Friday night check in: effortless action.

Checking in with the Power Path at mid-month:

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My form of meditation is to mind map it out:

My notes from reading the February Power Path show some amazing tidbits that reinforce my newfound practice of neutrality.

Relationship with time and fear of not being enough.

Ease, clarity, right timing, patience, alignment –> effortless action.

Unfold as a flower.  Bud –> full bloom.

Stability, grounding– new ways of being, doing.

Synchronicity, timing.

TRUST YOUR HEART.  Doubt –> magic!

BOUNDARIES.  Relationships with people, time, support, allies, self, nature.

HEAL BODY: Rest and recuperate.

Start project from right motivation.  EXAMINE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND INTENTIONS.

SERVE YOURSELF FIRST.  Self-service.

Time management –> hand over to SPIRIT.  Higher intelligence.

TRUST YOUR HEART WHEN IT SAYS YES AND QUESTION YOUR MIND WHEN IT SAYS ANYTHING.

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WORKSHOP: YOUR VISION for 2018 through creative process

WORKSHOP: YOUR VISION for 2018 through creative process

 

 

LOCATION: West End Vancouver BC

FACILITATOR: KATARINA THORSEN katthorsen.com

SPECIAL LOW PRICE TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR!

ONLY $40 per person until January 31, 2018! 

Contact me at britakatarina@gmail.com for CUSTOMIZED CLASSES 

Start this new year on a creative note by creating your own evolving vision for 2018 using creativity.

In an intimate setting in my art studio, I will guide you through multiple exercises to enable you to focus on YOUR SELF– and to come away with a unique very personal vision board. This vision board will be YOUR SAFE PLACE.

We will use processes such as:

• Journaling

• Drawing

• Collaging

• Mindmapping and Action Planning

• Big Vision Visualization

• Right Brain Tools

• Whole Brain Engagement

In order to bring my creative adventure to fruition, I will visit this fortress, this safe house, many, many times. Gradually I will assemble the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle I have stored here. Finished, it will provide the ideas, moods, and ingredients that will feed my dream.

– Phillipe Petit

LENGTH OF WORKSHOP: TWO HOURS

NO PREVIOUS ART EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED

Some pre-work will be encouraged.

Love, Katarina

Contact me at britakatarina@gmail.com for CUSTOMIZED CLASSES 

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Mind maps integrate both right-brain and left-brain thinking by capturing your stream of consciousness in a structured way.

– Jennifer Lee

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Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 1: Preparation

Recall Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Preview:

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I’m keeping a diary and will try to post at the end of each day. Today in Part 1, it is about preparation:

3-DAY INTENSIVE THERAPEUTIC ART CAMP AND MURAL PROJECT, OLD TRAINING AND RECREATION COMPLEX 

As much as art and connection are part of the 3-day intensive, I also want to incorporate life skills in a natural way.  One of those life skills is project planning.  On Day 1 we will be mind mapping an action plan as a group.  I want this to be youth-led, so my role as facilitator is to create a safe and dynamic space/environment.  Of course, I have a plan and agenda in case there needs to be a nudging in order to achieve the goal, but as much as possible, this is the overall vision is that of the participants.  By mind mapping together, the participants will experience project planning in a tangible way, and my goal (part of the longevity piece) is that they put that experience into their personal tool kit.  .

I practice what I preach.  I am spending this weekend preparing for the trip.  Making checklists, packing, mind mapping out some curriculum and action plan, researching, and looking to other creatives for inspiration.  For example:

Thomas Kail of Hamilton Joins Prof. Dolly Chugh’s Managerial Skills Course:

As a facilitator, I have to have a plan, an agenda-free agenda if you will.  I also have to be flexible and in the moment, ready to throw plans over the shoulder and let the experience and group dynamics lead.  Plan, be ready, RELAX, have FUN!

“Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.”
― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

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Mindmap Tutorial Week Part 7 of 7: Reviewing

I have been diving into a much-needed new mindmap this week, so I thought I’d create a tutorial during my process!

Tutorial so far:

Introductory blog post- mindmap tutorial week

Part 1: What is a mindmap?

Part 2: the Big Vision

Part 3: Stream of consciousness mapping

Part 4: Prioritizing/consolidating/connecting

Part 5: Enhancing

Part 6: Addressing

TODAY:

PART 7 OF 7: Reviewing

So what did we do?

LET’S REVIEW.

We stream-of-consciousness-ed it all out first:

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We started to make connections as to how all our ideas, projects, issues etc. relate to one another:

We categorized, sorted, rearranged: 

We reflected and asked ourselves questions:

 

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We trimmed it all down to the KEY points:

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We focused more intently on these new categories and started to created action plans and to-do lists:

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We asked ourselves what and why?  What is our core value?  Are our plans nurturing that value?

