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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Creativity, Music, Art & Women Helping Women!

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman


As a creative life coach, I often use quotes that I hope will inspire my clients. Recently I shared this quote with a client, and it made a great impact on both of us. I feel energized, hopeful and filled with possibility each time I read it because, while I may not know how to save the world, I do know what makes me come alive – creativity, music & art!

That’s why I’m so excited about the plans taking shape for my CD release celebration, which I mentioned here a couple of weeks ago . It began with playing the “what if” game (great creative coaching tool that “what if”!) I began thinking of ways the event might become something more than just a night of live music at a smoky club. (well, luckily, the clubs in Dallas aren’t smoky anymore!) “What if” I somehow combined art with my music? What would that look like? What if it became a charitable event? What if it celebrated and helped women? What if?

Here’s where all of that “what-iffing” led – The Infinite Possibility of Women Helping Women – a night of music, art and women helping women around the world!

I’ve always been amazed by the number of talented female artists I have as friends. I may be able to write, record and perform original music, but my artistic attempts are purely therapeutic. You won’t find any of my vision-boards or creative oasis journals in a gallery. But, I have dozens of extremely talented friends who create artistic magic out of thin air (and a little paint or film). Now I’m equally amazed by their generosity. Thirteen artists have agreed to each create and donate an original piece of art inspired by one of the songs on my CD. The night of the CD release celebration (date and place TBD) this artwork will be put up in a silent auction with the proceeds benefiting Women for Women International.

As I’ve never created or facilitated a fundraising event such as this, I have a lot to learn over the coming weeks and months. This is a classic example of “ready, fire, aim!” – but sometimes that's the best way to make something happen – dive in head first and start paddling like crazy. I have the support and wisdom of so many wonderful people, my intuition tells me this is all meant to be! In the coming weeks I'll be posting updates, artist interviews, music and more information about Women for Women leading up to the big event.

Madeleine K. Albright said, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” I’d prefer to think there’s a special place right here on earth for those who do. ~

All the best from my creative oasis to yours,

Jill

9 comments :

Pink Heels said...

This is absolutely wonderful!!! Send me a little blurb and I'll put it on the Pink Heels blog to help spread the word!

Laura Hegfield said...

Jill,
I'm so proud of you!!! This is awesome...you've worked hard, learned to play with abandon, and opened your heart and mind to create an incredible event (well, I KNOW it will be!) that will just flow out to produce more abundance!

Good for YOU!...I wish I lived closer and could be there to celebrate with you...but I'll be with you in spirit!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

she-she said...

Great thoughts, Jill! I enjoyed our brainstorming session the other day. It will all come together and be a memorable, positive experience. Best wishes!--Sherry

(creativeoasiscoach) said...

Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of this idea! It will truly be a group effort and a beautiful example of women helping women in so many ways!

Expressive Hart said...

What a fabulous and inspired idea! Congrats! And I LOVE the Howard Thurman quote! We need to have another get together!

Jen said...

Hi! I just wanted to say thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! I loved reading a little about what you do and I feel like I want to say thank you from all us creatives to you for the inspiration. Good luck with yoru event!
Jen

(creativeoasiscoach) said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Jen. I am discovering such a beautiful creative community on-line. What a great support system we have!

jill badonsky said...

I'm so inspired by YOU! Can't wait until the day I see you perform.

~Jill Badonsky

(creativeoasiscoach) said...

It boggles my mind that we've never stood in the same room! When we finally do, what do you think might happen - spontaneous creative combustion? (of the joyful kind, of course!)