How happy are you?
The happier you feel, the more creative you can be. And when we have a relaxed and happy mind, the sparks of creativity tend to pop up in rapid succession. Whether you carve out time to relax by walking, running, practicing yoga or meditation, taking a hot shower or sauna, you build more openings for creative solutions to appear.
Taking note of when you’re stressed, overworked or underemployed - or just feeling that ‘stop the world; I want to get off’ kind of thing - is a good reminder that you need to consciously take a time-out to relax your brain, and let it bathe in some positivity and relaxation away from forms of media and the Internet. Take a look at this video by Director Julie Taymor and neuroscientists Rex Jung and Douglas Fields, in which they ponder the concepts of genius over the course of history, and the possible effects of new technology on attention and creativity:
Brain research shows that we’re wired to notice the negative in all things, so we deliberately need to work harder to see and recognize the positive. That means for every ONE negative thought or statement, we need to counterbalance it with FIVE positives. What’s the net result? More positive feelings, more relaxation of your mind, more creative responses to challenges that we face.
You know I love reading and being inspired, and now I’m reading “Imagine: How Creativity Works”, by Jonah Lehrer. I highly recommend this book, since we live in a time and place where creativity is our most important asset in making the most of our lives. And you also know I’m all about balance - work, fun, health, connecting with others. Interested in this kind of balance, too? What will you do to have more of that positivity…TODAY?
My positive action is to move! We have a new Daisy Swan & Associates office opening in Marina Del Rey; our lease changed at the Wilshire office, so you’ll now find our client meetings and workshop evenings at our new office at 4132A Del Rey Avenue, Marina Del Rey. Close to the 90 Freeway, plenty of free evening parking for our workshop participants, and a cool space populated with start-ups and good energy. We think you’ll like our new space as much as we do. And we are still available to meet at the San Vicente office, as well (11812 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood). It’s a win/win.
We also have a couple of new offerings that are designed to keep you in action and keep improving your connections. Our “Accountability Power Hour” is a new tele-group meeting to help those of you in your search to keep on keepin’ on. If you’ve worked with me or have been in one of our coaching groups and want to connect with others who similarly are on the path to something new, join up!
Meeting two times per month for one hour each, these groups are limited to six (6) participants who will hold each other accountable, encourage, and challenge one another to keep honest with their commitments to do what’s needed to keep them headed towards their goals. I’ll be facilitating, offering new strategies, resources, and nudging when needed. All for the low price of $59.00 per month. Tuesdays or Thursdays 12-1 PM, the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month; and Tuesdays nights from 7-8 PM the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month. To read more about this new option and to register, please click here.
We’ll also be continuing with our popular “Career Reinvention and Job Search Strategies Group” series in April, the next of which starts on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 PM, in our new Marina Del Rey office. This group, led by my associate coach, Christine Nagle, is $199.00 for all four (4) meetings, and is only open to eight (8) participants. We had an excellent turn-out for the groups last month, and a lot of progress was made by everyone involved…in fact, here are some testimonials from some of our recent participants:
“Thanks so much Christine. I had my interview earlier today. I found the job and was introduced by a former colleague – some of the techniques taught in your four-week class on job strategy, and in the private coaching session. Yeah, it worked!” ~ Laura
“Christine, I just wanted to thank you so much for the many valuable things I learned in our career workshop! I felt it was informative, constructive, supportive and a great place for me to begin my job search. You helped me to gain clarity about my greatest talents and how to highlight them in my resume, how to build an effective and targeted job search campaign, how to creatively network and how to use social media to promote myself professionally. As an added bonus, I was able to form connections with my fellow workshop goers. We're staying in touch and supporting one another in achieving our career goals. Thanks again! I'll be sending my friends your way!" ~ Selina
“This class simultaneously delivered a broad, generalized approach to the job search while also dealing with each person’s more specific circumstances. This provided me with the comfort that my situation was going to get the attention it deserved, while not detracting from what the whole group came for, as well.” ~ Andy
Since we’ve had a good number of requests as of late, for help with résumés, we’re also holding our “One-Night Resume/Cover Letter Workshop” on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 PM. The workshop fee is only $59.00 per person and like our coaching groups, the event is limited to a small number of participants. For more information about the groups or the résumé workshop, and to register, please visit our web site.