Posts Tagged ‘intention’

Mission Statement Crafting

August 5, 2017

Recently I attended a retreat where part of the day introduced a closer look at the meaning behind mission statements. A mission statement offers intention and guidance towards ones goals and potential, often empowered by important values and beliefs.  A common practice in organizations and companies is to have a mission statement that helps define and offer focus about what the organization does, its purpose, and values.

Also introduced as a component of self-care during this retreat, mission statements can also be created as a personal declaration that helps define meaning, intentional living, and our own values that guide and empower our work, life, and goals.  It also helps strengthen resilience and compassion satisfaction, especially important for combatting compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and burnout. After reflecting on this practice more, I was inspired to create a mission statement collage to explore this idea deeper.

Before crafting the collage I used a provided template inspired by the work of Covey, Merrill, & Merrill (1997) that offered a series of “it is my mission to” prompts. I also discovered there are a lot of mission statement generators and builders online if you want additional help!

Creating this collage also will serve as a visual reminder to continue reflect on and refine.

It is my mission to

Live mindfully with intention and courage

Work creatively to help others

Continue growing and learning

Love unconditionally

Be grateful, calm, and present

Become open to what unfolds

Believe in humanity and the greater good

Promote hope and possibility

Strive for grace and presence

Seek understanding with integrity


Creative Deed 365: June Offerings

June 30, 2015

Wow- Here’s month 6 (!!) of this year’s 365 project!

Creative Deed 365: June Offerings | creativity in motion

I’ve kept playing around with textured backgrounds using gel pens, acrylic paint, & stamp ink for a big chunk of this month’s creative deeds….. Fun! I also decided to stay with the half sized index card format for the majority of June’s offerings.

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I’ve also been making a creative stockpile from this month’s creative deeds for next week’s Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis where I’ll be leaving them out and about on my way to and during this year’s national art therapy conference.

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This month’s video featuring Days 153-181:

Bring on July! 🙂


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Creative Deed 365: May Offerings

Introducing: Creative Deed 365

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015

Creative Covenants Inspiration

June 12, 2015
Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Creative Covenants @ Spectrum 2015

Earlier last month, Hali Karla Arts’ holistic online creative circle Spectrum opened to much excitement and anticipation! I’ve so enjoyed seeing all the creativity, inspiration, and encouragement being shared within this community.

In this post I want to share a peek into some of the Creative Covenants that have been made by Spectrum participants (and who kindly gave me permission (thank you!) to share their art with you!).   Each time a new collection of Creative Covenants graces the Spectrum community space, it’s exciting to take in what has been created- in form, colors, symbol, intention, and the promises being made to ones creative self.

It’s also a delightful surprise to see the different ways everyone’s Creative Covenants take shape, the materials being used and how each set has its own artful personality, creative energy, and enthusiasm:

Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Celeste’s Creative Covenants

Celeste transformed her Creative Covenants into these round beauties! (left image are the fronts & right image features the backs)

Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Laurie’s Creative Covenants

Laurie included her heart shaped Creative Covenants in her art journal!

Creative Covenants Inspiration | creativity in motion

Carol’s Promises to Her Creative Self

Carol has been working on a series of different Creative Covenants on cards and tags that honor her permissions and celebrations!

Creative Covenant Inspiration | creativity in motion

Eleni’s Process & Creative Covenants

Fun to see Eleni’s Creative Covenant process from start to finish!

Britt-Marie's Creative Covenants

Britt-Marie’s Creative Covenants

A beautiful collection of Creative Covenants created by Britt-Marie!

Witnessing these Creative Covenants and many others come to life through art expression is a sacred reminder of the power of intention & its important value in our creative life.   What a courageous, soulful adventure this has already been… Thank you Hali for bringing everyone together through Spectrum’s art filled invitations!


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twentyfourteen revo’lution lookback

December 27, 2014

twentytwelve revo'lution review | creativity in motion
The end of year calls for an annual revo’lution reflection!  ‘Tis the season!

The 6 intentions I choose for 2014 were grace, tranquility, mercy, blithe, soul, and openness… and with the help of the revo’lution altered book I created at the beginning of this year and inspirations from my revo’lution making Pinterest board, here’s a lil’ twentyfourteen lookback:

“To accept grace is to accept the vow to give it…”  ~Max Lucado

Grace | creativity in motion

i believe in grace & choice

Finding calmness in creativity….

Tranquility | creativity in motion

Tranquility and Creativity

“Let our hearts be led by mercy….”

Mercy | creativity in motion

Mercy FTW

“Openness is a virtue, and this virtue will set you free.” ~ A Flourishing Life

Blithe | creativity in motion

Fresh Air

“Whatever is good for your soul… Do that.”

