Honoring Your Inspirations (Secret No. 2)

This week in the The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Next Chapter book club I will be responding to some of the questions posed by author Gail McMeekin at the end of Chapter #2 - Honoring Your Inspirations.

1. When did your creative awakening or reawakening occur?

I don't feel that I ever re-awakened creatively actually! I've always been creating or living creatively in some way. When I was 12 or so I responded to my grandfather's question, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" with the answer, "live creatively!"

2. What talents do you have, naturally?

I believe we all have natural talents but it wasn't until I took the Clifton Strengthfinder Test as part of my coaching session with Jenn Lee of Artizen Coaching that I realized the importance of working with my strengths rather than constantly trying to improve my weaknesses. What a revelation that was! My top 5 strengths according to the Strengthfinder test are: input (loves information), ideation (loves ideas and the big picture), intellection (loves to think), learner (loves the process of learning), achievor (loves to be challenged).

3. What elements (fire, water, wood, air, earth) draw you toward them?

In my Astrological chart the elements of earth and air are the strongest!

4. Where and when do you create?

These days creating, for me is more about intuitive development. Part of my intuitive guidance practice as a soul reader involves yoga, meditation, playing my Native American flute (to invite in the Native American ancestors of the land I live upon) and "speaking with stones." Crystal, gemstone work is my favorite and recently I started working with my new black/mahogany obsidian ball with an amazing, glowing aurora borealis pattern within it. I will hold this sphere in my hands, ask questions and reflect upon the answers. Lately it has been reflecting back to me that the core of all I do involves acknowledging and valuing my intuition. Because truly, we are all connected and when I can truly trust, value and respect my intuition, I believe it gives every one of you the permission to acknowledge your own intuition. Not an easy task in this rational, scientific and skeptical world that we live in.

Every week a different creative blogger will be interviewed. This week Suzie Ridler of Chez Sacred Suzie is featured.

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