Hooray… a Creative GIRL Fall playshop

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Dear Creatifuls,

I’m super excited to announce we will have a ღ Creative GIRL ღ playshop for girls ages 9 to 14 during the last week of track out, Monday October 5th through Wednesday October 7th from 10 am to 2 pm in Northeast Raleigh. We’ll gather to play with clay, experiment with bookmaking, make jewelry, paint AND generate a fun and thoughtful kindness campaign. For more information and to register visit this linky.

Suggested registration is $125 per girl. There is also a creative pay-what-you-can scholarship option that will not alienate girls due to financial constraints.

Creative GIRL was created in 2013 to provide a safe and unique experience for girls to gather outside of family and school to share and listen, to honor creativity, self and otherly kindness, expression and empowerment. Creative GIRL playshops hold talking circles and explore multiple expressive art forms like journaling and painting, and promote kindness in action. www.creativegirl.net or email Becky at creativegirlnet@gmail.com.

It would be my great blessing to celebrate your daughter at our next program.

❤ MORE INFO HERE ❤

creatiful blessings,
becky sig 2014

 

 

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fall creative girl invitation

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Dear Creative GIRL,

Fall is nearly here. I can tell by the color the is sun casting upon the trees…. that mellow golden orangey yellow, different than the bright yellowy yellow of summer… the fluffy whiteness of the clouds … and that exquisite blue …. ooooooooooh!!!!! Fall is my FAVE 🙂

I’ve been daydreaming about our next CG playshop and have a few fall-fabulous fun ideas in the works.

If you played last Fall, you’ll remember we had tents outdoors and got to spend time together beneath the blue sky and white fluffy clouds. Yes, weather permitting, we will do this again!

Our FALL playshop will honor the beautiful expressive art form of POETRY. We will celebrate a few great poets, and apply our hearts and minds to the creative task of writing our own. We will make beaded dreamcatchers and a teeny special journal especially for thoughts and ideas you want to keep close to your heart. (We’ll make a few other creations too, but I like to have a few surprises.) ❤

Registration is now OPEN.

WHAT: FALL Creative GIRL Playshop for girls ages 10 to 14ish. 12 8 spaces at this time.

WHEN: September 29-30th 2014 10 am to 4 pm daily

WHERE: NE Raleigh off Louisburg Road and Mitchell Mill Road–not far from Wake Forest and Rolesville. (Location shared privately.)

GIFTING: $100* per girl includes all supplies except a few things each girl will be asked to find in nature before coming.

*If your family cannot afford this, please contact me for information about the pay-what-you-can CG scholarship program. Donations are appreciated and accepted via paypal linky on the righthand side of this page.

Register here and hit submit and full registration form will be sent to your email address, including payment details. (This is not automated.)

to our fall creativity celebration…
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

 

creative girl july session: ready, set GO!!!!

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The night before every creative GIRL I get butterflies… like it’s Christmas!!!! kind of butterflies.

I get to set up a creative party for 12 girls. Art supplies, material, crafts AND upcycle materials. Then for 3 days I get to watch the girls make stuff, share with each other, and help one another. We talk about kindness, creativity and being our true selves.

This is my job. My sacred business. My JOY!

How lucky am I?!

wishing YOU creatiful blessings,
beckysig

 

P.S. Our July playshop is full, but we have openings for the August 5-7 playshop. Contact me or fill out this form here to register and if it’s not time for your girl, I’d be so very grateful if you’d help me spread the word. (I don’t spend money on advertising … shhhh, don’t tell my college advertising prof.)

P.P.S. If you likey please join our joyfilled facebook page.

P.P.P.S couldn’t resist … had to share this picture of creative goodies… hope it inspires you to GO MAKE SOMETHING!!!!

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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

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 ♥