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Fill the page… will you pass this challenge?

“Fill the page.” Those were the only words spoken by the professor in the first assignment in my first master’s class. In front of me was one of those manila drawing sheets of paper I remember so well from my elementary school years. Surrounding the paper were an assortment of creative goodies I was told I would need for the class. Of course being at artsy sort I went a wee bit over board. I had colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks and a bottle of glue, PostIt notes in assorted colors and patterns, a regular pencil. markers, and  my beloved gummed eraser. Oh. MY. GOSH. So many decisions and no clue what he wants!

If you asked a child back in 1968 to fill a manila sheet of paper, the child would not hesitate. In fact, the child might jump right to coloring and drawing before ever being told what to do. Creativity and excitement of the manila piece of paper and coloring tools was an invitation to indulge in a fantasy moment of wonder. Asking a child in 2015 to do the same assignment anxiety and an endless string of questions will flow. What happened over time?

It is a sad fact that individualism and creativity has been stifled. As adults we have become a society of pleasers, followers, and suck ups. Our ability to creative and dream without judgment or guidance is a thing of the past. And we wonder, why are so many people frustrated and cannot seem to make decisions.

Manila paper is a thing of the past. Very few adults and fewer children than in the past, have drawing tools such as crayons and markers. But you can draw  with anything, even a stick in the dirt if you must. I challenge you to “fill the page.” Discover what is hiding in that creative mind of yours that so wants to come out and play upon the paper. This is a wonderful exercise if you are at a roadblock in your job or life. It might help if you turn on some music to encourage your creativeness to flow upon the paper. You will never know until you try. Stop by the store and grab some crayons or markers. As an adult, there are no rules. You can even buy those scented ones if you want.

I would love to see your “fill the page” challenge results.

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Word Party

Was always a huge fan of word walls as a student. Despite what some might think there are times, mostly in school, I was at a loss for words. Word walls helped me to collect my thoughts to focus on the topic. I still use word walls. Now they say more about my feelings and direction I wish to focus on as I move forward. I metal mess cube sits upon my desk. It is filled with an assortment of magnetic words. I collect them. When I get stuck or hit a road block in thinking I start moving my words around the cube. One side might be negatives while another reflects my current state of mind yet another side filled with aspiring dreams and emotions I want to experience. There are endless possibilities of sorting through the words. It also frees my mind of actually stating the words I feel. Sometimes it is hard to say the words. It is so much easier to pick and chose them to create a visual which reflects that which I cannot admit or say out loud. There is power in the words, even unspoken onesword wall.

What would your word wall say about your thoughts?

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Getting the Purple Paperclip

So what’s up with purple paperclips? How often do you see them? To be honest, it is bigger than just purple paperclips though there is something very special about those.

What is a paperclip? By definition it is a bent metal object which holds things, particularly papers together. I focus on the, “holds things together” part.  During legal meetings it is easy to “fall apart” emotionally. One might lose their edge needed to make a point or reflect upon the subject being discussed. The likelihood of seeing paperclips in legal meetings is high. Staples are not often used because they mess up the corners of the papers, and it is much easier to pass papers around when not stapled. Paperclips are just so much better for legal and high-end meetings for paperwork. I use the visualization of paperclips to symbolically to remind my clients to breath, they are not alone, and that they are happy reminders to maintaining balance. When a paperclip appears it is a positive mental reminder of things we have discussed.  There are many other uses of paperclips in my practice, this is just one.

Now for the purple paperclip, it has a meaning. When you see a purple paperclip it means wealth and prosperity are heading your way. I know, it is an old fortune teller’s thing but just seeing one reminds me to keep focused. To not let frustrations and challenges get me down, forward thinking and a positive attitude bring wealth and prosperity. Creative Tidal Wave uses the purple paperclip as a symbol of how the principles and alternates presented can bring a positive impact to businesses. Positive bosses create positive employees which present positive atmospheres to clients creating a productive and prosperous business environment. This moves the business from a negative to a positive in many ways.

What objects remind you of positive thoughts when they mysteriously appear?

Find the purple paperclip

Find the purple paperclip

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I’m Blue…uh, No, I’m Yellow…AACHOOO!!

A parody of Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue” abbreviated.

FOR MY FELLOW ALLERGY SUFFERERS:

I’m Yellow… AA AA AA choo AAchoo AACHOO aa aa aa aachoo

Yo listen up, here’s a story about a girl that lives in a pollen yellow world

And all day and all night, and everything she sees is covered in pollen just like her

Inside and outside

Yellow is her house with pollen colored windows and a yellow is her dog until he shakes it off too

And everything is yellow for her and herself and all things around her, it is a yellow mess

Cause she ain’t got no relief but sneezing and sniffles, aachoo!

