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Routinely Creative

Develop a creative practice you can use for life. Simply dreaming about taking a painting class, knitting a sweater, writing a book, starting a business, designing jewellery, just isn’t on. Your friends are always telling you how creative you are. And you know it too. But it’s the actual doing that will bring you the happy dances and inner high fives. Yes, it’s scary, and yes there are no guarantees, but your sweet spot is waiting for you to scratch it, massage it, love it up, and explore its irresistible-ness.

And if you think that you can just make a mental note of wanting to take time for creative projects, well, let me ask you...how many times have you actually done something that you didn’t schedule? Science says (which means it’s fact) that people need routines and structure to make stuff happen. And yes, even creativity needs a helping hand. To be creative everyday you need to build rituals into your life.

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You’re always dreaming about how one day you’ll decorate, draw, macramé, crochet, carve, dance, sculpt, write, fashion, sing, build, design, shape, manufacture, launch....
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You love inspiring people and go to great lengths to help friends, family and your community.
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You have so many brilliant ideas floating around in that head of yours that it’s hard to focus on one thing.
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You’re tired of seeing others be creative and wish you could just get over whatever it is that’s stopping you.
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You want your inner critic to go away so you can just play and be in the moment.
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You want to connect with a community or tribe who gets how important creative work is to you.
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You know you have good ideas but need mental space and time to let them frolic and do their thing.
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You know you can reach your creative vision, but don’t feel you’re quite there.
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You are ready to take the next step and make creativity inseparable from your life, not just part of some daydream.

Creativity isn't something that comes in waves that you ride once a month or twice a year. It's a daily practice of getting out of your own way to let creativity do its thing.

 

I hear the floorboards shaking. Is that you doing your happy dance?

I’ve shimmied, cuddled, prayed, arm-wrestled and done the chicken dance with creativity every day for most of my life, and can help you develop some of your own kickass routines to get stuff done and change your life for the better. You’ll learn to channel your creativity into projects that mean something to you. And you’ll come face to face with your own resistance as you get into the creative groove—once and for all.

Space

Having a space for creativity is a big part of getting stuff done. Dedicating a room or corner in your house as your space, using a special pen, quality paintbrush, tool that nobody touches but you, are all part of carving out creative time.

Routine

Like slipping on a pair of jeans, or drinking your morning coffee, you probably don’t think too much about your daily routine. It’s a simple fact that you have routines because they produce results. The same goes for creative output. When you learn how to build routines around your creative projects, slowly but surely you're rewarded. Being proactive, positive and optimizing the time you have will help you to reclaim your creativeness. Before you know it you’ll discover how much easier it is to live in that sweet spot of making, doing, and being in charge of your life.

Focus

Most of the excuses we give ourselves for not creating are personal rather than related to our environments. Yes there are kids and spouses and work and friends, yet if we believe we have absolutely no time then our days instantly become filled with places to go and people to see. Kind of like how it goes with a purse: No matter how big your purse is, it’s always full. Learning to focus helps you to tailor your life to what really matters.

Let's imagine shall we...
A positive feeling that every day you are creative is a gift from the Universe, God, or your Cosmic Cookie Jar.
An acknowledgement that you see progress being made—even if it’s only small steps.
You’re kinder to friends and family because you don’t feel they’re taking away your time and energy.
feed your creativity
You will have more energy and be nicer to those around you because your creative work is feeding you in a truly soulful way.
develop a daily creative practice
I’ll lay it all out for you what you need to be creative every day. Think of it as your road map to newfound bliss and happy dances.
who's your tribe?
Connecting to a community of makers, doers and believers is a surefire way to helping you achieve your goals.

What You Will Learn: A Sneakpeak of the Course Modules

Build Your Fort

All creative people need a space to call their own. When I was a kid I made mine out of bed sheets and sofa cushions; brought along a flashlight, the book I was reading, a notebook, teddy bear, doll, and of course, my well-worn blankie. Here, you’ll learn how to construct your own fort, and determine what you should bring along. Then of course there’s carving out your mental space, which follows a similar process.

Set Priorities

This online course will give you practical tools to develop a daily creative practice. You will discover that the previously dull everyday world you lived in is now much more eye-catching and inspiring. You will get the goods on how to keep to a daily creative practice, set a vision for what you want, making sure that you factor in the big picture, as well as the small stuff.

Understand How Creativity Works

Everything you need to know to get creative so that the feeling doesn’t pass you by. When you understand a few simple truths about the nature of creativity, then the process of creating becomes a whole lot simpler and much more fun.

Procrastinate Later

I'll teach you what I’ve learned over many years kicking my inner Goof Meister’s butt. You know, the one who doesn’t want to create because she’s too afraid. Doesn’t think she’s good enough or just plain wants to play hooky and avoid hard work. I’ll give you worksheets to help identify your personal resistance and some tactics to make you unstoppable. You'll learn to detect when your mind is tricking you into not working on a creative project. I'll help you create some simple mantras and lessons to befriend your procrastination without letting it dominate you.

Make Your Creative Time Non-Negotiable

Lessons I’ve learned about setting boundaries for others and yourself. You’ll receive worksheets to get clear on what’s important so that your creative practice becomes consistent and you actually do show up. 

