Posted by Anna B Sexton on July 14, 2015
I don’t find it that comfortable to write more personal blogs really only based on my own fears/limiting beliefs of sounding ‘preachy’ ‘showing off’ or ‘plain dull’. And I have decided to stop listening to my ‘mindtalk’ thanks to being blessed to having amazing butt kicking, bold, creative and truthtelling women around me who are inspiring me write how I speak – frankly, creatively, passionately and with warmth.
Two immediately spring to mind….
Alison Kakande bumped into me at a Hackney Museum event and we discovered more than shared experience of working in communities. Her blog hits my heart every time and I love watching her grow her visions for her chat show, her online Stop Playing Small packages… READ MORE HERE.
Winsome Duncan aka Lyrical Healer aka bloody amazing lady. Similarly we met via some connection with working with creativity in communities and now I’ve the pleasure of sharing hub office space with her, belly laughs and more. Her ongoing rising to the top of her game founding the award winning MployMe is so down to her knowing how to give more than she seeks… READ MORE HERE.
All in all inspirational female company with inspirational companies serving communities to rise as they continue to grow.
It’s great when I finish work at the end of a long day to know in my heart I am in good creative company! My own and others…
Alison Kakande’s blog http://me-plus-fashion.strikingly.com/blog/a-little-help-from-your-friends
Lyrical Healer’s blog https://lyricalhealer.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/open-to-create
MployMe website http://www.mployme.org/
Posted by Anna B Sexton on May 2, 2015
Ever find yourself not really sure why you are in a certain shop, or street?
Not really sure what propels you to pick up certain books, flyers or leaflets whilst out on a wander?
And through telephone chats, realised shared connections via fellow Mental Health Foundation team and the Quakers – a new relationship and creative collaboration has evolved. Certainly not what I had expected when I found the flyer somewhere in Bloomsbury…
And the rest as they say is…
Well actually, who knows what comes next?
A Little Book of Unknowing is a gem of a book, that is slim enough to slip into your bag and ponder it’s wisdom, provocations and amazing array of quotes on the tube or train to work, as I have over the last 4 weeks.
So much of our day to day lives are planned to within inches or to do lists about to do lists. We believe we ‘have no room for error’ or that we can’t be a ‘failure’. What would life be like if we just let ourselves go ‘off plan’?
“Walk without a destination. Wander aimlessly without arriving,
being somewhere rather than going somewhere.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Your own truths within are in fact found through the deeper understanding of what it is you don’t or can’t know. Discovered when you least expect it, off the beaten track…
Through reading Jennifer’s book you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement and be left with as many questions in different ways than before you began and this is a good thing.
As someone who for most of my life believed “I had to know it all or else I’d be stupid, a failure, a loser…” learning to know what I don’t know has been at times hugely painful, shameful and now finally liberating.
And learning to embrace what it is I do know is a hugely profound, now joyous and relieving experience.
“Phew I know what I know, and that which I don’t… now what can I bring into play?”
This is when creativity, play, imagination, improvisation comes more into life, moment by moment…
“For me, improv, as with all creativity and possibly all of life/Grace, is a matter of getting out of the way.” Tanya
This leads to more connected, synchronized and blessed interactions with ourselves, with others and Life.
This treasure of a book sensitively invites us into a greater sense of knowing our own abilities to create and live a life lived in creativity, meditation, love, faith and connection.
Connection to Grace, the Divine, The Great Unknown, Great Spirit, The Universe, God…
You can buy Jennifer’s book HERE
Jenny’s website HERE
Posted by Anna B Sexton on March 28, 2015
With the rash of ice bucket challenge films being made across the global by the great and the good I started to think about would my response be, if I were to be nominated…
Giving to any cause for me comes from the heart, a want to give back to a charity I believe does good work in a sector of society that needs support i.e. homelessness, housing, overseas aid
Or to causes friends inspire me to find out more about through their personal connections i.e. Harrison’s Fund or those who I deem ‘crazy’ enough to run a marathon for
So mine time did come and I was called out to do my challenge, it even had a time limit on, which I missed by a day…
And that’s ok as the dare was more than just to fill up a bucket of water with ice and throw it over my head on film… it was an invite to be true to myself and consider one more time what and whom would I want to give my money to and how would I respond given wasting water is not a cool thing to do in my world.
My response was based on being a fundraiser for over 15 years in different guises with the belief that giving needs to be through free choice not through feeling awkward, pressured to conform or being accepted and fit in.
My hope is my version of the ice bucket, well ice tray challenge, is a truer reflection of the creative individual I am who through free choice gives creatively either because I have so much more than enough in my life to share around and/or sometimes it’s worth not having in my more than abundant life so others I may never know can benefit from clean water, a roof over their head, a friendly face and hot food…
What inspires you to give? Have you been nominated? If yes, what was your response?
Posted by Anna B Sexton on September 2, 2014
Feedback used to scare the bejesus out of me… I read it all like criticism, new ways to add to my own internal mindtalk trains of very unhelpful and self critical chatter.
Now I welcome feedback as a tool for change, growth and love to learn (on the whole) what I can use to improve myself and what I love to be and do in the world.
So if you feel called to share your thoughts about any experiences you have had of working directly with me or if you have stumbled across me via Google, a random repost or share… then check out the links below;
For those who have worked directly with me via coaching sessions, workshops or event
For those of you who have found me more indirectly
For both there is an opt in at the end for our prize draws for winning one of 2 lots of £40 vouchers for Cass Arts!
Deadline 5th September 2014
Big Thank Yous in advance…
Open To Create… really would be just another idea if not for so many folk buying into what I am about…
Posted by Anna B Sexton on August 6, 2014
Posted by Anna B Sexton on June 17, 2014