It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks around here. I moved my Creative Sandbox Community off of the the Facebook group, that has been our home for the past 2 ½ years, into a brand new home of our very own, on a platform called Mighty Networks.
And before I could move everyone, I had to get the Mighty Network ready for the move, which was a LOT of work.
But now we’re moved, and though I was afraid members might mutiny at being pulled away from Facebook, instead I’ve been pleasantly surprised that their reactions have been gratitude!
People are really fed up with Facebook — the distractions, and the whole vibe of shallow conversations — which is, of course, totally counter-productive to the whole purpose of the Creative Sandbox Community, which is a lab for women’s leadership through creative expression!
Sending people into the black hole that is Facebook was not helpful.
So now we have our own home, which is so wonderful.
And this week, by the time you listen to this, I will be out of the country, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, at a week-long training in LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, which is one of the main methodologies I use in my creative consultancy, Creative Sandbox Solutions.
I’m doing a 3-day training in LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and conflict management, which I’m really excited about, because who doesn’t need help with that?
And then I’m doing a 2-day training in LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and graphic recording, which just sounds really fun! I’m excited to see how to incorporate art as ideas with LEGO Serious Play.
So. I have spent all weekend paying bills — because it’s the end of the month — and tying up loose ends, and packing, and otherwise getting ready for the trip, so rather than make myself insane — or sick — I decided to do the sensible thing and pull up an episode from the archives.
After all, this is episode 150, which means there is a big archive now!
This one was originally episode number 9, so way back in 2015.
(And by the way, we’ve had over 154 thousand downloads! Almost 155 thousand! Not that that metric actually means anything, because who knows if those downloads actually translate into listeners, but still, it’s kinda cool!)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this classic episode from the summer of 2015, from long before I started doing Something Cool — so something cool is on vacation, too. I’ll be back next week with a new episode, and a new Something Cool.
Have a great week!
It’s a bonus episode! You’ve got so many creative ideas — how to decide which ones to say no to? In this episode, I share the approaches that work for me (plus stories about a harmonica and teaching yoga).
Whether or not you’re a passion pluralite, it’s a fair bet you’ve got more things you want to do than you have time for. What to do? How do you decide what to say no to?
Leo asked about this with her question:
I would love to hear more about your way of dealing with the issue of saying “no” to things that you would like to do in order to be able to say “yes” to things you would like to do even more. I definitely have too many things going in my life (outside of work). Whenever I start thinking about which one(s) to let go (even temporarily), I get stressed out. How do you make these decisions? Do you feel it in your body which ones are a no and which ones are a yes? Do you think it through in your mind? Do you have overarching goals and try to fit your activities to these goals? What do you do in periods when it is not clear whether there are any overarching goals?
Have a listen, and let me know if my techniques resonate with you.
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