special invitations for WOMEN

Dear Creatiful!

There are LOTS of things bubbling in my heart as I’m planning the next few playshops for our creative girls AND for creative WOMEN too!

For now, I have two invitations I’d like to extend, especially for women.

A few times a year I am honored to offer playshops at A Place for Women to Gather. The next program is called “Lighting Her Moon” and is especially for mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other women who have a young girl in their lives. I created this program because it was something I wanted to experience myself, for my own daughters. This playshop will offer an opportunity for learning and sharing that I feel is very important for the health of our daughters, and for honoring our own female sacredness.

Here is the description from the brochure:

Lighting HER Moon
This program shares ideas and traditions celebrating our daughters first menstruation and monthly moon time. It intends to spark ideas about how we can best honor our own girls’ transition into this special time in a girl’s life in our modern lives. We will explore different rituals and practices around the world honoring girls’ first menarche and her ongoing lunar cycles. The last portion of our time together we will create a hand-molded candle, reflecting the Navajo practice of molding, molding into the candle your intentions for strength, wisdom and courage for a young girl in your life.
Dates/Times: Wednesday, September 3, 6:30–9 p.m. OR Saturday, September 6, 1–3:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $35 (includes materials)

Please email me directly becky AT creativegirl DOT net to register.

Sacred Kindness Retreat
Many women have asked me to create creative GIRL playshops specifically for women … and the secret is out … I’m excited to share with you that I DO! Registration just opened for the fall Sacred Kindness Retreat. This special 4 day, 3 night mountain pilgrimage is offered twice a year for 13 women. The next one will be October 9th to the 12th. To see full information, please visit http://www.selfkindnessretreat.com . At this time there are 9 openings.

Oooh, and I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be announcing the Fall Creative GIRL date later this week.

(AND I have some other exciting things to share next month.)

It is such a joy and blessing to be able to create these beautiful programs that honor our daughters AND the GIRL inside of us. Thank you for seeing the beauty and importance of this –what I know in my heart to be– sacred work.

creatifully yours,
becky sig 2014

the creative girls of summer

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Dear Creatifuls,

Let us NOT forget the very serious (and creative) nature of play. This past July marked the FIFTH creative GIRL playshop where we had some serious creative fun, it was inspiring. 12 girls, mounds of creative supplies, some gifted to my program by people who believe in what we are doing. I am deeply grateful to my friends Marie, Theresa, Adrienne, Paula, Eliza, Susi and Keara for supporting creative GIRL with supply donations and your time helping prepare and clean up the creative girl traildust. Your love, friendship and generous support means so much to me, thank you thank you thank YOU! And to our amazing intern who helped set up but wasn’t able to play this time. Thank you creatiful Anna! (You’ll get to play next time I promise 🙂 )

And of course, the creative GIRLs yourselves! I am constantly surprised and inspired by your curiosity, your playfulness and how easily you get into the flow of creativity. (Thank you to your families for bringing you too!)

It is my absoulute joy and privilege to supports girls in creative exploration of the expressive arts. We make lots of things, learn about different art and craft supplies, but most importantly we celebrate the gift of ourselves. Creative GIRL is a time and space for girls (tween ages 10 to 14) to create, share and talk about being true to ourselves, discovering things we can do when we don’t know quite what to do, and talking about the challenges of being. We also talk about kindness … how to be kind to ourselves AND how to be kind to others in our community and to Mama Earth.

Every time the creative Girls get together something heals inside me. I have a dear new friend in Virginia named Wendy Cook. She is a mother and artist and the founder of Mighty Girl Art. (Wendy passionately creates experiences honoring girls’ creative hearts too. How blessed am I to have found her!!!!!)  A few months ago we talked about the surprising healing that happens to us, as we listen to the girls open to one another, as we watch them experience new creative expressions of themselves. We–as facilitators–benefit deeply and feel a healing as we witness in them the very thing that was missing from our own tweenage years.

That’s one of the many reasons I feel so privileged to be bringing forth creative GIRL–defining it for girls and women in my community, and perhaps in due time, for people in other parts of the world through online offerings.

