a mighty creative secret

invite against stone wall white(1)Dear Creative Girls,

There is something so special and wonderful about sharing a secret with a friend; a secret that revolves around love, joy and surprises, planned for people unawares! Do you know that feeling? You know… like planning a surprise party for someone you love, and they have NO idea all the details you’ve been planning and thinking and dancing to life for their DELIGHT. Well, I’ve had such a secret with a dear friend of mine, and the surpriseEEEE may be YOU.

And then there is the moment when the secret begins to reveal. Ahhhhhhhhhh! Well, we are now ready to tell you a little bit about. The creatiful nutshell of it all is that my beautiful friend–artist and activist Wendy Cook of Mighty Girl Art–and I are co-creating a retreat experience for YOU and your mother. (If you are a Mama of a Creative GIRL then it’s for YOU and your daughter.)

Many more details shall be revealed, but for now I will share that art, creativity, laughter and ancient trees are involved. Just you WAIT!!! I can’t tell you where just yet, but offer you the date… July 9th to 12th, 2015.

Oh, and our secret’s name? Mighty Creative Adventure…. but of course because that is what you get when you combine Mighty Girl with Creative Girl: MIGHTY CREATIVE! Be sure to join our email list if you want to know when registration opens. (Opt in over there … box on the right.) And visit and like the Creative GIRL facebook page.

I’m so blessed and grateful and excited to collaborate and co-create with Wendy: a woman whom I adore and feel so inspired by. We have countless joys and passions in common, most especially our commitment to the essence of YOU! I know you are going to ❤ Wendy, too.

How are you feeling? All goosebumpy and excited? Can you feel the magic coming?  Oooooh, if you knew what I know, you wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight for the butterfly joy of it all 🙂  Mmmmmmmm … more secret sharing coming soon 🙂

ever creatifully yours,
becky-sig-2014

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my passion, my purpose — YOU!

Dear Creative GIRLs (and the wonderful people who love them)~

Starting Creative GIRL has been one of the most amazing things I’ve EVER been part of. The revealing of this teeny little idea that is now a sacred business … well, I’ve been part of a group birthing process, birthing of an unknown radical idea, that so many people have supported this past year.

As a PR professional, I spent nearly 20 years promoting other people’s ideas, businesses and dreams. As a  writer I interviewed and wrote about some remarkable, inspired and passionate thought leaders and entrepreneurs. I was gifted a front row seat to their magic powers and how they achieved their successes! I was very blessed indeed. Unbeknownst to me I was in training for something really important, so very needed in our world.

After the interviews, while listening to the interview recordings, I’d find myself daydreaming about the future and MY finding something that I was equally passionate about. I didn’t know what I’d be called to do, but I daydreamed and played with my imagination, and opened my heart and mind to things that concerned me.

A few years ago I wished while writing in one of my journals:

I am working and creating, using my talents and gifts to make a difference in the world while receiving, without compromising my values or my family.

Wow. Makes me teary eyed to think about, but after a long and very pregnant pause from “my career” I have finally found myself on this path–a path that found me–and now I am smack-dab in the middle this Creative GIRL REAL-LIFE sacred-business-dream.

Although I’m not making lots of profit in the way society defines success (vis a vis money), I see a TRUER profit come through this experience: The profit is YOU! The greatest gift is YOU: You lighting up in your creative abilities. You shining your joy and enthusiasm for being truly and authentically YOU, and you being thoughtful, compassionate and using your creative flair to generate kindness in your wake.

You, Creative GIRL, inspire me!

Two months ago I had an amazing opportunity to share the intentions and inspiration behind Creative GIRL through a talk called PechaKucha Night in Raleigh, NC. The format is 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide … GO! No holding slides, no repeating slides, just GO. It’s NOT like me to be nervous about public speaking, but never in my whole adult life had I given a public talk about something that I care so much about: Creative GIRL with its layers of beauty, potential, truth–is blossoming and becoming.

Now I humbly share the talk I gave. I am deeply grateful to PechaKucha Night Raleigh organizers, Cyn MacGregor and the crew at Cynergie Studio for this opportunity and for their creation of this beautiful professional video from the evening.

I leave you with this quote from Wayne Dyer:
“Only those who risk going too far will know how far they can go.”

love and heart-expanding gratitude
beckysig

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

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 ♥