Our talk today is gonna be some kind of deep + SUPER importante stuff for the creative spirit.
Ever had one of those weeks where life starts to feel kinda like Jenga?
Pull the wrong block, after a while the whole tower starts to tip.
Sweat hits your brow… that unavoidable sound. It can only mean one thing… PENDING DOOM!
Drama, party of one please?!
The reality is we all react in different ways when the panic monster lurks in the shadows.
Today I’m talking about the scare hair kind.
Frozen so stiff not even a beefy Mark Wahlberg + a giant blow torch can make you move. Your usual creative mojo is…gonzo -I’m not talking the muppet kind either.
No worries love! I HAVE THE CURE TO YOUR FROZEN WOES!
To make us both feel like fresh washed laundry…
a super fluffy freebie is waiting for you below!
Ahhhhhh…who doesn’t love the wonderful power of GAIN!?!
Yep, us creative peepsters gotta stick together like peanut butter + banana sandwiches!
Nummy + Yummy + Never Crummy!
Ever have a conversation where a term turns into a thing?
Recently I had a conversation with a friend and fellow bootcamper from LIMB. Her name is Claire.
We were speaking about fears and over coming them. Really awesome convo!
During one statement, I corrected her – she needed to empower her words by reversing them.
Pinged back that she needed to remember to stop speaking meek.
So I teased back “I’ll draw you a boot to remind you”.
Well this one statement resinated with me.
A lightbulb went off- hey let’s draw that sucker into a motivator poster!
I wanted to show you that its ok to just kick that loser thought out of your life.
That regaining your creativity is a life long arduous cycle. Yet a rewarding one at that.
Regaining that creative energy takes some major gumption. It takes loosing your greatest joy to regain it stronger than ever.
In today’s Post…I’ll show you how you can remind yourself that its time to “ass kick some meekness”.
Re-creatable Homework: 6 Steps to regenerate those meek thoughts into creative power.
Sneak Peak: Progress shots on hand lettered “Stomp Meekness” Printable Poster!
Psst: Super Secret gift announcement inside. Stay tuned.
Does your creative energy have the blues?
Have you ever felt that you are stuck in a routine and are itching for a change?
I know, Me too!
It’s finally Spring temperatures here in NY, so I got to thinking…
Its time for a switch up in circumstances.
First needed to remove some of the winter sludge feeling in my body so I decided to go for a Spring Food Detox I’ve never tried before.
It’s a 5 day program with the charming + spunky Claire Stone who has helped me combine it with my paleo diet and get the caffeine addiction finally off my back. (Pssst…She’s a nutritionist from the Uk who runs www.outandin.net)
So far I loved it so much that I decided it was a good time to clean my creative energy too. Why not right?
I work out of my apartment office, yet, I don’t particularly “love” the city sounds + constant landscape construction + fresh basketball court hoots and hollers after a long quiet winter. Felt I’ve stumped my creative mojo by staying inside too often.
Ever feel like head fog gets in the way of creating that genius art piece? Yep! Me too!
I got rid of it and so can you.
Here is how:
My easy peasy 5 steps to Refreshing Creative Aura so you can detox your mind from foggy slacking to let’s get crackin’!
Today I want to present to you a revolutionary kickstarter project + some of my juice blend insights on being an adult kid.
Ever have trouble being imaginative, playful or creative in a snap?
Life weighs us down sometimes. Thats ok. It happens. The important part is knowing that you can get back to the you that spreads happy and freedom!
Its much easier than we adults think.
This comes from connecting to that innocence -and ability to dream freely- when we were children.
If you have a child, niece or nephew you know EXACTLY what I am talking about. You see the starlight flicker in their eyes when a BIG amazing idea hits….POW!
Eyes light up, eyebrows raise…
-and if they are anything like my lil’ dramatic fire ball primita (Nico)
…then you see a pointer finger waving in the air as if receiving transmission from some data tower in the sky.
THAT is what I love to call…a “heartbulb” moment.
a lightbulb idea that is powered by the heart + creative energy that can hit at any given moment;
a.k.a Muse, brainstorm, Eureka effects
-A Marbel Definition Original
Children are still easily connected to their muse and are powered by love. They know that if they love a challenge or concept enough, an idea will be generated quickly! They don’t even have to make themselves try. How awesome is that?!