Soul | creativity in motion


“Carry a sense of openness and wholeness within you.” ~Barbara Ann Kipfer

Openness | creativity in motion

Open <3’d

I continue to find this creative ritual so very valuable… and year #6 is no different…  I treasure what each intention has taught me & inspired throughout 2014 with life affirming lessons in hope, renewal, choice, and acceptance.

What were some of your 2014 intentions and how did they inspire your year?


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3×5 365: 10+10=20 [ICAD]

January 20, 2014

A little bit of inspiration in words + images from the past week and then some… 10 more days of 3×5 365… 10+10=20:

3x5 365 10=10=20

3×5 365 10=10=20

“I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.” ― Brene Brown


3 x5 365 | creativity in motion
day 11: the joys of meandering

“The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.”― James Baldwin


day 12

day 12: measuring

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path…” ― Winston Churchill


day 13

day 13: my happy place

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”― C. JoyBell C.


day 16

day 16: love [reclaimed space]

“You must reclaim what you never lost…” -Gnarls Barkley


day 19

day 19: responsibility

 [on being] faithful to [external] responsibility + [inner] authenticity


3x5 365 on the flipside

3×5 365 on the flipside

“Only in the darkness are able to see the stars.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


day 20: see the light

day 20: see the light

It is exciting to be approaching the completion of month #1 with this new project! The connection and new flow for this ICAD practice is starting to gradually emerge, which continues to be an interesting process. Stay tuned for more 3×5 365 progress at the end of this month!

If you are looking for a space to exchange inspiration, strengthen, or begin a creative practice, one of my online workshops in this year’s 6 Degrees of Creativity, Everyday Creativity is dedicated to sustaining (or starting) this kind of adventure with ideas, resources, and a supportive space to keep encouraging your artsy spirit throughout this year. Whether it is a 365 project, weekly, or monthly art happening!  I am super looking forward to bringing this kind of creative energy to 6 Degrees of Creativity.

Everyday Creativity

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In the Presence of Now: Creating One 3×5 At a Time

January 11, 2014

[Things end because…. something else is ready to begin.]

The last 10 days of my 3×5 365 project has been an interesting transition from 2013’s 365 project. A mixture of loss (from the familiarity of what was) mixed in with much excitement (about what can be), along with a reminder (to just be present in the here and now).  A helpful, simple tool I’ve started to use for this gentle reminder into the “presence of now” is this handy (and free!) Gratitude and One Minute Meditation app.  For me, this added practice helps re-frame and create a moment of pause before beginning to work on the day’s 3×5.

As I’ve started to embark on this new 365 adventure, these beginning days have been spent getting to know and being present to this project’s new form, being, and structure…a building of rapport and flow connected to this project’s voice.

I’ve already noticed how much I really do enjoy having the 3×5 space to [breathe], create, and play in.

I am eager to see what develops in these sacred spaces over time.. remembering to embrace this process one 3×5 at a time.

[ “Tomorrow will always hold curiosities but it is the enchantment of today’s possibilities which has me true to the present.” ] ― Truth Devour, Wantin


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Prepare > Intent > Create > Transform: ready for revo’lution [2014]

January 7, 2014
ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion

ready for revo’lution 2014


I’ve spent the first few days of January working on the pages of my 2014 revo’lution book, transformed & altered from a small children’s board book.

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion

My 2014 intentions for this year are Grace, Tranquility, Mercy, Blithe, Soul, and Openness:

[Inward grace calls me here….]

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion


[That tranquility you call peace… lives in my heart]

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion


[Your mercies are new + begin again everyday…]

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion


[Boundless + Free…]

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion


[Listen to + trust the voice of your own soul…]

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion


[Abundance everyday…]

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion


Revo’lution making for the past 6 years has taught me how important intentions are for new beginnings, change, growth, challenge, and transformation.

ready for revo'lution [2014] | creativity in motion

I want to share another annual revo’lution making tradition that always inspires me–this year Lani created a Create Happiness Revo’lution and transformed her board book pages into a downloadable PDF that you can find here. I am also excited to read that AJ who was an active participant in my 2011 21 SECRETS revo’lution workshop continues to engage in this creative practice and will be working on her revo’lution book throughout this year. Having just finished my 365 revo’lution and taking time throughout the year to focus on this intention manifesting process, I love that AJ will be spreading out her 2014 revo’lution love this way!

If you’re interested in creating your own revo’lution, check out my ready to revo’lution e-book or consider joining in on this year’s 6 Degrees of Creativity where I’ll be offering an art journaling workshop dedicated to revo’lution making (includes the e-book!) as one of 6 online workshops dedicated to concepts of connecting, collaboration, art-making, and creativity into an engaged community of artists exploring transformation and using art for good. Registration goes on sale in a couple of weeks (stay tuned!) and will be open until July 31.


