The Gift Box of New Beginnings

by Sheila A. Stephens

(If you haven’t heard from me for a while, it’s because I’ve been writing a new book, but I plan to share these fun “Bloomin’ Stuff” thoughts about everyday creativity more regularly now. Enjoy!)

One of the secrets of life is to practice finding joy within our everyday projects. From planning a sun-filled getaway, to relishing our next fishing trip, to pulling off a good birthday party, or building something with wood, or glass, or taking a senior for a drive - whatever Dreams call to us and ask us “to pull it off,” the essentials remain. In most everyday kinds of projects, there is an inspiring Beginning, a mighty Middle and hopefully a celebratory Ending. To ignore these different “seasons” within our project is to miss some valuable essentials that build us from within. As I enjoy working with Communications, my current book project provided seasons of Transformative Insights not to be missed, so it’s helpful to think about these Creativity Tips as we take on any kind of project, big or small.

Sheila’s prologue for  Adventures in Writing 101

Sheila’s prologue for Adventures in Writing 101


The Inspiring Beginning. The Dream comes first of course, but we need to allow the Dream in, so I’ve been in the quiet interludes where Dreams can come to you and express themselves. This is a place I hold lightly in my hands. In the first chapter of my upcoming book, Adventures in Writing 101; Fun & Inspiring Ways to Master the Craft of Creative Writing, I call this space my creative writer’s “Tree House.” This is a place apart from others, their opinions, and the daily routines of the day. This is YOUR place, where you can take an in-breath and Receive. Whether your projects are big or small, there exists a spirit that wants to breathe life into your projects, so it meets you there - and Ah Ha Moments ensue!

Dream Check: Are you welcoming your Dream/Project and responding to its call?

The Mighty Middle. The Middle “season” is often the place that “gets to us” and we lose our steam, so it pays to remember “small steps, filled with Love.” Very often, slowing down to the Pace of Love helps us de-stress and meet challenges one by one. And yes, I’ve capitalized Love because I mean that higher kind of Love. Really, if we want to become a better person, it pays dividends to: 1) stay in the Present; and 2) do what the Present calls us to do. Then we can put our Craftsman’s Hands patiently into each task. Remember, “task” is not a dirty word, but instead it is an opportunity to fill something with Love. Working our way through a difficult task may be hard, but it pays dividends in untold ways.

Years ago in my advertising/communications agency I had to make phone calls to reach out to potential new clients. It was a challenge. As I thought about it, I felt inspired to: 1) fill each phone call with Love; 2) put Sunshine into my voice; and 3) let Love create a rainbow bridge to each person. A “rainbow bridge” may sound corny, but I liked it. Doing something that felt good relaxed me, and it was highly effective. The practice also brought home a Big Deal, high-powered eternal message: each Act changes us when we fill it with Love. So the Mighty Middle gives us the opportunity to put a little loving muscle into our Dream. When we do this, the Mighty Middle also further opens up the Ah Ha Insights we so generously Receive - one sacred step at a time. This season of ups and downs is actually Prime Time, if we but use the heroic energy that can powerfully break through our blocks and birth our Dreams. And Love is at the heart of it all. It is the Big Daddy of energy and healing momentum!

Dream Check:  One of the reasons Dreams exist, is so we can learn about the many facets of Love - in action. Are you turning fears into a deeper kind of energy that lets Love fill each life-giving step toward your Dream/Project?

The Celebratory Ending, the New Beginning . . . For a writer, each time we pick up our pen or laptop, this walk is a lifetime journey of invaluable learning, one writing project at a time. For my own gift of a book, it came to me over 30 years - yep, 30 years! - of teaching writing to all ages, from elementary students, to wonderful men and women and busy moms, to lively seniors. But “the Walk” through bringing this book together held its own new forms of magic as pages coalesced and flowed like a symphony that taught me even as I wrote. That is the “Pow!” of the celebratory Ending season. It feels magnificent to have followed the Taps on Our Shoulder - “Do this, or do that” and to have given honor to our Purpose. Whether our Purpose is to help our child with his or her first day at school (I’ve done that), or to write a poem or story about that experience, we learn about something more than the act itself. We learn what it’s like to fill the act with Love. And in the process, we become filled with Love. Therefore, we become a conveyor of LoveThat’s one reason I enjoy teaching people to write their Life Stories. First, they need to catch them. Then honor their life experiences by writing them, and then hopefully share them in any way that pleases them. The cool thing is that we are the first to Receive these Insights. We are at the head of the line, the first to get the learnings and more fully understand the wisdoms gained. And each time we “get it” in any project, we understand the Creative Force that does its work within our spirit as it lovingly expands us. Ever expands us, and makes us take a new deep breath. For WE are the New Beginnings.

Dream Check:  Are you taking time to say your Gratitudes for the Insights and Wisdoms that have expanded your spirit along these 3 seasons of your Dream Path? . . . And are you keeping your ear to the ground for the next Gift Box as New Beginnings softly call your Name, waiting to have fine new Adventures with you?

I’m happy to announce my new book, Adventures in Writing 101, will be published VERY soon, and will be available on Amazon, etc. I hope it will bring many New Beginnings to your own writing projects as you capture the not-to-be-missed Ah Ha Moments - the “Bloomin’ Stuff” - in your rich everyday life.

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