Monthly Newsletter for January 2011
""To begin anew, we must say good-bye to who we once were."


This month's edition discusses:

  • Discover the Creativity Within
  • Step 1 of the 12 Step Program to Recover Your Creative Self 
  • Creativity in the Kitchen 
  • Suggestions to Recover Your True Creativity 
  • Creative Activities
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome to 2011

In 2010, our newsletters featured information geared towards developing optimum health and wellness.  This year, we will focus on the recovery and development of your inner creativity.  I hope you enjoy the tools, activities and recipes in each newsletter and learn to love your creative self.

Welcome to January!


Discover the Creativity Within

January is a month of new beginnings and cherished memories.  Life in general is a series of beginnings.  Changes, losses and illnesses are not necessarily endings, but opportunities to change and start a new life.  January is the month to dream and to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within.


12 Steps to Recovering your Creative Self

If it's been awhile since you tapped into your inner creativity, it can take some time before you feel comfortable with it again.  Nurture your creative self with my 12 Step Action Guide.  In this newsletter, we will initiate your creative recovery, while allowing you to establish a sense of safety, which will enable you to explore your creativity with less fear.

Step 1: The Basic Tools

There are two pivotal tools in creative recovery:  the morning pages and the artist date.  A lasting creative awakening requires the consistent use of both.

The Morning Pages

In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it.  Simply put, morning pages are three pages of longhand writing - strictly a stream of consciousness.  They are meant to be done daily, preferably in the morning, and you can write whatever comes to mind.  There is no wrong way to do morning pages.
The Artist Date

An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, where you engage in an excursion, by yourself.  The artist date is a personal play date to nurture your creative consciousness.   It can include a visit to an art gallery, going to a movie, window shopping - whatever interests you, and it must be by yourself.

When you do your morning pages, you are sending - notifying yourself of your dreams, dissatisfactions, hopes.  When you venture on an artist date, you are receiving - opening yourself to insight, inspiration and guidance.

To begin Step 1, buy a spiral notebook or journal for your morning pages, and schedule one artist date this month to get your creativity back on track.


Step 1:  To begin recovering my creative self I will:




Suggestions to Help You Recover Your Inner Creativity

January brings not only snow and colder temperatures, but a new year and a fresh start.  A new chapter in your life waiting to be written, embraced and loved.  A restoration of your creative self awaits, and these tips will help you along that journey.

Daily Affirmations

Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of "Love, Medicine and Miracles", writes this about affirmations:

"Affirmations are not a denial of the present, but a hope for the future.  As you allow them to permeate your consciousness, they will become more and more believable until eventually they may become real for you."

Just like you start your day with morning pages, perhaps you can end your day by speaking to your inner creativity with these affirmations:
• I am willing to experience my creative energy.             • I am willing to create.                                         
• I am willing to be of service through my creativity.       • I am willing to learn to let myself create.
• I am willing to use my creative talents.

The Reward Box

Buy a calendar and schedule your artist dates for the year.  Get a shoebox or buy a pretty storage box and fill it with gold star stickers, pieces of your favourite chocolate, coupons for 30mins of reading time or a bubble bath - small items you would consider rewards.  Now fill it with larger rewards like an afternoon at the spa, a new book, a new CD, a new piece of art, etc.  Now follow this simple yet rewarding plan:

     • Each time you venture out on an artist date place a gold sticker on the calendar.
     • Each week you do something creative by yourself; give yourself a small reward from the reward box.
     • At the end of the month, celebrate your success with a larger reward from the box.

This reward system will encourage you to foster your creativity and to find new and exciting ways to celebrate your creative self. 

Creative Activities for January

Finding your inner creativity can seem intimidating, but is achievable if you start with small goals and slowly work your way towards larger goals.  This month, really encourage yourself to try at least one or two of these activities to draw out your inner creativity.

     • Browse through an antique shop
     • Visit an art gallery or museum
     • Join a book club or scrapbooking group
     • Take yourself on a brisk walk
     • Take yourself out for coffee and a muffin
     • Buy a beautiful journal or spiral notebook for your morning pages


A Little Inspiration

Have the courage to begin the new life that each day brings you.  No matter what changes, or losses you have experienced, step back, take a deep breath, find your inner strength and see where you need to begin.


Upcoming Events

January 2011:  Susan's Transformational Workshop!

This six-week workshop is designed to help you live a truly healthy lifestyle - mentally and physically.  Expert Susan Holm will guide you through the challenges and stresses of everyday life, and will provide realistic methods for taking charge and making a change.

The 12 Steps to Stress Less workshop is only $250.00!  Each session is 2 1/2 hours and includes all course materials and resources. 

Dates:  Tuesday, January 18 to Tuesday, February 22, from 6 - 8:30pm.

Space is limited so register today!  Contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000.


Until Next Time...

Stay tuned for the February instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for creative recovery, including Step 2 of the Action Guide.

Until then, I remain yours in good health,

Susan Holm

Natural Health Care Centre
52 Bridgeport Road E. Waterloo, ON  N2J 2J6

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