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Now take about 10-15 minutes reevaluating your mindmap(s).  What can be changed around, added, deleted… to ensure that the plan you have laid out, or the reflections that have resulted reflect what is truly important to you?

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Now quickly sketch out a new pared down mindmap with your core value in the centre…

Lather, rinse, repeat.

AH- so we have reached the end.  But you will find there is no end in mindmapping.  It is an ever-changing, evolving, self- and group-reflective process.  The core focus last year may be completely different from today’s.  

Keep your mindmaps.  I have a big collections of them.  They are a central part to my journaling and creative process.  

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Please share your mindmapping experiences and questions with me.

If you are in the Vancouver BC Canada area, let me know if you’d like me to host a three-hour intensive workshop this Fall.  I have a few people inquiring already.  If the interest is high enough (I’m thinking 20-25 people, for ages 16 and up), I will create an event and post the invite and registration here.  Send me an email to britakatarina@gmail.com if you’re interested and if you’d like to receive an invite.

Stay tuned for more tutorials such as:

Vision Boards

How-to’s

etc.

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Mindmap Tutorial Week Part 6: Addressing

I have been diving into a much-needed new mindmap this week, so I thought I’d create a tutorial during my process!

Tutorial so far:

Introductory blog post- mindmap tutorial week

Part 1: What is a mindmap?

Part 2: the Big Vision

Part 3: Stream of consciousness mapping

Part 4: Prioritizing/consolidating/connecting

Part 5: Enhancing

TODAY:

PART 6 OF 7: Addressing

By now, we have gone through multiple steps to start organizing and taking action on our project and/or self-reflection.

Time to dig a little deeper.

Let’s not only address the to do’s of the current mindmap:

Action steps are the detailed, practical tasks you need to perform to achieve your goals… By breaking the strategies down into discrete tasks, you’ll better be able to plan for resources and timing. – Jennifer Lee

… let’s also take time to write in your journal as to why you feel it is important to take time to properly address your action steps.

What is it all really about?

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Art for me is not just about being in the moment and in the heat of the creative process.  My right brain ways certainly thrive on that.  But as a right brain enterpreneur, I am ready to embrace DISCIPLINE.  Ready to focus on business, sales, marketing, numbers, grant applications, networking etc.

And all this left brain stuff would only be daunting if I hadn’t designed an action plan.  It will no longer be about trying to fit in the art around the work schedule but defining myself as a working artist.

Specific day-to-day foci include:

Product, Branding, Customers, Operations, Illustration, Writing, Research, Personal

Time sensitive, Proactive, Arty, Inaction

Sticking to it is key.  Including “off” times.  Ironically, my new schedule that reflects fluidity and flexibility will be more rigid and disciplined than now.  And double ironically, the more I work on art, the more my left brain is awakened and fearless!

Allowing the temptations of distractions and answering to the needs of others above my own is no longer an option!  I have to weigh requests and take a breath before saying yes.  Before saying no.

Within the new “limitations” though lies absolute freedom and a fulfilled heart!

WOOT!!!

The journey since the journal entry above has been intense, difficult, humbling, beautiful and enlightening.  The success I wanted to achieve then looks very different than what I envisioned and hoped for yet, there is success nonetheless.  Why?  Because the journey centres around my personal core value: FREEDOM.

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Have you identified your (current) core value(s)?

Starting from this place will help us bring more ease, empowerment and success into our personal and professional lives. – Laura Mack

I recommend the following exercise: core-values-worksheet

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So address each item in a slow light and meticulous way keeping your core value(s) in mind. Makes for a much stronger strategic plan.

TOMORROW:

Part 7 of 7: Reviewing

Mindmap tutorial week Part 5 of 7: Enhancing

I am diving into a much-needed new mindmap this week, so I thought I’d create a tutorial during my process!

Tutorial so far:

Introductory blog post- mindmap tutorial week

Part 1: What is a mindmap?

Part 2: the Big Vision

Part 3: Stream of consciousness mapping

Part 4: Prioritizing/consolidating/connecting

TODAY:

PART 5 OF 7: Enhancing

Last time we consolidated our mindmap- stripped it down to key components.   

Today we focus on each component and ENHANCE.

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This is similar to the stream of consciousness mapping but now you are more focused.  Think ACTION PLAN.  You are building a structure.  Research a bit.  Make a to-do.  (We will ADDRESS the items in more detail tomorrow).

Mind maps integrate both right-brain and left-brain thinking by capturing your stream of consciousness in a structured way.  This method is perfect for brainstorming goals and organizing related ideas.  – Jennifer Lee

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Tomorrow:

Part 6- ADDRESSING

  Recommended reading:

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If you are finding this blog series helpful, please consider a small donation so that I can continue to provide free tutorials.

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