Tell me what you think…

No really… 

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.

Share the love - I want to know what you think!

Share the love – I want to know what you think!

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

Click HERE

For those of you who have found me more indirectly

Click HERE

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…

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4 Rooms for Living In – essentials for self nurture and self care…

Clara Jones & I first connected via Twitter… and the rest, as they say, is history. Living proof that there still is genuine, mutually supportive and authentic relationships to be made across the twittering classes.

Like me Clara is a coach who works mainly with women with North Wales as herphysical base whilst she weaves her unique blend of creative coaching, mentoring and personal development with women 1-2-1 or in groups across the world.

I can now say I am in the great company of an ever growing number of inspirational women who Clara interviews for her website and blog http://www.4roomsliving.co.uk/

I have answered a range of questions all about different aspects of self nurture and care and where I get side tracked, reach burn out and simple ways I do my best each day to stay on track…

You can keep up to date with what is inspiring Clara each day via her Twitter account…  @4roomsliving

And keep re-visiting her website as she add more and more new women’s stories of self care & love… inspirational and safe haven to re-visiting when you feel a wee bit wobbly, as is natural. Happy reading & sharing!

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Self nurture and self care… what’s inspired me to keep on keepin’ on

How to grow robust & sustainable creative businesses?

Well it’s a good question and not one that can be ironed out over a cuppa…

I understand how overwhelming it can be to look at making your business and your life more ‘green’ and/or sustainable – this has been a passion of mine ever since primary school and a workshop we took part in on packaging – see the slide with the After Eights boxes…

Open To Create… is my day to day expression in the world of being part of co-creating an inheritable world for many future generations of all species on this planet.

I trust you enjoy and find inspiration in the slides from my workshop “Giving Your Business The Green Light” run in partnership with University of East London as part of their Make It Global programme with The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

I am Visible 2014 conference @ UEL CEWE 6th & 7th March 2014

#iamvisible

Elevation Network conference celebrating all that it means to be a woman in 2014

Super excited to be a speaker at this 2 day event at UEL Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

You can follow all of the action via Twitter @Visible_Women #iamvisible

I am speaking 10am – 10.30am 6th March 2014 about Being Real… the power of being authentic to support wellbeing BOOK your FREE tickets to the two day event HERE

ELCBWN 30.09.13 guest speaker… Jessica Rose – founder of the London Jewellery School

Guest speaker for September 2013 meet up of East London Creative Business Women Network

Guest speaker for September 2013 meet up of East London Creative Business Women Network

The East London Creative Business Women Network is ever evolving and with Petra, co-founder deciding to give it 100% to her own and deep:black projects I was a little stumped about how to harness such collaborative energy for the post Summer East London Creative Business Women Network meet up…

As luck would have it on that day I received an email from JESSICA ROSE, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Founder of the London Jewellery School… asking if ELCBWN invited guest speakers…

And thus I had my answer and excitingly Jessica is now the guest speaker for our next gathering… phew! Creative Collaboration back into full swing again…

What you can expect from Jessica on Monday 30th September 2013…

Jessica will give an informal talk about her experience and journey in setting up a multi-award winning creative business from scratch, sharing the good, bad and everything in-between for plenty of inspiration, ideas and advice. Following this there will be a Q&A session and some creative brainstorming.
Everyone is welcome to come along no matter what stage they are at with their business bring your ideas and questions and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Book your place via http://elcbwn.eventbrite.co.uk/ we ask you pay what you can on the night to keep the events as open & inclusive as possible.

A bit more about Jessica and her background: 

Multi-award winning entrepreneur and business expert Jessica Rose is the owner and Director of the London Jewellery School, the world’s largest jewellery training centre. She set up the business aged just 21 in 2009 with only one class a month from a community hall in South London and now the school is a huge success having trained over 7,000 students with the running of over 50 classes per month. Her achievements in building a thriving business from scratch have been recognised by the local and national press including features in Marie Claire, The Times, Vogue, Daily Mail and Daily Experss to name a few and she has stared in interviews/ documentaries on the BBC, ITV and Sky News. She is also a regular blogger for huffinton post and ambassador of a number of organisations supporting young people and women in to business. For more on her story see – http://www.jessicaroselondon.com and for more about the London Jewellery School visit http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Will you ignite your creativity with me?

photo by Suke Driver

Creatively escape with Penny Stanford & Anna B. Sexton 21.09.13

Are you Open To Create… 3 month volunteer placement offered. Deadline 20th September 2013

I have been a volunteer on and off for over 20 years and know first hand the amazing benefits of volunteering. I have run different volunteer, intern and work placement programmes for over 15 years and love the satisfaction of a person willing to contribute learn and grow from being willing to give to a company.

