Yesterday, I joined twenty other women online for a thirty-day “Creative Cleanse.”   To be honest, I am not exactly sure what is involved in a creative cleanse.  It sounds a bit “woo-woo,” doesn’t it?  I had never heard of such a concept until meeting-up with my creative coach who is the brains and energy behind this workshop.  She describes a creative cleanse as a process of using art to “clear your mind and open creative channels”.  In essence, I am making room for inspiration.

My first assignment was to write my intentions for this Cleanse.  After pondering  my heart’s song over a non-fat latte at Starbucks, I set to work with my pen and some oil pastels and this is what I came-up with:  “I am courageously fanning and sharing my light, creating a life of joy and abundance.”  Courage seems to be a recurrent theme for me these days.  Sharing my passions even before they are fully developed takes courage.  Courage to be vulnerable.

So, I will be vulnerable here with you.  For the past year or so, I have felt the calling to be an artist and yet I still cannot claim the title as my own without feeling like a little girl declaring what she wants to be when she grows-up.  I do not have a degree in art. I have never sold a piece of my art.  Nor, have I even produced enough art to fill a wall.  And yet, when I am creating, I feel a sense of peace and joy unlike anything I experienced in my previous careers.

That said,  I figure I’ll keep fanning my flame and just see how brightly it can burn.  And along this artful journey, it is my prayer that my light, God’s light, will touch a few other lives along the way.

What about you?  What flame is God encouraging you to fan in the New Year?  I’d love to hear about the light that He has placed in your heart.