Monthly Newsletter for August 2011
"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." ~~Linus Pauling spacer

This month's edition discusses:

  • Discover the Creativity Within
  • Step 8 of the 12 Step Program to Recovering Your Creative Self
  • Creative in the Kitchen 
  • Suggestions to Help Recover Your Inner Creativity
  • Creative Activities 
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome to August!


Discover the Creativity Within

This month we look at recovering a sense of strength - a sense of strength that will allow you to excavate the early conditioning that may have taught you to settle for far less in life than you deserve.  What is holding you back?  What is blocking you from trying something completely new?  Is it time?  Is it fear?  Keep in mind as you think about your strength, that exploration leads to accomplishment.  All of it begins at the beginning with one very small and scary step.


12 Steps to Recovering your Creative Self

This month we want you to explore your sense of strength.  But recovering a sense of strength doesn't mean you need to be aggressive, or rude, or tough.  It means having the strength to meet any situation with an inner resource.

Recover a sense of strength by believing in yourself and seeing yourself as tough and able.  We need to believe in our ability, our strength and toughness to survive and succeed.  We need to believe that what we are doing is significant and meaningful.  Remember the Little Engine That Could and its mantra?  "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."  Soon enough that mantra will become "I know I can" and "I just did!

Step 8:  Recovering a Sense of Strength

Today is the age of instant gratification.  As creative people, we need to enjoy the journey, and not so much the end result.  Instead of allowing ourselves a creative journey, we focus on the length of the trip.  It may take a long time, but each day is just one more day with some motion in it, and that motion toward a goal is very enjoyable.  We need to recover a sense of strength that allows us to persevere throughout the journey that will ultimately result in achievement.  Becoming a concert pianist takes years of practice, becoming a great actor takes years of honing the craft.  This attention to final form ignores the fact that creativity lies not in the done but in the doing.  And if you never take that first step, how will you ever reap the rewards of achieving your goal? 

Take one small daily action instead of overwhelming yourself with the end result.  Go back to your morning pages, take another artist date, and grab hold of your inner strength to enjoy the journey.

Exercise 1:

     1. Name your dream.  Write it down.
     2. Ask yourself this question:  Do you know how old I'll be by the time I learn to play the piano?
     3. Consider this response:  The same age you will be if you don't.

Exercise 2:

     1. Make an action plan to realize this dream.  Start with small steps.  What can you do today?  What will you
         do in a week?  A month?  Six months?  A year?
     2. Use your morning pages and artist dates as a means of measuring the enjoyment of the journey.  Keep
         track of  the things you do throughout this action plan that lets you stay strong, remain creative, and
         acknowledge that your dream will be achieved if only you give it some time.

To begin Step 8, uncover the blocks that prevent you from taking a chances, and start the journey to achieving your goals.


Step 8:  To begin recovering a sense of strength, I will:




Suggestions to Help You Recover Your Inner Creativity

Last month we discovered that being hard on ourselves isn't what makes us strong, it's cherishing ourselves that gives us strength.  Similarly, we must find our inner strength to take that first step, so that we can cherish the journey that will undoubtedly lead us to achieving our goals.

     1. Treat yourself to a deluxe box of crayons, with all the colours.  Create a poster that reads "If Not Now,
         Then When?"  Hang this poster where you will see it every day.

     2. Pick a crayon and write a quick few sentences describing yourself.  For example, I am red.  I am
         passionate, angry, lustful, etc.  What is your favourite colour?  What do you have in your house that is that

     3. List 20 things you would like to do.  Now answer these questions about each thing:
               a. Does it cost money or is it free?
               b. Expensive or cheap?
               c. Alone or with somebody?
               d. Job related?
               e. Fast-paced or slow?
               f. Physical risk?

4. Take one small step today to accomplish one of your goals.  Perhaps it means calling the local college to ask
   about a French course or looking at travel magazines to decide on a trip. 

Whatever your ultimate goal is, you have to find the strength to overcome your fear so you can make it happen!


Creative Activities for August

August's hot and humid days provide ample opportunity to seize your inner strength and accomplish some of your goals!

     • Make your own headboard for your master bedroom or for a guest bedroom.
     • Make a family photo book.
     • Eat dinner outside.
     • Get your kids ready for back-to-school.
     • Give your outdoor patio furniture a face lift with some outdoor paint!
     • Schedule an evening with your family to enjoy a new board game.


A Little Inspiration

Every time you think you can't, remove the "t" and you can.  Then use that "t" to get tough?


Upcoming Events

August 2011:  Electrodermal Screening has arrived!

Electrodermal Screening:

• Measures electrical energy circulating through the body
• Detects toxins, allergies, and energy imbalances in the body
• Screens for potential natural remedies and therapies to restore balance

The Benefits:

• Restores cellular communication
• Detoxifies and nourishes your cells
• Balances hormones, blood sugar and metabolism

Who Benefits:

• People suffering from fatigue, anxiety, depression
• People with hormonal imbalances
• People suffering with allergies, poor digestion or arthritis and joint pain

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000.


Until Next Time...

Stay tuned for the September instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for creative recovery, including Step 9 for recovering your inner creativity.

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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