Creativity Coach - Artist Desiree East

You want to THRIVE and live in the PRESENT MOMENT. You want to CREATE THE REALITY YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED through CREATIVE LIFESTYLE HABITS.You want to tap into that hidden, CREATIVE POTENTIAL that is ready to be UNLEASHED to the world. When your inner voice, your intuitive heart --- YOUR creative genius --- is nourished and pampered, you know you can create profound changes in your LIFE that is the art.

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creatively Fit Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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lucky cat has been knocking at my door

Happy New Year Party People!!

So I've been somewhat in hibernation mode this fall/winter, as I have been deepening my intuition and inviting my muse(s) to play with me for the creation of my latest creative project.

It's no coincidence, Maneki-neko (Lucky Cat) has been showing up for me, signs, signs, everywhere, on my radar, knocking at my door. So guess who is going to be my SACRED SYMBOL for this year (though, I’ve already tapped into that energy long before the New Year)?

Meow!!

Consider this a little spoiler alert for the creative process for my new Oracle Deck...I can’t wait to share more with you!

Click play below to see what I've been up to and to see a time lapse painting of my lucky, little, happy feline friend:

 

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how practicing the art of letting go gives you more freedom

Let's talk about the idea of detachment for a sec and explore what 'freedom' really means.

Just several years ago, I painted a mandala that I absolutely LOOOOOVED.

And there was this moment in the not-so-recent-past (last weekend), where I was invited to 'Rise Above' with my mentor and dear soul sister, Whitney Freya, and paint my wings (You might be familiar with the beautiful angel wings of artist Colette Miller, whose brilliant work could be seen in cities around the world, for The Global Angel Project).

I was called to paint BIG. As I looked around my studio to see what I could find, my eyes immediately rested upon my gorgeous mandala painting.

The (left-brain) thoughts started barreling into my brain...my ego was taking over...

"It's so prettttty...I don't want to ruin it.

But, I use it all the time for the background, for my video interviews...what am I going to use now??

People love that painting...I always get compliments on it..."

AND THEN my muse decided to pop in for a quick throw down:

"This is it Dez. You wanted to EXPAND to feel that sense of ABUNDANCE and FLOW...here's your chance to practice this on your canvas. Practice what you preach, girl. Go BIG..."

So I'm in the process of painting over this beautiful mandala that's been part of my life...letting go of perfectionism is hard, especially having a designer's mindset, where everything has a specific place, purpose and function.

As a mom (of now a toddler that pretty much rules my life with 24/7 hours of spontaneous wild-child energy), I've been practicing the art of detachment with a whole new set of eyes.

I *thought* that for many, MANY years that I embodied the gift of what it truly means to be laid back. I once had that gift of being ZEN (and like to think that I've still got it).

So in honoring 'what was' and inviting in 'what is becoming', I paint. In honor of a definition of what freedom looked like (externally) to what freedom REALLY means (internally), I am ready to go BIG.

To LET GO of what used to define me and open up to a life that is SO much bigger and meaningful than I have ever imagined.

I'm ready.

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Droppin' Little Love Notes: An Invitation to Photo Quest

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If you haven't heard yet, I'm finally back from the wonderment that was maternity leave. I spent a whole year soaking up every snuggly moment I could with Baby Kirra, who just turned ONE (whaaaat?), and I am ready to dive back into the creative business world and start CREATING brilliance with YOU!!

SOOOOOO...TWO THINGS:

1) Let's Talk Video

Are you subscribed to my YouTube channel? (That still sounds so weird to me, but I'm getting used to it!).

I am hoping to create more YouTube videos this year, because it's been so much FUN. And heck, I've got my camera whipped out 24/7 anyway, so why not make some super duper candid, yet valuable videos for you to enjoy?

Please click here to let me know what kind of vids you'd like to see: Take my EASY-PEASY Survey

2) Invitation to Photo Quest: July 11th-17th

 

Speaking of cameras, I am "Celebrating the ART that is your LIFE" with a super-easy and inspiring Photo Quest that starts online July 11th. I want to invite YOU to the pARTy with me and my favorite creative tribe!

For 7 days you will receive prompts to inspire you to look at your world in a more magical way. Each day, we will all share our photos on Facebook and /or Instagram and you can qualify to WIN awesome prizes!!

The GRAND PRIZE is an individual membership to Vision Quest - a 4 month guided journey to connect with your inner artist and create the life you most desire. (This is such an awesome prize). Vision Quest is a life-changer.

You can also win copies of our brand new Super Soul Flow Adult Coloring Book, a box of Elephant Art Postcards, a set of Artual Sacred Symbol Stencil, and Whitney Freya's book "The Artist Within - A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit".

I have helped Whitney to create this Photo Quest and this is an invitation to look at the colors in your home, the flowers in your garden, and the scenery all around you in a totally different light.

You will learn more about the benefits of living as a Life Artist and connect to an incredible community of positive, creative souls.