I’m Yellow… aa AA AACHOO Aa Aa AACHoo, AA AA AACHOO!!

I have a yellow house with yellow on my windows

Yellow is a color I chose not to wear

Yellow are the streets and the trees are so too

I have a cat and she is yellow now too

Yellow are the people and I hear it in their AACHOO’s

Yellow like my Scion xB, oh but it suppose to be yellow, metallic gold is true

Yellow, oh it has my eyes watering and it is in my brain and thinking

Yellow are the allergies that live inside of me

I’m yellow… AA AA AACHOO, AA AA AACHOO

 

 

 

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Castles Built in the Sky

Do you have big dreams folks have told you were unattainable? Does dreaming the impossible seem impossible? Are your dreams so lofty you need to hop a ride on Pegasus to get there?

Think my original castle was being constructed somewhere near the planet…star…whatever it is now, Pluto. It was such an unheard of dream. It was a concept so foreign yet very needed but no one was quite sure how to interrupt it. I bet creator, Gene Roddenberry,  of Star Trek  series had the same experience in 1966. Can you imagine the idea of flip phone communicators, voice activated computers, and the GPS being introduced in the 60’s? Totally rad science fiction but the reality is, in 2015, some of those way out scifi devices are now old news. Gene Roddenberry’s wild imagination of high-tech gadgets and gizmos are common everyday things we use now. I doubt he thought toddlers would have handheld iPad like devices found on the Enterprise. Dream he did! Maybe his imagination sparked some young watcher to bring those neat devices to us today.

There will always be dream snipers. Their  words and negative reactions can be like an atom bomb exploding a dream into zillions of micro particles becoming space dust. But like in Star Trek and Star Wars, you can create defense shields. There is a learning curve and timing involved. The number one dense is to surround yourself with positive folks who believe in you. During a massive negative lasts you can seek affirmation and encouragement. Yes, use that communicator device to relay your need with a faster than light response! Use symbolic objects to remind you of your dream. My two are lighthouses and starfish.  I also read, The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley almost daily to remind me why my dream is so important.

Remember, your dreams are yours, no one else should take those from you.  My castle dream on Pluto is now in Carrollton, Georgia. Few believed it would ever find roots on the planet Earth. Many moons ago I told a friend of mine that by the age of 50 I wanted to see my dream come true. It is a week from my 51st birthday so I am still within the 5-0 timeline. Thank you, positive believer friends, Loren Eiseley, lighthouse, and starfish for being my deflector shield all these years.

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Cloud Dancer

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Ever have one of those impossible dreams come true? Did you feel like you were dancing in the clouds with excitement?

Dreams/wishes are great. When you stop dreaming you stop thriving. It is frustrating when it seems your dreams never come true. It is hard to remember that dreams/wishes happen in their own perfect time and way. Very few if any happen immediately after they appear in our thoughts. Some take many years to manifest. Most do not happen when we sit and wait for them. It is ok to have your head in the clouds as long as you are dancing to your dreams.

Never give up on your hopes, dreams, and wishes. Patience is difficult when there is an urgency in your heart to make things happen. Often it is very easy to stop having dreams when frustration sets in. Sometimes a person might even decide to sit and wait on their dreams perusing nothing until the dream happens. Your world cannot stop to wait on such. In fact, it seems dreams start to happen when a person is activity involved in a multitude of ways to boost things to promote them. Nothing is for free. There must be some exchange in order for dreams to come true.

All great things start from a tiny seed… or a dream. To grow a dream you need to continuously tend to it. Find others to help you tend your dream garden or build your castle in the sky. Meet with others who are cloud dancers, celebrating each small step towards their dream. Those folks are such positive motivators to keep the fire going. They are on the same journey so they understand. From dreams to reality, it is always worth celebrating each small step of the way. Turn up the music and dance away on your cloud filled with dreams of great things to come.

A personal shout out to a fellow cloud dancer who is celebrating his way to the stage. This young man is an outstanding performer and playwright, he will be one to follow as he moves forward to making his dream come true. Prentiss Matthews is the name of this ambitious young man. Follow him on Facebook on his journey. He is truly an inspiration to all dreamers and cloud dancers.

