I alternate launching creativity and writing courses. Beta Users get 50% off new courses. I am currently seeking Beta Users for my next creativity course, Expressive Outdoors, Sprinkle More You All Around Your Home.

When you arrive back home after being away, how do the first things you see in your yard make you feel? Do they represent who you are and how you express yourself in the world?

When someone comes over to visit, your home makes an impression. You want the outside of your home to reflect you and your family in all of your unique glory and the best way to accomplish this is through personal reflection, conscious choices and unique self-expression.

This course will help you refocus your urge to please on charming yourself and your immediate family first. Once you all enjoy the area outside your home, visitors will follow suit! Strangers may even start stopping by to let you know how much they enjoy passing your home. I would not have believed this until it started happening to me.

If your outdoor decor does not consistently lift you up, then this course is for you. Expressive Outdoors is a companion course to Expressive At Home, which I launched in May. Expressive Outdoors focuses on expressing yourself outside your home — on your porches, on your patios, and all around the immediate outside of your home. These are areas that are often neglected outright or simply decorated in a similar way to everyone else.

Putting your unique stamp on the area outside your home is a gradual process. Sure, there are a few things you can do right away but I will help you pace yourself and make transformational choices. This is a self-paced, online video class with the emphasis on tackling manageable assignments after each pep talk. My goal is for you to say, “This course has given me the motivation to express more of myself outdoors without spending a fortune and have fun doing it.”

Expressing yourself outdoors does not have to be expensive and I will explain how. And you do not have to take my Expressive At Home course first, although you may, if you wish. My online courses can be taken in any order.

Here’s the course outline:

Expressive Outdoors: Sprinkle More You All Around Your Home
Fun Is The Formula For A Happy Yard
Paint With Living Things
Claim Your Outdoor Inheritance
Upcycle Your Inspiration
Instant Gratification With Containers
Edible Gardening Made Easy
Create An Artful Yard
Finishing Touches Ignite Magic
Savor The Long Game
Enjoy Relaxing Outdoors

The future price of this course will be $99 but, for a limited time, the discounted Beta-user price is $49. Register now to be a Beta User. This course launches on August 21st! Beta users are still needed. Register right here!




So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

~ Photo by Chloe Ridgway

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Here’s a little pep talk about creative confidence that went out in my last newsletter. If you would like more reminders about how creatively powerful you always are, why not get on my email list or subscribe to this blog?

 

You have more abilities than you realize. You are an incredibly able person. And the world yearns for what you have to offer. Don’t keep it from us!

Your creativity is a river that is deep, wide and coursing swiftly, and always ready to pour through you the minute you allow it.

Even if life is challenging sometimes, your creative power is always there, inside you, waiting for its next opportunity to pour through.

Your creativity is yours. No one can take it from you or diminish it. You have plenty of it and more than enough to last you a lifetime.

The only person who can cut off the flow of your self-expression is you. Which is good news because this means you are also the only one who can open the flow back up, no matter how long it’s been held back.

Creativity is the opposite of perfectionism. The unrealistic restrictions we impose on ourselves can deny us so many good things. But the imperfect expression of who we are opens all the closed doors back up.

If you want to stay humble, always be learning something new and doing it poorly at first. You can get better with practice.

That wonderful feeling of flow is available to all of us. We are allowed to experience it for whatever amounts of time we have available, whether five minutes or five hours a day.

All creative goals are worthwhile. If we long to express something with our whole heart, we cannot possibly do harm. We can always create in positive ways and our good intentions will ripple out and touch the world.

 

So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

~ Photo by Roman Kraft

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I can write up a storm in my home office and still enjoy the rest of my home inside and out. And you can, too. Check out my new online course, Expressive At Home.

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In my opinion, there is nothing better than becoming a bit more expressive every single day.

And there is nothing worse than being creatively blocked. Ugh!

As a writer, I am fortunate. I get to express myself all the time. Naturally, expressing creativity always feels great.

But in recent years, I find myself wanting to express myself in ways beyond merely writing.

I know now that I used my writing as a bit of a crutch for a while. Writing was my excuse to not express myself in other arenas of my life.