Simple heartbulb moments are what I would love to spread back into adulthood. If I could go sprinkle that inspiration dust on every dessert I would be the most powerful woman in the world!!!
Muahaha!! I just had a pinky + the brain moment. Ah…world power who wouldn’t want that someday. lol
-Get on target Marbel! Ok ok sheesh…So…
You…Yeah you reading this…
Any chance you are still connected with your inner kid, your inner spirit who soars easily at playtime??
BEHIND THE PEN: NEW STUDIO SITE SNEAK PEAK + FREE DESIGN LESSON
Free design lesson for creatives + artists + designers. A simple breakdown + plan: Get YOUR creative mojo flowing and make sense at the same time! See a behind the scenes look on how I take my design ideas into reality. How YOU can turn unfocused-ness to empowering.
Today I will be sharing an itty bitty nibble + Sneak peek of the design plan for “Marbel Canseco Studio”.
Now some of you may have seen this blog when it was my professional portfolio i.e. my giant hellz no!
It was an endless work in progress going nowhere fast.
Though a fun name, most clients just didn’t get it. The format just didn’t work + after a while my artwork just didn’t feel at home here anymore. Ipso Facto…it just didn’t ANYTHING, meh!
By now you may or may not know that I have such a great plan and know where this blog is going. I LOVE helping creative souls just like me and you find direction + inspiration, so I felt it was time to clean house!! Time to Give this website a proper purpose as a blog and all of you the rightful commitment you deserve from me.
It was a-long-a-time-a-comin’! Wahooo!
Can I hear an Amen in the crowd?! Yep, just heard one so I know you get my plight.
See most artists, such as you and I, are fabulously multi passionate and generally tend to put everything in the artistic stew.
By doing so, we plan to show our ability to stretch hugs around this gigantic world BUT, huge but -and not the cute tushie kind, work gets muddy. With a capital M people!
Like when they tell you in art class that adding all the colors ends in one giant mud pie and you decide, out of freedom + creative rebellion, hell I’ll try it out anyway? Yep sort of like that. You get me, you cheeky maniacs! Love it.
Problem with that mindset, though my faaaavorite type, is that once that mud pie exists its damn hard to get control of that sucker. Showing that gigantic planeta that your hug is yummy and warm gets communicated as some psychotic stranger jabbering on and on about wanting affection. Ew, we don’t like that now do we? At least I don’t. Imagine getting forced hugs in the street. I think I’d end up karate choppin’ someone. Can you tell I’m a New Yorker yet?!
Instead -leaning into an idea with a warm smile, great intension and direct action plan will let the world know…
“Hey, I care enough about my work and about your opinion of me that I’m putting some super giagantor effort in. Because I rock like that, mmhmm. And I know you deserve me to get focused and rock your world. boom-chi-ca-wow-wow”
TODAY’S LESSON PLAN: 10 Steps for turning your design Ideas into Reality.
Here is the simple breakdown for you to get your creative mojo going and make sense at the same time! Bonus info: Find out what you can do to kick a.d.d. designs in the boootay!!
Today I decided to share this very importante and powerful message.
I’ve been terribily shy since childhood, a fact you would never even realize NOW!
Though as an adult I tend to lean towards being a recluse, I can now switch environments smoothly with out all those junky fears and nerves of conversation.
Now, I tend to be yappy chatty cathy in any comfortable environment.
So, How did this magic happen?
Simple. Embrace the E in ME.
The “E” meaning EMOTION.
As an adult I switched my approach to this word. From Escape to Embrace.
Simple move… To make a significant change flip the script!
You don’t try to push conflict away, Oh NO, this just creates more of it. That was a big DUH moment when I came to that realization.
Instead now? Let it Ride baby! Let the freak-out, stress, sadness, excitement, nerves FLOW through your entire beautiful body.
Just let that sucker through…the good, the bad + the ugly…
Yes, we ALL know the word “feelings” can be ugly but its necessary to change how you feel about it.
Once you do, its really not all that bad. Like the first time you try beer or tequila, its y-u-c-k but after a few tries, hey who cares because you’re getting your buzz on!
Same deal with the whole feelings thing.
Visualizing the emotion, letting it ride through and empower your whole amazing powerful body… now thats what I call flipping the script!
Naming what ever is bothering you, takes the fear of experience away.