Connect With Your Tribe

Figure out whom you can rely on, who gets you, and whom you can call when you feel like you want to throw in the towel.

Keep it real

Humour is an important part of creating. This course teaches you to enjoy the process, laugh (albeit lovingly) at yourself, and bust a move with that badass part of you that just wants to play, play, play.

What the Big Guns Say

A collection of my favourite resources by artists, writers, artisans, designers, dancers, photographers, chefs, jewelry designers, and all-round creatives. This module also includes some inspirational memes that you can share with others to show just how dedicated you are to your daily practice; sharing these will continue to keep you on your toes—creatively speaking. 

FAQ

Why would I take this course when I’m already creative and can probably figure it out for myself?

The number one question is, “If you can figure it out for yourself then why haven’t you done it by now?” I’m creative too, but I’ve needed loads of help from so many sources—books, my tribe, my mum, life coach, business coach, craniosacral therapist, artists, yoga, meditation, online courses, raw chocolate, good shoes, hair stylist—to get where I am today. Sometimes getting a little help is just what you need to catapult you to the next level.

Is this course only for writers?

Heck no! Yes, I’m a published author a few times over but I also consider creativity a part of my everyday life, not just when I put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper. Creative energy flows into my relationships, my photography and painting, my sense of style, what I choose to focus on, my exercise routine, what I eat, and the attention I put into my surroundings.

Is this stuff I already know?

No, unless you’re already rocking it creatively and feel completely fulfilled and energized each day by how creative you are. This course will teach you some things about creativity that you've never heard before. The top half of your head will metaphorically twist open like the lid of a jam jar and a daring wind of possibility will come rushing in. It’s that awesome!!

Can I really learn this in an online course?

Yes, the course is far-reaching and I take you through the steps I’ve learned over my many years writing everyday and super-charging the rest of my day with creative aliveness. I'll give you a roadmap to get to where you want to go. Even if it’s just finishing that half-knit sweater sitting in the closet, or carving out more time for art making. Big or small we tackle it all!

Hey, will I actually be able to put into practice all this theory about being creative?

I won’t throw much theory at you; it will be more like workable steps to get it done, change your life, and develop a lifelong habit of being creative. Not bad, eh?

Will there be a Facebook group for the course?

Of course there will! That way you can connect and get help from your peeps, as you learn about what other cool things people are doing.

What do I get?
  • Pre-call exercises related to your creative vision and goals.
  • One-hour Skype/Google or FaceTime work session with me. 
  • The session is recorded and comes with an MP3 so you need not waste time trying to remember or jot down every tasty morsel.
  • Takeaway worksheets to follow the program and get you on track with your creative targets. 
  • I’m on call after via email to make sure you’re well on your way to fashioning the lessons into your own creative practice.
  • A Routinely Creative Facebook group to share your stories, frustrations, hopes, dreams, wins and creative projects; a nurturing, welcoming and fun space to connect and see what others are creating, while also offering them your attention, high fives and insights.
  • Daily support from me as I’ll be visiting the Facebook group regularly and will help you with any blockages or questions you may have.
  • Lifetime membership as you will be a member of the Routinely Creative tribe for as long as you wish, and have unlimited access to the community’s love and support, and to my continued support and expertise.
  • A collection of my favourite resources, links and videos on all-things creativity.
How much is this course? When can I begin?

The cost for this course is only $130(USD).

 

The photo is of Lissa M. Cowan, Writer, Creator and Storyteller. She stands in an alleyway in front of a brick wall that is painted beige-pink. She smiles and gently clasping her hands. She has brown, shoulder length hair, dark eyes and eyebrows. She wears a metallic 20s style dress with a short-sleeved V-neck covered one third up by tan mesh. She wears long earrings that are geometrically shaped and with a black and white design.

About Lissa

I’m the Inspired Ringmaster, Chief Firestarter and Big Sister behind Routinely Creative, a four-week course to help you develop a creative practice that you can use for life.

I’ve learned the hard way that creativity isn’t about waiting for the muse to show up. It’s about you showing up everyday that makes the cake, the painting, the purple pantsuit, the bestselling novel, the ceramic bowls, and the tie-dye lingerie. Yet even though deep down I knew I needed to work hard and work consistently, it took years before I put strategies in place to actually get stuff done. 

And procrastination wasn’t my only problem.

I used to beat myself up when I didn’t write. Or I’d take to heart what friends and family said about how there was no money in writing or art in general, and how unproductive creative play was for adults. Even though my heart was crying out to be creative, the shame I felt related to something so deeply ingrained in who I was, eventually crippled me. And not metaphorically.

I got sick and then had to take a few steps back to reassess why I was on this planet. I quit my lacklustre job in government, went on a writing retreat and began to live and breathe creativity. The changes I needed to make in my life for my creative practice to take hold didn’t happen overnight. They took many months and years of dedication. Yet without the tools and understanding about how creativity functions and how to help it flourish, I would still be sitting at my desk waiting for the muse. 

There are plenty of courses that teach you how to make different kinds of art but I couldn’t find a single one that taught people how to make creativity a lifelong practice.

That’s why I launched Routinely Creative

“Your course is fantastic! Everything resonates very deeply with me. Simply brilliant!!”

—Nadine Prada, Artist & Founder, Nadine Prada Gallery