Remember, it's totally free and I will be cheering you on the whole way, so just click on this link to join our Photo Quest pARTy!!

I am so excited to share this with you--my time with Whitney and everything I have created in her programs has helped me to feel so much happier and excited about my life. I know you will love this!

Just click here to join me: Photo Quest

Now that we've got those things squared away...

Thank you so much for giving me a WHOLE year to spend with my new little angel. I feel truly blessed and have been settling into the role of mamahood as gracefully as possible, (yet I have secretly been itching to get back into the creative side of business, like you wouldn't believe). I missssss you and my creative tribe of souls!!

SOOOO, here I am. Get your paint brushes (and cameras) ready!!

Creativity, Transformation, and Re-birth

Hello Dear Creative Tribe! Just checking in with you, and I hope that the Spring/Summer seasons are greeting you with sunshine kisses and beautiful, floral blooms. I have been deep in creativity and transformation, myself, both metaphorically and literally, as I enter my third trimester as a mom-to-be. It's been very exciting, thrilling, emotional, and humbling, all at the same time. I can only imagine the roller-coaster of emotions I'll be experiencing once this little baby girl arrives. Whew!!

Here's a little video of what I've been up to and how you could work with me before I go on maternity leave. I've been wrapping things up and attempting to streamline things - and honestly, I wanted to DO IT ALL (for example, teach an elephant painting workshop, finally launch my Mastermind program, invite more peeps to private 1-on-1 VIP Zen Sessions, etc.), but who are we kidding?!

So, with my husband's encouragement and lovely advice from my Mastermind peers, I'm taking it easy and focusing my energy on this new bundle of joy that is coming into our lives this summer. My biz brain is giving into my baby brain, and I'm quite alright with that. Thanks for following along with me on my journey (especially, to those of you on Instagram and Facebook!). Your love and support means the world to me.

BUT, before I go, I'd like to invite you to one last painting party to celebrate the SOLSTICE, while we raise money for on-going relief efforts in Nepal. Please, click play to watch the video below.

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WHAT TRANSFORMATIONS ARE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE AND HOW COULD I HELP YOU?

PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MANDALA MEDITATIONS: A 3-WEEK PAINTING JOURNEY.

50% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO WAVES FOR WATER'S NEPAL RELIEF INITIATIVE, WHERE THEY HAVE MOBILIZED EFFORTS TO GET CLEAN WATER FILTERS TO REMOTE AREAS.

 

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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WAVES FOR WATER, PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

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CLICK HERE TO WORK WITH DESIREE 1-ON-1

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MANDALA MEDITATIONS: A 3-WEEK PAINTING JOURNEY

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WAVES FOR WATER

weekly photo challenge: between

costa rica 2014 - desiree east Welp, we made it back alive from our (incredibly relaxing) Costa Rican vacay. And, yes, as promised, I took a very well-needed digital break, as well - sans the photography taking and sharing on instagram, of course. I just couldn't help myself. I will admit, I didn't take as many photos as I had hoped, because of the rain, but the images that I did get were quite memorable.

For this week's photo challenge, 'Between', I wanted to share some pictures of our trip, because quite literally, I am still in between vacation mode and work mode. It's been over a month since I've been back, and I haven't updated my blog, BUT I am trying not to punish myself for that. Please, forgive me, blog-gods. Thank you.

I admit, it took me at least a month to get out of sloth-mode. Something about soaking in the tropical heat (translation: gigantic jungle sauna), makes it a wee bit hard to get back into work-mode.

But I'm BACK. And I'm back with a (work) vengeance!

Here are a few select pics of our trip...it was a super special treat to see some tropical wildlife. On the very first day, as we swerved through the cool-air mountain tops, finally reaching sea level, at the town of Playa Dominical, we spotted a sloth - just chillin', mind you - on the way to the eco-lodge we were staying at. It was pretty awesome.

(By the way - for those of you wondering, the surfing conditions were mediocre, at best - hence, the non-photos of surf breaks. Sorry, guys- next time!).

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And THEN, when we arrived at our destination, the receptionist checked us in and non-chalantly gave us a brief warning of sorts, in the most beautiful Tican accent, "Just so you are aware, there is a boa constrictor on the grounds, and he is having lunch (aka, a helpless little iguana) right next to the sidewalk that leads to the restaurant...please, do not disturb the snake and iguana."

Ummm...okay.

Part of me wanted to make double-sure that the snake was nowhere near our room. And part of me wanted to go all Nat-Geo and find this boa who was devouring an iguana for lunch...!! Crazy-cool.

We went to the restaurant to see what we could see, but it was nowhere to be found. Uh-oh. Where'd it go? Our group excitedly searched the grounds for the snake in the grass...and there it was. And, that's how our little adventurous vacation began.

Here are some select pics of the rest of our time in the beauty that is Central America (and here are some shots on Instagram). A little lounging here, a little beach-time there...you know the drill.