My friend, Vixters, named my anger -ANGIE…”She’s your mean little alter ego from the hood.” -I know I know, I hear time and time again “You can take the girl out the hood but not hood out of the girl” F.Y.I. I am one with Angie now. We’z fantastic homies now and thats what matters!
Get friendly with your feelings, whatever they may be or whomever they may be. (alter egos)
Give a nice little hug to your EMO character! Say NO to the usual bitch slapping habits your used to and switch it up. This time your EMO Character will hug you back instead of crippling you.
Oddly Simple right?
Trust me It works! Took years to realize this but once I did, the bad and good vibes are now MUSE vibes.
They inspire me and grow with me. Empower my creativity and put my ego in check. Without them I wouldn’t be as balanced as I am!
This morning, I couldn’t believe Maria Forleo had a spot on conversation on this topic. Where was this video all my life??!!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still increadibly uncomfortable speaking to total strangers in large crowds + I am an introvert at heart so loud crowds overwehelm the crap out of me sometimes. YET being uncomfortable should never stop you from a grand old time. NEVER.
Being uncomfortable is a ALWAYS a GREAT thing!
Yep, it’s a sign that you are growing, that your element may need a bit of worldly experience. So enjoy your Emotion.
Vibrate your Way around the world today. The happy, the crappy + the sappy!
Hey the seven dwarfs were pretty emotional too and it didn’t stop them from whistling while they worked…
For more info on Pulling The Happy out like taffy check this older post:
Have a great day my emotional vibrators!
Happy Day! Today starts a series I promised to deliver on.
Creative Missions for Super Soul-Drawing Heros, just like YOU!
Today’s mission has a very simple and clear context: Frame a stain!
Yes, I want YOU to go out into the world on a nice or even rainy day to hunt…hunt for an inspiring S-T-A-I-N.
Easy peasy Instructions:
Open your mind + start the reactor: go hunting for a stain, crack, paint chip, chewing gum, oil spot…WHATEVER gets your mojo nice and lovely! Look in the grimmiest spots. Places you usually stride over quickly, see if you can view life differently for a change!
Click-a- PICTURE. Keep it Simple, Inspired + Fun. Spontaneity is key! To make it easier cut a square in a paper and “Frame” your potential image. That little option will rock your brain! (*things to keep in mind: color + composition + lighting + shape + movement + contrast + other design elements/principles. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? NO WORRIES! Click here for quick and dirty review.)
Frame It! Grab a nice frame (virtual or real) and turn your photo work into art!
Gallery at Home: Put it on your wall, office desk, library, cell phone wallpaper…anywhere + everywhere that will give you an artful reminder of appreciating the unexpected events in life.
GET SOCIAL: Show me what you did! + Spread the Word!
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- Facebook: Post a pic on your wall and tag MOI! I WANT the world to see what you do!
- Feel free to follow my RSS feed for FB page + The Imagination Creature RSS blog.
- Spread the word with that funny floating bar on the LEFT of this post. (yes… its been following me too!)
Why should you do this? Let me tell you a little story and you can make up your mind if your willing to give yourself a little open view on life.
One of my favorite activities since childhood is to look at unconconventional beauty through what would have been considered a very simple and definative word….Y-U-C-K!
Have you ever SUDDENLY realized…
while taking a seat on a crowded train, waiting for the light to change as you stand at the cross-walk or even standing in line in your favorite coffee shop
….you’re smiling, smiling real hard...all because you, yes little old you in a moment of thought, are peacefully happy + feeling love + contentment…. something GOOD. Something Great. Something fantastically amazing!
Yep thats not a phenomena. You may be a love + light hipster or even a grumpy puss in boots but you’ve done this, we ALL have.
…. You’re in a golden moment and I know it! Gasp…She reads minds.
Yes, I do!
I also know light emits from your fingers to your toes and straight through your smiling teeth. Electrifying your cheeks + shocking those suckers into place, fighting the laws of gravity.
Yep, your cheeks are totally your tell. Sorry poker face, you’ve been beat. Oops!
So, what is this strange event you ask?
Expansion by Paige Bradley
From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside:A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q.
I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?
Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically ’un-contained’?
Living, as Paige Bradley says, Authentically UN-Contained is POSSIBLE.
The hardest part is over. YOU are capable of being authentic + un-contained. Its just the ALWAYS that needs work.
By breaking your poker face you just experienced this pictured event; it was authentic because you didn’t force it, you didn’t realize it was happening… Now did you??
