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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:
• 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.
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Mind maps integrate both right-brain and left-brain thinking by capturing your stream of consciousness in a structured way.
The graphic recording/visually storytelling/mind map process engages participants in a friendly and whole-brain way and, most importantly, allows all voices in the room to be heard and visually recorded.
Whole-Brain thinking provides you with a strategic road map for creativity, problem-solving, innovation and transformation. These processes can be used to develop creativity and innovation capabilities within the individual and organization. – Linda Naiman
There is something absolutely profound and magical that happens when participants feel heard, visually! The process creates an overview of the big ideas; themes and key phrases naturally form in real time. Mind mapping facilitates dialogue and reflection. The resulting map also serves as a guide for subsequent reporting and recommendations.
The process itself feels like a dance between the key facilitator, the graphic recorder/visual storyteller and the participants.
It is such an honor (and a blast) working with author and community engagement strategist, Beverley Pomeroy.
And during our first workshop, we were joined by artist, Emily Cowan, who enriched the experience for participants by drawing a portrait of the group during the event:
What a delight for everyone involved to be captured by Emily!!!
A little less than 2 weeks ago, I was asked to visually record youth voices during: Think!Well– an evening to explore youth mental wellness, get connected with youth and community resources, and talk about the importance of taking care of our minds.
What a treat to spend 5 hours visually storytelling and developing a large mind map for the youth as a take away! This map serves as a real-time art piece, celebrating the profound dialogue during the evening and all the hard work and leadership exhibited by the youth facilitators and support staff. The art will hopefully now act as a springboard to further youth-run workshops around mental wellness.
This visual storytelling is not new. Nor unique. It’s been going on for a long time by many practitioners. But there is so much of it happening in the world of graphic recording, visual facilitation and visual storytelling right now. I am LOVING being part of the current movement!!!
And I am also excited about the opportunities that are unfolding! Cheers to the power of felts and paper!!! Cheers to what lies ahead.
Mind maps integrate both right-brain and left-brain thinking by capturing your stream of consciousness in a structured way. – Jennifer Lee
CREATIVE MIND MAPPING
Mind maps are essentially visual diagrams. They can act as a type of journal or personal exploration, or a tool for strategic inquiry or project planning. The possibilities are vast and endless. You will find that mind maps are a way to envision and put into practice your intention. This intention is thereby transformed into fruition. The process is not just an idealistic visualization but an actualization.
Mind mapping is about strategic inquiry.
Mind mapping is VISUAL STORYTELLING.
For me, mind mapping is a tool to move all the churning ideas and voices out of my head onto paper in order to organize my thoughts and to quiet my mind. I gain perspective; I can start to strategize and prioritize or make new realizations and connections. I can develop, or pare down. I gain new insight on what direction works, what direction doesn’t, what I can cross off, what I can add.
I love the visual. I love the tangible. I love the evolving mind map. I love looking at old ones and seeing what worked and what didn’t. Mind maps allow me to create a mission and a vision statement more easily.
MIND MAPPING is how I formulated my personal mission statement:
“My mission is to awaken creative expression through local and global art initiatives.”
I use mind maps for:
• emotional exploration
• project planning
• priority assessment
• anxiety processing
• gathering support
• story structure
• character development
• mission and vision building
• creative strategic inquiry
• graphic recording
• meeting notes
• deep listening
Mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. – Melanie Pinola
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:
We trimmed it all down to the KEY points:
We focused more intently on these new categories and started to created action plans and to-do lists:
We asked ourselves what and why? What is our core value? Are our plans nurturing that value?
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?
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.
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 email@example.com if you’re interested and if you’d like to receive an invite.
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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?
My journal entry October 30, 1013
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!
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.
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
Last time we consolidated our mindmap- stripped it down to key components.
Today we focus on each component and ENHANCE.
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
Part 6- ADDRESSING
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PART 4 OF 7: Prioritizing/consolidating/connecting
So once you have spewed out your thoughts all out onto your large paper:
Color code the bubbles— don’t overthink this. Just circle the items that seem to relate to each other. Just very loosy goosy…
Start drawing arrows to items that relate to each other more… How do they CONNECT? This is a “thinking out loud” exercise as you pay attention to what part of the map excites you, what part you know needs priority, what part is a distraction…
Now redraw the map as it reflects the REORGANIZATION of your stream-of-consciousness one…
Make “out loud” notes onto your map. Converse with yourself. Be honest. What is truly your passion? Essential PRIORITY? What can be removed? What is the BIG PICTURE?
Now strip it down. CONSOLIDATE to the top three categories.
CONSOLIDATION requires getting rid of excess. Some of this excess is not anything definable but rather energetic information both useful and non-useful that has been collected and stored in the energy system waiting for integration. Too much psychic information can feel like a burden; overwhelming, unfocused and irritating.
In your journal start writing out categories, to-do’s, items, whatever comes to mind that you are grappling with right now. Or if you are focusing on a specific project, business idea, story – whatever- write down all that comes to mind regarding the project. Should other items pop up, write those down too, even if unrelated. You are just spewing it all out onto paper. This is chaos-onto-paper time. Just keep the pen moving. Trivial things can turn out to be important.
Now transfer these bubbles onto a large sheet. Don’t worry too much where they are placed, though you can somewhat place them in related groups if you wish.
We are not making connections today. We are just spewing it all out!