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The Sound of Happiness

While staying with my 91-year-old cousin, I noticed she hummed when she was moving about rearranging her pretties around the house. This reminded me of my Granny, when she was happy she whistled. Giving the topic more thought, I realized all the women of that era on my mother’s side of the family made a noise when they were happy. Several aunts would hum, another had a very low sing-song like sounds she would make while another older cousin would whistle tunes I am certain I heard sung on the Andy Griffin Show by the Darling Family. Sadly, no one in my generation does this. Not sure why we didn’t pick up on the happy sounds. Maybe it is due to the constant noise that surrounds our lives. Have you ever stopped to just listen to all the sounds? Over head lights buzzing, monitors from computers and flat screens humming, clocks ticking, air blowing from cooling fans on electronics, outside traffic noises, cell phone sounds, hand-held gaming sounds, microwave beeps, ice maker cubes dropping… the list is endless. We are bombarded with sounds every second even in our sleep. We barely notice them. I wonder if our brains are effected by all of constant sounds it is subconsciously interpreting? Wonder if anyone has ever thought of researching the effects of constant low-level sounds? Could this be a reason in our inability to concentrate? I realized how much I missed the soft sounds of my Granny’s whistling. Listening to my cousin’s humming as she went about her day was such a comforting sound. Her house doesn’t have all the gadgets and gizmos mine does. The sounds about her home are happy sounds as she goes about her routine. I wonder, if I turned off all the electronics in my house would I hum, or whistle?

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HeART Songs

Ever notice how your mood changes when you hear a song from your past? Happy memories associated with songs have a huge impact on emotions. It might be a song you sang as a child. It maybe one associated with a past relationship or friendship which reminds you of a fun time. Maybe it is a song from a special holiday. Who doesn’t giggle a bit when “Frosty the Snowman” is blasting over the speakers in a mall or on the radio. Even instrumentals can have a huge impact on your mood. Whatever sparks a positive chord in your heart make sure you tap into the tunes which make you smile daily. The next time you find yourself in a bad mood, turn on the radio or find your favorite cd to listen to some up beat tunes. Find your groove and strike some moves. Let the music fill your mind and soul. The key is to feel the music.

Ma White’s Bottom Radio Show was a live performance production in the town of Rockmart, GA. Between sets an announcer would provide commercial spots highlighting local businesses. The production set up was based upon common radio shows  back in the 1930’s. Many wonderful evenings of live music with a community connection spotlighting rising talent in the region.

Rockmart Theater, stage set up for the Ma White's Bottom Radio Show

Rockmart Theater, stage set up for the Ma White’s Bottom Radio Show

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HeART in the woods

Mossy heart Have you ever taken the time to see beyond the obvious when you are strolling in the woods? Lots of wonderful messages can show themselves when you take time  to think outside of the box. This just isn’t a patch of moss, it is a heart. Heart signs make me smile.

Tree soul heart I am willing to bet if you look close enough and add a touch of imagination you can see hearts everywhere in the woods. Sometimes, even in the wood you can find a heart. They are not perfect. Just like our own hearts are not perfect in thought and mind. Sometimes our hearts are not perfect physically either but they continue to supply a life force within us to continue on. Sometimes our heart breaks. Sometimes they need a boost. Other times, they over flow with love and compassion. Our heart can become cold. They are ever-changing based on our moods and experiences. Hearts in the woods do to. The environmental changes causing growth or decay, animals and people passing by who nibble or stomp on them, and the cycle we know as live also impacts them. When you see a heart in the woods, think about what it has weathered to reveal itself to you. What does your heart reflect to others when they pass by you?

Tree spirit smile There are other things in the woods besides hearts. I think this tree spirit is smiling because he knows you had no clue you were being watched.  More on these wonders later.

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Happy HeART Day!!

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Creative Tidal Wave wants to wish you a Happy HeART Day! Join me on a week-long journey exploring HeArt in nature. It is a slight obsession of mine to find nature formed hearts while out on hikes. I know I’m on the right path when I find one.

Do you have any visuals you seek out? Please take a moment and share your visual signs with me. I am curious what others seek out in their daily lives. What emotions flood you when you find your visual unexpectedly?

When I find a heart I am reminded to smile. I might be struggling on my journey when a sudden nature formed heart appears. At that moment I stop to enjoy and document the incredible find. I often take a moment to reflect on being grateful for the struggles, ability to feel such because I could be so much worse off not being able to wander about in the woods, and to ponder what other great wonders might be a head if I keep moving forward.

Paperclips are another “heart sign” for me. When not in the woods I seek paperclips. I do not take photos of them like I do the nature hearts. I do take a moment to remind myself that such appear when I need inspiration and encouragement. Paperclips hold things together. When I see paperclips they are like little virtual hugs. I smile and know I can continue forward and am not alone.

More HeArts to come!!

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