Nope! You are NOT a step-ford wife, you don’t know how to fake being happy…and you are not a pod person.
Just Genuine Super Hero-ness here? Good, that’s the power needed to break out of your pre-determined container and unleash some amazing fo’ shizzle power thats deep inside that crazy amazing soul of yours.
How to embrace the Authentically UN-Contained You
People say meditate everyday + attend positivity programs + get your yogi on+ go to therapy + Feng Shui the shit out of your life + organize + rationalize + blaaaaahbanize….yadda yadda ( aw hell even I highly recommend this, in small doses, BUT…)
The quickest way? FREE + FUN, baby!
Simply Start pulling your Super Hero Taffy.
What the deuce?!
Internal realities are not the same as actionable realities. What is inside my ImaginationLand, though a fantastic yet vibrant plan to rule the world, is not likely going to happen if the idea is not actionable.
Actionable meaning I make it happen even if I am NOT ready. Even if I’ve convinced myself I can’t afford to do so, or I don’t deserve it. We all have a little birdie on our shoulder who loves to play mischievous games with our egos + self esteem…. convincing us of illogical thoughts, whispering songs to the tune of you can’t doooooooos. I call mine -Mean Birdie Cecelia…she’s a Ca-ca-tu. Conniving little bitch sometimes.
Turn your head and call that little birdie out + squash the bs + whip her into shape….unless she’s offering double scoops of cherry garcia, there is always exceptions to the rule my dear…this just happens to be my favorite one. Yum :P:
To battle in the war of bruised egos: Follow quick attack plan below…
Pick + Plan + Do
+ Leave Panic Attacks for Later.
Wise thought huh?!
Well, my dad didn’t call me smarty pants as a kiddo for nuthin’!
Personal Milestones Rock Baby
So why all the blabbing today on this topic?
I’m a B-SCHOOLER NOW YO!!! All hail giant leaps of actionable realities.
My Jedi Mind-tricks are Twisted in the Cabeza
I do have to admit that within 4 seconds after clicking pay + waiting for the confirmation page, my brain did a giant mindtrip. I wanted to vomit + begged for a giant vice of smokes/booze/mind-blowing-shag….Last one reminding me I need to start working smarter and start date harder….you get me!
Read thought trail carefully, You may discover you are not alone in your own thought trails + how to really make yourself go for things by being one with the word “uncomfortable” + being coo-coo is a way attractive trait if you learn HUGE from it, especially mind tricking it into place.
Ever found your subconscious play hard to get? I know I have! She’s a slippery little sucker. Here’s how to get her to love you instead of kick you when your down.
5 Steps to Reprogramming your subconscious for success.
In the art world, its tough noogies if you can’t focus or go for what you want. Self paced is the only option. Rough to hear huh??
Not so much really!!
You see, that doesn’t mean you can’t get what you want or go for things that are “unavailable”. Its self resistance talking, smelly little oscar the grouch isn’t he?
This is a frank and completely attainable action plan to reconnect with the parts of you that may be fragmented at the moment. It’s about tapping into yourself and really grasp the reasons why + how you feel. Realign your energy.
Its the tiny steps, that once recognized, can empower your creative abilities + unleash that inner powerhouse!
It’s a cold cold world out there (well it literally is ‘cuz its winter here, lol) is a total crock of sh*t + an utter cop-out.
It’s your responsibility to make it nice and cozy warm inside of you so you can heat up this grumpy planet. You were put into this world, as a creative, to do so. Inspire + be a muse + create beauty + entice controversy + play on the boundaries of comfort + build whole new roads. It’s all you baby!
This exploratory behavior is special! Use it wisely. Start with you and grow from there.
If you’re a freedom junky like me, pick up the bonus guide located here called ‘Success vs. Freedom & how to get them both’. Its wonderful.
For more empowerment topics + Q & A for everyday life check out Maria Forleo (She’s my Entrepreneurial Wonder Woman, My hero…jajaja!) I decided to sign up for b-school. Nail biting experience but I’m willing to pay the price & give ME a shot.
Also check out Catherine Collautt, PH.D. Metaphysician & Manifesting Consultant. I mean with a title like that, enlightening abilities and looks that kill why wouldn’t you ?!
Now go get ‘em tiger. Shoo! Go…Its time to give yourself some attention.