New Beginnings, New Opportunities, New Connections

We made it to 2021!

For me, the arbitrariness of the New Year doesn’t really change much. Still, it always becomes a reflection about the past 12 months, and a moment to dream of the future.

We cannot deny that 2020 was a really bizarre, difficult year. We’ve all lost a lot. We’ve all experienced waves of emotion that range from utter defeat, to sadness, to anger, to joy, and everything in between. Some people achieved surprising success–finding agents, publishing books, making money, finishing degrees. Others were just as successful simply surviving through these inexplicable times. Many others (far too many in my opinion) experienced the profound loss of people they loved without even being able to say goodbye properly.

Accomplishments and Struggles

For me, 2020 was an interesting, mixed bag of a year. I accomplished things, I lost things. I struggled with overwhelm. I found my voice. I let things go. And I took steps toward a new path.  Included in this list is:

  • I finished and started querying “Stories from a Living Café” Then I stopped, because the rejections on top of pandemic overwhelm became too much. I’m still truly proud of this book, and deciding what my next steps will be. Perhaps I will post an excerpt here and let you reader’s decide.
  • I began the joyous, sometimes painful, journey of reinventing myself. I invested in the Kick Ass coaching program where I discovered a tribe of wonderful women all in stages of transition. That put me on the path that I can only describe as transformative, led me to have the courage to let go of things I have been holding onto (including the idea that I had to stay in Academia–a world which was slowly draining me of everything). I have continued learning, growing, and exploring throughout the year. I have embraced curiosity and serendipity as I discover new possibilities for the future, while choosing to live a life of gratitude.
  • I have expanded my concept of what it means to feel fulfilled at work, in life, and how I choose to make my living and support my family.
  • I learned. I networked. I took courses. I workshopped. I studied. I took advantage of free opportunities and paid opportunities. I wrote under the guidance of masters. I played with people around the world. I even signed up for training to become a certified CREATIVITY COACH. In many ways, this experience has enriched me beyond words, and brought me closer to understanding my own purpose in life.

Towards Purpose

I’m sure by now you are wondering, what is that purpose, and why are you telling us about it? My wish for everyone is that you get to experience the confidence, joy, and inspiration that comes from connecting with our innate creativity. I want to help other writers, other artists, and people who have lost touch with their creative spirit–find their voices.

One of the ways I am now doing this is by working with my long-time friend, Kristie, to start Yes, And . . . Creativity Coaching. We are developing workshops, retreats, and infinite opportunities to anyone and everyone.

An Invitation

Today, I want to invite you to sign up for our first live (on-line) workshop. Come spend an hour with exploring how to discover the joy of creating (through writing) in playful, calming, and supportive ways.  For more information and to register, click on the image below.

UPDATE: We have also added and evening session. If that is more convenient for you, click on the image below.

I hope to see you there!

And of course, if you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Author: Lisa Kramer

Lisa A. Kramer is a lover of words, stories, and the power of all the arts to strengthen communities and bring understanding. Her first novel, P.O.W.ER was the finalist for the Sarton Literary Prize for Contemporary Fiction. Author of P.O.W.ER. She is also the author of non-fiction and short stories. She holds degrees in English and Theatre from Smith College" an MFA in directing from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and a Ph.D. in Theatre for Arizona State University. She is the co-founder of Heart Forward-a company that communities through the creation of innovative artistic projects—at home and abroad—that challenge ourselves, our audiences, and our collaborators to find strength in shared stories and to foster social change. Lisa is also a Creativity & Innovation coach and the co-Founder of Yes, And . . . Creativity Coaching.

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