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September Mama Mantra {a free printable/shareable}

The Creative Mama, Maegan Beishline

Many months, I come here with a mantra that attempts to give you a big hug and tells you you’re doing great! They all spring from some issue or idea that I am grappling with personally and it is my utmost goal that, through these mantras, you are not only encouraged but that you also begin to see the universality of our struggles. They may all be a bit different, but each and every mantra comes from a space of us here at The Creative Mama wanting to help you lead your very best life. Sometimes that means helping you to feel good and believe in yourself. This month’s mantra is about projecting outward all of that goodness we’ve been fostering internally.

I have always found words to be very powerful. Few quotes can stir me and set me on a better path than those of Ghandi  that remind me always to “Be the change {I } wish to see in the world.” But words so grand, so powerful, and so meaningful can be difficult to put into practice on a day to day level. I hear something like that and I want to go and feed all the hungry and mother all the orphans. But I believe that Ghandi’s quote can also be a really powerful guide in much smaller ways as well.

Our daily interactions with each other offer us the greatest opportunity to embody just the kind of love we need more of in this world. Sometimes, what we give to others does not always equal what receive in return. But if we are to “Be the change we wish to see in the world” then we need to start at our most fundamental relationships and Be The _________ We Would Like to Have. No matter what word you chose to put in that blank; whether it be spouse, daughter, mother, friend, co-worker, boss, employee, neighbor, etc; the message works and acts as the most simple and perfect guide to making this world a better place.

This work is incredibly challenging. It’s not easy to give without receiving or to put out into this world what you may never get back from certain people. But that’s not the point. It’s not about mirroring people’s behavior back to them. It’s about actually being the change. This month, we’re breaking cycles, we’re tearing down old structures, and we’re rebuilding relationships that will change the world. And while this work may be difficult, I dare to propose that you will start to see that love and positivity come back to you. Maybe not in the most predictable ways, but the good you put into this world will come back to you. Most times, it comes simply from the satisfaction of knowing that you are being a really good person…that you’re being the ____________ that you would like to have.  Because chances are, if it’s something you’re needing or wanting, it’s something we’re all needing and wanting.

Here are some ideas for journaling if you’d like to dive a little deeper this month:

  • Are there relationships in your life that you feel the balance of give and take are not equal? Has your natural reaction been to “give anyway” or to close off to attempt to level the relationship?
  • Does your reaction to this inequality enhance and grow your relationship or does it hurt and shrink the relationship?
  • If you could create the most perfect mother/daughter/spouse/co-worker/friend/boss/employee/neighbor/etc. for yourself, what characteristics would that person embody? (choose the one or ones that most define your roles and circumstances or work on them all throughout the month)
  • Which of these qualities do you already embody in these roles and relationships? Which qualities could you bring more of to these roles and relationships?

You can download the printable version of this image and tack it up somewhere you’ll see it and be reminded all month long to be part of the solution, to be the change, to Be The ______ That You Would Like to Have. Then you can snag the web version to share with your friends and encourage them to do the same. Imagine that…all of us being the change and being there at that level for one another. Goodness…it would be magnificent!

This article was written by Maegan.


Make A Mark

I’ve been thinking a lot this summer about living life with passion and bravery and what this means to me and my family. I wrote a post on my personal blog last month called Creating Art with Our Lives. I was inspired after reading and re-reading A Million Little Ways by author, Emily P. Freeman. Recently, I began another book called Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs which also touches on being brave in pursuing your passions. 

The topics of pursuing life with passion and bravery keep resurfacing in my life. Perhaps, it is the fact that I am approaching 40 in another year. I have been reflecting a lot on the years I have lived.  Perhaps, our oldest child turning ten this year contributed to these thoughts. I realize in such a real way how fleeting time really is. I am sure it could be a combination of many things.

Are you living life just to make it through your days or are you living your life passionately, following your dreams and aspirations?  Is there something on your heart, deep within you that you feel called to do, but something is stopping you?

Many of us never move forward because someone else can do it better. In her book A Million Little Ways, Emily shares that often we fear that “someone else can write better, love better, lead better, speak better, teach better, design better, parent better or pray better.” And the truth is simple. They can. I think many of us need to read and re-read these words that Emily shared from her friend and counselor Steve Lynam,  “There is no new truth, dear. All truth belongs to God. Sometimes you simply need to hear someone else say it.”  Emily went on to say, “You may not be the first to say it, write it, create it, or believe it-but you saying it may be the first time someone finally hears. Yes, someone else can say it better, but that doesn’t mean you can’t say it too. Throw out your inhibitions and spin around in this crazy world of recycled ideas. There is nothing new to say. Say it anyway.”  

Often we don’t move forward, because we don’t believe in ourselves and in the dreams that are deep within our hearts. We tell ourselves, maybe one day I will try that. Maybe one day I will go there. Maybe one day I will make time for that. Tomorrow is never promised. One day, may never come, yet we let fear paralyze us.

I will never forget the day that I told my mother I had a dream to photograph other families. I remember the first time I shared my heart on my blog and hit publish. I felt scared and fearful because I opened up a part of me. I was vulnerable. Looking back now, years later, I am so grateful that I spoke that dream and gave it my heart and my time.

This week I bought the book entitled The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. Even though I got this book to read to my children as part of our art studies,  I realized how much we, as adults, can relate to the message of this book.

In the book there is a student named Vashiti.  She feels like she cannot draw. She is not an artist, or so she thinks. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you,” her teacher instructs her. And then a little dot marks the beginning of a journey, where she discovers so much about herself.

I don’t know what dreams are on your heart. A cooking class? Writing? Running a 5K race? A mission trip overseas? A new business? You will be surprised how freeing it feels to face fear and live your life with the passion.

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”

This article was written by Ginger Unzueta.

#TCMeveryday August Images + Team Happenings

As summer begins to draw to a close, it looks as though you are making the most of every day.  Here are this month’s #TCMeverday picks showcasing the last of your summer adventures.  

@rcjcc     @sewquiltmom     @magandastudios     

@joymadeit     @careypace     @naomiliester

@caparassonphoto     @allofhisgrace     @hopskip

Our hope with this monthly feature is that you’ll connect with other creative minded mamas, documenting their days.  Remember to tag your images with #TCMeveryday for a chance to be featured each month.  We want to celebrate the wonderful ways you capture this season of life.

Team Happenings

As a collaborative blog, The Creative Mama offers many inspiring ideas and perspectives.  You will likely enjoy following the various personal/ professional pursuits of our artistic writing team.  Here are several of the latest team happenings:

Maegan Beishline has added new items to her Etsy shop, Madeline Bea. Check out these pretty notecard sets and mason jar mugs with knitted cozies.

Some silent seats are still available for Ginger Unzueta‘s Everyday Beauty photography workshop which will run on Sept 22- Oct 13th via Bloom.

Amy Bader continues to participate in The Hours, a collaborative blog of women photographers who celebrate an successive hour each month of the year. Coming up this month is 3pm — don’t miss this unique perspective on their days, from all around the globe.

>Jessie, Samantha, and Clair have been participating in “a day in my life” project.

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