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Encouragement, Relationships and Creativity

Standing in the Atlanta airport on the way home from a recent trip, I took note of a large, bright billboard of Oprah, with the word “encouragement” in bold letters, sponsored by the website, Values.com . The billboard was in a line-up of other signs but this one just stood out.  Perhaps because I was feeling tired, travel-weary, and unsure of what was next, I saw the word “encouragement” and wanted/needed to have it in my life, at that moment. Instead of feeling discouraged, I wanted to be encouraged by someone who shared my dream.

Patricia and Anne

The newest addition to our website this month is a story of 2 sisters, who, in their retirement years, have discovered an expanded relationship of mutual creativity, respect and encouragement in their growing art interests. Read Now Their smiles say it all – they’re having fun together and thinking about the next challenge – encouragement from within the family. Give some ENCOURAGEMENT to someone today. It’s positively energizing and it may just make you smile.

Sorry, This Brain is on Overload

From Suzanne

One of my friends likes to say, “I don’t have a life, I have appointments”. Some days are just like that. Too many commitments, not enough time.  I recently saw a post on Facebook from an old classmate, who was counting down the exact number of days, hours and minutes until his yearly 2 week vacation started.  It was clear that he was anxiously anticipating a break from his daily routine.

And it got me thinking about how the speed of life today is over the limit – trying to get more done is less time.  It gets exhausting, to the point that we just need to escape. We need a rest stop. Chapter 6: 8 Essential Keys

What is occupying so much of our time?  Does it feel like a burden or a pleasure? How do we get that desperately needed downtime, even if we’re no longer working full time?  We all need resting periods that allow our brains to process all the information we take in during the day. Those moments of being able to relax and see life in a different way, to find unexpected connections in situations, and expand opportunities for new experiences – all necessary components of nurturing creativity and decreasing stress.

What sparks your creativity and replenishes your spirit?  Fishing, hiking, travel?  Maybe it’s not activity, but just the opposite –  sitting still in a quiet corner of the garden and letting nature seep in.

Regardless of how you decide to replenish your creative spirit, there are great benefits to doing so.  For starters, here’s a few: a more positive outlook, cognitive health, stress reduction, greater resistance to disease and infection, improved ability to problem-solve. Who doesn’t want more of that?

Here are some interesting articles on nurturing creativity in our downtime:

For a More Creative Brain, Travel , Atlantic Monthly Group 2015

What Creativity is Trying to Tell You, TEDxStuttgart

10 Signs that Tell You to Take a Break, Health

P.S. If you’re ever at a loss to find a great topic of conversation at the next social gathering, ask someone about their latest vacation or trip. People love to talk about their vacation experiences (both good and bad). You may find you have to change the subject after awhile!

We’d love to hear about your rest stops.



“Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game”

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to see Dr. Bill Thomas performing in his Age of Disruption Tour – what a great evening!  The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC, was  a perfect venue for the “non-fiction theater” about changing the way we view aging. Paired with amazing musician Nate Silas Richardson, the show was creatively arranged, personally engaging, insightful, and most of all, honest. And we were invited to use our cell phones to capture the moment….thanks Bill!Age of Disruption Tour 2

Since Conscious Creative Retirement™ is all about learning to make intentional choices in the “next chapter” of our lives, this program adds another creative dimension to thinking about how we age, and navigating the new normal of our retirement years.

The tour is continuing around the US for several more months, so be sure to check their website for dates and times near you.  You’ll be glad you did! Changing Aging