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A Simple Reflection on 5 Years of Revo’lution Making

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2014 Creative Planning

January 6, 2014

As I start to transition back into the work week after a restful holiday break, I thought it was great timing to play with my new 2014 Planner I just purchased and received from Teresa Robinson (aka @stargardner) last week via  Right brain planning combines art journaling and creative planning into one practice and Teresa’s 2014 Planner includes templates, ideas, monthly prompts, and tons of inspiration to get started!

Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire.  You will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ~George Bernard Shaw

2014 Creative Planning | creativity in motion

Teresa’s 2014 Planner and all its elements can be used in so many different ways!  I’ve decided to use an old, unused watercolor sketchbook for my monthly planning pages.  This sketchbook provides plenty of extra room for art journaling and its pages are super thick.  I also see myself using the Planner’s elements in my ongoing smashbooking, 3×5 365, gluebooking, and in my art therapy work with clients.  Thank you Teresa for all these creative possibilities!

You can also check out more art journaling inspiration from Teresa at the The Art Journaler.

2014 Creative Planning | creativity in motion

Making space for that [something] will reveal what is truly vital for you. ~@stargardner

I also finished my 2014 revo’lution art journal this week-end (hooray!), which I’ll be sharing here soon. It’s a really nice feeling to start the new year grounded in intention and to have this direction guided and supported by my creative practice.

Intention… is where we begin…

The time I’ve had off has really been like a little mini creative sabbatical!  I’m grateful I’ve had more time to do art, check out art, prepare projects, and get ready for the abundance that this year holds in opportunity, connection, and creativity.

[Today is Day One]… Beginning New & Inspired By…

I’m excited to share a look at my next few months ahead: art therapy happenings & creative stuff I’m up to in twenty14. I hope we’ll meet up or connect at some of these events or offerings!


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Heart Space: 365 Days of revo’lution making

December 31, 2013

It’s day 365 of this incredible journey.  🙂 Wow!  I got up super early this morning with eager and excited anticipation of today’s ultimate milestone for this 365 project.

my 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

rise and shine: revo’lution morning art-making

Following a series of deep breaths and spending time in a simple meditation of gratitude, I started to work on the last piece to make this project complete:

Day 365: My 365 revo'lution project | creativity in motion

Day 365: [golden] heart space

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” ― Paulo Coelho

This project helped create the space to find and re-discover so much treasure…

365 days of revo'lution making | creativity in motion

365 Full Circle

“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.  The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.”  ― Swami Prabhavananda

This final month (below) has been spent in a lot of reflection… Especially related to my yearly revo’lution.

Days 335-346 | my 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

Days 335-346

“When we make the choice to fill our heart space with unconditional love, our worlds blossom into a beauty far greater than we have known.” ~Rio Godfrey

Days 347-358 | 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

Days 347-358

Simplicity. Stillness. Light. Trust, Service. Honor. Blossom.

Days 359-362 | my 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

Days 359-362

I’m also so very appreciative of all the support, enthusiasm, and kindness this project has received over the last 12 months.  As a special thank you, I’m offering the series of the collage sheets I’ve made of some of my favorite 365 revo’lution art in this free download available throughout January.

365 revo'lution collage sheets

In reflection of 2013, please enjoy this simple video highlighting intentions, days, and meaningful moments found in this heart space throughout the year:

Here’s wishing you and yours many blessings of joy and growth in 2014!


Past 365 revo’lution posts:

365 revo'lution project | creativity in motion

A Simple Reflection on 5 Years of Revo’lution Making

December 27, 2013

2013 marks a revo’lution making milestone.  It’s been 5 years since I first embarked on this end of the year creative practice dedicated to intention setting and manifesting through art journaling.

In these last 5 years I’ve learned so much by this process (over and over again).  Each intention I’ve chosen has had its own joys, surprises, gifts, consequences, opportunities, & unexpected lessons in my work, life, relationships, and well-being that I am very grateful for.

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

~Lucius Annaeus Seneca


A Simple Reflection on 5 Years of Revo'lution Making | creativity in motion

5 Years of Revolution Making

In my creative space I have a special place where I stack all my past revo’lution art journals to remind me where I’ve been and how these intentions have inspired, challenged, or influenced where I am now.

“Our intention creates our reality.”  ~Wayne Dyer  

2014 Revo'lution Making Begins

2014 Revo’lution Making Begins

I’ve started the beginnings of my 2014’s revo’lution making… using tabbed cards labeled with the intentions I want to offer and receive during this new year….

I plan on crafting my new revo’lution beginning next week once my 365 revo’lution project has finished…. More coming soon on both of those fronts…!


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Ready for Revolution Art Journaling eBook Now Available

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