I would think, Well, this room has no style, but I’m a writer so I can’t be bothered with the way this room looks.

Or I would think, I know this outfit is completely uninspired and conveys nothing about who I am, but that doesn’t matter because I’m a writer and I have work to do.

I literally used to think like this all the time about so many things. Then in recent years, I started to notice I was missing out on making personal choices that were being presented to me on a daily basis, and I was using my career as an excuse for not making them.

I was too busy, right? I was too successful. I needed to work long hours to keep up my momentum. These seemed like a good excuses to focus mostly on writing and ignore other things I might have enjoyed but would not make time for.

I was using my writing career as an excuse for not making choice after choice after choice. I had a kind of tunnel vision that was blotting out much of the fun of everyday living.

These days, things have changed dramatically. I am more inclined to get excited about making little choices. Making more choices in more arenas of my life doesn’t take me away from success, in fact, living a fuller life enriches my career and vice-versa.

Today I embrace all of the opportunities for self-expression in my life without feeling overwhelmed by them. And every time I express myself, I feel great about myself whether that means writing an article, cooking a meal, building a class, arrange a vase of flowers, or anything I do that puts my signature stamp on my life.

Expressive At Home is an online course that asks you a lot of questions so you get to make a lot of personal choices. Sometimes we just need to be asked to discover what we feel. When you make many choices every day, change starts to happen without much effort.

Change means you are awake and in a dialogue with yourself about what you need. Change means you are making choices and they are in the process of being fulfilled. Nothing feels better than expressing and meeting your own needs.

Expressive At Home is one of the best classes I’ve ever created. I had waves of input to help make it the best it could be, and folks who have taken it are raving about it. I hope you will check out Expressive At Home. See what folks have to say about it, below, and then stick around to learn about my next class, Expressive Outdoors. If you love the idea of becoming more expressive at home, you are going to love becoming more expressive outside your home, as well.

Home should be a place that feels like a refreshing, nourishing retreat after a busy day navigating an often stressful, unpredictable world. Our homes provide the perfect canvas for expressing who we are and what we value most in our lives. Christina’s course Expressive at Home offers an assortment of inspiring, multi-sensory ideas that quickly helped me discover playful, surprising and inexpensive ways to chase the cobwebs off of tired shelves, rejuvenate cluttered rooms and reinvigorate my creative spirit. I’ve already started integrating Christina’s ideas into my home and can feel my creativity expanding in all areas of my life. ~ Christa Melnyk Hines, Journalist, Author and Connection Expert

The lessons, examples, and exercises in Expressive At Home: Exercises To Skyrocket Your Creativity provided a much-needed reconnection with my home. The step-by-step modules offered fresh insights on how to freshen up my physical spaces while shifting my perspective to see things differently too. Like a gift to the self, I couldn’t wait to dip into the next module each day. Every suggested activity was doable, affordable, and exciting to complete. I highly recommend Expressive At Home: Exercises To Skyrocket Your Creativity. It’s made a big difference in my home in just 10 days! ~ Debra Mars, Creativity and Writing Coach

This is a great course! My house lacks personal expression but now I feel like I can easily become more expressive at home. The length of the videos is just right. I had been feeling stuck and too busy to decorate. I often felt like I did not even know what my taste was. It was amazing how Expressive At Home hit on all of the ways I was feeling and addressed my needs.  ~ Sarah Yale, Journalist

All of the lessons in Expressive At Home encouraged change from the inside out. Then end results are then up to us to discover. I especially liked how personal the content felt and hearing about your personal experiences and processes. I can imagine your satisfaction from bringing flowers in from your garden, I can imagine you making a cup of tea while you take one of your hourly breaks, and I can imagine your family coming home and feeling supported by the focal arrangement that featured images from their play. I am already applying some of your insights spontaneously with surges of energy that urge me onward. Thank you! ~ Diane Turner Maller, Journalist and Tutor

Being human means always being in a state of evolution. When we reject this idea, we suffer. But it doesn’t take much to get back in the flow of personal growth. We don’t have to go meditate on a mountaintop. We can start right where we are, at home, and learn so much about ourselves. When we are in touch with ourselves, we can create a home we love that loves us back.