Sometimes this process is really easy. Sometimes, like for me tonight, it’s very hard. It’s a shitty evening. That’s OK. I forced the process anyway in order to get the buzz out of the mind. I need to sort my next steps and this process always helps!
A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.
Mind maps can be drawn by hand, either as “rough notes” during a lecture, meeting or planning session, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available.
Mind maps are considered to be a type of spider diagram.A similar concept in the 1970s was “idea sun bursting”.
For me, mindmapping is a tool to move all the churning ideas and voices out of my head onto paper, in order to organize my thoughts and to quiet my mind. I gain perspective; I can start to strategize and prioritize or make new realizations and connections. I can develop, or pare down. I gain new insight on what direction works, what direction doesn’t, what I can cross off, what I can add. I love the visual. I love the tangible. I love the evolving mindmap. I love looking at old ones and seeing what worked and what didn’t. I can create a mission and a vision statement more easily.
Mindmaps can be personal, or done in a group, with a group, for a group. You can mindmap alone. You can mindmap for someone else as they dialogue. It is a great listening tool.
They can act as a type of journal, or therapy, or a tool for strategic inquiry or project planning. The possibilities are vast and endless. I use many kinds like:
I’ve been really committing to the mantra Abundance 2015. My mindset is more focused on creating abundance. But my realization is that I’ve been coming at it all wrong. Abundance to me does not mean more. Abundance means less.
What? Doesn’t abundance mean more?
The lesson for me, as I quickly approach 53, lies in taking a long hard look at what it is I truly value in my career development. What is it that I need to focus on right now?
What can I take away to open space for abundance? What can I do less of?
LET’S MINDMAP ON IT!
My Current Mindmap:
As I look at it, I see that the path has been too cluttered. What the hell is feeding what?! Where is the simplicity and ease I added in the centre?
In all honesty, and in my heart, I feel that life is now ready to align in a way to allow me to simplify,
to put myself first,
to say NO when it’s the right thing to say,
to say YES to that which creates passion… but also allows for less clutter.
Life is allowing,
That is key- abundance means excellence.
Create your own mindmap that includes ALL you can possibly think of that you are currently juggling at the moment. Just when you think you’re done, add more. And then one more.
Take a good look at the mindmap. How many more bubbles can you add? How do they all relate to each other? Can you see a theme as your mindmap gets more and more cluttered? Keep adding. What is in common with all those bubbles?
For me, as I reflect back on the last year when I have been at my happiest in my career development, I realize it’s been when working on developing curriculum and developing my own shit in my home office, as well as collaborating with like minded individuals on even further development. It’s not been the front-line work, as I call it, nor in seeking scraps here and there.
My happiness is about expanding out, in a less hectic, more defined way. Affecting more people. But from the comfort of safe havens, in workshops with people who are READY TO DO THE WORK and in intense collaborative sessions and settings.
Serendipitously, I came across this quote today:
Self- leadership quote:
Self-leadership is your path out of the overwhelm. It’s your personalized approach to realizing your ideas in a business that brings you the wealth, peace, and ease you really want.
Self-leadership isn’t just about what you want to do—it’s about how you want to do it. You get to decide where you’re headed and how you’re going to get there. Self-leadership is the key to creating a framework that has you relying more on yourself than on gurus or can’t lose formulas.
Self-leadership also isn’t about being more productive—it’s about being more effective. – Tara Gentile
Aha! There’s MY THEME!
(Your theme may be TOTALLY unrelated of course- but there will be a theme nonetheless. Find it)
Now- create a new mindmap using your theme as the starting point.
What are key bubbles now? What do you really want to do at this stage of your life? What truly requires your exquisite attention so it can be fully expressed? How simple can you make it?
I tried a few times. Kept changing…
Then adding…Then changing it up again and really stripping it down to a visual that encompassed everything I want to focus on and that inspires me.
HOW DID IT FEEL FOR YOU?
Try not to hesitate or overthink. Just keep that pen moving. Change papers as needed.
Can you create a simpler mindmap that allows you to focus? By doing less?
Each exercise starts with a journal entry and/or mindmap. Then we look at the emotions that come up as we share openly. I encourage you to experiment by sharing your thoughts in the comments here. Share your rants and judgements. Judge me freely; judge yourself. It’s all good. Let’s demystify. Let’s take off the mask. Let’s remove the hesitation.
INNER CRITIC series part 3 of 6: INVESTIGATE
In PART 1 we ranted without hesitation. We let the ugly out. We then identified certain emotions that came up.
In PART 2 we dug a little deeper into the emotions that came up, laying out the evidence for judicial review.
If you judge, investigate. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Today let’s carry out a systematic or formal inquiry to discover and examine the facts of so as to establish the truth.
Go back to your mindmap:
Focus in on one particular branch/emotion.
Create a new mindmap around the branch you decided to focus on and in a stream of consciousness way, elaborate on your investigation. [Ideally you do this for every branch of your Part 2 mindmap.]
We often shy away from digging deep as it may expose truths we are just too scared or too tired to address. We tend to doubt ourselves. Our abilities. Our freedom to express openly.
But have fun with it. Is there some kind of truth/lesson that comes up as you address that emotion that resulted from your Part 1 rant? Is there something new to learn?
Truth: A lot of my issues simply come from a need to control that which I could never and never will be able to control.
It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth. – Peter Abelard