love and collective kindness to permeate my being.

We don’t need money to make a difference. We don’t need anything except to feel compassion and be led to action–from our self and then to expect the same from others.

Through television, I experienced a disturbing situation. I googled. I reacted. I expressed my concern to friends and neighbors …. arranged all the supplies and created a sacred space for creating, and LOOK WHAT LOVE and CREATIVE KINDNESS has done!!!!

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Now, to pack these beautiful blessings up and to get them to the post office destined to celebrate and honor some courageous women in Ethiopia!

Never ever forget the power you (yes YOU) have to make a difference in the world. You can and DO make a difference. Feel, investigate and respond. That’s it! The secret to deep joy in life is reducing someone’s suffering.

in profound gratitude
♥ becky jaine ♥