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My Approach: Map Your Movement


Creating our great work— the stuff that fuels us and reflects our gifts— starts with getting honest about what we need and value.


Growing creative work well involves paying attention and acting with intention. It’s about learning to see and lean into your strengths, values, and past experiences- the blend that shapes your one-of-a-kind work- and narrowing your focus so that you direct your energy according to those values.

It involves systems and habits that care for yourself, and collaborations and partnerships with like-minded people, so you aren’t trying to do it all on your own.

It is equal parts mindset and action.

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Map Your Movement is a four-phase cycle for connecting to and growing our great work with more momentum, clarity + ease.

This process:

  •  Allows us to tune into our intuition, so we can take stock of our needs, values, and priorities, and align our action from this place.

  • Gathers all the parts of who we are and what we already know, and uses these as the foundation for what we want to build .

  • Encourages us to adapt an experimental mindset, get comfortable taking intentional risks, reflect on our progress, and adjust as we go.

The Map Your Movement phases:

  • Phase one: Move (in) | Get honest about your needs and values. Learn tools that help you notice and adjust, and connect to your body and intuition. Clarify your intentions for the future.

  • Phase Two: Move (closer) | Get specific about the core message that drives your work, so you can articulate and share what you do. Create parameters to help you avoid doing everything for everyone.

  • Phase Three: Move (forward) | Use aligned communications, projects, partnerships, and work habits to move you closer to your goals. Frame your work as an experiment.

  • Phase Four: Reflect and adjust | Learn from your movement and patterns. Begin the cycle again.

 
 

We can apply this process to your business or creative endeavor in one-on-one advising sessions, or each phase of the process will soon be offered as a class.

 
 
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8 Principles for Growing Creative Work Well

These principles guide the Map your Movement Process.

 
 

Use what you have to make what you need.
You are your greatest resource.
Create from the one-of-a-kind blend of your past experiences, knowledge, obsessions, and values— your own genius.

Embrace an experimental mindset.
Experimenting pushes us to take risks, and reminds us that everything is information— regardless of the outcome. It provides a little bit of space and perspective between who we are, and what we create.

Connect to your body.
Your body is a source of wisdom— home of your intuition. It’s way more reliable than logic or your ego.

Create limitations.
Clarify the mission and core beliefs that drive your work, and use these as parameters for your projects and action. Focus your energy in alignment with your priorities; avoid doing everything for everyone.

Find your foundation.
What do you need to care for yourself? How can you work sustainably? Connect to sources of support— including colleagues and collaborators.

Pair internal shifts - mindset adjustments- with tangible action.
Start before you’re ready, and learn as you go.

Reflect and adjust.
Practice regular reflection; notice your priorities, needs, and progress, as well as your fear, stuck places, and patterns. Practice noticing without judgement; change begins with paying attention. Play with making small shifts when your action feels out of alignment with your needs, rather than moving in a totally different direction.

All movement is movement; progress isn’t linear.
The act of connecting to our great work is a continual process; we peel back the layers of the onion and slowly get closer to the core— the thing that brings us most alive.  

 
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