In today’s post in my ‘Meet the Muse‘- series, I want to tell you a little bit about Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, also known as SARK. Sark is an author, artist and international expert in personal well-being and transformation. Reading one of her books was a milestone on my recent journey in life. I wrote on my coaching Facebook page a while ago ‘When I’m doing my coaching work, Sark is always on my shoulder as a colourful and positive butterfly’. You will immediately understand when you read her work: you suddenly see a world of possibilities.
I already mentioned something in my previous post about our shop renovation, because one of her books was really helpful in that process: Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day. Several things during the renovation didn’t go as planned, first of all: it’s all taking much more time than we had expected, especially the bakery part of the shop. Luckily this book guided me through.
I’m writing ‘through’ on purpose, because I had to learn once again that we can’t skip frustrating experiences on our creative journeys. We can’t fight it or avoid it, we can only choose how to respond to it. I initially freaked out, got frustrated and impatient. Underneath all that is fear of change and failure. Sark has learned me that I don’t have to fight, I can also talk calmly with my fears, accept them, give them some room to just be there … and the frustration and impatience will be less annoying.
The fear of change was a tough one for me. You see, I usually know what I want. When I have something in mind, it’s detailed, with a plan. Sometimes a plan without options or flexibility. Dreams however need flexibility. To say it with Susan Ariel’s words “sometimes you have to assess your dreams, sometimes they do change shape in the middle”. Our shop dream isn’t changing shape drastically, it’s just going slower and I’m ok with that now. Thank you SARK.
Last week I found a notebook from two years ago. I had written down some dreams. One of the dreams was a blog about ” crafting your own meaningful life through artistic and creative expressions, creating your own unique home with pieces and items ‘with a soul’, encouraging other entrepreneurs to build a tailor-fit business”. Ok, no major change in shape there. I have the blog now and I’m enjoying it a lot! But there was something else in the notebook: in my dream I was writing the blog from a country house or a cabin in the Catskill Mountains in New York state. Yep, that’s a big difference with Sweden. If the dream hadn’t changed shape I would have been in the States now, adjusting to a totally different culture.
So you see, dreams change, they need flexibility and we all have to learn how to deal with that. Sark’s books are great material about that subject! I can highly recommend them.
How about your creative dream? Are you on track? Is it changing shape?
If you feel stuck, impatient, frustrated, guilty, crabby, afraid or overwhelmed … and you need someone to help you find answers: don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. We’ll put our heads together and figure out how we can put your dream back on the rails!
Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own, this book has helped me take a few huge steps in life!