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So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

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While I was creating my latest course, Effortless Essay Writing, I received an important reminder from a butterfly that reminded me that creative confidence can be strong and gentle.

Over the weeks I was working on the course, summer started in earnest, and while summer is not my favorite season, I love gardening, and I have cultivated a variety of gardens all around the house over the past several years.

Tending my gardens is a great way to take a quick mental break when I am working hard on a project. So I go outside to turn on or off my soaker hoses, quickly pull a few weeds, make a bouquet or just stroll around with a cup of coffee or iced tea and admire the cumulative results of my efforts.

Gardens are never static. They are always evolving, changing, and expanding just like us. And since I am always planting new seeds, there are often new discoveries to make on a daily basis.

As I was finishing my last class, I kept seeing a large yellow butterfly fluttering about in my newest garden. Apparently I have finally planted flowers that butterflies like, which makes me happy. I have always enjoyed visiting hummingbirds and I’m excited to be attracting butterflies now, too.

The big, yellow butterfly showed up right when I was considering the best photo to represent my new course. It never would have occurred to me on my own to use a butterfly image, but I was feeling less than satisfied with the more straightforward images of laptops, notebooks and fingers typing.

When you are writing an essay, you might see an awful lot of your laptop or your notebook or your fingers typing but I’m not sure these images are all that inspiring in and of themselves.

And that’s how it hit me that the butterfly was a much better image for what I was communicating in my new essay writing class. Writers struggle with essay writing in so many ways and most of those struggles are rooted in trying too hard. I created a course that outlines an effortless approach to essay writing that will work every time, just as a butterfly finds flowers and drinks nectar without struggle.

So many of us have been raised on shoulds and musts and trying to have willpower over our unruly selves, and this type of self-controlled approach does not activate our purest creative efforts. Our ideas are always calling to us, if we are attuned to receiving them and being gentle enough with ourselves to attract our best ideas is at the root of happy creating. After that, all we have to do is stay light about the process and not fall into the trap of worrying about outcomes or taking ourselves too seriously.

Even though we live in a noisy world with crazy things happening all the time, the butterflies still find the flowers with the nectar they need. They don’t care who is tweeting what on social media. They simply find the flowers they need and flit on over to them on a calm, warm day to gently extract the nectar they need without disrupting so much as a petal.

Butterflies are focused, yet relaxed; instinctive, yet intuitive; alert, yet fearless. Butterflies remind writers to lighten up, enjoy the process, and celebrate every satisfying sip of nectar. Writers sometimes forget that the quality of the journey matters as much as the successful outcome. And yet, when we enjoy the journey, the whole process becomes a win, not merely the outcome.

Butterflies are helpful symbols for writers, who can become too mental in our habits and lose touch with our instincts and intuitions. Ideas do not flow for writers when we get in our own way. We sometimes need to be reminded to keep things simple.

I wanted to create a course that would make essay writing simple, straightforward and doable, yet also alluring, magical, and powerful. The way a butterfly can remind us to stop, pay attention, and appreciate a moment more deeply, I hope I have encouraged writers to relax, reflect, and enjoy the process of essay writing.

So you can probably expect to see more butterfly imagery in my upcoming essay writing courses! I am fond of the reminder that creative confidence is as calm as a butterfly and I hope you appreciate it, too.

Go easy on yourselves, writers, and be amazed at how much more you are able to get done. Be like the butterfly: lighten up, tune in, and get on track for your next completed mission.

If you’d like to discover a whole new, more doable approach to essay writing, you will find it in my Effortless Essay Writing course.

So much inspiration, so much time! Visit my online creative confidence school and start expressing yourself afresh right now. Join the creative confidence club: subscribe to the Christina Katz blog and sign up for The Prosperous Creative ezine for a free gift, the latest news and exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere. Need more encouraging words in your life? Check out my Etsy shop. And have you seen all of the helpful offerings in my online shop? Be sure to check them out before you click away. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my work with all of your creative friends!

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