Until next time, HAPPY SUNSHINE-Y SUMMER TO YOU!!

cheers_xo-desi

costa rica vacation - photo by desiree east

 

WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN A LITTLE COMBO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY + TRAVEL JOURNALING PROGRAM? I'VE BEEN WORKING ON CONTENT, SINCE THE DAYS OF BALI - REMEMBER BALI? SO PLEASE HOLD TIGHT, IT'S BEEN AN EVOLVING WORK IN PROGRESS. I'VE BEEN DEVELOPING THIS CREATIVE + TRAVEL BUNDLE COURSE BEHIND THE SCENES, AND I THINK YOU'LL ENJOY IT. I CAN'T PROMISE ANY RELEASE DATES, AS OF YET, BUT JUST SO YA' KNOW, IT'S IN THE WORKS.

IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN ME AND MY MANDALA ARTISTS FOR SOME SUMMER PAINTING, PLEASE JOIN US IN 'MANDALA MEDITATIONS: A 3-WEEK PAINTING JOURNEY'. I'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU!

 

mandala meditations solstice program - desiree east

weekly photo challenge: threshold

bali surf and exposed reef by desiree east Threshold - noun

  1. a strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room.
  2. a point of entry or beginning.
  3. the beginning of an airport runway on which an aircraft is attempting to land.
  4. the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested.
  5. he maximum level of radiation or a concentration of a substance considered to be acceptable or safe.
  6. a limit below which a stimulus causes no reaction.

 

I immediately thought of this photo of How I Brought in the Balinese New Year in 2012.

As surfers, we have this hungry anticipation for playing in the ocean's waves like you wouldn't believe. Our hearts' start to pump, and our eyes start to dilate, as we scan the horizon for energetic lumps of salty goodness forming into the perfect platform for gliding to freedom.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

And at this point in my life, it very much reminds me of the anticipation of building my dream business. One of my online colleagues and surfer friend, Srini Rao of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast (formerly BlogcastFM), happens to use surfing as a metaphor for life and business quite often, which I love. In fact, one of his biggest dreams of hosting a live, yet most intimate event is happening, as I type these words. Check it out: The Instigator Experience. Go Srini!

If you've been following me for the last couple of years you already know that I am also at the threshold of bringing my dreams to light as a creative entrepreneur. And it really does feel like I'm about to paddle out into some of the biggest waves I've ever paddled out into. The courage and confidence that I've gained in the last few years, especially in putting myself out there --- no holds barred --- has been incredibly thrilling, scary, exciting, humbling, liberating and freeing.

All while trying to be as focused and grounded as possible.  

Very much like paddling out into the ocean, I feel like I'm on the verge of having the best surf session in my life, with many more waves to come, in all different sizes, shapes, and forms. And I definitely feel like there is more to come on the horizon.

HERE'S THE THING: Experiences like this just don't fall into our laps. It takes knowing and identifying what you really desire in life. And, just like learning how to surf and getting used to an environment you may not be used to, it takes knowledge and practice. AND, more importantly, to cross that threshold, you must surround yourself with support, so that you're not doing it alone.

 

3 SIMPLE TIPS TO CROSS THE THRESHOLD:

1. IDENTIFY YOUR TRUE DESIRES.

Is what you are about to do truly in alignment with your higher calling/purpose/soul's work? If yes, then fantastic, you'll be happier knowing you're on the right path. If not, change course.

2. BECOME AN EXPERT.

To cross the threshold, educate yourself and take action by practicing the thing that you want to become. The more knowledge you have, the more comfortable you'll be.

3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED SOULS.

Once you cross the threshold, connect with other people who have the same values and who are doing the same things that you doing, for support, accountability, and sharing challenges and celebrating successes. Having a sense of love, safety and belonging (our three basic human needs) makes a world of a difference.

  WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE PIECES IN PLACE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, AND YOU WILL BE READY TO RIDE THE MOST EXHILARATING WAVE OF YOUR LIFE. READY TO JUMP IN?

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES TO CROSS OVER THE THRESHOLD, WHEN IT COMES TO CERTAIN AREAS OF YOUR LIFE? PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.        

AND SPEAKING OF MAKING YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE, JOIN ME FOR THE PARTY AND LEARN THE ART OF CREATING A VISION BOARD LIKE AN A-LIST DREAMER. I WILL SHARE THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISION BOARDING AND SHARE SOME STORIES WITH MY SPECIAL GUESTS, WHOSE DREAMS HAVE BECOME REALITY. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE THE PARTY! FREE ADMISSION - CONFETTI OPTIONAL:

vision board dreams with desiree east If you feel inclined to join me and other WordPress bloggers for weekly photo challenges, please do. Just follow the prompts for this week’s theme here: WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. You have until the following Friday to share what you’ve come up with…Happy Shooting!


transformational creativity coach desiree east

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creativity Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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