Anyway, I wanted to write and share a few pictures from July’s playshop and remind those of you with girls who are still out of school and are in Raleigh, Cary, Durham or Chapel Hill area, that we have openings in the August playshop August 5th to the 7th (tues to thurs) from 10 am to 4 pm daily in Northeast Raleigh. If she’d like to join us fill out form here to reserve her spot!

creatiful blessings and love,
becky sig 2014

 

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

word fun and courage link

Dear Creative Hearts,

Wowzer!!!! (as my 4-year-old Sonshine loves to say)! What an amazing experience.  I went to Carrboro, NC to be interviewed by an inspirational talk show host, Lee Anne McClymont for her program Courage Cocktail Radio. She invited me to come to share about Creative GIRL and the journey to where we are.

To say I needed courage for today, well is a bit of an understatement. Even though I love talking and public speaking, this was really different for me: this was about my heart, completely from my heart for all to hear. Yes I have written online and shared with friends privately (in talking circles) about stepping away from my career, but this was the first time I publicly aired some of what happened, so I had to dig deep. I knew going into the interview that Lee Anne would be a beautiful guide and help me through. Lee Anne was so delightful, curious, gracious and supportive … I am so grateful for the blessing she is.

I know with all my heart that courage is not about losing your fear, rather courage is about facing your fear and doing things anyway.

Below is a link to the interview. Listen and if you want to, comment below and let me know what you are thinking. (I’m in the first half hour, then Lee Anne has Dr. Kathy Gruver sharing tips about identifying and managing our reactions to stress.)


(right click to download here http://www.ibiblio.org/wcom/podcast/mp3s/CourageCocktail/CC04302014106.mp3 )
In the interview I share a writing exploration we did during a previous playshop: the “I Am” poem. Here it is.  Everyone can be a poet. Check out this link . You can quickly create a thought-provoking poem about the most wonderful person in the world: YOU! I’d love to see your creation, and I know others will too. There is no right or wrong, good or bad … just enjoy the words that come through you and play with them.

Thank you for reading, for listening, and for playing together in this unusual way.

courage is creative,

beckysig

 

P.S. Oooh and if you are interested in this summer’s playshops, check out this page for more details. I do not spend ANY money on advertising, so if you decide to share the Creative GIRL Web site with friends with middle-school-aged girls, maybe the world will be a bit shiny-er!?

SUMMER 2014 playshops

Dear FABulous Creative Supernovas,

Tah-dah!!!!! So happy to announce this summer two 3-day creativity playshops dates to choose from. Working around all the school calendars, I’m trying to honor as many schools as possible.  (Please note if you would like a different date for 7-10 girls, please contact me and we can schedule a special date.)

Creative GIRL Summer Playshops

These playshops offer painting, journaling, creating, kindness activities, music and sunshine, with daily sharing circles and some activities outdoors.

Cost $160 per girl*, includes all supplies except t-shirt, bagged lunch, personal photos and a few other simple household items. List will be provided via email prior to playshop. Playshops held in Raleigh, off 540 Louisburg Road exit.

*If you want your daughter to experience Creative GIRL and your family finances are overly burdened, you are invited to contact me for more information about our pay-what-you-can program.No girl will be denied Creative GIRL due to family finances, because there are far too many wonderful things that our children would benefit from that are  made inaccessible due to the expectation of money. If you are in a position to support us by purchasing supplies, or sponsoring a girl this summer, we accept donations to cover girls’ expenses via paypal link on right or you can get in touch with me or check out the support page.

Playshops are for rising 6th to 9th grade (ages 10-15) girls.

JULY          July 8, 9 and 10th, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm. (tues-thurs) 6 spaces remain

AUGUST    August 5, 6 and 7th, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm. (tue-thurs) 10 spaces remain

🙂 Click REGISTER button below 🙂

kindness register button

Questions, comments, requests? Email me.

I’m looking forward to sharing, creating and shining together this summer. Please know I do not spend money on advertising, any money I earn goes into programming and supplies (and any extra supports me and my family). I depend on YOU to tell your friends with girls this age to bring new girls to Creative GIRL. Please share my Web site and facebook page http://www.facebook.com/creativegirlnet . Thank you for your help spreading the good word 🙂

creative blessings,
beckysig

kindness is … responding to suffering

bracelets iwd 2014 web

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!!!!

blessing bracelets iwd 2014 web

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 ♥

you are your own shine

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your own shine
don’t strive to be
better than
prettier than
funnier than
happier than
smarter than
brighter than
thinner than
sexier than
more popular than
anyone

always remember
(remind yourself, remind yourself and remind yourself when reminding others)
you are your own
being
presence
force
love
choices
thoughts
intelligence
intention
beauty
passion
power
making

you are already enough
.
you are your own shine.

shine on
ɛïɜ becky jaine ɛïɜ