I was graced with the creative gifts of my church friends at my 60th birthday dance party. They crowned me Dancing Queen and serenaded me with personalized lyrics to that song, preceded by a memorable poem about me.
What creativity might be in you to be manifested, whether in your career or personal life?
After their gift, I shared a favorite song by Motown artist, Eddie Watkins, Jr. that speaks to creativity and enthusiasm for life.
“What are we gonna create today?
The universe is ready to play.
Spirit surely will lead the way.
Just say Yes.”
The lyrics are from his song, “I’m going to Say Yes to Life.” Eddie has recorded with Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, among others.
What might you be ready to say Yes to? If you would like to explore more career enthusiasm and creativity, I’d love to help.
I enjoyed creating my birthday party, “Dancing through the Decades with Karen.” From Dancing in the Moonlight on the back deck to a grand finale of Katy Perry Firework with sparklers, creativity sparked my energy.
Inspired treats were a Buy Local theme, featuring products from the Swissvale Farmers Market and four Swissvale restaurants.
Related to the buy local theme of my party, I stumbled on beautiful mandala products the week before at a Mind Body Spirit Fair, and purchased four lovely coasters with quotes on the back. Artist, Mara Carlini, shared that her art came from creating a mandala for her wedding for guests to sign. From experiencing the powerful energy of the messages in her home, she was inspired to create pieces infusing them with specific intentions during the creation process.
I met another inspiring artist during my 60th birthday vacation retreat on Lake Erie in Cleveland. Walking into the warehouse-sized Waterloo 7 Studio/Gallery, I felt I was in another world. Jerry Schmidt takes used materials and recycles them into mind blowing, often larger than life sculptures. Jerry told me he was drawn to this work from seeing his father only be happy when he was in his artist studio. He shared that instead of going to bed concerned about troubles, he drifts off thinking about creative art possibilities.
My Air BnB vacation spot was hosted by Cindy Barber, owner of Beachland Ballroom in the Waterloo Arts District of Cleveland. Another creative visionary. After big unhappy changes at her employment, Cindy purchased an old Croatian club in 2000 where she cofounded this music venue that hosts performers from across the country on a daily basis. This was the cornerstone of rejuvenating a section of Cleveland, creating this arts district. It was during a monthly Walk All Over Waterloo that I met Jerry Schmidt and many other artists. Cindy’s made a real difference in her community.
What might you like to create in your career, your community, your life? I’d love to help you explore your passions and talents.
As for me….I’m excited about the next decade and saying YES to life!