Saturday, July 3, 2010

Inspiration


I have found such inspiration from Where Women Create and want to share this with you today.
It is published by Stampington & Company's Somerset Studio and created by Jo Packham. I found it by 'accident'-synchronistically I was told about another website and through that website found my way to Where Women Create. I quickly subscribed and have enjoyed the publication. I hesitate to call it a magazine as it is more like a book.
Each issue of Where Women Create features artists and the spaces where they create. I read the stories about their journeys with such admiration, respecting their talents, the risks they were willing to take, and their here-and-now. The artists tell the reader that "if I can do it you can too." It gives me hope and fosters my creativity. I have taken the time to look up many of the artists' websites and blogs.
The pictures and the overall design of these "Inspiring Work Spaces Of Extraordinary Women" are so nicely done that they are pieces of art. I gently turn the pages, not wanting to finish the stories. I have re-read several of these articles. The pictures, the design, the women and their work spaces remind me that I, too can create. It has become a book of meditation and a devotional book for me. I find myself breathing a prayer of hope and asking "how can I do this life of mine more creatively?"
I have told many many people about Where Women Create. I have sent emails to people that I know who value creativity. I have implemented it with my work as a psychotherapist by fostering the importance of creativity, which I think is instrumental in good mental health. Where Women Create has entered the therapy room!
The reading, the reflecting, and the sharing with others have all been part of my inspiration as it has brought me beauty, joy, hope, and has fed both my imagination and my spirituality. Creativity and spirituality go 'hand in hand.' I seriously doubt that when Jo Packham created this wonderful (what I refer to it as) journal that she had little awareness of how one woman would savour it so and how it would touch her life, and promote it as I have done. I thank her and all the artists that have told their stories of their creative journeys.

4 comments:

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Linda,

I got your comment a little while ago and I wanted to wait to comment when I could take a real moment to write you. First, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. I really appreciate it. Also, I just love what you wrote about the publication. I am SO WITH YOU! I am just like you! I am continually amazed with women, how they are creative, supportive and you are exactly the kind of woman that I want to write for. Meaning, it is my hope that while I have spent years and years designing and creating, I feel now that my path is turning more towards writing (well, it has always been writing but no one really knew that) and sharing and encouraging women to realize that, they too, have something very special and unique to offer to not only others, but to THEMSELVES.

I love that you have the publication in your therapy office. I am a HUGE believer in having my "work" surrounding be an environment in which I feel my energy being soaked up in a good way. Not depleted. I move myself as I need to as well. Right now I am typing this in an artsy cafe in St. Louis while drinking a latte. Again, it is all about energy and what we do with it - and as you so perfectly put - it is like therapy. So thank you for sharing this with others and for seeing it for what it is.

I have told Jo many times that she has touched women in ways she will never know. She has inspired women to believe in themselves in ways they would have never thought of. I still find myself startled when I come across a website that has the WWC issue with my workspace on the cover and see my name - never in my life would I have ever thought that would happen to me! But there you go - Jo helps us to see ourselves in a way we would have never seen ourselves before - and that is what we all need in our life - a FRIENDLY MIRROR. We are too quick to see our flaws and not potential. WWC is like a book of girlfriends cheering the readers on that they can create too. So thank you for allowing me to cheer you on and I am so happy and honored that you find the publication in such a light. I will pass it on to Jo. You have such a lovely spirit.

All my best,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Linda,

I got your comment a little while ago and I wanted to wait to comment when I could take a real moment to write you. First, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. I really appreciate it. Also, I just love what you wrote about the publication. I am SO WITH YOU! I am just like you! I am continually amazed with women, how they are creative, supportive and you are exactly the kind of woman that I want to write for. Meaning, it is my hope that while I have spent years and years designing and creating, I feel now that my path is turning more towards writing (well, it has always been writing but no one really knew that) and sharing and encouraging women to realize that, they too, have something very special and unique to offer to not only others, but to THEMSELVES.

I love that you have the publication in your therapy office. I am a HUGE believer in having my "work" surrounding be an environment in which I feel my energy being soaked up in a good way. Not depleted. I move myself as I need to as well. Right now I am typing this in an artsy cafe in St. Louis while drinking a latte. Again, it is all about energy and what we do with it - and as you so perfectly put - it is like therapy. So thank you for sharing this with others and for seeing it for what it is.

I have told Jo many times that she has touched women in ways she will never know. She has inspired women to believe in themselves in ways they would have never thought of. I still find myself startled when I come across a website that has the WWC issue with my workspace on the cover and see my name - never in my life would I have ever thought that would happen to me! But there you go - Jo helps us to see ourselves in a way we would have never seen ourselves before - and that is what we all need in our life - a FRIENDLY MIRROR. We are too quick to see our flaws and not potential. WWC is like a book of girlfriends cheering the readers on that they can create too. So thank you for allowing me to cheer you on and I am so happy and honored that you find the publication in such a light. I will pass it on to Jo. You have such a lovely spirit.

All my best,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Linda,

I got your comment a little while ago and I wanted to wait to comment when I could take a real moment to write you. First, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. I really appreciate it. Also, I just love what you wrote about the publication. I am SO WITH YOU! I am just like you! I am continually amazed with women, how they are creative, supportive and you are exactly the kind of woman that I want to write for. Meaning, it is my hope that while I have spent years and years designing and creating, I feel now that my path is turning more towards writing (well, it has always been writing but no one really knew that) and sharing and encouraging women to realize that, they too, have something very special and unique to offer to not only others, but to THEMSELVES.

I love that you have the publication in your therapy office. I am a HUGE believer in having my "work" surrounding be an environment in which I feel my energy being soaked up in a good way. Not depleted.

I have told Jo many times that she has touched women in ways she will never know. She has inspired women to believe in themselves in ways they would have never thought of. I still find myself startled when I come across a website that has the WWC issue with my workspace on the cover and see my name - never in my life would I have ever thought that would happen to me! But there you go - Jo helps us to see ourselves in a way we would have never seen ourselves before - and that is what we all need in our life - a FRIENDLY MIRROR. We are too quick to see our flaws and not potential. WWC is like a book of girlfriends cheering the readers on that they can create too. So thank you for allowing me to cheer you on and I am so happy and honored that you find the publication in such a light. I will pass it on to Jo. You have such a lovely spirit.

All my best,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Linda,

I got your comment a little while ago and I wanted to wait to comment when I could take a real moment to write you. First, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment. I really appreciate it. Also, I just love what you wrote about the publication. I am SO WITH YOU! I am just like you! I am continually amazed with women, how they are creative, supportive and you are exactly the kind of woman that I want to write for. Meaning, it is my hope that while I have spent years and years designing and creating, I feel now that my path is turning more towards writing (well, it has always been writing but no one really knew that) and sharing and encouraging women to realize that, they too, have something very special and unique to offer to not only others, but to THEMSELVES.

I love that you have the publication in your therapy office. I am a HUGE believer in having my "work" surrounding be an environment in which I feel my energy being soaked up in a good way. Not depleted.

I have told Jo many times that she has touched women in ways she will never know. She has inspired women to believe in themselves in ways they would have never thought of. I still find myself startled when I come across a website that has the WWC issue with my workspace on the cover and see my name - never in my life would I have ever thought that would happen to me! But there you go - Jo helps us to see ourselves in a way we would have never seen ourselves before - and that is what we all need in our life - a FRIENDLY MIRROR. We are too quick to see our flaws and not potential. WWC is like a book of girlfriends cheering the readers on that they can create too. I will pass it on to Jo. You have such a lovely spirit.

All my best,
Elizabeth