Charlotte Hogg was an intern whilst I was working with Bow Arts – she was an awesome, go getting woman on a mission to suck up as much experience from working in the gallery, curating P1 show through to handling the rain on the opening night of the Open Studios with grace and good humour. She went onto to secure a place on the Whitechapel Interns programme and now works for the Royal Academy… 

See Charlotte’s reference below…

  1. Charlotte Hogg

    Charlotte Hogg
    Press Assistant at Royal Academy of Arts
    Anna has a clear can-do attitude which makes even the hardest of tasks seem like light work. Dependable, committed and loyal, Anna is a pleasure to work with. Being a natural people person she is happy to share these wonderful qualities with an ever growing professional network, one that helped me begin my own career and which I know has helped many others in turn. My time…more

    May 24, 2011, Charlotte worked indirectly for Anna B. at Bow Arts Trust










So it’s a little nerve wracking to admit to limitations of any kind? Especially when it requires bringing new people to your inner world of your business…

But it’s time to take the plunge at Open To Create… so I can focus on more strategic grow whilst knowing the detail is being handled.

We are offering a 3 month volunteer placement at 1 day a week…

Deadline for applying is 20th September 2013.

See below for a link to the role description…

East London Creative Business Women Network @ The Create Place 30.09.13

The Create Place is co-hosting #elcbwn 30.09.13 meeting

The Create Place is co-hosting #elcbwn 30.09.13 meeti

East London Creative Business Women Network

Next meeting post Summer break

Date: Monday 30th September 2013

Time: A prompt 6.30pm start

Ends: 9pm

Venue: The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ

Cost:  Donations – pay what you can

 

BOOK NOW

  • To give yourself  the time and space for you need to move your creative projects and business on.
  • For an evening of connecting with new creative contacts, hearing more about what is out there to help you grow your own ideas, confidence and  new ways of looking at your current challenges.
  • Bring along any promotional materials for your upcoming events or services you want to share.
Previous success stories are one networker taking the leap to set up their own business, new creative commissions for work on collaborative paid projects and deep connections and support networks growing across and beyond East London!!

 You can book your place for the evening networking session via

 https://elcbwn.eventbrite.co.uk/

Ignite Your Creativity Day Retreat in The City 21.09.13

Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

   Creative Retreat, East London with Anna B. Sexton & Penny Stanford

  Open To Create… presents

  Ignite Your Creativity retreat day in the City

 

Saturday 10am – 5pm 21st September 2013

This bespoke creative making and thinking day has been specially made for those of you who find it hard even to retreat away from the city f      for a weekend.

Picture yourself slipping away for the day to a magical place hidden in the East of London – that really is a hidden gem…

One step through the front door into the creative making hub you will feel inspire, welcomed and at home.

    Your Investment  –  £80 (waged)   £60 concessions (full time student/low income)

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places. Secure your place by sending your deposit NOW

    £30 deposit – your remaining fee due by 19th September 2013

 

 

Venue

The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ

Directions

What will you being doing?

Together during the day you will re-ignite your unique version & vision of creativity in this special hub space created to champion all forms of creativity in the heart of bustling East London.

You will be encouraged and supported to play with making your own personal road map, hand folding and filling your personal guide book and experiment with your unique creative ways to think and make creatively on your own or in groups.

The session runs promptly from;

10am – 5pm Saturday 21st September 2013

Investment of your time 7 hours over a Saturday £80 / £60

We deliberately keep the group size intimate to no more than 12 places*

For your gift to yourself you will receive;

Benefits – based on feedback from previous retreaters

  • Feeling myself in free flow and connection within an extraordinary group
  • The reconnection I had with my own sense of play
  • The feelings of great joy from creative making especially my handmade book
  • Being in the group helped me to see I can do what I creatively love to do and that what was missing was the ‘community’ of creative explorers to do this with me
  • Re-connection to fun whilst being grounded and connected at the same time
  • How important being in a trusting and supportive atmosphere brings about pure creativity, love, warmth and this helped my creative process no end
  • To know in myself I am on my right path
  • To have re-discovered that place within me where creativity lives – to have re-discovered my creative engine

Features

  • Personal creative coaching and mentoring from Anna B. Sexton on both days
  • Work with guest creative professionals – Penny Stanford – hand made book maker & fine art printer
  • All creative materials
  • Morning tea & coffee and pastries
  • Afternoon tea
* one place on the day is gifted to those of you who feel a calling to join in & right now it’s not doable to join please email anna@opentocreate.com for more details of how to apply

Call ME!! 07941 655 856 to let us know your needs

or email anna@opentocreate.com

Join in with the conversation via Open To Create… dedicated events page

https://www.facebook.com/events/379197532198076/

Creativity nestles in a corner of Poplar

It’s a real moment in one’s Life when you can read a beautiful, evoking piece of writing about something you’ve created, that is close to your heart…

Well it’s happened and thanks to East Londonista I am brimming with pride and gratitude for her creative efforts in her latest blog.

http://londonandeast.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/creativity-nestles-in-a-corner-of-poplar/

Do check it out and devour the whole article!

It perfectly evokes the feelings, sensations and sense of connection we all co-created together early in August 2013…

It really goes to prove the power of Twitter which is how I first met East Londonista and our creative connections online went from there… Beautiful… I can end this day a wee bit more happy and proud than I started off.

And keep my momentum going for the next Dinner & Drawing Tuesday 3rd September 2013 6.30pm – 9.30pm Open To Create… HQ, 4 Jones House, off Blair Street, London E14 0NT Follow this link to find out more and book via our link https://www.facebook.com/events/627914393903963/

I trust you enjoy and looking forward to greeting you at Dinner & Drawing very soon !!