Connect With Verve Newsletter – 5/31/20

It’s hard to imagine that Verve Leadership is six years old!  The inception story will always be close to my heart, because it coincides so closely with the birth of my daughter.  If you want to know how a weepy pregnant lady and an old bossa nova song led to the creation of my business name, you can read about it on my blog.

Verve has evolved a lot in the past few years, but it’s really taken a turn since last fall when I committed to exploring creativity + coaching, after I went on an artistic retreat to France.  In my time with Verve, I’ve conducted workshops, launched group coaching, worked with private clients, participated in professional development trainings, pursued certifications, achieved professional coach accreditation, and continued work with my own coaches.  Verve has grown with me, as I have grown into myself. 
And that growth has led to a newsletter!  I have Learner, Input, Intellection, Futuristic, and Connected in my top 5 Talent Themes, which means that I hoard new things to learn, then process them and make connections to how they can be applied in life designs – which works out pretty well for my clients!   I’ve amassed a huge collection of resources that I feel strongly could make a difference to creative leaders like you, and I wanted a forum to share them.  

About Connect with Verve Newsletter
What you can expect from me in the future is little love notes every other week (which will be a lot shorter than this one), where I will share ideas and resources that I think will support you as you explore your life design, as well as content I’ve created for you, such as podcast episodes featuring every day people doing extraordinary things, or video demos of my Verve Life Design worksheets or my latest adventures in creativity.  Just fun stuff that I hope will inspire you to create & make, to shift your mindset, or to try something new.  Of course you can opt-out any time, no hard feelings.  Just click the unsubscribe button at the end of the email.  Or you can share with a friend and pass on the creative goodness!  My goal is always to include something that will brighten your day and enrich your life.

Resources: Lead with Verve
Verve Leadership Podcast
I’m so excited to share the launch of my podcast!  I’ve had a blast recording these and I have a gazillion ideas for more.  The podcast focuses on life design, with interviews with amazing women from the Verve community, as well as reflections and observations from my experiences coaching over the years.  Episodes range from 15-60 minutes, but I strive to keep them to about 20 minutes — about the time it takes to complete a grocery store or school run. 

There are several episodes posted on my pod page, but I wanted to spotlight one recent one that I’m really excited about — Episode 4: Navigating Change with fellow coach Pamelia Robinson.  It’s such a good conversation on re-creating self and taking change into your own hands, which feels really relevant right now.

Upcoming episodes will feature artist, mother and amazing lady, Mou Saha, who teaches on Creative Bug and other platforms and who has a beautiful story about her unusual journey to becoming an artist.  We talk about identity and motherhood and the healing power of creativity. So good!  Additionally, I’ll discuss the importance of taking a creative pause and how it can impact health, happiness and productivity.  Stay tuned!

Resources: Create with Verve
Meaningful Me Time Moments
I don’t know about you, but the world feels like it’s in a bit of a tailspin recently.  From George Flyod to COVID-19 to the rigors of every day life, things are crazier than ever.  We’ve been grinding so hard taking care of our families, trying to get our work done, trying to just keep it all together.  We can’t sustain this level of worry and stress and grief without some release.  Taking time for ourselves to decompress, to breathe, to process may feel impossible, but I encourage you to make it a priority.  Start small and join me on  Wednesday evenings for a little rejuvenation, conversation, and creation that will shift your perspective and offer you a respite from the storm. 

So far we have made handmade books and done an identity collage.  This week we will explore doodle mantras that help us express our inner thoughts.  In future sessions we will play with simple stitching, mindful watercolor and ModPodge creations…hurray!  Just little projects to explore and experiment and see what happens!

Meaningful Me Time Moments take place every Wednesday at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
Register now

If you want even MORE Me Time, be sure to check out the Meaningful Me Time Mini-Retreat (1/2 day virtual events in July and Sept 2020) or the three day in-person Creating Space Retreat in Sanibel, FL in October 2020.

Thanks for reading to the end 😉  Let me know what you think of this format, and any thing you’d like me to cover or include.

Til next time, be safe and be well,
Lauren

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