Creative Flow: An Event for Those Who Want to Stretch Their Creative Muscles

In November 2010, I hosted a speed networking event at the Galway Hooker in NYC, a bar just a few blocks south of where I used to work full-time for an academic book publisher.*

The event was a shot-in-the-dark idea I had for promoting my brand new career coaching business… one idea among many.

I paired up with Marian Schembari to plan and co-host the event. Together, we filled the space with publishing professionals we’d connected with over the course of our careers.

We filled that room with 25 publishing experts, and then — through a promotional push borne of the fear that no one would show up — we managed to fill the room with 50 more people eager to speed network with them.

The event was a resounding success, and I often thought of hosting more of them.

I never did.

The other week, I gave a speech at my local Toastmasters meetup about being a slash careerist. I talked about finding happiness again and again with the mix of work I do. But people change, I told them. Passions change. Goals and careers change, I told them, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Since going full-time freelance, I’ve changed course a number of times. Time and again, however, I’ve found myself writing listicle upon listicle — or copyediting poorly-written listings — just to pay the bills, pushing passion projects to the side for things that bring more immediate financial rewards.

Then, almost a year ago, I started practicing yoga seriously. I fell in love with it because of the way it made me feel: strong, fit, and flexible, yes, but also more peaceful, more even-tempered, more overcome with gratitude, and more content.

At the beginning of each vinyasa class, we were asked to set an intention for the next hour and a half of flow.

But I wanted to live my yoga practice all day long. I wanted to live with intention.

Shortly after starting yoga, I also started writing a book… something I’d dreamed of doing since I was very young. I also started to set aside time for writing projects that were more meaningful to me… personal essays and service pieces that focused on the issues that loomed large in my life. I began to see firsthand that living my yoga was helping me find fulfillment in my career. I thought to myself: How can I share this with my writing community?

This coming August, me and fellow writer/yogi Kim Stevens-Redstone are hosting a combination writing and yoga event — Creative Flow: A Word Nerd Event for Those Who Want to Stretch Their Creative Muscles. A mix of yoga flow and writing workshop, attendees will learn to look inward in order to generate story ideas and write with intention. This four-hour event will include:

  • a one-hour vinyasa flow
  • a half hour of yoga nidra / guided meditation
  • a lecture on where to find writing inspiration, and how to generate story ideas
  • hands-on writing exercises
  • and more.

Space for this event is limited to 25 people.

*Parts of this post are pulled from the latest issue of Word Nerd News. If you’re not yet subscribed, you should get on that.

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